Editors’ Picks: 7 Must-See Art Events to See in New York This Week

From new documentaries to concerts for dogs, we've got you covered.

Wednesday, August 10

1. “Summer Art Social” at BRIC House
BRIC House’s annual event is coming back this Wednesday for a third edition. In addition to a guided tour of the art space’s current group exhibition, “Look up here, I’m in heaven,” which features works by artists David Antionio Cruz and Yoon Ji Seon, this year’s artists-in-residence, Ilana Harris-Babou and Jakob Kudsk Steensen, will be holding open studios throughout the night. You’ll also want to catch a special performance piece by Aisha Tandiwe Bell, and an art-making workshop by artist Tahir Carl Karmali.

Location: 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 7:00–10:00 p.m.

—Rain Embuscado

Wednesday, August 10–Tuesday, August 16

Rosamond Purcell, Piranha caught in Brazil by William James for Louis Agassiz of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. Courtesy of BOND/360.

Rosamond Purcell, Piranha caught in Brazil by William James for Louis Agassiz of Harvard’s Museum of Comparative Zoology. Courtesy of BOND/360.

2. An Art That Nature Makes at Film Forum
New York’s Film Forum is currently the only place to catch a new documentary about the life and work of photographer Rosamond Wolf Purcell, whose unusual way of looking at the world yields beautiful-yet-bizarre images of otherwise-overlooked elements of the natural world.

“She’s captured the history of objects by photographing them in romantic decline,” said filmmaker Errol Morris in the film’s trailer. “It’s the majesty of the weird.”

Location: Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street
Price: $14
Time: 12:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m., 4:10 p.m., 6:00 p.m., 7:50 p.m., 9:40 p.m. daily

—Sarah Cascone

Thursday, August 11—Sunday, September 4

Kristin Smallwood

Kristin Smallwood, IUD (2016). Courtesy of American Medium.

3. “Kristin Smallwood: IUD” at American Medium 
“IUD” brings together a new body of work by multimedia artist Kristin Smallwood. The artist,  as the press release states, “investigates our relationship to the female body, the male-centric modes of birth control, and how the female body is minimized in stature by the ogling eye.”

Location: 424 Gates Avenue, Brooklyn
Price: Free
Time: Opening Reception, 7:00–10:00 p.m.

—Caroline Elbaor

Thursday, August 11

Torres. Courtesy of photographer Shawn Brackbill/Museum of Modern Art.

Torres. Courtesy of photographer Shawn Brackbill/Museum of Modern Art.

4. “Torres” at the Museum of Modern Art Summer Thursdays
Every Thursday during July and August, MoMA is celebrating its current Bruce Conner retrospective with live concerts, in honor of the filmmaker’s innovative use of both experimental and popular music in his oeuvre.

Selected for the way her music is able to “embody the unconventional spirit of the artist and his work,” Mackenzie Scott, who performs under the name Torres in tribute to her grandfather’s surname, will perform in the museum’s Sculpture Garden.

Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street
Price: Free with museum admission
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Thursday, August 11–Thursday, August 25

Brooklyn Academy of Music, The Arch of My Eye's Orbit

Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Nomenclature (2016). Courtesy of Sean Carroll for Brooklyn Academy of Music.

5. “Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation (Part One)” at Denny Gallery 
This group show, curated by Lynnette Miranda, is part of Denny Gallery’s “summer popup location” on East Broadway. In what is left of Chinatown, which is increasingly being invaded by new galleries (including this one), you can find a timely show in response to mass shootings and police brutality. It features artists Ivan Forde, James T. Green, Tiona McClodden, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and J. Soto. Also timely is Simone Leigh’s “Guided Meditation for Black Lives Matter” at the New Museum, where she’s holding weekly free public sessions. (The next one is Saturday, August 13.)

Location: 150 East Broadway
Price: Free
Time: Opening Reception, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

—Kathleen Massara

Saturday, August 13

Laurie Anderson Heart of a Dog still. Photo: courtesy Laurie Anderson.

Laurie Anderson Heart of a Dog still. Courtesy Laurie Anderson.

6. “Laurie Anderson’s Concert for Dogs” at LongHouse Reserve, East Hampton
Avant-garde artist Laurie Anderson is bringing her Concert for Dogs (which appeared in Times Square in January) to the Hampton’s LongHouse Reserve. It’s a bonus, since the site doesn’t normally allow dogs on the premises. With special low-to-the-ground speakers, the performance audio is specially-designed to be heard by our furry friends. The evening’s proceeds will be shared with ARF, the Animal Rescue Fund of the Hamptons, which will bring its mobile dog adoption center to the event.

Location: LongHouse Reserve, 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton
Price: $100–250
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Through Sunday, August 14

Teens at Met

Met High School Interns Visiting the exhibition About Face (2016). Photo by Emily Chow Bluck. Courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

7. “Exploring What Matters: Art by the Met High School Interns” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
This marks the last week of an exhibition featuring works of art by high school interns who have been inspired by artwork in the Met’s collection. After having taken some classes in “composition, repetition, and symbolism” and observing the exhibitions on view, such as “About Face: Human Expression on Paper” and “Court and Cosmos: The Great Age of the Seljuqs,” see what these teens can do.

Location: 1000 Fifth Avenue
Price: Adults $25, seniors $17, students $12
Time: Sunday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.

Daniela Rios 

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