Editors’ Picks: 12 Things Not to Miss in the Virtual Art World This Week

Our picks include a live conversation with Trevor Paglen and Kate Crawford, creators of ImageNet Roulette.

Exhibition view of "Kate Crawford, Trevor Paglen: Training Humans" Osservatorio Fondazione Prada, through Februrary 24, 2020. Photo by Marco Cappelletti, courtesy Fondazione Prada.

Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events and exhibitions available digitally. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all EST unless otherwise noted.)

Monday, April 6

Patricia Voulgaris, <i>Busy Being Dead</i> (2019). Courtesy of the artist.

Patricia Voulgaris, Busy Being Dead (2019). Courtesy of the artist.

1. “Artist Talk: Patricia Voulgaris” at the School of Visual Arts

Patricia Voulgaris, a young photographer who uses her camera to capture in-studio experiments in performance and sculpture, graduated from SVA and also teaches there now. She’s set to give an artist talk over Instagram Live on the account of her alma mater tonight, explaining her work and its relationship to the body, memory, and time, and answering viewers’ questions.

Price: Free
Time: 7 p.m. 

—Taylor Dafoe


Monday, April 6–Friday, April 30

Stuart Dunkel, <i>Big Surprise</i> Image courtesy the artist and Howard Rehs

Stuart Dunkel, Big Surprise Image courtesy the artist and Howard Rehs

2. “A|MUS|E,” by Stuart Dunkel at Rehs Contemporary

Stuart Dunkel has compiled more than 40 original paintings for this project. The subject matter ranges widely—from still life, landscapes, and even genre paintings—but with one quirky characteristic consistent throughout: The presence of a little white mouse named Chuckie, the artist’s muse. Dunkel, a world-renowned oboist, turned his full attention from music to painting in the mid-1990s. Another bonus: the works fall in an an accessible price range, starting at $600 and ranging up to about $4,000.

Price: Free
Time: Open daily, at all times

—Eileen Kinsella


Tuesday, April 7

Graphic for "ART • WORK • PLACE: Emergency Session."

Graphic for “ART • WORK • PLACE: Emergency Session.”

3. ART • WORK • PLACE: Emergency Session at the Vera List Center

Originally organized as a two-day summit on social justice organizing in the art world, this forum has been reworked as an online Zoom seminar asking questions targeted at the unfolding difficulties faced in the immediate present. Moderated by Nikki Columbus, it features speakers addressing a range of constituencies: Ian Epps of the Art Handlers Alliance; Michelle Millar Fisher of Art + Museum Transparency; Camilo Godoy, an artist/educator; Landry Haarmann of the Met Council on Housing; Shaun Leonardo, an artist who works with youth in the criminal justice system; Andres Puerta, a union organizer who has worked on recent museum campaigns; and Kate Zayko, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.

Price: Free with registration
Time: 7:30 p.m.

—Tanner West


The Artnet News Watercooler Chat.

The Artnet News Watercooler Chat.

4. Artnet News Watercooler Chat

Join Artnet News’s own art business editor Tim Schneider and European editor Kate Brown for an informal Zoom conversation about how the US government’s approach to offering aid to the arts and culture sector during the coronavirus crisis differs from that of Europe. An audience Q&A will follow the chat, the first in a new series. I for one will be tuning (Zooming?) in, and recommend you do the same!

Price: Free with registration
Time: 12 p.m.

—Tatiana Berg


Tuesday, April 7–Wednesday, April 8

Promotional image for <i>Full Pink Moon</i>. Courtesy of Opera Povera.

Promotional image for Full Pink Moon. Courtesy of Opera Povera.

5. “Full Pink Moon” at Opera Povera

Avant-garde opera company Opera Povera will present a one-night-only, live-streamed adaptation of the late composer and sound artist Pauline Oliveros’s The Lunar Opera: Deep Listening for _Tunes. The experimental work eschews a traditional musical score. Instead, its engine is five short, descriptive lines mandating that each performer must create their own character, costume, and props, as well as select a secret sound cue that will trigger them into (and out of) action. More than 250 artists from around the world will participate in the free-form, six-hour-long production, which doubles as a fundraiser aimed at providing $500 grants to American musicians who have lost paying performances due to social-distancing regulations.

Price: Free; donations welcome
Time: Pre-opera discussion, Tuesday, 8 p.m.–9 p.m.; performance, Tuesday, 9 p.m.–Wednesday, 3 a.m.

—Tim Schneider


Wednesday, April 8

Sarah Sze, <em>Quartet (Mondrian suite)</em>, 2019. Photo ©Sarah Sze, courtesy Gagosian.

Sarah Sze, Quartet (Mondrian suite), 2019. Photo ©Sarah Sze, courtesy Gagosian.

6. “Artist Spotlight: Sarah Sze” at Gagosian

Gagosian is launching a weekly series highlighting individual works by artists from its roster with a new work by Sarah Sze. The initiative was conceived as a way of combatting the shortcomings of online exhibitions—Sze was supposed to have Paris solo show with the gallery opening March 18. The upcoming weeks will feature such Gagosian heavy-hitters as Damien Hirst, Jenny Saville, Stanley Whitney, Theaster Gates, and Mary Weatherford.

Price: Free
Time: Launching at 6 a.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Thursday, April 9

Azikiwe Mohammed's booth at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show. Photo by Samuel Morgan.

Azikiwe Mohammed’s booth at the SPRING/BREAK Art Show. Photo by Samuel Morgan.

7. “Kitchen Broadcast: Azikiwe Mohammed” at the Kitchen

A recent highlight of both the New York and Los Angeles editions of SPRING/BREAK Art Show, Azikiwe Mohammed also had a solo show at Anna Zorina Gallery in February. All three outings featured paintings and sculptural installations, so it will be interesting to see what the artist has to offer in virtual space for the second week of the Kitchen Broadcast. The non-profit org’s new Twitch channel sees artists welcome online audiences into their homes; this week will also see sound artist and DJ Maria Chavez host on Tuesday night.

Price: Free
Time: 6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Kate Crawford and Trevor Paglen. Exhibition view of “Kate Crawford, Trevor Paglen: Training Humans” Osservatorio Fondazione Prada, through Februrary 24, 2020. Photo by Marco Cappelletti, courtesy Fondazione Prada.

8. “A Conversation with Trevor Paglen & Kate Crawford” at Pace

The second edition of Pace’s new weekly live conversation series, hosted on Instagram Live, will feature artist Trevor Paglen and academic Kate Crawford. The two collaborated last year on ImageNet Roulette, a viral art project that uncovered some troubling political and social implications of artificial intelligence—machine vision, they have shown, is quick to replicate very human bias.

Price: Free
Time: 5 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Friday, April 10

Image courtesy of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

Image courtesy of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts.

9. “The CARES Act and Unemployment Assistance: What Artists and Freelancers Need to Know” from Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts

Lawyer Joseph Tedeschi, formerly general counsel of Citi, will offer an online webinar to assist freelancers, gig workers, and independent contractors in filing for unemployment insurance under the new CARES Act, Congress’s massive coronavirus bailout package.

Price: Free with registration
Time: 1 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through Saturday, May 23

Ida Kohlmeyer, Cloistered #5 (1968). Courtesy of Berry Campbell Gallery.

Ida Kohlmeyer, Cloistered #5 (1968). Courtesy of Berry Campbell Gallery.

10. “Ida Kohlmeyer: Cloistered” at Berry Campbell Gallery

During her lifetime, the New Orleans painter Ida Kohlmeyer won acclaim in her native Louisiana for her abstract, often jubilantly colored canvases that hovered between gridded arrangements of Rothko-esque fields of color (in fact, she counted the AbEx giant as a friend and mentor) and the mark-making lyricism of Cy Twombly. 

A much different and little-known set of her early works can be glimpsed in “Cloistered,” a new online exhibition at Berry Campbell. Made in 1968–69, these paintings almost have the appearance of aerial maps of ancient citadels with concentric bands of geometric shapes surrounding a point of central focus. While showing the influences of Georgia O’Keeffe in places and contemporaries like Kenneth Noland in others, the works also speak to the artist’s fascination with interest in Mesoamerican art (which she voraciously collected) and in cultivating a vocabulary of hieroglyphs, emblems, and ritual meaning, which here collide into a feminine vision of Abstract Expressionism. 

Price: Free
Time: Open daily, at all times

—Katie White


Through Saturday, August 1

Installation View, Pockets of Real Passion, 2020. Courtesy of Channel To Channel.

11. “Pockets of Real Passion” at Channel to Channel

Nashville gallery Channel to Channel is currently featuring the works of Frances Berry, Omari Booker, Jessica Gatlin, Eric Mack, and Ridge McCleoud over an installation by Dustin Hedrick in an online only show. Using an Ultrasound photograph of his unborn son, Hedrick creates an abstract portrait with red tape over light blue walls and floors. This, combined with the nature of the works’ subject matter, creates a playful and nostalgic element—here’s hoping the end of this show can be enjoyed in person.

Price: Free
Time: all day

Cristina Cruz



Henri Cartier-Bresson1908-2004On the Banks of the Marne, Paris, 1938© Fondation Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery

Henri Cartier-Bresson1908-2004On the Banks of the Marne, Paris, 1938© Fondation Cartier-Bresson/Magnum Photos/Courtesy Peter Fetterman Gallery

12. “The Power of Photography #10” at Peter Fetterman

In this ongoing daily series, the Los Angeles photography dealer aims to use photographs to highlights scenes of hope, peace, and love in the world during a difficult time (subscribe to the mailing list here). Noting that the Henri Cartier-Bresson always intended to become a painter and had studied intensely with Cubist painter Andre Lhote, Fetterman says, fortunately, the French master discovered photography. “One can see the painterly influence on this key early image, On the Banks of the Marne. It is as if [Georges] Seurat picked up a camera by mistake instead of his paint brushes. It’s simple joy and humanity and always puts a smile on my face,” writes Fetterman.

Price: Free
Time: Delivered daily via gallery newsletter

—Eileen Kinsella

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