Editors’ Picks: 9 Art Events to See in New York This Week
Lorraine O'Grady will be holding court at the New Museum.
Through July 2017
1. “Shayne Dark at Brooklyn Botanic Garden“
Canadian sculptor Shayne Dark spent all of last week at work on-site at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, creating a new piece from materials salvaged from around the garden by the horticulture staff. Now is the time to see the completed piece, shown alongside three older monumental works, including Windfall, a hanging sculpture made up of the roots of apple trees Dark found in Ontario, Canada.
Location: Osborne Garden at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, 1000 Washington Avenue, Brooklyn
Time: Tuesday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 4
2. Lorraine O’Grady, “Ask Me Anything About Aging” at the New Museum
To support Simone Leigh’s current solo exhibition at the New Museum, titled “The Waiting Room,” legendary artist and critic Lorraine O’Grady will be holding court this Thursday to talk about aging, and yes, she’ll be taking your questions.
According to a statement from the museum, O’Grady’s Q&A will “consider the benefits of inter-generational word-of-mouth information and strategy sharing among women.” A recent visit to the museum offered artnet News a glimpse into the queries, which range from fearful (“Is it scary?”) to attempts at acceptance (“When did you come to terms with the process?”). Bring a notebook: You’ll want to take notes.
Location: 235 Bowery
Price: $15 general admission
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 4—Friday, September 2
3. “Nieves and Innen Zine Library” at Swiss In situ
Presenting a large selection of image-based publications, the Swiss Institute will debut its new name, Swiss In situ, ahead of its move to a long-term location sometime in 2017. For the time being, their temporary Franklin Street location will host events and exhibition including a show featuring the publishing houses Nieves and Innen. Comprising hundreds of collected “pocket-sized image-based publications” from many collaborators and “like-minded producers,” according to the press release, the exhibited work speaks for itself, accompanied by workshops and talks with the artists themselves.
Location: 102 Franklin Street, New York
Time: Opening reception, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 4–Monday, September 12
4. “Ryan Russo: Sound and Vision” at Galerie Gris
Ryan Russo’s mixed media canvases are created by overlaying black magnetic strips from audio and video cassette tapes over acrylic paintings. When the plastic tape is stripped away, the coded information underneath remains, forming striking geometric designs. The ingenious, aesthetically-pleasing use of obsolete technology is worth a trip upstate this weekend.
Location: Galerie Gris, 621 Warren Street, Hudson, New York
Time: Opening reception Saturday, August 6, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 4–Saturday, September 24
5. “Jesse Krimes, Marking Time in America: The Prison Works (2009–2013)”
Jesse Krimes was a promising young art-school graduate when he was convicted of a non-violent drug offense in 2009. He spent the next six years in a maximum security prison, covertly creating art using contraband materials and what he could scrounge up in his cell. See his ambitious 40-foot-long Apokaluptein: 1638067, created with pencil and newsprint transfers on stolen prison bedsheets and smuggled out of jail through family and friends, among other work, at his solo show in Chelsea.
Location: Burning in Water Art, 317 10th Avenue
Time: Opening reception Thursday, August 4, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. On view Tuesday–Saturday, 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday, August 5—Sunday, August 28
6. “Pavilion Futures: The New York State Pavilion Ideas Competition Exhibit” at Queens Museum
Once the breathtakingly-beautiful center of attention during the 1964–65 World’s Fair, the “dramatic one-of-a-kind structure” that is the New York State Pavilion is back in the spotlight in a new exhibition. The iconic structure, formerly one of Queens County’s foremost attractions, has fallen into disrepair in the 50 years since the fair. In order to revive its undeniable beauty, four organizations have partnered to host a competition for ideas on how to revitalize the pavilion for the 21st century. This Queens Museum show will highlight the submissions, the winning blueprint, and events being held throughout the competition.
Location: Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Price: Adults $8, seniors $4
Time: Wednesday–Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Saturday, August 6
7. Nobutaka Aozaki, “Smiley Bag Portrait” at the Flushing Library
If you’ve been looking to collect an original work of art, look no further. In a special project hosted by the Queens Museum in Flushing, conceptual artist Nobutaka Aozaki will be sitting down with interested participants to draws their individual portraits—which you’ll be able to take home. Titled the “Smiley Bag Portrait,” Aozaki will be creating free drawings on the ubiquitous smiley-face plastic bags.
Location: 41-17 Main Street, Flushing
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, August 7
8. “Performances by Jake Dibeler & Monica Mirabile” at 83 Pitt Street
Organized by Sara Blazej, this one night of performances by Monica Mirabile and Jake Dibeler finds shape in the spectacle of emotional politics. Dibeler’s A Decapitation (remix) and Mirabile’s A Ghost Story 2.0 work through such themes as queer death hysteria, feminist psychology, and body politics to cast reflections on social pathology and enact narratives of personal trauma.
Location: 83 Pitt Street, New York (at the corner of Rivington)
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Through Sunday, August 7
9. “Turner’s Whaling Pictures” at the Met Fifth Avenue
Now in its last week at the Met Fifth Avenue, don’t miss your last chance to see this four-part exhibition by British landscape artist Joseph Mallord William Turner. Conjured just before the famous Moby Dick was written, there is no way to know for sure whether Melville used Turner‘s portraits as inspiration for the tale. Nevertheless, the striking similarities between the paintings and the book often lead viewers and readers to make their own assumptions. A challenge to critics of the day, who didn’t quite know what to make of the “tumultuous surges” of brushstrokes and color, the works still have the power to leave us feeling mesmerized.
Location: 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York
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.
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