Editors’ Picks: 14 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week
The art world's eye is turned toward Miami this week, but there's still plenty to see in New York.
Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Tuesdays and Thursdays through December 29
The postmodern artist, dancer, and choreographer Simone Forti’s Dance Constructions (1960-61), a key forerunner to the Judson Dance Theater, revolutionized modern dance. Performed with inexpensive materials such as plywood and rope, the dances involved actions such as climbing, leaning, standing, and whistling. These works were first presented at the Reuben Gallery and at Yoko Ono’s home, and now they’re being restaged at MoMA as part of “Judson Dance Theater: The Work Is Never Done,” on view through February 3, 2019.
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street
Price: Free with museum admission ($25 for adults)
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.
Monday, December 3
Journalist and critic Barbara Pollack will give a presentation on her book, Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise, the first book that looks at millennial artists from China. This younger generation, building on the success of their predecessors of the late 1980s and 1990s, have emerged on the international art scene as more savvy. Pollack examines how this new generation is navigating its path toward international art stardom, and how it’s affecting their heritage along the way. The presentation will be followed by an interview with Michelle Yun and a book signing.
Location: 680 Park Avenue
Price: Members $15; students and seniors $17; nonmembers $20
Time: 6:30—8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5
“Optics: Going Viral—Gifs, Memes, and Insta-Fame” at the International Center of Photography
This edition of the ongoing “Optics” series at ICP, which is hosted by gimlet-eyed New York art critic Jillian Steinhauer, tackles the online world of digital folk culture. As expert voice on all things viral, Steinhauer has tapped Jason Eppink, curator of digital media at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, and the man behind everything from a show on “Reaction Gifs” to the current exhibition “A Whole Different Ball Game: Playing Through 60 Years of Sports Video Games.” The talk is free but register in advance.
Location: International Center of Photography, 250 Bowery
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
A reading from the personal journals of the late photojournalist Tim Hetherington, who was killed in 2011 while covering the war in Libya, coincides with the Bronx Documentary Center’s “War and Peace in Liberia: Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros” show (on view through January 13). The exhibition features photos by Hetherington and Chris Hondros, documenting the atrocities of the Liberian Civil War (1999–2003), and doubles as the book launch of the catalogue.
Location: Bronx Documentary Center, 364 East 151st Street
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 6
“Alternate Visions: Bold Proposals for Housing New Yorkers” at the Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York is addressing New York City’s affordable housing crisis in this program presented by City Lab, featuring a discussion moderated by Kriston Capps. Five thought leaders and activists will present a series of radically different proposals on how the city might improve its housing situation.
Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at East 103rd Street
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, December 6–February 10, 2019
“Dissembler: Maria Antelman” at Pioneer Works
The title work in Maria Antelman’s show at Pioneer Works, which features four video installations, takes its name from a computer program that translates machine languages so that humans can understand them for assembly purposes. The film considers a post-automated world and the physical and psychological effects of automation on society.
Location: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street
Time: Opening reception, 7 p.m.–10 p.m.; Wednesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Through Friday, December 7
For one week only, Rotterdam’s Het Nieuwe Institut will present 10 site-specific installations of time-based media work at various sites throughout lower Manhattan. “Screen Spaces,” curated by Vere Van Gool, aims to explore video culture’s role in shaping public space by bringing together pioneers in the field, such as JODI (at Rhizome’s pop-up On Canal) and the late Shigeko Kubota (at the Emily Harvey Foundation), with rising talents such as Constant Dullaart (at 199 East Third Street) and Analisa Teachworth (at the Camera Club of New York).
Location: See the full list of sites here.
Time: 11 a.m.–6 p.m. daily.
Friday, December 7–Friday, December 21
“Endless Editions Biennial” at the EFA Project Space
The third edition of the “Endless Editions Biennial” opens December 7 at the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space. The open-submission event is curated by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo, a West Coast activist and artist, and will feature more than 100 artists from around the world. This year’s theme is “OPTIMISM”—both good and bad. The opening reception will feature a performance by Gabriel Garza. Other special events will take place throughout the biennial’s run.
Location: EFA Project Space, 323 West 39th Street, 2nd floor
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Through Wednesday, December 14
“The Life of Forms” at Di Donna
Di Donna considers the natural inspirations for modernist sculpture in this group show featuring the likes of Jean Arp, Ruth Asawa, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Barbara Hepworth, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Henry Moore, and Isamu Noguchi. In their sleek abstraction, the sculptures reveal the influence of insect wings, plant leaves, and other forms from nature.
Location: Di Donna, 744 Madison Avenue
Time: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Thursday, December 15
“By Fire, Ceramic Works” at Almine Rech Gallery
Almine Rech pairs Modernist masters with contemporary ceramicists in this group show featuring Justin Adian, Miquel Barceló, Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, Amy Bessone, Johan Creten, Lucio Fontana, Günther Förg, Mark Hagen, Wifredo Lam, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Joan Miró, Ron Nagle, Mai-Thu Perret, Pablo Picasso, Anselm Reyle, Julian Schnabel, Arlene Shechet, Claire Tabouret & Pierre Yovanovitch, Rosemarie Trockel, and Betty Woodman.
Location: Almine Rech, 39 East 78th Street, 2nd floor
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
“NSFW: Ana Benaroya and Tina Lugo” at Postmasters Gallery
Ana Benaroya, who will graduate from Yale University with an MFA next year, and Tina Lugo, a painter and tattoo artist based in Portland, Oregon, both paint sexually explicit scenes in which female figures dominate, making them a natural pairing in this two-person show. The exhibition, full of humor and explosive sexual power, leaves behind traditional gender roles in its wholehearted embrace of erotic passion.
Location: Postmasters Gallery, 54 Franklin Street
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Friday, December 16
“Here, right now. Hana Sackler” at A.I.R.
Blurring the lines of reality, Hana Sackler’s photo and video works cast the viewer both as voyeur and intruder. In her first solo show in New York, she presents a three-part video, Game Call, that becomes progressively stranger and less grounded in reality, despite its everyday setting.
Location: A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn
Time: Wednesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Tiffany Jaeyeon Shin’s first major solo show includes a fully immersive sauna, a custom line of beauty products inspired by the Korean beauty industry (and it embrace of lactic acid as a whitening agent), and new works in video, photo, and collage. Shin invites visitors to apply her lotions and creams, and to consider philosopher Franz Fanon’s concept of lactification, in which the desire to whiten one’s skin erases one’s racial identity.
Location: The Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Avenue
Time: Thursday and Friday, 5 p.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.–8 p.m.
Through Saturday, December 17
“Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974–1995” at SculptureCenter
Today, video art calls to mind a darkened room in a white cube, but that wasn’t always the case. SculptureCenter takes a look at the medium’s surprisingly sculptural roots, with monitor-based pieces that relied on the television set as an important element of the work—think Nam June Paik, with his video sculptures with multiple screens. Other featured artists include Dara Birnbaum, Shigeko Kubota, Tony Oursler, and Diana Thater.
Location: SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street
Price: Suggested donation of $5
Time: Thursday–Monday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
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