Editors’ Picks: 11 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Hunter College MFA Show to Greg Goldberg at the National Arts Club

Plus, tune into a talk with the mother of Breonna Taylor as part of a show at the Monira Foundation.

Ali Maimon, Untitled (2018). Courtesy of Galerie SINIYA28.

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


Monday, February 15

Sophie Kahn. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sophie Kahn. Photo courtesy of the artist.

1. “POW Arts & Art Mamas Alliance Present: Career Disruption During COVID” 

Artist Sophie Kahn will lead an informal discussion about the difficulties facing mothers in the workforce in 2021, why so many have left their jobs, and how women can support each other, especially during uncertain time.

Price: Free with registration
Time: 7 p.m.–8 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Tuesday, February 16

This mural, housed at a Chicago Public Schools office building in Garfield Park, is among early 20th century and WPA-era works in the schools' collection that have been criticized for their outdated depictions of Native Americans and other races and ethnicities. (Chicago Public Schools)

This mural at a Chicago public school building is among several early 20th-century works in the city’s collection that have been criticized for having outdated depictions of Native Americans and other races and ethnicities. Photo courtesy of Chicago Public Schools.

2. “Resolving Tensions Over Race and Representation in Public Art” at the National Coalition Against Censorship, New York

The National Coalition Against Censorship is hosting a virtual luncheon to consider the delicate issue of historic WPA murals that whitewash problematic aspects of US history, and whether or not to remove them. Karyn Olivier, an artist and professor at Temple University in Philadelphia; Adriene Lim, dean of libraries at the University of Maryland; and scholar and curator Anthony Huffman will discuss.

Price: Free with registration
Time: 12:30 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Tuesday, February 16–Monday, February 22 

Amir Zaki, <em>Concrete Vessel 47</em> (2019). Photo courtesy Edward Cella Art & Architecture.

Amir Zaki, Concrete Vessel 47
(2019). Photo courtesy Edward Cella Art & Architecture.

3. “Intersect 21” 

The latest offering from the Intersect Art and Design fair (the rebranded Art Aspen, SOFA Chicago, and Art Palm Springs) is a virtual fair with 21 galleries from California, the Middle East, and North Africa. A full slate of digital programming includes a series of talks on art and culture in the US and Middle East (Saturday, 3:30 p.m.) and art in conflict zones (Monday, 9:30 a.m.).

Price: Free
Time: VIP preview Tuesday; open daily at all times

—Tanner West


Tuesday, February 16–Saturday, April 24

Peter Joseph, <i> Bright Pink with Lilac</i> (1990)
 ©Peter Joseph; Courtesy Lisson Gallery

Peter Joseph, Bright Pink with Lilac (1990)
 ©Peter Joseph; Courtesy Lisson Gallery

4. “Peter Joseph: The Border Paintings” at Lisson Gallery

Peter Joseph, who died in November at 91 while planning this exhibition of works from the 1980s and 1990s, is perhaps best known for these meditative, two-tone works that stem from a seminal moment in the late 1960s, when he fell asleep watching a Luis Buñuel film and woke up to the residual light of the projector on the silver screen. Check out a studio visit with the artist in Gloucestershire and an interview with Hans Ulrich Obrist.

Location: Lisson Gallery

504 West 24th Street
Time: Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella


Thursday, February 18

Azikiwe Mohammed, "The Tales Told From Fold Out Chairs, 2020. Photo courtesy of Roy Groething.

Azikiwe Mohammed, “The Tales Told From Fold Out Chairs, 2020. Photo courtesy of Roy Groething.

5. “Tamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor’s Mother, in Conversation” at Hudson County Community College

Tamika Palmer will be in conversation with Michelle Vitale, Hudson County Community College’s director of cultural affairs, and Dorothy Anderson, an assistant professor of history, at an online event in tandem with the exhibition “Azikiwe Mohammed: Tales Told from Fold Out Chairs, and Rashad Wright: in Heaven’s Wakanda,” organized by the Monira Foundation. Palmer is the mother of Breonna Taylor, the EMT who was killed by police in a no-knock warrant in March 2020, becoming an iconic figure  in the Black Lives Matter movement.

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

—Brian Boucher


Thursday, February 18—Sunday, February 28

Lily Wong. Courtesy of Hunter College.

6. “Mirror/Stage” Hunter College MFA Thesis Exhibition at Hunter College MFA building, New York

Artists Jenna Beasley, Anthony Cudahy, Néstor Pérez-Molière, and Lily Wong present their thesis show at Hunter College, which will run for only 10 days. The show can be visited only by appointment, so be sure to book a time. This will be the first group of six shows from the fall 2020 and spring 2021 classes.

Location: 205 Hudson Street, New York
Time: By appointment only

—Cristina Cruz


Friday, February 19–Friday, March 19

Josh Allen, Torso in Business Suit #13, 2020. Courtesy of REGULARNORMAL.

7. “Flame Tree” at Regular Normal, New York

Bony Ramirez curates Regular Normal’s third exhibition, “Flame Tree,” a group show highlighting LGBTQ+ artists Mariah GW⁣, Cielo Félix Hernández, Anthony Peyton Young, Ricardo Osmondo Francis, Josh Allen, and Devin Osorio⁣, among others.

Location: Regular Normal, 76 Bowery, New York
Time: Wednesday and Thursday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Cristina Cruz


Through Sunday, February 28

Euginia Popesco, Lockdown Still Life (In the One Bed), 2020 Courtesy of Young Space

8. “20 Seconds or More” at Young Space

The website Young Space presents “20 Seconds or More,” a group show of 14 international emerging artists guest curated by dealer and curator Sim Smith. The title of the show refers to the health guidelines of washing your hands for 20 seconds or more in order to maintain proper hygiene during the pandemic. The works each reflect humorously on how everyday life has been affected during the past year.

Price: Free
Time: Ongoing

—Neha Jambhekar


Through Sunday, March 7

Xiao Wang, Untitled, 2019 Courtesy of The Java Project

9. “Xiao Wang: Hyperfoliage” at the Java Project, Brooklyn

Java Project presents “Hyperfoliage,” the first New York solo show of Chinese artist Xiao Wang, in collaboration with González Jassan. Wang’s creates images of brightly colored vegetation interspersed with figures, usually his friends and family, and sometimes self-portraits. He finds inspiration in movements such as Romanticism and Symbolism, and uses the flora that he encountered in California as his subject matter. “Wang wants his paintings to speak to contemporary anxieties in the face of ideological uncertainty and environmental crisis,” the gallery said in a statement.

Location: The Java Project, 252 Java Street, Brooklyn, NY
Time: Open by appointment

—Neha Jambhekar


Through Friday, March 13

Julie Blackmon <i>Stolen Kiss</i>(2005) © Julie Blackmon, Courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

Julie Blackmon, Stolen Kiss (2005). © Julie Blackmon, Courtesy Robert Mann Gallery

10. “Love in the Time of Covid” at Robert Mann Gallery

Valentine’s Day may have come and gone, but this virtual amore-focused photography exhibition is still a fun dive into colorfully depicted scenes that explore themes of kinship, romance, and love. The works presented range from Cig Harvey’s vivid, hyper-saturated image of flowers, to Jeff Brouws’ monochromatic pink California house-scape and Margaret Watkins’s still life of a chocolate-toned lover’s gift. 

Price: Free
Time: Open daily at all times

—Eileen Kinsella


Through Tuesday, March 30

Greg Goldberg, <i>Perimeter Painting #4, 11/29/18-6/17/19</i>. Courtesy the National Arts Club, New York.

Greg Goldberg, Perimeter Painting #4, 11/29/18-6/17/19. Courtesy the National Arts Club, New York.

11. “Greg Goldberg: Perimeter Paintings” at National Arts Club, New York

For the new series of paintings in this show inaugurating the renovated galleries at the National Arts Club, artist Greg Goldberg built his paintings from the outside in, using the edges of each canvas as his starting point. The meditative works, which were made over the course of months, are partly reflections on the time of day at which they were made. The artist has previously shown at Artists Space in New York and James Barron Art in Kent, Connecticut.

Location: 15 Gramercy Park South, New York
Time: By appointment only

—Nan Stewert

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