Editors’ Picks: 14 Things to See in New York This Week

Parties, openings, and talks abound.

"Hippie Royalty on the Rocks," Ibiza, 1969. Photo by Karl Ferris, featuring crocheted designs by 100% Birgitta.

Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. See them below.

Tuesday, July 11

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Andrea Fraser. Courtesy of Patrick McMullan.

1. “Practice Lecture Series: Andrea Fraser” at the School of Visual Arts
Andrea Fraser, a performance and video artist perhaps best known for her controversial 2003 video piece in which a collector paid $20,000 to have sex with her, gives a talk presented by SVA’s MFA Art Practice.

Location: School of Visual Arts, Room 501H, 335 West 16th Street
Price: Free
Time: 12:30 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Courtesy, Christie's Images Ltd.

Courtesy, Christie’s Images Ltd.

2. Christie’s Summer Preview Party “Shed” in Red Hook 
The party will feature a one-night show titled “Shed” featuring a selection of contemporary New York artists curated by artist Darryl Westly, with music selected by DJ Paul Sevigny. Highlights of Christie’s upcoming online First Open sale will be on view.

Location: 100 Imlay Street, Brooklyn
Price: Free. Must RSVP.
Time: 7 p.m.–11 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella

Wednesday, July 12

Two Clayton Patterson photographs featured in a spread from <em>Clayton Patterson: Pyramid Portraits</em>. Courtesy of the New York Public Library.

Two Clayton Patterson photographs featured in a spread from Clayton Patterson: Pyramid Portraits. Courtesy of the New York Public Library.

3. “Clayton Patterson and Tod Lippy, In Conversation” at the New York Public Library
Artist and documentarian Clayton Patterson is a Lower East Side legend, having photographed the drag scene at New York’s Pyramid Club in the mid-1980s. At the New York Public Library, he speaks about this pioneering work with Tod Lippy, the editor of bi-annual nonprofit arts publication ESOPUS, which features Patterson in its current issue. Following the talk and a Q&A, the photographer will also be selling and signing copies of his book, Clayton Patterson: Pyramid Portraits.

Location: Tompkins Square Library, Basement, 331 East 10th Street
Price: Free
Time: 6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Shaun Leonardo, <em>I Can't Breathe</em>. Courtesy of SVA.

Shaun Leonardo, I Can’t Breathe. Courtesy of SVA.

4. Panel Discussion, “The Artist as Activist,” at the School of Visual Arts
Do artists bear a responsibility to comment on the urgent political and social issues of their time? Does art have any efficacy in addressing injustice? This panel features artnet News’s own National Art Critic, Ben Davis, along with artists Shaun Leonardo, William Powhida, Daniel Tucker, and Caroline Woolard.

Location: School of Visual Arts, Room 501H, 335 West 16th Street
Price: Free
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

—Brian Boucher

Wednesday, July 12–Friday, August 18

Brandi Twilley's The Tempest (2017). Image courtesy of Brandi Twilley and Sargent’s Daughters.

Brandi Twilley’s The Tempest (2017). Image courtesy of Brandi Twilley and Sargent’s Daughters.

5. Brandi Twilley “Where The Fire Started” at Sargent’s Daughters
For Twilley’s second solo show with the gallery, the New York-based artist returns to the subject of her childhood bedroom in Oklahoma, which was destroyed by a fire in 1999. The new paintings are based on the drawings she did from memory of the burned house as a 16-year-old, making her younger self her artistic collaborator.

Location: Sargent’s Daughters, 179 East Broadway
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; summer hours, Tuesday–Friday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella

Thursday, July 13

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, <em>The Grains</em>, 2017. Courtesy the artist and the New Museum.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, The Grains, 2017. Courtesy the artist and the New Museum.

6. “Lynette Yiadom-Boakye in Conversation with Massimiliano Gioni” at the New Museum
On the occasion of her current New Museum exhibition “Under-Song for a Cipher” (through September 3), Lynette Yiadom-Boakye speaks with Massimiliano Gioni, the museum’s artistic director, about the 17 new works created specifically for this show, and her oeuvre as a whole.

Location: the New Museum Theater, 235 Bowery
Price: General admission $15
Time: 7 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Thursday, July 13

Night at the Museum, May 2017. Photo by Charles Roussel, photo courtesy of MoMA PS1.

Night at the Museum, May 2017. Photo by Charles Roussel, photo courtesy of MoMA PS1.

7. “Night at the Museum” Party at MoMA PS1
For this evening celebration of the multi-media exhibition “Past Skin“, artists from the current show will stage interactive installations, soundscapes, and performances in keeping with the themes of fragmented and virtual realities. In addition to the artist intervention, there will be a DJ set from the Warm Up curatorial team to enjoy under the canopy of Jenny Sabin’s Lumen installation, which casts neon-lights after the sun goes down. Tickets and more information available.

Location: MoMA PS122-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City
Price: $15 available here
Time: 8 p.m.–midnight

Caroline Goldstein 

Thursday, July 13

Installation view of “Counter-Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture.”
Photo by Jenna Bascom. Courtesy of the Museum of Arts and Design

8.”From Cosmic to Camp: Hippie Chic Fashions, 1967–1972” at the Museum of Arts and Design 

Lauren Whitley, curator of textiles and fashion arts at the MFA in Boston, will speak about the revolutionary style that took hold of the raging countercultural aesthetic in the 1960s and 1970s. In conjunction with the current exhibition, “Counter Couture: Handmade Fashion in an American Counterculture” which runs through August 20. The show highlights the colorful textiles, fringey frocks, and all around cool that has persisted throughout the decades.

Location:  2 Columbus Circle, talk in the theater
Price: $15 general admission, $10 members and students
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein 

Anna Biller, posters for <Em>The Love Witch</em> and <em>Viva</em>. Courtesy of Anthology Film Archives.

Anna Biller, posters for The Love Witch and Viva. Courtesy of Anthology Film Archives.

9. Anna Biller Double Feature at Anthology Film Archives
In conjunction with the current Museum of Sex exhibition “NSFW: Female Gaze,” Anthology presents a double feature from independent filmmaker Anna Biller, who does her own costumes, set design, props, and scores for her movies, which in which she also often stars. “Biller produces cinema with a focus on visual pleasure for women, referencing historical genres to talk about female roles within culture, coding feminist ideas within cinematic aesthetics,” notes Anthology.

Location: Anthology Film Archives 32 Second Avenue
Price: $15 for both films
Time: 6:30 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Thursday, July 13–Sunday, July 30

Capucine Gros’s Approximately 199 (2017). Image courtesy the artist.

10. “Implicit Borders: A Cartography of Free Will” at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery
Swiss-born artist Capucine Gros’s work tackles the the inherent biases, or “Implicit Borders” that plague contemporary culture. In a work that recalls On Kawara’s Date Paintings, the artist will be at the gallery everyday throughout the show working on her ongoing piece, Human Strokes, (2010-present) that records a white brushstroke for every death announced in the media.

Location: Catinca Tabcaru Gallery, 250 Broome Street
Price: free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein 

Friday July 14–Wednesday, September 6

Louise Sartor, <em>Bolo</em>. Courtesy of Arsenal Contemporary.

Louise Sartor, Bolo. Courtesy of Arsenal Contemporary.

11. “Sticky Fingers” at Arsenal Contemporary
Martha Kirszenbaum has curated this group show, featuring Meriem Bennani, Elizabeth Jaeger, Wanda Koop, Piotr Łakomy, An Te Liu, Elizabeth McIntosh, Caroline Mesquita, and Louise Sartor, by bringing together works that “evoke the fragile tangibility of the human body, intertwining materiality with theatrical playfulness” to “ultimately disclose the vast disconnectedness and loneliness of modern existence.”

Location: Arsenal Contemporary, 214 Bowery
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Friday July 14–Sunday, October 1

Helio Oiticica <i>P15 Parangolé Cape 11, I Embody Revolt worn by Nildo of Mangueira</i> (1967). Photo: Courtesy of César and Claudio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro. © César and Claudio Oiticica. Photograph by Claudio Oiticica.

Helio Oiticica P15 Parangolé Cape 11, I Embody Revolt worn by Nildo of Mangueira (1967). Photo: Courtesy of César and Claudio Oiticica, Rio de Janeiro. © César and Claudio Oiticica. Photograph by Claudio Oiticica.

12. “Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium” at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Presenting the first full-scale retrospective of the influential Brazilian neo-concrete artist Hélio Oiticica in the US, the Whitney showcases Oiticica’s work from his early geometric paintings and drawings to his sculptures, architectural installations, writings, films, and the large-scale, immersive environments which he became known for. It’s a rare chance to see seminal pieces of Oiticica’s work, since much of his art and archives succumbed to a fire in 2009.

Location: Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street
Price: General admission, $25; students/seniors, $18; 18 and under, free
Time: Sunday–Monday, 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wed–Thu 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m.

—Henri Neuendorf

Through Monday, July 17

The Connective Project in the Prospect Park Rose Garden. Courtesy of the Prospect Park Alliance.

The Connective Project in the Prospect Park Rose Garden. Courtesy of the Prospect Park Alliance.

13. “The Connective Project: Celebrating 150 Years of Brooklyn’s Backyard” at Prospect Park
On the occasion of the park’s 150th birthday, Prospect Park Alliance has teamed up with event production company Area4 and Reddymade Architecture and Design to create this large-scale collaborative public art installation in the underappreciated Rose Garden near the park’s northeast corner. Thousands of pinwheels dot the garden lawn, decorated with artwork, photographs, and written works submitted by emerging artists, famous Brooklynites, and members of the public. To participate, you can submit your contribution online, or take part in a workshop on site at the Tesla Design Lab at Grand Army Plaza.

Location: Prospect Park Rose Garden, 13 East Drive, Brooklyn
Price: Free
Time: 5 a.m.–dusk; daily workshops 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Through Monday, July 31

"Seaman's House" installation view. Courtesy of "Seaman's House."

“Seaman’s House” installation view. Courtesy of “Seaman’s House.”

14. “Seaman’s House” at 348 West 22nd Street
A Chelsea townhouse is the site of this group show featuring Davide Cantoni, Christina Kruse, Patrick Gallagher, Anton Ginzburg, Tatyana Murray, Jorge Otero-Pailos, Chris Klapper, Christian Wassmann, and Gregory Krum. All nine artists currently live in New York, but have created work that reflects their various heritages, which include American, British, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, and Swiss. The exhibition’s non-traditional venue looks to offer an alternative model to the commercial art gallery (the property happens to be where Clement Clarke Moore wrote “The Night Before Christmas.”)

Location: 348 West 22nd Street
Price: Free
Time: Open by appointment

—Sarah Cascone

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