Editors’ Picks: 11 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Festival on Art and Disability to a Course on the Legacy of the Great Migration
Plus, your last chance to see Alexis Rockman at Guild Hall and Victoria Dugger's debut solo show.
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 in person 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, July 19 and Tuesday, July 20
1. “Disability Futures Virtual Festival” at the Ford Foundation, New York
Ford Foundation has partnered with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and United States Artists on this virtual festival celebrating Ford’s Disability Futures Fellows featuring performances, conversations, and a virtual dance party. Topics include “Queer Disabled Legacies” and “The Power and Presence of Indigenous Disabled Stories.”
Time: Monday, 12 p.m.–8:30 p.m.; Tuesday, 12 p.m.–6:15 p.m.
Tuesday, July 20
2. “Moments Choisis: Film Series by Josephine Meckseper” at Guild Hall, East Hampton
German-born artist Josephine Meckseper is currently an artist-in-residence at East Hampton’s Elaine de Kooning House. Coinciding with this residence, Meckseper is sharing weekly three-to-five-minute film clips—produced and edited by the artist—chronicling the process of creating her new works in the studio. Meckseper is debuting the last of the series this week.
Time: 12 p.m.
Thursday, July 22
3. “Lynn Hershman Leeson in Conversation With Kris Paulsen” at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Columbus
Artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson, whose first museum solo show, “Twisted,” is on view at New York’s New Museum through October 3, speaks with writer, theorist, and Ohio State art history professor Kris Paulsen about her 50-year career. Three of Leeson’s films are also being screened at the Wex through Saturday, July 24.
Price: Free with registration
Time: 7 p.m.
Thursday, July 22 and Thursday, July 29
4. “The Great American Migration in Art and Politics” at the 92nd Street Y, New York
This two-day continuing education course taught by Carla J. DuBose-Simons will examine the mass exodus of Black Americans from the South between 1910 and 1970, and the role of the Great Migration in the rise of Black art, music, and literature, particularly the Harlem Renaissance. The class will also address segregation faced by African Americans in the South and the racial discrimination that greeted them upon their arrival in Northern cities, and how the Great Migration helped shaped the Civil Rights Movement and still affects the make-up of our cities to this day.
Location: 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (between East 91st and 92nd Streets), New York
Time: 12 p.m.–2:15 p.m.
Through Friday, July 23
5. “By a Thread: Paige Beeber and Jessica Willittes” at Thierry Goldberg, New York
Thierry Goldberg pairs the work of Paige Beeber and Jessica Willittes in this two-person show of layered, hyper-detailed multimedia paintings. Willittes paints on carpet, cutting the fabrics and sewing them back together again, while Beeber’s preferred form of mark-making is repetitive dashes, which run across her canvases like stitches.
Location: Thierry Goldberg Gallery, 109 Norfolk Street, New York
Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
6. “Juliana Stankiewicz: The Modern Woman” at CJ One Gallery, New York
The multidisciplinary artist Juliana Stankiewicz, who paints, performs, and takes photographs, has a new show at CJ One Gallery focused on sexism and gender discrimination. The show encourages viewers to look at the world through the eyes of a child. “Her hope is that by creating a fun and interactive way to view these traditional roles, we will advance the conversation and continue to shift our actions toward gender equality,” the gallery said in a statement.
Location: CJ One Gallery, 246 West 54th Street, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 1 p.m.–6 p.m.
Through Saturday, July 24
7. “Victoria Dugger: Out of Body” at Sargent’s Daughters, New York
Victoria Dugger has secured her first solo show even before she has completed her MFA at the University of Georgia. The exhibition’s title comes from her series of self portraits that boldly claim her status as a Black disabled woman with bright colors and twisted forms. Bejeweled fabric sculptures of lumpy legs on antique garden chairs continue the theme. “It’s easy to be overlooked when you don’t have a seat at the table, but thankfully I always bring my own chair,” Duggar wrote in a recent essay. “As a disabled Black woman, I have a desire for people to accept or appreciate me for both my surface and what’s below it; to humanize me not because of my appearance, but despite it.”
Location: Sargent’s Daughters, 179 East Broadway, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Through Monday, July 26
8. “Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks” at Guild Hall, East Hampton
Environmental disasters have long preoccupied New York artist Alexis Rockman. The 40 paintings and works on paper at Guild Hall focus on the world’s waterways and the doomed vessels and cargo ships that traversed them over centuries. Creatures big and small observe the wreckage while floating dangerously close on wooden barrels and treasure chests. Some historic, some imagined, these scenarios highlight the long history of exploitation of humans, animals, and natural resources.
Location: Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton
Time: Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
Through Saturday, July 31
9. “Resurgence” at NYC Culture Club, New York
The inaugural show at brothers and artists Parker and Clayton Calvert’s new downtown art space, NYC Culture Club, presents an optimistic vision for the future of the city as we look to put the pandemic in our rearview mirror. Work by artists including LeRone Wilson, Chellis Baird, and Kerry Irvine touch on themes of social justice and environmentalism.
Location: Oculus, 185 Greenwich Street, C1 Level, South Concourse, New York
Time: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Through Friday, August 20
10. “JoAnn Verburg: For Now” at Pace, New York
Olive trees—which JoAnn Verburg first photographed in the 1990s—take center stage in the artist’s first solo show at Pace, with multi-frame photo and video works captured in Italy, Israel, and California since 2016. The images of these lush landscapes are transportive, especially in the video works, where the leaves rustle in the gentle breeze.
Location: Pace, 540 West 25th Street, New York
Time: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Through Saturday, September 11
11. “Estefania Velez Rodriguez: Time’s Passage is Probably an Illusion” at Praxis Gallery, New York
Boricua artist Estefania Velez Rodriguez’s works are electric abstractions of nature. Using a vivid palette of purple, orange, red, blue, and green, Velez Rodriguez recreates the landscapes of Mexico and her birthplace, Puerto Rico. “For this series, she built windows that are simultaneously looking inside and outside and depict a temporal space that only exists relatively within us,” the gallery said. The artist created the works throughout the pandemic in her Brooklyn studio as well as on a rooftop in Mexico City.
Location: Praxis Gallery, 501 West 20th Street, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
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