Editors’ Picks: 7 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week

Here's what you need to see in the art world this week.

"Paraíso" at Galeria Melissa NY. Courtesy of Galeria Melissa.

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

Monday, July 2

Marguerite Hemmings, “we free lab.” Courtesy of the Kitchen.

1. “we free lab” at the Kitchen

Marguerite Hemmings presents “we free lab,” a performance using light, sound, and dance to explore relationships. The event is part of “The Racial Imaginary Institute: On Whiteness”

Location: The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Price: Free
Time: 7 p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein


Through Friday, July 6

Sheila Hicks, Life Lines (2018). Photo courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

Sheila Hicks, Life Lines (2018). Photo courtesy of Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

2. “Sheila Hicks: Down Side Up” at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. 

In her new show at Sikkema Jenkins, Sheila Hicks presents new wrapped panels created over the past two years that are designed to be viewed from both front and back. Many of the works come to the gallery straight from the Centre Pompidou in Paris, which held a survey of the artist’s work earlier this year.

Location: Sikkema Jenkins & Co., 530 West 22nd Street
Price: Free
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Friday, July 6–Saturday, July 7

Software for Artists Day presenter Taeyoon Choi. Image courtesy of Pioneer Works.

Software for Artists Day presenter Taeyoon Choi. Image courtesy of Pioneer Works.

3. “Software for Artists Day” at Pioneer Works 

Returning to Pioneer Works for its fourth consecutive year, Software for Artists Day combines presentations, workshops, and networking (get it?) to unite artists, technologists, and activists on common ground. Acclaimed media artist Lauren McCarthy will deliver a keynote address on Friday evening, while Saturday will allow attendees to choose from a menu of interactive sessions stretching from morning to late afternoon, each led by new media sages like Taeyoon Choi, Daniel Temkin, Claudia Hart, and Morehshin Allahyari.

Location: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook
Price: $25 (includes lunch and drinks throughout the conference)
Time: Friday, 7 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.

—Tim Schneider


Through Sunday, July 8

Anna Walinksa, <em>Woman in Interior</em>. Courtesy of the Nassau County Museum of Art.

Anna Walinksa, Woman in Interior. Courtesy of the Nassau County Museum of Art.

4. “Anything Goes: The Jazz Age” at the Nassau County Museum of Art

The Nassau County Museum of Art’s ode to the Jazz Age includes Charles Lindbergh memorabilia, sheet music from the likes of Cole Porter, and painting and sculpture by big names such as Joan Miro, Fernand Leger, and Pablo Picasso. An unexpected discovery, however, might be a selection of some of the over 2,000 works on canvas and paper created by Anna Walinksa, an unsung figure of the Modernist movement.

Other highlights include the original cover art for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, a design Francis Cugat came up with while the book was still being completed—the floating facial features are said to have inspired the author to create the book’s famously haunting eye billboard.

Location: The Nassau County Museum of Art, One Museum Drive, Roslyn Harbor
Price: General admission $12
Time: Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–4:45 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through Sunday, August 12

Gayla Pwerle, Bush Tomato (2015). Photo courtesy of Olsen Gruin.

Gayla Pwerle, Bush Tomato (2015). Photo courtesy of Olsen Gruin.

5. “Beyond the Veil” at Olsen Gruin

Damien Hirst had an instant hit on his hands when he debuted his new “Veil Paintings” at Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles earlier this year—but some pointed out an undeniable similarity between his colorful canvases and those of a group of Indigenous Australian women artists in Utopia, near Alice Springs, Australia. Serendipitously, Emerald Gruin was already planning an exhibition of these painters including Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Kathy Maringka, Polly Ngale, and Gabriella Possum Nungurrayi.

Location: Olsen Gruin, 30 Orchard Street
Price: Free
Time: Wednesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through Friday, August 31

Natalia Stuyk, Paraíso at Galeria Melissa NY. Photo by Vicente Muñoz.

Natalia Stuyk, Paraíso at Galeria Melissa NY. Photo by Vicente Muñoz.

6. “Natalia Stuyk: Paraíso” at Galeria Melissa

Blurring the lines between retail and art, Galeria Melissa, the flagship store for the Brazilian plastic shoe brand of the same name, presents a multimedia installation from emerging London-based video artist Natalia Stuyk. Trance-like animations play on loop amid a sea of iridescent stars hanging from the ceiling. Sure to be an Instagram sensation for summer, the piece is “a visual manifestation of feeling too hot to move and not caring about it,” according to the artist.

Location: Galeria Melissa, 500 Broadway
Price: Free
Time: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through September 8

Brian Tolle, Eureka</em> Federal Hall. Photo courtesy of C24 Gallery.

Brian Tolle, Eureka Federal Hall. Photo courtesy of C24 Gallery.

7. “Brian Tolle’s Eureka” at Federal Hall

Artist Brian Tolle’s show is inspired by the narrow “canal houses” that were popular in the 18th century in New York, which feature the gabled Dutch facade. The 40-foot sculptural facade is on view to the public throughout the summer. (The exhibition was organized in conjunction with the artist’s gallery, New York’s C24 Gallery.)

Location: Federal Hall, main entrance 26 Wall Street
Price: Free
Time: Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein

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