Editors’ Picks: 13 Events for Your Virtual Art Calendar This Week, From a Reading by Eileen Myles to the First Online Edition of Untitled

Plus, Larry Ossei-Mensah and Azikiwe Mohammed in conversation, and a discussion with filmmaker Alexis Clements.

Katherine McMahon sanitizing currency for Free Clean Money a performance art piece with Ray Angry that will be staged later this summer at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. Photo by Jessica Dalene.
Katherine McMahon sanitizing currency for Free Clean Money a performance art piece with Ray Angry that will be staged later this summer at Guild Hall in East Hampton, New York. Photo by Jessica Dalene.

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.) 

 

Tuesday, July 28

Installation view of "Inventing Downtown –Artist-Run Galleries in New York City 1952–1965" at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery.

Installation view of “Inventing Downtown –Artist-Run Galleries in New York City 1952–1965” at NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery. Photo courtesy of the NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery.

1. “A Conversation on Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965” at the NYU Abu Dhabi Gallery

The NYU Grey Art Gallery’s 2017 exhibition “Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1952–1965” offered a fascinating snapshot of how artists such as Mark di Suvero, Yayoi Kusama, Alex Katz, and Yoko Ono created their own spaces and communities in the 1950s and ’60s. Now on view virtually, the show is being marked by a conversation between the show’s curator, Melissa Rachleff; Grey Art Gallery director Lynn Gumpert; and NYU Abu Dhabi Art Gallery executive director Maya Allison.

Price: Free
Time: 12 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Victor Wang, Zoé Whitley, Julia Grosse. Credit: Benjamin Renter.

Victor Wang, Zoé Whitley, Julia Grosse. Credit: Benjamin Renter.

2. “What Is Necessary? Responses From the Institutions” at the Royal College of Art, London

This panel discussion will address how public institutions should respond to the push for more diversity in the workforce, as well as other concerns that have arisen amid the global health crisis. Zoé Whitley, director of London’s Chisenhale Gallery, and Victor Wang, artistic director of M WOODS museums in Beijing, will be in discussion with the journalist and art historian Julia Grosse. The event is part of RCA2020, the Royal College of Art’s online graduate show, and will also be livestreamed on Twitch.

Price: Free with registration
Time: 7:15 p.m.–8:15 p.m. BST (2:15 p.m. EST)

—Naomi Rea

 

Wednesday, July 29

"Possible Futures: Developing Plural Practices in Contemporary Visual Art, Part 2." Image courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

“Possible Futures: Developing Plural Practices in Contemporary Visual Art, Part 2.” Image courtesy of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.

3. “Possible Futures: Developing Plural Practices in Contemporary Visual Art, Part 2” at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles

In the second part of a Zoom discussion addressing sustainable ways forward for the art industry, the ICA LA will hear from Eva Aguila, cofounder of Coaxial Arts Foundation; Debra Scacco, founder of the artist-in-residence program at the Los Angeles Clean Tech Incubator; and Devon Tsuno, activist, educator, and founder of the Praxis Studio at Cal State University.

Price: Free
Time: 4 p.m.–6 p.m. PDT

—Sarah Cascone

 

<em>All We’ve Got</em>, film still. Photo courtesy of Alexis Clements.

All We’ve Got, film still. Photo courtesy of Alexis Clements.

4. Q&A with Alexis Clements at A.I.R. Gallery, New York

Director Alexis Clements will be in discussion about her documentary, All We’ve Got, which looks at American history from the perspective of the LGBTQ+ community, especially as queer women’s spaces across the US have shuttered over the past decade.

Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Saturday, August 1

Katherine McMahon sanitizing currency for Free Clean Money. Photo by Jessica Dalene.

Katherine McMahon sanitizing currency for Free Clean Money. Photo by Jessica Dalene.

11. “Katherine McMahon: Free Clean Money” at Guild Hall, East Hampton

Artist Katherine McMahon is teaming up with pianist Ray Angry to stage a pointed performance art piece in the Hamptons, sanitizing $1 bills and offering them up to audience members on literal silver platters. Will well-heeled Hamptonites be too embarrassed to partake, or will the lure of cold, hard cash be too hard to resist? With much of the New York City art world relocated out east longterm, and art spaces finally open up after the long, lonely months of lockdown, it will be interesting to see how this one is received.

Price: Free
Time: 3 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Wednesday, July 29–Sunday, August 5

Jova Lynne, <em>The Empress</em> (2018). Photo courtesy of Art Mile.

Jova Lynne, The Empress (2018). Photo courtesy of Art Mile.

5. Art Mile, Detroit

Detroit is launching a citywide digital art exhibition featuring over 60 local art spaces as well as online exhibitions, film screenings, musical performances, and a Zoom launch party. The keynote address, featuring curators Jova Lynne and Tizziana Baldenebro, both formerly of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Detroit, will consider the future of the art worker and possible new modes of production and labor.

Price: Free
Time: Time vary, keynote Thursday, July 29, 6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Thursday, July 30

Poet and novelist Eileen Myles. Photo courtesy Poetry Foundation.

Poet and novelist Eileen Myles. Photo courtesy Poetry Foundation.

6. Fanny Howe, Eileen Myles, and Ariana Reines, at Ignota Books

Three prodigious poets will be reading on Zoom in a special gathering that marks the UK publication of celebrated writer Ariana Reines’s latest volume, A Sand Book, and to honor Fanny Howe’s newest book, Night Philosophy. Eileen Myles and Howe will be reading works alongside Reines in an event hosted by writer and activist So Mayer for Ignota Books. Reines’s newest poems look at modern topics including climate change, bystanderism, state murder, and ghosting.

Price: By donation, pre-registration required
Time: 2 p.m.

—Kate Brown

 

A protestor in Saranac Lake on June 2, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Adirondack Experience Museum.

A protestor in Saranac Lake on June 2, 2020. Photo courtesy of the Adirondack Experience Museum.

7. “Driving While Black” at Adirondack Experience, the Museum on Blue Mountain Lake

Clifton H. Harcum, diversity officer at SUNY Potsdam, will moderate a panel discussion about how New York state police treat Black people during traffic stops in the Adirondacks. It’s part of an ongoing Zoom discussion series from the Adirondack Experience museum titled “The Black Experience in the Adirondacks.”

Price: Free with registration
Time: 6 p.m.

—Tanner West

 

Courtesy of Anthony Artis and Larry Ossei-Mensah; Courtesy of Azikiwe Mohammed.

Courtesy of Anthony Artis and Larry Ossei-Mensah; Courtesy of Azikiwe Mohammed. 

8. “Curatorial Talks: Larry Ossei-Mensah and Azikiwe Mohammed” with MANA Contemporary, Jersey City

Larry Ossei-Mensah, curator and co-founder of global collective ARTNOIR, speaks with multi-disciplinary contemporary artist Azikiwe Mohammed. The conversation will explore Mohammed’s studio practice, the evolution of his work over the years, and ways in which art can serve communities.

Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 3 p.m.–4 p.m.

—Katie White 

 

Untitled Art, Online Powered by Artland, installation render, showing works by Koak. ©Koak, images courtesy of Altman Siegel San Francisco.

Untitled Art, Online Powered by Artland, installation render, showing works by Koak. ©Koak, images courtesy of Altman Siegel San Francisco.

9. Untitled Art, Online Powered by Artland

The latest art fair to go online is UNTITLED, which is taking things to the next level with a virtual-reality event featuring a floor plan in an effort to replicate the experience of walking booth to booth. A total of 40 galleries from around the world have signed up for the experiment, including Denny Dimin Gallery from New York, Kavi Gupta Gallery from Chicago, and Shulamit Nazarian from Los Angeles.

Price: Free with registration
Time: VIP preview Thursday, 11 a.m., opens to the public 12 a.m. Friday

—Sarah Cascone

 

Thursday, July 30–Saturday, October 31

Onur Hastürk, Golden Silk Kaftan Odalisque, 2020 Courtesy of Anna Laudel

10. Assimilation at Anna Laudel, Düsseldorf

Assimilation,” is the first solo exhibition of Turkish artist Onur Hastürk at Anna Laudel gallery. Hastürk’s works put a contemporary twist on the art of Islamic miniature painting by making direct references to Matisse and Warhol in two of three new series on view. The works range from Orientalist miniature portraits of women lounging in exotic dresses in beautifully decorated interiors, to abstract paper cutouts, to geometric patterns evoking the beauty and symmetry of historic Islamic architecture. Works from the show (which can also be visited by appointment in Düsseldorf) are viewable online at Artnet Galleries.

Price: Free
Time: By Appointment

—Neha Jambhekar

 

Sunday, August 2

Tomás Saraceno. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Tomás Saraceno. Photo courtesy of the artist.

11. “Tomás Saraceno and Harriet A. Washington in Conversations on Environmental Justice” at the Shed, New York

Tomás Saraceno will speak with science journalist Harriet A. Washington about racial inequality and public health, and how those factors have shaped current events, particularly with regard to the global health crisis. The pre-recorded talk will be released on the Shed’s YouTube and social media channels.

Price: Free
Time: 6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Sunday, August 2–Monday, September 7

Market Art + Design 2018. Photo courtesy of Market Art + Design.

Market Art + Design 2018. Photo courtesy of Market Art + Design.

12. Market Art + Design’s First-Ever Virtual Fair, Southampton

The Market Art + Design Fair that typically hits the Hamptons around this time of year will instead be hosted virtually by 1stdibs for its 10th edition. The sole survivor of what was once a trio of competitive Hamptons fairs, it remains to be seen if the show will see a boost from the recent art-world exodus from New York City to Long Island’s East End. More than 30 galleries from around the world will be showing a range of art and design.

Price: Free
Time: On view at all times

—Eileen Kinsella


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