Editors’ Picks: 12 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week
Summer art events are heating up.
Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Monday, July 9–July 2019
1. “Come Closer and the View Gets Wider” in Tribeca Park
Brooklyn-based artist Rebecca Manson is debuting her first public sculpture in Manhattan’s Tribeca Park. The work is a gargantuan eight-foot sphere made of thousands of tiny porcelain fragments. The work will be on display through this time next year.
Location: Tribeca Park, 8 Beach Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Tuesday, July 10–Friday, August 17
2. “Fred Wilson: Afro Kismet” at Pace
Fred Wilson’s body of work, “Afro Kismet,” was conceived and first presented for the Istanbul Biennial in 2017 and is now coming to Pace’s Chelsea gallery outpost. The exhibition is a study on the blending of cultures, highlighted by Wilson’s unique juxtaposition of otherwise disparate elements; the chandeliers on display are made of black Murano glass with the traditional metalwork of Ottoman lighting fixtures, a comment on the complex relationship between the Venetian and Ottoman Empires.
Location: Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street
Time: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday, July 12 and Friday, July 13
It was astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, director of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space, who first popularized the phenomena known as Manhattanhenge, the four days each year when the setting of the sun aligns perfectly with the Manhattan street grid. It’s since become a major occasion for photographers looking to capture this striking event, with shutterbugs lining up hours beforehand in Tudor City on the East Side, and even blocking traffic at the exact moment of sunset. If you missed the first two days in May, this is your second chance to snap some gorgeous photos in the glow of the golden hour.
Location: Anywhere on the street grid in Manhattan
Time: Thursday, 8:20 p.m.; Friday, 8:21 p.m.
Thursday, July 12–Friday, August 31
This summer group show, curated by Ali Subotnick, takes its inspiration from Blake Edwards’ 1968 film The Party and explores the comedic impulse in contemporary art. The show reflects the absurdities of the film, in which Peter Sellers plays a disaster-prone Indian actor who is mistakenly invited to a cocktail party at the home of a studio executive after being blacklisted for accidentally triggering an expensive explosion on a movie set. It features work by Maurizio Cattelan, Martin Creed, Catharine Czudej, Jamie Isenstein, Peter Land, Sean Landers, Marepe, Jason Meadows, Pentti Monkkonen, Ruby Neri, David Robbins, Jennifer Rochlin, Frances Stark, Jeffrey Vallance with Dan Ciesielski.
Location: Anton Kern Gallery, 16 East 55th Street
Time: Opening reception 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, July 13–Sunday, September 30
5. “David Wojnarowicz: History Keeps Me Awake at Night” at the Whitney
We haven’t seen a significant survey of the late David Wojnarowicz‘s searing, protean practice since the New Museum’s “Fever: The Art of David Wojnarowicz” in 1999, just seven years after his death from AIDS-related complications. Now, nearly two decades later, the Whitney’s retrospective will incorporate over 100 works—30 of them from the museum’s own holdings—framed by engagements with the artist’s prose, poetry, and activism. The end result? A visceral three-dimensional portrait of a man whose struggles, fears, and fury in a politically divided culture are all too relevant today.
Location: The Whitney, 99 Gansevoort Street
Price: Included with general admission ($25 adults; $18 seniors and students; free for ages 17 and under.)
Time: Sunday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–6 p.m; Friday–Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m.
Friday, July 13–Sunday, July 15
6. Upstairs Art Fair in the Hamptons
The Hamptons art fair scene has undergone a dramatic shift over the last two years, with the cancellation of Art Hamptons and Art Southampton. In their place, smaller, boutique fairs have sprung up, including the Upstairs Art Fair, organized by Bill Powers of Half Gallery, returning this weekend for its second outing. Featuring a baker’s dozen exhibitors including New York’s Rachel Uffner and Eric Firestone galleries, the fair will take place in a three-story red barn that was once an art school. (The September Art Fair at the Bridge will also welcome 12 dealers when it unveils its second edition in September.)
Location: 11 Indian Wells, Amagansett
Time: VIP opening reception, 4 p.m.–6 p.m.; public opening, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, July 13–Tuesday, July 31
7. “50 of the Greatest Moments in Sports” at Soho Contemporary
Soho Contemporary has teamed up with Sports Illustrated to present a collection of sports photography from 1958 to 2008, featuring such athletic greats as Muhammad Ali, Michael Phelps, Mickey Mantle, Larry Bird, and Kerri Strug. The artists behind these unforgettable images are Robert Beck, James Drake, Walter Iooss, Jr., Mark Kauffman, Heinz Kluetmeier, David Klutho, Neil Leifer, John McDonough, Richard Mackson, Hy Peskin, Damian Strohmeyer, Al Tielmans, Tony Triolo, Fred Vuich, and John Zimmerman.
Location: Soho Contemporary Art, 259 Bowery
Time: VIP opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday by appointment
Saturday, July 14
8. Midsummer Party at the Parrish Art Museum
If your weekend plans include time in the Hamptons, consider splurging on a ticket to the Parrish’s annual outdoor fete, with cocktails and dinner on the museum’s scenic terrace. The evening honors artist Keith Sonnier, whose first major museum retrospective opened at the Parrish earlier this month and museum trustee Chad Leat. (If you’re on a budget, the after party, with DJ Alice Longyu Gao, starts at 10 p.m. and only costs $200.)
Location: 35 Wooster Street
Price: Dinner tickets start at $1,500
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, July 14–Sunday, August 25
9. “Block Party” at Jenkins Johnson Projects
Jenkins Johnson’s summer group show is inspired by the way summer block parties become important community gatherings, and can function as venues to discuss controversial issues such as immigration, violence, race and sexuality. Works on view include Kahlil Robert Irving’s “Street Prints” made from cigarette butts and other trash collected off the city streets and Lizania Cruz’s participatory newsstand project, We the News. The exhibition’s opening party will feature BBQ by chef Omar Tate, with art world PR maven April Hunt to DJ.
Location: Jenkins Johnson Projects, 207 Ocean Avenue, Brooklyn
Time: Opening reception 5 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, July 15
You may have seen posts circulating online about the otherworldly looking Brutalist monuments of Yugoslavia. MoMA takes a deep dive on the form in the first international exhibition dedicated to this little-understood architectural movement, with over 400 drawings, models, photographs, and film reels from architects Bogdan Bogdanović, Juraj Neidhardt, Svetlana Kana Radević, Edvard Ravnikar, Vjenceslav Richter, and Milica Šterić.
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street
Price: General admission $25
Time: Saturday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.
Through Saturday, July 28
11. “Khatia Esartia Ich habe meinen Regenschirm vergessen (I have forgotten my umbrella)” at Marisa Newman
Inspired by a quote from an unpublished Friedrich Nietzsche manuscript, Khatia Esartia presents watercolors on vellum, gouache works on panel, and a monumental wallpaper painting.
Location: Marisa Newman, 38 West 32nd Street, Suite 1602
Time: Wednesday–Friday, 1 p.m.–6 p.m.
Through Sunday, August 26
This ambitious survey dives into the life and career of the complicated figure RAMMΣLLZΣΣ (1960–2010), a graffiti artist, hip-hop musician, and performance artist described by the gallery as a “manic genius, prolific polymath, irascible overlord, charming hustler, quantum hobbyist, and incoherent madman.”
Location: Red Bull Arts New York, 220 West 18th Street
Time: Wednesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.
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