Editors’ Picks: 9 Events For Your Virtual Art Calendar This Week, From a Thesis Show on ‘Mars’ to a Talk With a Hand-Sanitizer Artist

Virtual art events from New York and beyond.

Robin F. Williams, Space Angel (2020), still. Courtesy of the artist and Lauren Powell.

Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events and exhibitions available digitally. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all EST unless otherwise noted.)


Tuesday, June 2

Ed Ruscha, L.A. Restaurants, 2019, (still), 4K mp4 video from Lumix GH4/GH5 cameras at 60fps, 22 min.
© Ed Ruscha, courtesy of Gagosian.

1. “Broadcast: Alternate Meanings in Film and Video Chapter 2” at Gagosian

Chapter 2 of Gagosian’s exclusive online exhibition “Broadcast: Alternate Meanings in Film and Video” begins on Tuesday with videos by Carsten Höller, Ed Ruscha, and Nam June Paik. Each artist’s video work corresponds with the phrase “Turn on, tune in, drop out,” made popular by psychologist Timothy Leary in the 1960s as a reflection on a time of great social upheaval, respectively. The “chapters” will be on view for a few weeks at a time, with the first one having gone online on May 19. In addition to these three artists, the show will consist of other Gagosian heavy-hitters such as Chris Burden, Rachel Feinstein, Theaster Gates, Sterling Ruby, and Richard Serra. This show is exclusively available on Gagosian’s website.

Price: Free
Time: Tuesday morning

—Neha Jambhekar


Landry Haarmann, housing paralegal advocate, and member of Met Council on housing.

Landry Haarmann, housing paralegal advocate, and member of Met Council on housing.

2. “Housing is Healthcare” with the Art World Conference

New York rents have caused crises long before coronavirus—but now, with numerous businesses closed and jobs lost, meeting rent has become an impossibility for many, including for members of the arts community. Landry Haarmann, a housing advocate and member of the housing rights organization Met Council, will lead a 75-minute conversation about tenants’ rights, options for those who cannot pay rent on time, and how people can become involved in the fight for housing justice. 

Price: Free with registration 

Time: On Zoom live  6:00–7:15 p.m. EST

—Katie White



Wednesday, June 3

Niko's artwork for the <em>International Whore's Day Zine</em>.

Niko’s artwork for the International Whore’s Day Zine.

4. “DIY Resistance: Sex Workers + Organizers Talk Artmaking and Mutual Aid for International Whores’ Day” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Red Schulte, curator of the International Whores’ Day Zine and co-organizer of today’s International Whores Day NYC 2020 Digital Rally will talk with zine contributors JB Brager, Mistress Velvet, Ariel Wolf, and Empress Wu about the power of activist art and the “whorestories” of zine-making.

Price: Free with registration
Time: 8 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, <em>Hand Sanitizer</em> (2010) installed at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Photo courtesy of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, Hand Sanitizer (2010) installed at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Photo courtesy of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.

5. “Virtual Conversation with Artist Zoë Sheehan Saldaña and Curator Glenn Adamson” at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, Connecticut

Zoë Sheehan Saldaña, who has been making hand sanitizer as part of her art practice for a decade, well ahead of the recent shortages led many to venture into DIY territory. She’ll talk with Aldrich curator Glenn Adamson about how survival and self-reliance factors into “There Must Be Some Way Out of Here,” her show at the museum, which is scheduled to run through October 4.

Price: $10
Time: 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

UPDATE: This event has been postponed until June 30, 6:30 p.m., to allow the Aldrich community to focus this week on the Black Lives Matter protests.


Thursday, June 4

Image courtesy Zabludowicz Collection.

Image courtesy of Grégoire Bécot, Mamiko Motto and Zabludowicz Collection.

6. DFW: Cheval Live for Zabludowicz Collection, London

The Zabludowicz Collection has launched a new series of performances on IGTV called “Down for Whatever,” which gives space to artists, musicians, and performers whose shows have been postponed or canceled. Curated by Mamiko Motto, the first session was a performance by Asian Dope Boys, but on Thursday, the techno DJ, label owner, and producer Cheval will be taking the stage. Broadcasting from Il Museo Luigi Bailo, Cheval will spin a range of his hypnotic and trippy sounds.

Price: Free
Time: 5 p.m. BST (12 p.m. EST)

—Naomi Rea


Thursday, June 4–Sunday, June 7

Courtesy of DUMBO Open Studios.

7. DUMBO Open Studios

The DUMBO Open Studios are still on! Virtually, that is. The event will showcase artwork for sale and arts programming featuring resident artists at Smack Mellon, Triangle NYC, the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, and the New York Studio School. DUMBO based galleries, A.I.R. Gallery, Janet Borden Inc., Klompching Gallery, and Platform Project Space will hold exhibitions.

Price: Free
Time: 24/7

—Cristina Cruz

UPDATE: In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and all Black people, Art in Dumbo has decided to postpone DUMBO Open Studios.


Friday, June 5

Courtesy Ashleigh Sands and Ella Crabtree.

8. Degree Show on Mars, John Moores University, Liverpool

University degree shows are being postponed, canceled, or taken online so Liverpool’s John Moores University students have decided to hold their final show on Mars‚ metaphorically speaking. “The planet is currently broken,” write the students. They are using NASA 3D scans to use the Gale crater on Mars as a backdrop (far from a white cube). On June 5, during a private view, visitors can enter into “wormholes” to see exhibitions staged prior to lockdown as well as check out work made during the lockdown. Guest examiners include Ryan Gander and Hans Ulrich Obrist. The live opening will contain curated walkthroughs.

Price: Free
Time: 5:30 p.m. GMT

—Kate Brown


Sunday, June 7

"Theo Triantafyllidis: Ritual." Courtesy of Meredith Rosen Gallery.

“Theo Triantafyllidis: Ritual.” Courtesy of Meredith Rosen Gallery.

9. “Artist Commentary and Public Chat for Theo Triantafyllidis: Ritual” at Meredith Rosen Gallery

The innovative media artist Theo Triantafyllidis returns with another project that smears the border between the physical and digital worlds in captivating ways. “Ritual” encompasses multiple components: a “live” simulation of an ever-mutating landscape, run on a video-game engine and populated by a host of creatures each imbued with its own artificial intelligence; a series of objects created by the sentient creatures inside the digital world (such as a VR headset partially eaten by a hyena), then translated into physical sculpture by Triantafyllidis; and documentation of those same physical sculptures integrated into an IRL landscape that corresponds to the digital one in which they were each fashioned. For the virtual opening, the artist will live-stream the simulation while providing running commentary on his complex world’s development, as well as take questions from viewers in a public chat.

Price: Free
Time: 6 p.m.–7 p.m.; exhibition will remain online through Sunday, July 12

—Tim Schneider


Through Tuesday, June 9

Andy Harman, <em>Flerpity Floopin</em> (2020), excerpt. Courtesy of the artist and Lauren Powell.

Andy Harman, Flerpity Floopin (2020), excerpt. Courtesy of the artist and Lauren Powell.

10. “E-Motionø Support Group” at Art of This World

As the art world shifted online in March, curator Lauren Powell couldn’t help but feel that something was lacking in the virtual art experience. The only medium that seemed truly suited to watching from your phone or laptop was animation—so, she recruited 39 artists to share their animated art for a month, releasing new works each day. She’s calling the online exhibition, which features artists such as Robin F. Williams, Benjamin Cabral, Claudia Bitran, and Michael Hambouz, a “collection of animations to help you feel better.”

Price: Free
Time: New artworks released daily

—Sarah Cascone

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