Editors’ Picks: 8 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From Ming Smith’s Air Jordan Project to an Art Advisor’s New Podcast

Plus, see new works by U.K.-based artist Andrew Cranston at Karma and a show of pictures by Stuart Davis at Kasmin.

Joel Meyerowitz, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico 1971 (1971). © Joel Meyerowitz.
Joel Meyerowitz, San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico 1971 (1971). © Joel Meyerowitz.

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.)


Tuesday, June 29–Friday, July 2

Ming Smith's photograph for the new Air Jordan campaign. Courtesy of the artist and Nicola Vassel.

Ming Smith’s photograph for the new Air Jordan campaign. Courtesy of the artist and Nicola Vassell.

1. “Here for a Reason” at Nicola Vassell

What happens when a revered photographer teams up with one of the biggest and most ubiquitous brands in the world to shoot the best athletes at the top of their game? At “Here for a Reason,” Ming Smith shows us. The exhibition marks the launch of a campaign she shot to celebrate the WNBA for Air Jordan—a series that features His Airness himself.

Location: 138 10th Avenue
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 4 p.m.–8 p.m.

—Nan Stewart


Tuesday, June 29

Megan Fox Kelly. Photo courtesy of Megan Fox Kelly.

2. “Reading the Art World: Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian” at Megan Fox Kelly Art Advisory

Art advisor Megan Fox Kelly, president of the Association of Professional Art Advisors, has a new interview series featuring authors of new books on art. First on deck will be collector Tiqui Atencio Demirdjian, whose book For Art’s Sake: Inside the Home of Art Dealers was published by Rizzoli last fall. Each livestreamed interview will also become a podcast episode.

Price: Free with registration
Time: 12 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Wednesday, June 30


3. “The Shoo Sho, Curated by Julie Curtiss” at Anton Kern’s Window

From Van Gogh’s painting of humble peasant shoes to the pin-heeled stilettos of Andy Warhol’s screenprints, shoes are a constant in art history, and Julie Curtiss takes up the theme for a show she has just curated. Like Carrie Bradshaw salivating over Manolo’s through glass, you can look but not touch (or even go inside) to see the foot candy. Works by Genesis Belanger, Richard McGuireand Henry Gunderson are just a few of the highlights.

Location: Anton Kern’s Window at 91 Walker Street, corner of Walker & Lafayette Street
Price: Free
Time: 24/7

—Caroline Goldstein


Wednesday, June 30

Joel Meyerowitz,'s Wild Flowers. © Joel Meyerowitz. Courtesy of Rizzoli.

Joel Meyerowitz,’s Wild Flowers. © Joel Meyerowitz. Courtesy of Rizzoli.

4. Joel Meyerowitz: Wild Flowers Virtual Event

To celebrate an expanded edition of Joel Meyerowitz’s 1983 photobook Wild Flowers, the artist will be in conversation with artist and writer Gus Powell. “I remember thinking that it was kind of ballsy of me at the time, after making two books with the large format camera, which were kind of sensual and serious and about space and light and other photographic subjects, to turn around and do this,” Meyerowitz told An Other Mag. The new edition features unpublished pictures from the artist’s 40-year repository of street photography.

Price: Free with registration
Time: 12 p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein


Wednesday, June 30 and Thursday, July 1

Cornelius Annor, A Night with Osibisa 2021. Courtesy the artist and Venus Over Manhattan, New York.

5. “Indoor Dining” at Marinaro and “The Interior” at Venus Over Manhattan

On Wednesday, the Chatham Square gallery Marinaro will open a survey called “Indoor Dining,” a nod to our tradition of breaking bread in enclosed spaces—outlawed for much of a year but now gloriously restored. Naturally, the show will have artists who fixate on memorable interiors (Nick Buffon, Peter Shire) paint luscious depictions of food (Gina Beavers, Katherine Bernhardt) or do both (Nikki Malouf, Chloe Wise). A day later and some 80 blocks uptown, Venus Over Manhattan will stage “The Interior,” a slightly more sober investigation into how artists occupy roofed spaces. This time, a long list of artists both emerging (Tunji Adeniyi-Jones, Ana Benaroya, Anna Park) and established (Jessie Homer French, Marley Freeman, Beavers again) will mine the emotions caused by the idea of enclosure.

Location: Marinaro at 1 Oliver Street, Venus Over Manhattan, 120 East 65th Street
Price: Free
Time: 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Nate Freeman


Wednesday, June 28—Friday, August 13

Stuart DavisDancers on Havana Street) (1920) © 2021 Estate of Stuart Davis. / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

Stuart DavisDancers on Havana Street) (1920) © 2021 Estate of Stuart Davis. / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY.

6. “Stuart Davis in Havana” at Kasmin Gallery, New York

The American Modernist painter Stuart Davis is famous for his colorful, jazz-influenced paintings and compositions, but this exhibition showcases 10 evocative early watercolors painted in 1920 during his brief yet formative trip to Havana, Cuba, where he rested after contracting Spanish flu. Curated by Davis estate adviser Priscilla Vail Caldwell in collaboration with artist’s son, Earl Davis, the show is the first to showcase the paintings. In addition to the works, the show includes archival material documenting the artist’s trip, including postcards, lottery tickets, and his passport.

Location: Kasmin Gallery 297 Tenth Avenue, New York
Time: Tuesday—Saturday 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella


Through Saturday, August 6

Andrew Cranston, <i>Waiting for the Bell</i>, (2021). Courtesy of Karma.

Andrew Cranston, Waiting for the Bell (2021). Courtesy of Karma.

7. “Andrew Cranston: Waiting for the Bell” at Karma

The U.K.-based artist Andrew Cranston’s first solo show in New York includes a delightful array of small and large-scale works. In pictures like Assembly (Three musicians), a rose-colored canvas almost completely engulfs the picture, while in Waiting for the Bell, a lone figure sits amid a forest, lily pond, or maybe Kusama infinity room with a white dog on her lap.

Location: 188 & 172 East 2nd Street
Time: Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein


Through Friday, August 20

Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke, Woman IX (2021). Courtesy of JDJ.

Mark Barrow and Sarah Parke, Woman IX (2021). Courtesy of JDJ.

8.  “Family Business” at JDJ 

For three years, JDJ has been presenting an intriguing array of contemporary exhibitions in a former icehouse in Garrison, New York. Now the gallery is inaugurating a new Tribeca location with the group show “Family Business,” which brings together works by a group of artists who have played important roles in the gallery’s development, including Lucia Love, Athena LaTocha, and the duo Barrow Parke, who will present an acrylic and embroidery work from a new series focused on fertility statues such as the Venus of Willendorf. 

Location: JDJ, 373 Broadway
Price: Free
Time: Tuesday–Friday, 12 p.m.– 4 p.m. 

— Katie White 

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