Editors’ Picks: 10 Things to See in New York This Week
Snowstorm notwithstanding, there's plenty happening in New York this week.
Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Wednesday, March 14
1. Elmgreen & Dragset in Conversation at the FLAG Art Foundation
The power art duo Elmgreen & Dragset (Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset) talk about their two-decade long collaboration, as explored in their recent solo show “Changing Subjects.” As the first artists selected to curate the Istanbul Biennial, they will discuss the ideas behind the chosen theme “A Good Neighbor.”
Location: FLAG Art Foundation, 545 West 25th Street
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Talk begins at 6:30
Wednesday, March 15–Sunday, April 9
2. Beneath the Gavel at 59E59 Theaters
Ever wanted to bid on a Picasso at Christie’s, but never had the money? Go see Beneath the Gavel, an immersive physical theatre experience presented by Bated Breath Theatre Company. You’ll be dropped right in the middle of an art market bidding war, with enough fake cash to maybe even win a piece of art to take home with you.
Location: 59E59 Theaters, 59 East 59th Street
Price: $35, $24.50 for members
Time: Tuesday, Wednesdays, and Thursday, 7:15 p.m.; Friday, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday, 2:15 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, 2:15 p.m.
Wednesday, March 15
3. Curator’s Perspective: Britta Peters and Kasper König at CUNY Graduate Center
As part of ICI’s Curator’s Perspective—a public discussion series featuring national and international curators—Britta Peters (curator) and Kasper König (artistic director) will talk about the 2017 edition of the Skulptur Projekte Münster, for which 30 new productions will be on display all over the city of Münster (June 10–October 1).
Location: Skylight Room, 9th Floor, 365 Fifth Avenue
Price: Free with RSVP with MÜNSTER in email subject line
Time: 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 16
4. “How to Reasonably Believe in God,” Janine Antoni in Conversation With Slavoj Žižek, Moderated by Sister Helen Prejean, at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
Two beloved New York institutions—the New York Public Library and the public art organization Creative Time—are teaming up on a new series of events, called “In Situ,” and the first one looks like it could be a real barn-burner. Sister Helen Prejean, who was portrayed by Susan Sarandon in the film Dead Man Walking, conducts a conversation between Janine Antoni and the high-energy Slovenian philosopher Slavoj Žižek on a subject you don’t encounter every day in the art world: belief in God. It all takes place in the lofty spiritual setting of the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the 120-year-old Gothic-style building that is the largest cathedral in the world. (Did we mention the event kicks off with a performance by Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir?)
Location: Cathedral of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue
Price: $25 general admission; $100 for “behind the scenes” tickets; $5 for students
Time: 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 16–Saturday, April 22
5. “March Madness” at Fort Gansevoort
For the second year running, artist Hank Willis Thomas and Fort Gansevoort gallery founder Adam Shopkorn have teamed up to curate an exhibition inspired by the intersection of sports and art, timed to college basketball’s annual “March Madness” championship. This year’s edition is “celebrating the position of women as artists and citizens who are central in pushing critical issues forward.”
The show features 30 women artists including Kathryn Andrews, Rineke Dijkstra, Miranda July, Catherine Opie, Faith Ringgold, and Cindy Sherman, who all have touched on issues of athleticism in their work, exploring the concepts of strength and masculinity versus the perceived softness of femininity.
Location: Fort Gansevoort, 5 Ninth Avenue
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, March 16–Saturday, May 13
6. “Jörg Immendorff: LIDL Works and Performances from the ’60s” at Michael Werner Gallery
Presenting early works from the radical German painter Jörg Immendorff’s “LIDL” series, Michael Werner Gallery will highlight an important body of work from the artist’s formative period in the 1960s. Immendorff was deeply influenced by the mantra of his teacher Joseph Beuys’ assertion that art can play a wider role in society. The exhibition features paintings and objects by one of Germany’s most important postwar artists.
Location: Michael Werner Gallery, 4 East 77th Street #2
Time: Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, March 17–Saturday, May 6
7. “Jane Hammond: Search Light” at Galerie Lelong
Jane Hammond presents her largest black-and-white photographs ever; as well as “Dazzle paintings,” in which she paints photographs on shiny mica sheets; and a series of 3-D drawings inspired by internet Google results, titled “Results of a Search.” Collectively, the works present “a unique place at the intersection of visual culture and the human imagination.”
Location: Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26th Street
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 18
8. “You Can’t Sit With Us: Female Artists and Fourth-wave Feminism” at Steven Kasher Gallery
International Women’s Day is behind us, but more than half of Women’s History Month is yet to come. The gallery’s current exhibition, “Marianna Rothen: Shadows in Paradise” (through April 15), features cinematic photos of an imagined world without men, a haunting utopia that hasn’t quite delivered on its promise of happiness.
Rothen will join Gallery Gurls founder Jasmin Hernandez and fellow artists Erica Mapp, Jenny Morgan, and Hiba Schahbaz in a panel discussion moderated by William J. Simmons. The event promises to be intersectional and intergenerational—plus, who doesn’t love a good Mean Girls reference?
Location: Steven Kasher Gallery, 515 West 26th Street
Time: 2 p.m.–4 p.m.
9. Screening of Stop Making Sense With David Byrne at the Metrograph
Art world darling David Byrne will be on hand for two screenings of Stop Making Sense, Jonathan Demme’s 1984 documentary about Byrne’s band, the Talking Heads. There will be a Q&A with the musician and artist following the earlier screening, and he will give an introduction to the second showing.
Location: Metrograph, 7 Ludlow Street
Time: Screenings at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 18–Sunday, April 23
10. “Iman Raad: Tongue Tied” at Sargent’s Daughters Gallery
Iman Raad represents everything that has been the subject of intense attention lately: Iranian, immigrant, artist. Yet his work is somewhat of a safe haven from current politics. It seems labor intensive, or rather love intensive—cherished. Raad draws inspiration from Persian miniature painting and ornamentation in Asian truck painting, presenting familiar objects in unnatural compositions, fruit bowls and birds multiplied to the point of being discomforting. He presents us with a disturbing reality full of both beauty and fear.
Location: Sargent’s Daughters Gallery, 179 E Broadway, New York
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
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