Editors’ Picks: 11 Virtual Art Events Not to Miss This Week, From a Live Talk With Jerry Saltz to an Online Print Art Fair

There's still plenty to see online.

Pair of Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Figures of Phoenixes, l (late 18th/early 19th century). Photo courtesy of Chait.
Pair of Chinese Famille Rose Porcelain Figures of Phoenixes, l (late 18th/early 19th century). Photo courtesy of Chait.

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, May 12

Jerry Saltz and Andrew Goldstein. Photo courtesy of Artnet News.

Jerry Saltz and Andrew Goldstein. Photo courtesy of Artnet News.

1. “Online Q&A: Art Critic Jerry Saltz and Andrew Goldstein in Conversation” at the National Arts Club

Join Pulitzer Prize-winning art critic Jerry Saltz and Artnet News’s own editor-in-chief, Andrew Goldstein, for a conversation about Saltz’s new book, How to Be an Artist, and a discussion about why now may be both the best and worst of times for those looking to hone their creative chops. The discussion on Zoom is presented by the National Arts Club and any donation will benefit the NAC Artist Fellows program, which works to develop the careers of up-and-coming artists.

Price: Free with registration and suggested donation
Time: 3 p.m.–4 p.m.

—Julia Halperin

 

Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei in New York in 2017. Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images.

Chinese contemporary artist and activist Ai Weiwei in New York in 2017. Photo: Giles Clarke/Getty Images.

2. “Art Matters @ Home: Ai Weiwei” at Phillips

Phillips has tapped its senior advisor, retired Brooklyn Museum director Arnold Lehman, to host a new conversation series with art world luminaries. He’s spoken with artist Deborah Kass and gallerist Marianne Boesky, and ext up is Ai Weiwei, who’ll talk about his new film about the 2015 Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar, as well as his time in detention and living in New York’s East Village in the 1980s.

Price: Free
Time: Released at 12 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

3. “Art History From Home: Me, Myself, and I” at the Whitney Museum of American Art 

The quarantine selfie is but the newest genre of self-portraiture to emerge in our contemporary age. In this moderated chat, Janine DeFeo, a teaching fellow at the Whitney, will explore how artists including Ana Mendieta, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and Adrian Piper have used self-portraiture as a means for expression from the isolated spaces of their homes or studios. Attendees are encouraged to submit questions via the chat function. 

Price: Free
Time: 6 p.m. 

—Katie White

 

Wednesday, May 13

Stanya Kahn, still from <i>No Go Backs</i>, 2020. Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles.

Stanya Kahn, still from No Go Backs (2020). Courtesy of the artist and Vielmetter Los Angeles.

4. “Stanya Kahn in Conversation” at the Wexner Center for the Arts

Multidisciplinary artist Stanya Kahn will discuss her latest short film, No Go Backs, with Wexner Center curators Lucy Zimmerman and Jennifer Lange in conjunction with the artist’s (now-paused) exhibition at the institution. The dreamlike, dialogue-free film—which is available for free online viewing through May 15 via Kahn’s dealer, Susanne Vielmetter—follows two teenagers as they leave behind a collapsing civilization to trek into the California wilderness, where they attempt to forge a new life with others they encounter along the way. Shot on 16mm film and featuring an original soundscore that incorporates music from super-producer Brian Eno, the late emo-trap pioneer Lil Peep, and others, No Go Backs bridges the faded past and the tenuous present in search of a better future.

Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 7 p.m.

Tim Schneider

 

Bisa Butler and one of her artworks. Photo courtesy of the Museum of the African Diaspora.

Bisa Butler and one of her artworks. Photo courtesy of the Museum of the African Diaspora.

5. “In the Artist’s Studio: Bisa Butler” at the Museum of the African Diaspora

Bisa Butler will offer a glimpse into her studio, where she creates her vibrant textile works, in a chat on Zoom hosted by the Museum of the African Diaspora and Claire Oliver Gallery in Harlem. “I use West African wax printed fabric, kente cloth, and Dutch wax prints to communicate that all of my figures are of African descent,” says the New Jersey-based artist.

Price: Free
Time: 1 p.m.–2 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Wednesday, May 13—Saturday, June 13

Alex Katz, <i>Forest Woodcut</i> (2008) Photo Credit: Betsy Senior Fine Art

Alex Katz, Forest Woodcut (2008). Photo: Betsy Senior Fine Art.

6. The International Fine Print Dealers Association’s Virtual Fair

The IFPDA (International Fine Print Dealers Association) will launch a one-month-long online fair from May 13 to June 13. The association invited all 150 members to participate, and waived all exhibitor fees in response to the current economic and health crises. The fair was originally scheduled to be held at the Javits Center in New York. The nonprofit association represents a vetted community of galleries and publishers of contemporary editions in 12 countries. The IFPDA Fine Art Print Fair is the largest international art fair celebrating more than 500 years of printmaking, from the 15th century to new editions by today’s best-known artists.

 

Price: Free
Time: Open daily, at all times

Eileen Kinsella

 

Thursday, May 14

KC Crow Maddux, Untitled (2020). Courtesy of Paradice Palase.

7. “Virtual Artist Talk with KC Crow Maddux” at Paradice Palase

The Brooklyn-based emerging artist initiative Paradice Palace is hosting an online talk with artist KC Crow Maddux to accompany their virtual exhibition, Superimpose, which opens on May 14. Maddux’s work deals with the mess of gender and is intentionally difficult to categorize. Their pieces often layer photography, painting, and sculptural processes together; creating a “trans” format. The talk will take place on Zoom and can be joined with the ID 732-1090-9727.

Price: Free
Time: 5 p.m.–5:45p.m.

—Neha Jambhekar

 

Courtesy of the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College.

8. “Tang Live: Senior Thesis Celebration” at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College

In lieu of having a 2020 senior thesis exhibition at the Tang Teaching Museum, digital media associate Fiona McLaughlin is hosting a live takeover for the graduating students on the museum’s Instagram, at @tangteachingmusuem. The event will feature short studio visits with seniors in various disciplines such as ceramics, communication design, drawing, painting, and beyond.

Price: Free
Time: 7 p.m.

—Neha Jambhekar

Thursday, May 14—May 27

9. “Screening of Tony Orrico’s Leveraging sound from sensation with every in and out breath until the heart becomes a tender object” at signs & symbols
In this 20-minute video, artist Tony Orrico manipulates the sound of his own breath to create a composition of sorts for the audience, as well as a heightened emotional state within himself. The screening is part of the gallery’s series of two-week, online-only video exhibitions during lockdown. The gallery has also shifted much of its sales online, too, with a series of limited editions and other projects from gallery artists, including two new special editions by the late performance pioneer Ulay, the proceeds of which will support the gallery, the Ulay Foundation, and the Bowery Mission.

Price: Free, for permission contact [email protected]

Time: 6 p.m.

—Nan Stewert

 

Thursday, May 14–Thursday, May 28

Pair of Chinese Porcelain Turquoise Glazed Vases, early 18th century. Photo courtesy of Chait.

Pair of Chinese porcelain turquoise glazed vases, early 18th century. Photo courtesy of Chait.

10. “The Philadelphia Show” 

The 58th edition of the Philadelphia Show brings its antique offerings online, with a wide range of art, furniture, jewelry, design, and decorative objects. The plan is to start with 1,500 works on offer, and to add new inventory to the fair website each day as collectors snap up treasures like a Tiffany Studios leaded glass dragonfly lamp from Lillian Nassau or a gorgeously painted dower chest likely made in Berks Country, Pennsylvania, between 1780 and 1800, from Olde Hope Antiques.

Price: Free
Time: Open daily, at all times

—Nan Stewert

 

Saturday, May 16

SassyBlack. Photo by Texas Isaiah.

SassyBlack. Photo by Texas Isaiah.

11. “AFTERGLOW: Celebrating the Class of 2020” at Cornish College of the Arts

Seattle’s Cornish College of the Arts is making the best of a bad situation with a virtual commencement ceremony, followed by an Instagram live concert titled AFTERGLOW. Alumni SassyBlack, Chong the Nomad, Gabrielle Friedman, and Mary Lambert will perform.

Price: Free
Time: 1 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


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