Editors’ Picks: 13 Virtual Art Events Not to Miss This Week, From the Debut of Ibrahim Mahama’s Latest Project to Studio Visits With NADA

Still stuck inside? The art world has plenty to keep you busy online this week.

Ibrahim Mahama working on
Ibrahim Mahama working on "Silent Recreations," © Mark Rietveld, courtesy Extra City.

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 and exhibitions available digitally. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all EST unless otherwise noted.)

 

Monday, May 25

A film still from <i>Uncut Gems</i> (2019).

A film still from Uncut Gems (2019).

1. “Netflix Party: Uncut Gems” at the Museum of Arts and Design, New York

Uncut Gems, the 2019 insta-classic neo-noir by the Safdie Brothers, is making its Netflix streaming debut in the US today. If you haven’t seen it yet, or simply want to revel again in its many meme-able moments, the Museum of Arts and Design’s watch party is your chance to do so. Register on the museum website, download the Netflix Party extension for Chrome, and you’re all set.

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

—Taylor Dafoe

 

Theresa Daddezio, Lung Scratchers, 2020, oil pastel on print paper, 24 x 18 in., Courtesy of @temp.img

2. “The World’s What You’re Wanting to See” at @temp.img

If you’re interested in collecting works by some of the most desirable emerging artists of the day but want to stay within budget, @temp.img is a great place to begin. Lauren Hirshfield started the project as a reaction to the pandemic in mid-April in an attempt to help artists make sales and “keep revenue flowing.” This is the third sale in the series and showcases three works each by Theresa D’addezio, Maria Stabio, and Erika Somogyi. All of the works offered are under $500 and are on sale until June 5.

Price: Free
Time: 11 a.m.

—Neha Jambhekar

 

Tuesday, May 26

Barbara Kruger, <i>Untitled (Your taste is in your mouth)</i> (1995). Image courtesy Christie's

Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your taste is in your mouth) (1995). Image courtesy Christie’s

3. “A Virtual Walk-Through of ‘Vice & Virtue'” at Christie’s

Join Christie’s in conversation with contemporary art specialists Paola Saracino Fendi and Isabella Lauria, who will be discussing the auction house’s current online thematic sale, “Vice & Virtue.” This Zoom webinar explores the dual impulses of seeking beauty through creative escape, and the human inclination toward hedonistic indulgence. Christie’s Education director Marisa Kayyem will discuss works by Jean Dubuffet, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, Hannah Wilke, and contrast those with offerings by Pictures Generation queen Barbara Kruger, sharp jokester Richard Prince, and consumerism commentator KAWS, among others.

Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 5 p.m.–5:30 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella 

 

A Philadelphia mahogany dressing table attributed to Benjamin Randolph, with carving by Hercules Courtney (circa 1770), from Philip Bradley Antiques. Photo by Gavin Ashworth.

A Philadelphia mahogany dressing table attributed to Benjamin Randolph, with carving by Hercules Courtney (circa 1770), from Philip Bradley Antiques. Photo by Gavin Ashworth.

4. “American Beauty: New Antiquarians Visit the Philadelphia Show

This event will feature the next generation of specialists in American fine and decorative arts. It’s a great primer for anyone interested in learning about American-made objects, with a particular focus on starting a collection, and will include helpful guidance from a panel of young dealers and collectors. Hosted by New Antiquarians cofounder Michael Diaz-Griffith and Ben Miller, director of research at exhibitor Shrubsole, the event also includes exhibitors Laura Adams of Avery Galleries; Matthew Imberman of Kentshire; and Kevin J. Tulimieri of Nathan Liverant & Son.

Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella 

 

Wednesday, May 27

Hans Ulrich Obrist speaks at the Serpentine Galleries Autumn Exhibitions Press conference on September 28, 2016 in London, England. Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Serpentine Galleries.

Hans Ulrich Obrist speaks at the Serpentine Galleries Autumn Exhibitions Press conference on September 28, 2016 in London, England. Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Serpentine Galleries.

5. “Wellness Wednesday: Art in Architecture” at the Serpentine Galleries and Therme Art

Hans-Ulrich Obrist, the Serpentine’s artistic director, and Mikolaj Sekutowicz, curator of Therme Art, will moderate a panel on the relationship between art and architecture for Therme’s ongoing Wellbeing Culture Forum. On the panel will be architects Stefano Boeri, Frida Escobedo, Junya Ishigami, and Sumayya Vally, and artist Torkwase Dyson.

Price: Free with registration
Time: 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Artist Ibrahim Mahama. Photo © White Cube, George Darrell.

Artist Ibrahim Mahama. Photo © White Cube, George Darrell.

6. “How to Build a Parliament With a Literal Pool of Ideas” at Coronet Theatre, London

Each week, London’s Coronet Theatre debuts new creative projects developed by leading contemporary artists. This week, the organization will hand the stage over to Ibrahim Mahama, one of Ghana’s most closely watched young artists, who is debuting a new film, How to Build a Parliament With a Literal Pool of Ideas. The film takes its name from Parliament of Ghosts, an installation originally shown at the Whitworth Art Gallery in 2019. The 20-minute video documents the meticulous process of reconstructing the parliament structure at Mahama’s new studio and art space in Tamale, Ghana. Even if you can’t leave home, at least you have the chance to peek inside an art studio halfway around the world and watch a leading mind at work. 

Price: Free
Time: 12 p.m. BST

Julia Halperin

 

Thursday, May 28

Deanna Lawson, Sons of Cush (2016). Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

Deana Lawson, Sons of Cush (2016). Collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

7. “Art History From Home: Domestic Aesthetics” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York 

In this ongoing series, the Whitney’s teaching fellows bring art history into our homes through smart, jam-packed, 30-minute conversations elucidated by works from the museum’s collection. For this chat, the museum takes inspiration from the themes of its exhibition, “Making Knowing: Craft in Art, 1950–2019″ (which was still on view when the museum closed) and will look at the practices of artists including PaJaMa, Andy Warhol, Tina Barney, and Deana Lawson, for whom the home is both subject and medium rich in nuance. 

Price: Free
Time: 12 p.m.

—Katie White 

 

Democratic Federation of North-Syria and Studio Jonas Staal, New World Embassy: Rojava (2016) in Oslo City Hall. Photo by Istvan Virag. Produced by Oslo Architecture Triennale: After Belonging / URO-KORO, Norway

Democratic Federation of North-Syria and Studio Jonas Staal, New World Embassy: Rojava (2016) in Oslo City Hall. Photo by Istvan Virag. Produced by Oslo Architecture Triennale: After Belonging / URO-KORO, Norway

8. “Deep Future: Building Lateral Institutions” at the New Museum, New York

Artist Jonas Staal has dedicated his practice to reshaping the world as a radical democracy, offering stateless groups the opportunity to gather in unofficial parliaments through projects such as New World Summit (2012–ongoing) and New World Academy (2013–16). In this talk organized by a Blade of Grass, he’ll talk about his practice with Laura Raicovich, interim director of New York’s Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art.

Price: Free with registration
Time: 2 p.m.

—Tanner West

 

Wednesday, May 27

Sam Jablon's studio. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Sam Jablon’s studio. Photo courtesy of the artist.

9. NADA Studio Visits at FAIR

Last week, NADA launched an online viewing platform called FAIR, and it’s actually more likeable than many of the digital expos you can find around the internet these days. One cool feature is that the tranches of content are spaced out over the course of three weeks, so as to not overload the bleary eyed viewer. And in addition to the “booths,” there are also some fairly delightful videos that take you inside the studios of a few artists who have works in the fair. The first week shows us the working lives of artists Shannon Lewis, Samuel Jablon, and Florencia Escudero along with her collaborator Rosana Cabán.

Price: Free
Time: 10 a.m.

—Nate Freeman

 

Angelika Kauffmann, Self-portrait with the bust of Minerva (around 1784). Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Depositum der Gottfried Keller-Stiftung, Bundesamt für Kultur, Bern.

Angelika Kauffmann, Self-portrait with the bust of Minerva (around 1784). Bündner Kunstmuseum, Chur, Depositum der Gottfried Keller-Stiftung, Bundesamt für Kultur, Bern.

10. “Palastgespräch: Angelika Kauffmann” at the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf

This is the fourth chapter of a new series of German-language Facebook Live talks from curators at the Museum Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf. In this live-streamed episode, the director of the Gemäldegalerie, Bettina Baumgärtel, will take viewers on a journey into the world of the Swiss Neoclassical painter Angelika Kauffmann. The talk coincides with the exhibition “Angelika Kauffmann: Artist, Superwoman, Influencer,” on view at the Kunstpalast through July 12.

Price: Free
Time: 6 p.m.–6:45 p.m. CET (12 p.m.–12:45 p.m. EST)

—Naomi Rea

 

Friday, May 29

Abraham Cruzvillegas joins the Aspen Art Museum’s Slow.Look.Live. virtual program. Courtesy Aspen Art Museum.

11. “Abraham Cruzvillegas on Setting New Patterns—Paris, France” at the Aspen Art Museum

Artist Abraham Cruzvillegas dials in from his seclusion in Paris as part of the Aspen Art Museum’s virtual program Slow Look Live, hosted by Rachel Ropeik. The conversation is part of a weekly program, hosted every Friday on Instagram Live.

Price: Free
Time: 4 p.m. MT, 2 p.m. EST

—Caroline Goldstein

 

Saturday, May 30

The philosopher Paul B. Preciado at the Barcelona Biennial of Thought. Photo: Paco Freire/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

12. Paul B. Preciado Reading and Book Launch of An Apartment on Uranus. Chronicles of the Crossing at HAU Hebbel am Ufer, Berlin

The philosopher, curator, and queer-studies pioneer will be launching his latest book. The streamed event will include readings by Preciado, actor Susanne Sachsse, multidisciplinary artist Black Cracker, and artist Margarita Tsomou. The book explores his transition from Beatriz to Paul, as well as stories of social change, including the Greek economic crisis, the refugee crisis, and the Catalonian independence movement.

Price: Free
Time: 3 p.m. on HAU’s Youtube Channel.

—Kate Brown

 

Sunday, May 31 

Ursula von Rydingsvard standing in front of <i>Dumna</i> in her studio in Bushwick, 2015. Courtesy of Daniel Traub, Icarus Films, and Film Forum.

Ursula von Rydingsvard standing in front of Dumna in her studio in Bushwick, 2015. Courtesy of Daniel Traub, Icarus Films, and Film Forum.

13. “Live Virtual Q&A With Ursula von Rydingsvard and Filmmaker Daniel Traub” at Film Forum, New York

National Gallery of Art curator Molly Donovan will moderate a conversation between acclaimed sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard and Daniel Traub, the director of Ursula von Rydingsvard: Into Her Own. Premiering on Friday, May 29 (after which point it can be streamed through Film Forum), the documentary chronicles the artist’s unlikely, arduous journey from her early childhood in a German camp for displaced persons, to her current status as one of the most celebrated and fearless sculptors in contemporary art. Reinforcing this designation is the film’s artistic centerpiece: the creation and installation of Uroda (2015), a monumental work of hand-pounded copper plates commissioned by Princeton University, which von Rydingsvard described as the most complex and challenging work of her career.

Price: Free Q&A; film can be streamed for $9.99 (with half of rental cost benefiting Film Forum)
Time: 5 p.m.

—Tim Schneider


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