Editors’ Picks: 11 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Jazz Percussionist’s Gallery Debut to a Talk Featuring Dread Scott
Plus, check out a talk about representation hosted by El Museo del Barrio and see the painter Enoc Perez's Skarstedt debut.
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, May 25
1. “Live Talk With the Amos Rex Art Museum” at Dezeen
Dezeen celebrates the publication of a new book about Helsinki’s Amos Rex Art Museum with a live YouTube talk with JKMM Architects, who converted the 1930s structure into a unique venue featuring underground galleries with domes projecting into the public plaza above.
Time: 12 p.m.
2. “Ketchup Session: Daniela Ortiz and Dread Scott” at Kadist
This Tuesday, Kadist premiers a monthly series of “short, saucy presentations” by artists that update the organization on where their work has been headed since the last time they all connected. (Get it? “Saucy” + catching up = “ketchup.”) The program jumps off with Daniela Ortiz and Dread Scott, both of whose practices share a strong foundation of anti-racism, but built from different regional, historical, and sociological directions. The session will be hosted by Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, the curator of Kadist’s four-year project, “Not Fully Human, Not Human at All,” which features works by Scott at the foundation’s Paris location (on view through June 30).
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 1 p.m. ET
Tuesday, May 25–Wednesday, July 7
3. “Milford Graves: Heart Harmonics: Sound, Energy, and Natural Healing Phenomena” at Fridman Gallery, New York
This is the first gallery show for the late Milford Graves, an artist and free jazz percussionist who spent 40 years making work that explored the connection between the human heart beat and the vibrations of gongs and other percussion instruments. Graves, who considered the rhythm of the heart a kind of “biological music,” died in February of a rare heart disease. His debut show features his most recent body of work, including hand-painted gongs and a four-channel audio-video installation featuring electrocardiogram recordings Graves made in his basement lab.
Location: Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, New York
Time: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, May 26
For the latest in El Museo del Barrio’s series of virtual talks featuring artists from its first triennial of Latinx art in the U.S., guest curator and artist Elia Alba will moderate a conversation between artists Dominique Duroseau, Luis Flores, and María Jose about issues of representation, race, gender, and sexuality.
Price: Free with registration
Time: 6 p.m.–7 p.m.
Wednesday, May 26–Saturday, August 14
5. “Urban Portrait” at Stone Sparrow, New York
Opening this Wednesday is a group show of paintings and sculptures by artists Weldon Ryan, Gabriel Sanchez, Adam Giroux, and Francien Krieg, among others. This diverse group of artists showcase portraiture and cite city life as their inspiration.
Location: Stone Sparrow NYC, 45 Greenwich Avenue, New York
Time: 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Thursday, May 27
Sculpture Center’s current exhibition, “In Practice: You May Go, But This Will Bring You Back” (on view through August 2) asks the viewer to consider grief and grieving not as a process that ends in a sense of closure, but as constant in life, or a sort of “non-resolution.” In lieu of a traditional panel discussion, the show’s artists—Carlos Agredano, Leslie Cuyjet, Kyrae Dawaun, Dominique Duroseau, Sunny Leerasanthanah, Abigail Lucien, and Catalina Ouyang—will be in virtual conversation with artist, facilitator, healer, and end-of-life doula M. Carmen Lane.
Price: Free with registration
Time: 6 p.m.
7. “100 Years, 100 Women Conversation Series: Art and Disability Advocacy” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Park Avenue Armory, New York
The next talk in the Park Avenue Armory’s “100 Years, 100 Women” initiative will feature disability advocates and artists Christine Bruno, Sofiya Cheyenne, Diana Elizabeth Jordan, and Marilee Talkington, hosted by New York University’s Lisa Coleman. The talk, which will stream live on YouTube, will consider both the lack of progress made in terms of providing accessible art events since the passage of the American Disabilities Act of 1990, and more recent challenges faced by the disabled community due to the pandemic.
Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m.
Thursday, May 27–Sunday, June 27
8. “Enoc Perez: Recent Drawings” at Skarstedt, East Hampton
In his Skarstedt debut, Enoc Perez presents a suite pop-culture infused drawings featuring the likes of Lindsay Lohan, Val Kilmer, and Bella Hadid. There are also art-historical references to Jean-Michel Basquiat and Edouard Manet, as well as some of the Puerto Rican artist’s other influences, such as classic cars.
Location: Skarstedt, 66 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, New York
Time: Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, May 28
9. “Opening Up! Hidden Treasures, Anonymous Warehouses,” at the Foundation for the Conservation of Contemporary Art and Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
In this virtual symposium, museum officials will discuss how they manage their treasure troves in the context of international developments in the field of museum depots. Speakers include Sjarel Ex, director of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam; Joachim Hubert, a consultant for Prevart GmbH, Konzepte für die Kulturgütererhaltung, in Winterthur; and Tim Reeve, deputy director of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.
Price: €25; Students €12.50 ($30, Students $15)
Time: 10 a.m.—1 p.m. ET (3 p.m.–6 p.m.CET)
Saturday, May 29
10. “The Haunting” at Astor Place Plaza, New York
To mark the one-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death, students, faculty, and alumni of NYU Tisch School of the Arts will present immersive public art installation combining film, theater, photography, dance, costume design, set design, and music in front of the Astor Place Cube. The piece, conceived in collaboration with For Freedoms, incorporates Day of the Dead skull iconography and will be followed by a candlelight vigil. The organizers hope the performance will serve as a ritual that will not only help keep Floyd’s memory alive, but will continue the conversation about the need for justice and reform.
Location: Astor Place Plaza, off 8th Street and Lafayette, New York
Time: 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Through Sunday, June 20
11. “Manolo Valdés” at Opera Gallery, New York
This solo show of the Spanish artist was conceived as an ode to color, portraiture, and iconography, drawing on the artist’s interpretation of art history. Using a wide range of materials—aluminum, bronze, resin, stainless steel, burlap, wood, and alabaster—the artist explores classical themes of the female portrait in a fresh light.
Location: Opera Gallery, 791 Madison Avenue, New York
Time: Monday—Saturday 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m.—6 p.m.
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