Editors’ Picks: 9 Art Events to See in New York This Week

From film to sound art, we've got you covered.

Cao Fei, Still from Haze and Fog. Courtesy of MoMA.

Tuesday, August 23

Pourquoi viens tu si tard

Still from Pourquoi viens-tu si tard? (Too Late to Love) (1958). Courtesy of Collection Musee Gaumont/MoMA.

1. Film on View: Pourquoi viens-tu si tard? (Too Late to Love) at MoMA 
This gorgeous black-and-white film by prolific director Henri Decoin confronts both absurdity and heartache: “a happy-go-lucky photojournalist” subsequently “falls in love with a lawyer” who is, of course, hiding something. MoMA’s “Gaumont: Cinéma pour tout le monde” series runs through September 7.

Location: 11 West 53rd Street, New York
Price: adults $12, seniors $10, students $8. Reserve tickets here.
Time: 7:00 p.m.

—Daniela Rios

Wednesday, August 24

Embrace of the Serpent

Still from Embrace of the Serpent. Courtesy of the film’s website.

2. Outdoor Cinema: “Embrace of the Serpent” at Socrates Sculpture Park
A film by Colombian director Ciro Guerra takes center stage in this week’s edition of the Socrates Sculpture Park’s Outdoor Cinema program, Nominated for an Academy Award in Best Foreign Language Film, “Embrace of the Serpent” tells the tale of two scientists and the havoc they inadvertently wreak on a community in the Amazon.

Location: 32-01 Vernon Boulevard
Price: Free
Time: 7:00 p.m.

—Rain Embuscado

Thursday, August 25—Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Rudy Shepherd, Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber (2015) at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, 2015. Photo Mary Shepherd, courtesy Studio Museum.

Rudy Shepherd, Black Rock Negative Energy Absorber (2015) at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, Pittsburgh, 2015. Photo Mary Shepherd, courtesy Studio Museum.

3. Launch of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s “inHarlem” 
Four artists, four uptown parks: the Studio Museum in Harlem launches a show of public works by Kevin Beasley (Morningside Park), Simone Leigh (Marcus Garvey Park), Kori Newkirk (St. Nicholas Park), and Rudy Shepherd (Jackie Robinson Park).

The site-specific installations include Beasley’s sculptures that he calls “acoustic mirrors;” Leigh’s works based on the architecture of the Shona-speaking people of Zimbabwe; Newkirk’s first foray into public sculpture, with reflective fringe curtains; and Shepherd’s “negative energy absorbers,” sculptures that aim to “to dispel people’s feelings of racial prejudice, violence or ordinary disdain by opening them to more compassionate aspects of their personalities.”

Location: Four Harlem Parks
Price: Free
Time: 5:00–7:00 p.m. opening celebration at Marcus Garvey Park

—Brian Boucher

Thursday, August 25

Cao Fei, Cosplayers Series: A Ming At Home (2004). Courtesy of the artist via MoMA PS1.

Cao Fei, Cosplayers Series: A Ming At Home (2004). Courtesy of the artist via MoMA PS1.

4. Cao Fei at MoMA PS1: Exhibition Walkthrough with Xin Wang
Cao Fei’s museum debut in the US comes to an end on August 30, but before it does, art historian Xin Wang will be leading a guided tour to talk about the exhibition’s finer details. Cao’s work, which ranges from video, photography, and installation, engages with a dystopian modern condition. To borrow Kathleen Massara‘s description: “For the artist, there is always a way out, even if it is an imaginary one.”

Location: 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Price: $10 adult
Time: 4:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

—Rain Embuscado

Thursday, August 25 

Lea Bertucci. Photo courtesy The Drawing Center.

Lea Bertucci. Photo courtesy The Drawing Center.

5. Performance by Lea Bertucci and Lori Napoleon at the Drawing Center 
A show by Gabriel de la Mora provides the backdrop for a performance by musician Lea Bertucci, who turns traditional instruments to new uses to convey “surround sound,” and Lori Napoleon, aka Antenes, who revives obsolete telephone equipment by turning it into synthesizers and sequencers. De la Mora frequently repurposes discarded materials like egg shells and shoe soles, and this particular show centers on disused loudspeaker screens.

Thursday’s event is the sound of two performances organized by Thessia Machado, who was included in artnet News’ “12 Sound Artists Changing Your Perception of Art.”

Location: 35 Wooster Street
Price: Free
Time: 6:30 p.m.

—Brian Boucher

Through Friday, August 26


Moholy-Nagy and the Bauhaus, Things To Come (1936). Courtesy of The Guggenheim.

6. Films To Come: Moholy-Nagy and the Moving Image at Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum 
The final weekend of the summer film program focusing on Moholy-Nagy and the Bauhaus will conclude with a screening of the 1936 sci-fi film Things To Come, directed by William Cameron Menzies and based on H.G. Wells’ novel of the same title, for which Moholy-Nagy was commissioned to create special effects.

Location: 1071 5th Avenue, New York (between 88th & 89th Street)
Price: adults $25, students and seniors $18
Time: 11:00 a.m.

Caroline Elbaor

Through Friday, August 26

Eva Lundsager, Every There 15 (2016). Courtesy of Van Doren Waxter.

7. Eva Lundsager: Other Night, Other Light at Van Doren Waxter 
The Boston-based artist explores, as she states in a 2010 interview in BOMB magazine, “hysterical ecstasy.” Her watercolor and Sumi ink drawings are bursts of color that delight and disorient viewers. Catch her in the show’s last days at Van Doren Waxter, where 20 works on paper line the walls of the gallery’s airy, light-filled space.

Location: 23 East 73rd Street, New York
Price: Free
Time: Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

—Kathleen Massara

Through Saturday, August 27

Elia Alba 2

Elia Alba, The Beat Goes On (2016). Photo: Stan Narten. Courtesy of the School of Visual Arts.

8. “The Beat Goes On” at the School of Visual Arts 
Artist Derrick Adams curated the show at the SVA Chelsea Gallery, which has been transformed into four distinct listening rooms by artists including Elia Alba, Kevin Beasley, Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky), and Tameka Norris (aka Meka Jean).

Each room is inspired by music and the history or recorded and transmitted sound. The exhibition continues through September 17, and includes a series of performances, organized by the featured artists. Elia Alba presents a DJ set by Sol Nova (sOlnOva) this Saturday, August 27. See the SVA website for additional performances presented by Kevin Beasley and DJ Spooky.

Location: SVA Chelsea, 601 West 26th Street, 15th Floor, New York
Price: Free
Time: Saturday, August 27, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella 

Through Sunday, August 28


Escobedo Soliz Studio, Weaving the Courtyard (2016). Courtesy of MoMA PS1.

9. Young Architects Project (YAP) at MoMA
Don’t miss your last chance to see the five finalists’ proposals from the MoMA/MoMA PS1 Young Architects Program, which features artwork from MAXXI, MMCA, and CONSTRUCTO, among other studios. YAP gives upcoming architects the opportunity to propose a project fit for a temporary museum addition, and confront “environmental and contextual issues” while helping visitors cool off.

Location: 11 West 53rd Street, New York
Price: adults $25, seniors $18, students $14
Time: Saturday–Wednesday, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–8:30–p.m.; Friday, 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m.

—Daniela Rios 

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