Editors’ Picks: 17 Things to See in New York This Week
Art openings, panel discussions, parties, and more.
Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Monday, November 13
1. Philip Hook at the Grand Central Library
If Philip Hook’s talk at the New York Public Library is half as fascinating as his new book, Rogues’ Gallery: The Rise (and Occasional Fall) of Art Dealers, the Hidden Players in the History of Art, which offers an in-depth, illuminating look at the history of buying, selling, and collecting art, attendees will be in for a memorable evening.
Location: Grand Central Library, 135 East 46th Street
Time: 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Monday, November 13, 2017–Wednesday, March 14, 2018
2. “Hold These Truths” at the Nathan Cummings Foundation
No Longer Empty presents the follow-up to “Bring in the Reality,” its activist-themed 2015 exhibition at the Nathan Cummings Foundation, with “Hold These Truths.” Taking its name from the US Constitution, the group show takes on “alternative facts” and “fake news” with work from artists including Shaun Leonardo, Adinah Dancyger & Mykki Blanco, and Natalie Bookchin.
Location: Nathan Cummings Foundation, 475 Tenth Avenue, 14th Floor
Price: Free, but opening requires RSVP
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Monday-Friday, by appointment 9:30am–5pm.
Monday, November 13, 2017–Sunday, April 8, 2018
3. “Thinking Machines: Art and Design in the Computer Age, 1959–1989” at the Museum of Modern Art
MoMA plumbs its collection of works made with and inspired by computer technology, including kinetic sculpture, plotter drawing, computer animation, and video installation. Along with artwork by John Cage and Lejaren Hiller, Richard Hamilton, Stan VanDerBeek, and others, the exhibition includes early computer designs from the likes of Thinking Machines Corporation, IBM, and Apple Computer.
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street
Time: Monday–Thursday, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14
4. Panel Discussion: Art, Information, and Mapping at Pratt Manhattan Gallery
In conjunction with the exhibition “You Are Here NYC: Art, Information, and Mapping” (through November 15), Pratt Spatial Analysis and Visualization Initiative Lab director Jessie Braden speaks with Sarah Williams of MIT’s School of Architecture and Planning and artists Jer Thorp, Doug McCune, and Ekene Ijeoma on how art can help visualize data. The show, inspired by Katharine Harmon’s book You Are Here: NYC: Mapping the Soul of the City, features creative cartography representing data about New York in unexpected ways.
Location: Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.; exhibition on view 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
5. Art Party 2017 at the Whitney Museum of American Art
The Whitney holds its annual art party, offering guests a chance to enjoy cocktails and dancing in the lobby as well as fall exhibitions featuring Laura Owens, Jimmie Durham, and Toyin Ojih Odutola. Ahead of the late night affair, model-actress Ashley Graham and sculptor and performance artist Raúl de Nieves, a breakout star of this year’s Whitney Biennial, will serve as co-chairs of the intimate pre-Art Party dinner, featuring a special performance by Young Paris.
Location: Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street
Time: 9 p.m.–12:30 a.m.
6. “Nicole Eisenman: Talks at the New School” as part of the Public Art Fund’s 40th Anniversary
In celebration of the Public Art Fund’s 40th Anniversary, a talk with artist Nicole Eisenman, best known for her cartoon-like figurative paintings that are often disquieting, sardonic, and humorous. Most recently, Eisenman has crossed into the realm of sculpture, most notably with Sketch for a Fountain at the Skulptur Projekte Munster, 2017, a sculptural installation that was vandalized multiple times during its exhibition.
Location: The New School, Tishman Auditorium at 63 Fifth Avenue
Price: $10 general admission, free for students with ID
Time: 6:30 p.m.
7. Talk with artist Mary Heilmann at the Austrian Cultural Forum
To mark the current exhibition “WILD WEST,” the Austrian Cultural Forum presents a talk with pioneering artist Mary Heilmann, moderated by artist and curator of the show, Andreas Reiter Raabe.
Location: 11 East 52nd Street, New York
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14, 2017–Monday, March 5, 2018
8. “Obdurate Space: Architecture of Donald Judd” at the Center for Architecture
The two principals of Armstrong + Cohen Architecture, Claude Armstrong and Donna Cohen, worked under renowned artist and prolific critic Donald Judd as architectural assistants during the 1980s. Judd’s projects, both built and unrealized, will be featured in this show via new models as well as photographs, drawings, and digital renderings. Among them are his concrete buildings at the Judd Foundation in Marfa, Texas; a proposal for downtown Cleveland; and a train station in Basel, Switzerland, completed with Zwimpfer Architekten.
Location: Center for Architecture, 536 LaGuardia Place
Time: Opening, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Monday-Friday 9 a.m.–8 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday, November 15
9. GIG Pre-Party with Performance by HAIM at the Guggenheim Museum
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation celebrates its 80th anniversary with two nights of parties in its namesake museum’s iconic rotunda. Ahead of the more staid benefit dinner on Thursday honoring Chinese artist Cai Guo-Qiang and former longtime Guggenheim board president Jennifer Blei Stockman, the international gala kicks off with a pre-party on Wednesday night, featuring a performance from the band Haim and open bar.
Location: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue
Time: 9 p.m.–12 a.m.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017–Sunday, January 28, 2018
10. “Talon Rouge: Six Mexican Artists Revisit Jose Juan Tablada and His New York Circle” at Proxyco
For its inaugural exhibition, the women-led Proxyco gallery presents the work of six contemporary Mexican artists: Verónica Gerber Bicecci, Javier Hinojosa, Ivan Krassoievitch, Edgar Orlaineta, Marco Rountree, and Fabiola Torres-Alzaga. Curator Daniel Garza Usabiaga, the artistic and academic director of Mexico City art fair Zona Maco, asked each artist to create new work inspired by the efforts of José Juan Tablada (1871–1945), a poet and art critic, to champion Mexican art.
Location: Proxyco, 168 Suffolk Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, November 16
11. “‘Cloud of Petals’: Book Release and Artist Talk” at Red Bull Arts New York
In conjunction with her exhibition “Cloud of Petals” (on view through December 10), Sarah Meyohas talks with Samuel Loncar, editor-in-chief of the Marginalia Review of Books, and artist Trevor Paglen to celebrate the release of the show’s catalogue. The conversation will revolve around Meyohas’s multifaceted practice and how she incorporates technology into her work.
Location: Red Bull Arts New York, 220 West 18th Street
Price: Free, with RSVP
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
12. “Reaction Zone by Spencer Tunick” at Printed Matter, Inc.
Catch photographer and filmmaker Spencer Tunick in discussion with curator and critic Carlo McCormick about his newly released book, Reaction Zone, which documents the artist’s years-long project documenting assemblies of nude bodies.
Location: Printed Matter, Inc., 231 Eleventh Avenue
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Thursday, November 16–Monday, January 15, 2018
13. “Visionaire Racing” at Cadillac House
Artists including Tom Sachs, Korakrit Arunanondchai, Will Cotton, Laurie Simmons, and Virgil Abloh have each created their own Mini4WD cars, to-scale working designs, on display at Cadillac House alongside the largest Mini4WD racing track on the East Coast. Visitors can design, build, and test their own models, in the hopes of winning an official race—the first round, featuring all the artists, is December 3, additional qualifying races on December 10 and 17, before the January 7 final.
Location: Cadillac House, 330 Hudson Street
Time: Monday–Friday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, November 18
14. “Curatorial Activism and the Politics of Shock” at the School of Visual Arts
A day-long international summit on curatorial activism featuring speakers including Hans Ulrich Obrist, Ute Meta Bauer, Hou Hanru, and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev plans to address issues including civil rights, environmental protections, scientific research, and free speech.
Location: SVA Theatre, 333 West 23rd Street
Price: Free with registration
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19
15. “Renegade Craft Fair” at the Metropolitan Pavilion
Looking ahead to your holiday gift-giving needs, you might want to swing by the international Renegade Craft Fair, stopping in New York this weekend, 200 independent “makers” in tow. Expect artsy jewelry and ceramics, as well as clothing and home decor.
Location: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street
Time: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, November 19
16. Second Annual Print & Zine Fest at New Women Space
The magazine Got a Girl Crush and the New Women Space will showcase zines and prints from female/fem-identifying/non-binary/trans/gender non-conforming artists and publications at its second annual event.
Location: New Women Space, 188 Woodpoint Road, Brooklyn
Price: $2 suggested donation
Time: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Through Wednesday, November 22
17. “Mary Kelly: The Practical Past” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
For almost two decades, Mary Kelly has mined the depths of her dryer for material, creating work from the humble, compressed lint left over after every load of wash. Her first exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash features her recreations of photographs of major historical events from 1940, 1968, and 2011, made using this unorthodox material.
Location: Mitchell-Innes & Nash, 534 West 26th Street
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
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