Editors’ Picks: 13 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From David Zwirner’s Massive Donald Judd Show to Thornton Dial at David Lewis

There's a lot going on this week, from Julie Mehretu and Donald Judd shows, to a Wide Awakes panel at a virtual art fair.

Chris Santa Maria, PRESIDENT TRUMP (2016–20). Photo courtesy of Jim Kempner Fine Art.

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 digital events 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.)


Thursday, November 5

Kay Walkingstick. Photo by Julia Maloof Verderosa, courtesy of the Montclair Art Museum.

Kay WalkingStick. Photo by Julia Maloof Verderosa, courtesy of the Montclair Art Museum.

1. “MAM Conversations: Kay WalkingStick” at the Montclair Art Museum, New Jersey

Kay WalkingStick will be on a Zoom chat with Montclair Art Museum chief curator Gail Stavitsky about her work in the MAM collection, how her practice fuses her Native identity with Modernist abstraction and feminism, and her recent projects.

Price: $10
Time: 6 p.m.–7 p.m.

—Tanner West


Thursday, November 5–Saturday, December 12

Donald Judd. Courtesy of the Judd Foundation.

Donald Judd at work. Courtesy of the Judd Foundation.

2. “Donald Judd: Artworks, 1970–1994″ at David Zwirner, New York

To mark Donald Judd’s full-scale MoMA retrospective, David Zwirner is opening a show looking at works made over the course of 24 years, between 1970 and 1994. The show, organized by Judd’s son, Flavin, includes an installation of 30 wall-mounted plywood boxes that together constitute one of the artist’s largest indoor works. Unseen since 1980, the installation will also be accompanied by Core-ten, copper, and brushed aluminum works.

Location: David Zwirner, 519, 525 & 533 West 19th Street, New York
Time: By appointment

—Nan Stewert


Friday, November 6–Saturday, November 14

Ryan McNamara made drawings for his new show at Company. Photo courtesy of Company.

Ryan McNamara made drawings for his new show at Company. Photo courtesy of Company.

3. “Ryan McNamara: The Consolations” at Company, New York

Ryan McNamara struggled through lockdown with how to continue his practice with dance, theater, and other group performances off limits. His new gallery show takes the form of an in-person performance that builds off the drawings he’s created since the spring. “Come visit me in the gallery so we can make meaning and decipher these alien drawings and share the consolations I’ve discovered,” McNamara said in a statement.

Location: Company, 88 Eldridge Street, New York
Time: Wednesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through Saturday, November 7

Chris Santa Maria, <i>PRESIDENT TRUMP</i> (2016-2020). Courtesy of the artist.

Chris Santa Maria, PRESIDENT TRUMP (2016-2020). Courtesy of the artist.

4. “Chris Santa Maria: PRESIDENT TRUMP” at Jim Kempner Fine Art, New York

Artist Chris Santa Maria has been compiling media images over the course of President Trump’s tenure to create a massive collage for public display, conjuring Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. “In 2016, like many people, I was disturbed by the election of Donald Trump,” Santa Maria said in a statement. “I didn’t set out to be repulsive but over the course of these four years, the imagery and collective trauma of our national experience has rendered something grotesque but equally important as a reflection of this experience.”

Location: The window at Jim Kempner Fine Art at 10th Avenue and 23rd Street
Time: On view daily at all times

—Caroline Goldstein


Thursday, November 5

Analysis of a Robert Moses bridge system from a Racism Untaught workshop. Photo courtesy of the New School.

Analysis of a Robert Moses bridge system from a Racism Untaught workshop. Photo courtesy of the New School.

5. “Racism Untaught: Revealing & Unlearning Racialized Design” at the New School, New York

The New School has developed a toolkit to help communities avoid “design that perpetuates elements of racism.” This Zoom workshop will teach participants how to assess existing designs, how to structure the design research process to challenge racism, and how to come up with design solutions that will address concerns about racism moving forward.

Price: Free with registration
Time: 12 p.m.–1:30 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Thursday, November 5 

Photograph by Benjamin Lozovsky.

Photograph by Benjamin Lozovsky.

6. “What’s Next? A Wide Awakes Conversation” with SOFA Intersect Chicago 

In this conversation—part of the merged online editions of SOFA and Intersect Chicago (November 6–12)—the artist-activist group the Wide Awakes will discuss ways in which those in the creative field can be instrumental in reimagining society. Panelists will include the artist and writer Tyrone Martinez-Black; arts strategist and horticulturist Mecca Brooks; artist Paula Crown; artist co-founder of For Freedoms, Eric Gottesman; Tony Patrick, founder of the Tenfold Gaming Initiative; and Mario Smith, poet and radio host. 

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

—Katie White


Thursday, November 5–Saturday, December 19

7. “Shahzia Sikander: Weeping Willows, Liquid Tongues,” at Sean Kelly Gallery, New York

Shahzia Sikander’s inaugural exhibition with the gallery is also the artist’s first New York City show in nine years. It offers a wide-ranging, in-depth look into her recent work, including large- and intimately scaled drawings, a new single-channel video animation, intricate mosaics, and her first-ever free-standing sculpture. The artist will be present at the gallery on Saturday, November 7 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., and will participate in an opening-day Zoom talk with Sean Kelly.

Location: Sean Kelly, 475 Tenth Ave, New York
 Free, register for Zoom talk here
Time: Zoom talk Thursday, November 5, 1 p.m.–2 p.m.; Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella


Thursday, November 5–Saturday, January 9

Anastasiya Tarasenko, The Disaster Artist, 2020 Courtesy of Monya Rowe Gallery

8. “Anastasiya Tarasenko: The Hands That Feed” at Monya Rowe Gallery, New York

Monya Rowe Gallery presents the first solo show by Ukranian artist Anastasiya Tarasenko. The exhibition features small-scale paintings that touch upon the “hidden hypocrisies in our culture.” The main theme of these works is the current political climate and a sense of impending doom, tinged with the artist’s sense of humor and playfulness.

Location: Monya Rowe Gallery, 224 West 30th Street, No. 1005, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Neha Jambhekar


Through November 12

Elizabeth Price, <i>KOHL</i> (2018). Still from 4 channel HD video. Courtesy of the artist

Elizabeth Price, KOHL (2018). Still from 4 channel HD video. Courtesy of the artist.

9. “Elizabeth Price: SLOW DANS” at Artangel

Artangel has moved some of its operations online in the social-distancing era, and for its next trick, it will present the acclaimed film trilogy by Turner Prize-winning video artist Elizabeth Price online for free for the first time. The trilogy, available to view for two weeks, delves into social and cultural histories from the decline of the coal industry to the sexual politics of the workplace. A series of new poems and performances responding to Price’s work are also free to watch online.

Location: Artangel’s website
Time: October 29–November 12, at all times

—Julia Halperin


Saturday, November 7–Sunday, December 20

Bony Ramirez, Musa X Paradisiaca, 2020. Courtesy of Thierry Goldberg Gallery.

10. “Bony Ramirez: MUSA X PARADISIACA” at Thierry Goldberg, New York

Following a virtual exhibition earlier this year, Thierry Goldberg presents an in-person solo show of Dominican-American artist Bony Ramirez. The works exhibited reflect on the traumatic colonial past of the island of Hispaniola and how it informs contemporary life in the Dominican Republic. Using elements of Renaissance portraiture, Ramirez surrounds his figures with symbols of the native environment and Taíno culture. These life-sized, paper-on-wood panel paintings engulf the viewer in a colorful and sensory experience quintessential to the Caribbean. Still lifes of shells, plants, and plantains accompany these portraits, adding to the effect.

Location: Thierry Goldberg, 109 Norfolk Street, New York
Time: Wednesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Cristina Cruz


Through Saturday, December 19

Lucia Love, Wacky Inflatable Flailing Firearms (2020). Courtesy of JDJ Icehouse.

Lucia Love, Wacky Inflatable Flailing Firearms (2020). Courtesy of JDJ Icehouse.

11. “Lucia Love: FIREWATER” at JDJ Icehouse, Garrison

If you’re looking for an exhibition that captures something of the Halloween spirit, and you happen to be venturing north of the city this weekend, be sure to make an appointment to see Lucia Love’s debut solo exhibition at JDJ Icehouse in Garrison. Her seven recent paintings have a wry sensibility that pastiches doomsday landscapes with comically goofy elements. In Wacky Inflatable Flailing Firearms, for instance, an inflatable wind dancer appears like a hellish tower of flames. In another, a glowing neon house of cards floats over a lava-coated terrain. Something of the outlandishness of these juxtapositions feels entirely of this moment. 

Location: JDJ Icehouse, 17 Mandalay Drive, Garrison
Price: Free
Time: By appointment

— Katie White 


Through Sunday, December 20

Thornton Dial, <i>Meat</i> (2003). Courtesy of David Lewis Gallery, New York.

Thornton Dial, Meat (2003). Courtesy of David Lewis Gallery, New York.

12. “Thornton Dial: Dial World, Part I: The Tiger That Flew Over New York City” at David Lewis Gallery

In the opening stanza of a two-part exhibition, David Lewis presents eight powerful assemblages by the late, great Thornton Dial. Created in response to the artist’s first journey to the Empire City, the works range from the harrowing to the hopeful, as Dial wrestled with the brutal realities of American oppression and the human capacity to redress injustice through growth and understanding. Literally soaring above the troubled urban landscape is Dial’s avatar, the tiger, propelled by the twin desires to map the territory as it is, and carry change in its jaws. 

Location: David Lewis Gallery, 88 Eldridge Street, Fifth Floor
Price: Free
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Tim Schneider


Through Wednesday, December 23

Installation view of "Julie Mehretu: About the space of half an hour" at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. Photo courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

Installation view of “Julie Mehretu: About the space of half an hour” at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York. Photo courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery, New York.

13. “Julie Mehretu: About the space of half an hour” at Marian Goodman Gallery, New York

Julie Mehretu’s traveling retrospective, which debuted at LACMA earlier this year and is currently on view at the High Museum in Atlanta, is making its way to New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art. In the meantime, catch her third solo show at Marian Goodman, which includes recent work contemporaneous with the newest paintings in the museum exhibition, as well as works painted during lockdown at the artist’s Upstate New York collective and residency program, Denniston Hill.

Location: Marian Goodman Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, New York
Time: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; appointments mandatory

—Sarah Cascone

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