Editors’ Picks: 12 Things to See in New York This Week
There's plenty of art to see once you've recovered from Thanksgiving dinner.
Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Monday, November 20
1. “Listening to Images” at NYU
Tina Campt, Barnard College professor of Africana and gender studies, will be discussing her recent book, Listening to Images. The text explores a way of “listening” to photography while engaging with photographs of subjects taken throughout the African diaspora. These photographs were originally intended to dehumanize, police, and restrict, yet Campt “hears in these photos a quiet intensity… and practices of refusal.” Campt will also share a meditation on Arthur Jafa’s video installation Love is the Message and the Message is Death.
Location: 285 Mercer Street, 4th Floor
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 21
2. “Swoon and Jeffrey Deitch in Conversation” at Pen + Brush
Catch Swoon in conversation with her longtime gallerist and mentor Jeffrey Deitch at a fundraising event for the Heliotrope Foundation, the street artist’s nonprofit supporting communities hit by natural disasters. Organized by ArtLeadHER founder and curator Mashonda Tifrere, the evening will give 100 percent of the proceeds to the foundation.
Location: Pen + Brush, 29 East 22nd Street
Price: Tickets are $100 and include a Heliotrope Print, which are $50 limited edition fine art prints
Time: 7 p.m.–10 p.m.
3. “Art by the Inch” at Con Artist Collective & Gallery
Did you ever get in trouble for drawing on the walls growing up? Well, at this one-of-a-kind event, drawing on the walls is encouraged. , You can create an enormous piece of art right on the gallery walls alongside the artists. Parts of the wall are available to purchase (you’ll pay by the inch). All the proceeds raised will be used to help fund the local artist community.
Location: Con Artist Collective, 119 Ludlow Street
Time: 7 p.m.–11 p.m.
Wednesday, November 22
4. “Mod New York: Fashion Takes a Trip” at the Museum of the City of New York
From the timeless style of First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy to the miniskirt, the 1960s were a decade of groundbreaking fashion trends. The museum showcases the full breadth and diversity of the clothes worn during the period in this exhibition of 70 garments—from designers including Mary Quant, Geoffrey Beene, and Pauline Trigère—illustrating the influence of such disparate cultural moments as the Space Race, Pop Art, and the Women’s Liberation movement.
Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue
Time: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, November 26
5. “YouTube as a Subject” at Microscope Gallery
In the early days of YouTube, Dutch artist Constant Dullaart was struck by an idea. Inspired by his research for medium-specificity in artworks existing online he uploaded a series of videos to the platform. The sole content of the work was the iconic YouTube play button, which did not disappear but moved around, changing color. Soon Dullaart received responses from artists around the globe about his videos. For this screening and discussion, Dullaart will delve into his art and the dialogue it has created in artist communities.
Location: 1329 Willoughby Avenue
Time: 7:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Through Sunday, December 1
6. “Pop Tarts” at AFA Gallery
Despite also being the name of a popular breakfast pastry, this group show looks into the “masks worn in the face of adversity and negativity.” Artists Colin Christian, Sas Christian, and Vlada Haggerty all hone their individual mediums to portray their own idea of a “dangerous woman.”
Location: 54 Greene Street
Time: Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Sunday, December 3
7. “Call and Response” at Wave Hill
Wave Hill is celebrating 10 years of exhibitions at its Sunroom Project Space, inviting all 60 artists who have shown there over the last decade to return for a group exhibition taking over the entire Glyndor Gallery. Only 10 artists aren’t participating in the show, which features everything from outdoor installations and work made from natural materials gathered onsite to sound, video, and performance works.
Location: Wave Hill, Glyndor Gallery, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx
Price: $8 adults, $4 students and seniors, $2 children
Time: Tuesday–Sunday, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
8. “Land of the Free” at the City Reliquary
Immediately following President Donald Trump’s signing of the so-called Muslim travel ban, Executive Order 13769, artist and Iraqi immigrant Moeinedin Shashaei began taking images of his daily life. The 90-day photo series, on view at the City Reliquary, is about “facing the absurdity of vilification,” according to the exhibition description.
Location: The City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
Time: Thursday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Through Sunday, December 17
9. “Becky Kolsrud: Allegorical Nudes” at JTT
Following the theft of one of her paintings from its owner’s home, Becky Kolsrud devised the idea to create a series based on a single painting, delving into the genre of allegorical painting. The giant nude female bodies in these paintings occupy natural landscapes, such as lakes and mountains. Kolsrud’s new series echoes themes from her previous work. However, the figures are not portraits, “but rather signs for how women might be represented, going against the way they have been symbolized” in the art canon.
Location: JTT, 191 Chrystie St.
Time: Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Saturday, December 23
10. “Albert Oehlen: Grau” at Nahmad Contemporary
Nahmad Contemporary presents the first exhibition dedicated to Albert Oehlen‘s gray paintings, created between 1997 and 2008. “I wanted to paint even more intensely colored pictures, and I prescribed to myself the gray tones as therapy, in order to artificially heighten the lust for color,” said the artist of the large-scale canvases, which embrace both figuration and the abstract.
Location: Nahmad Contemporary, 980 Madison, 3rd Floor
Time: Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Sunday, December 24
11. “Ran Hwang: Sacred Space” at Leila Heller Gallery
By hand-making hundreds of thousands of buttons and affixing them to Plexiglas panels, Hwang compares the act of fitting into contemporary society to the stillness and perfection of each pin resting—almost meditating—in its place within her artworks. This show intends to create a sacred space amid the madness of the contemporary times.
Location: 568 West 25th Street
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Sunday, April 22, 2018
12. “Rodin at the Brooklyn Museum: The Body in Bronze” at Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum joins dozens of institutions across the globe to mark the centenary of Rodin’s death in 2018. For this show, curated by Lisa Small, the museum draws on the 58 bronze works it houses in its permanent collection, a gift from the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Foundation in 1983, looking specifically at the sculptor’s use of both figuration and abstraction.
Location: Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Time: Wednesday, Friday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
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