Editors’ Picks: 18 Things to See in New York This Week
Artist talks with Michelle Obama portraitist Amy Sherald and Devan Shimoyama are among this week's highlights.
Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Tuesday, November 28
1. POWarts: Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Art World
The art world has not gone untouched by scandals involving sexual harassment. On Tuesday night, the Professional Organization for Women in the Arts hosts a forum on the subject, inviting women to discuss the controversial topic and their own personal experiences. Speakers will include Jennifer Kennedy Park of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton, a lawyer who specializes in women’s rights and workplace harassment issues, and Mount Sinai Beth Israel Victim Services Program trauma therapist Chauntel R. Gerdes.
Location: 875 Washington Street
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
2. “Show and Tell: Anton Ginzburg” at Anthology Film Archives
Soviet-born, New York-based artist and filmmaker Anton Ginzburg present his work in a two-part program, the latest entry in Anthology Film Archives’ “Show and Tell” series. His work can also currently be seen in “Russian Revolution: A Contested Legacy” at the International Print Center New York, through December 16, and “Staring and Cursing,” a solo show at New York’s Fridman Gallery, through December 21.
Location: Anthology Film Archive, 32 2nd Avenue
Time: 6:45 p.m. and 9 p.m.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017–Saturday, February 3, 2018
3. “Elizabeth Catlett: Wake Up in Glory” at Burning in Water
Pioneering African-American feminist artist Elizabeth Catlett (1915–2012) gets her first solo show in New York since her 1971 outing at the Studio Museum in Harlem. The exhibition will feature both prints and sculptures from the politically minded artist, who was influenced by everything from the Harlem Renaissance and Pre-Columbian and African art to European Modernism and American Regionalism.
Location: Burning in Water, 317 10th Avenue
Time: 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m., Tuesday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
Tuesday, November 28, 2017–Tuesday, January 30, 2018
4. “STRAY” at 1500 Broadway
Tiffany Zabludowicz is curating her second exhibition in the Times Square office building that serves in part as the New York outpost of the Zabludowicz Collection. Thanks to a unique arrangement with management, when tenants move out, Zabludowicz takes over the temporarily empty space, hosting artist residencies and exhibitions.
This one, featuring Kelly Akashi, Ivana Bašić, Hayden Dunham, Marguerite Humeau, and Pamela Rosenkranz, “explore[s] what it means to have a human body in the contemporary world by depicting abstract sculptural suggestions of flesh that is in flow or transition,” according to the show description.
Location: 1500 Broadway at West 43rd Street, 14th Floor
Time: Opening reception, 7 p.m.–10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m. or by appointment
Wednesday, November 29
5. “The Artist’s Voice: Amy Sherald and Devan Shimoyama” at the Studio Museum in Harlem
Devan Shimoyama, who won the 2016 PULSE Prize, and Amy Sherald, recently appointed to paint Michelle Obama’s official portrait for the Smithsonian, will talk about their practices in a conversation moderated by Hallie Ringle and Connie Choi, curators of “Fictions,” the Studio Museum’s fifth emerging artist exhibition. Sherald and Shimoyama are among the 19 artists of African descent featured in the group show.
Location: Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street
Time: 7 p.m.
6. “A Conversation With the Critics” at the New York Academy of Art
This year’s “Conversation with the Critics” panel features Burnaway executive editor Stephanie Cash; freelance critics Jason Stopa and Yasmeen Siddiqui; and Jessica Lynne, the founder of Arts.Black, a journal of art criticism from black perspectives.
Location: New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin Street
Time: 6:30 p.m.
7. “Alfredo Jaar: Talks at the New School” at the New School
Twenty years after his Public Art Fund commission A Logo for America, Alfredo Jaar will speak about that piece and his many public interventions in a talk organized by the Public Art Fund. The animation, displayed on the Times Square Spectacolor Light Board, featured the controversial message “This Is Not America” atop an image of the United States.
Location: The New School Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street
Time: 7 p.m.
8. “Critical Walk-Through: Teju Cole on Self-Taught Genius” at the Self-Taught Genius Gallery
Critic, novelist, photographer, and recent Performa alum Teju Cole will read from his novel Open City and then discuss works on view in the American Folk Art Museum‘s “Highlights from Self-Taught Genius” exhibition. This program is limited to 45 people, so get your tickets soon.
Location: The Self-Taught Genius Gallery, 47-29 32nd Place, Long Island City, Queens
Time: 6 p.m.–7 p.m.
Thursday, November 30
9. “Purge: Doreen Garner” at Pioneer Works
In conjunction with the two-person exhibition “White Man on a Pedestal,” also including Kenya (Robinson), Doreen Garner will operate on a recreation of the statue of controversial gynecologist J. Marion Sims, undertaking the same procedure that Sims performed without anesthesia on several slaves. His sculpture stands in Central Park in East Harlem; activists have called for its removal.
Location: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29–Saturday, December 2
10. Haruki Murakami’s Sleep at BAM Fisher
Based on the 1994 short story by Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Sleep follows a housewife’s mundane existence as it is interrupted by a nightmare: “The haunting dream leads her to cast sleep aside, releasing her into a world of danger and the thrill of the unknown.” The adaptation is directed by Rachel Dickstein with playwright Naomi Iizuka providing the screenplay.
Location: BAM Fisher, 321 Ashland Place, Brooklyn
Time: Wednesday–Friday, 7:30 p.m.–8:45 p.m.; Saturday, 2:30 p.m.–3:45 p.m., 7:30 p.m.–8:45 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29–Sunday, December 3
11. “Rachel Libeskind: The Day the Father Died” at Khorasheh + Grunert
Brooklyn artist Rachel Libeskind’s new performance and installation piece centers on the death of one of the 20th century’s greatest villains, Josef Stalin. Libeskind traces her own lineage to the Gulag, where her Polish Jewish parents met, to explore the dictator’s fraught and complex legacy.
Location: Khorasheh + Grunert, 524 West 19th Street
Time: Performance/premiere, 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Thursday, November 30
12. “Love It or Hate It: Public Art and Controversy” at Museum of the City of New York
Listen as experts discuss the reasons public art is susceptible to scrutiny and how it “serves as a flashpoint for larger social debates.” On the panel is painter and sculptor Audrey Flack; Kendal Henry, director of Percent for Art; sculptor Ohad Meromi; Harriet Senie, director of art museum studies at City College of New York; and Michele Bogart, a professor of art history at Stony Brook University. This program accompanies the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition “Art in the Open: Fifty Years of Public Art in New York.”
Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 2
13. UBU TRUMP at Daniel Wilhelmina Funeral Home
Rainer Ganahl presents his new take on Alfred Jarry’s absurdist 1896 play King Ubu—the artist previously rewrote the text to be about Lenin. He is staging the performance, which touches on themes of political corruption and xenophobia, at a morgue in Harlem, as part of a collaboration with White Columns. The cast includes Cammisa Buerhaus and Nickolas Calabrese.
Location: Daniel Wilhelmina Funeral Home, 110 West 131st Street
Time: 7 p.m.
Saturday, December 2 and Sunday, December 3
14. “Who’s Afraid of the New Now?: 40 Artists in Dialogue” at the New Museum
In celebration of its 40th anniversary, the New Museum has enlisted 40 artists to grace its stage over the course of a single weekend, speaking in pairs about their artistic practices and their experiences with the museum. Heavy-hitting couples include George Condo and Jeff Koons, Ragnar Kjartansson and Carolee Schneemann, and Hans Haacke and Carsten Höller. The weekend will close out with Joan Jonas and Carol Bove on Sunday night.
Location: The New Museum, 235 Bowery
Price: $5 per conversation
Time: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.
Through Saturday, December 2
15. Reception for “2017 America” at School of Visual Arts Gramercy Gallery
Catch some truly emerging art at SVA’s exhibition of photographs taken by high school students across the nation. The show includes one piece from every artist who submitted work.
Location: SVA Gramercy Gallery, 209 East 23rd Street
Time: Opening reception, Thursday, November 30, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Friday, December 15
16. “Not OK: Great Cartoons That Weren’t Good Enough” at Kave Espresso Bar
Discouraged by his inability to publish a cartoon in the New Yorker, architect and illustrator David Ostow organized this group exhibition of drawings rejected by the august publication—with only 15 of an annual 1,000 submissions making the cut, he had no shortage of material to work with.
Location: Kave Espresso Bar, 119 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn
Time: 8 a.m.–8 p.m.
Through Friday, December 22
17. “Future Textile Library” at Columbia University
After graduating from NYU’s interactive telecommunications program, Yuchen Zhang, Hellyn Teng, and Jingwen Zhu cofounded Wearable Media, a design studio that embraces technology to create sci-fi-flavored garments. Their unconventional approach to fashion, which seeks to tap the potential of smart apparel, takes center stage at this interactive exhibition.
Examples include a piece called AudRey that purports to tap into Instagram to display the wearer’s digital “aura;” Project Reefstone, featuring fabric panels laser-cut to match global temperature index data and resembling dead coral reefs; and a vibrating, light-up jumpsuit, Ceres, that responds to the frequency and distance of near-Earth asteroids.
Location: Teachers College at Columbia University, Gottesman Libraries, 525 West 120th Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Monday, January 15
18. “Outdoor Activities with William Wegman” at Picture Room
William Wegman’s exhibition features photographs, menus, diagrams, and memorabilia from the photographer’s many excursions in the great outdoors, including some never-before-seen works that depart from his trademark work with his pet Weimaraners.
Location: Picture Room, 117 Atlantic Avenue
Time: Tuesday–Thursday, 1 p.m.–7 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
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