Editors’ Picks: 22 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From the Inaugural Show at Duane Thomas Gallery to New York City Trivia Night
Plus, Bosco Sodi has a splendid new installation in Brooklyn and Peter Freeman gallery promises a curious exhibition.
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 events and digitally, 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.)
Tuesday, October 13
1. “The Ultimate (Virtual) NYC Trivia Night” at the Museum of the City of New York
Last month, MCNY introduced a Zoom trivia competition mining 400 years of New York history. Scoring is on an honor system, and there are no prizes, but tune in to test your knowledge of the city’s architecture, theater, sports, pop culture, and more.
Price: Donation based with registration
Time: 8 p.m.–9 p.m.
Tuesday, October 13–Sunday, October 18
2. “Give Me Your Hand,” a virtual tour of the National Gallery, London
If you are missing both live theater and IRL art, this event, organized by New York City’s Irish Repertory Theatre, offers a double whammy. Irish actors Dearbhla Molloy and Dermot Crowley will take a virtual stroll through the National Gallery in London while performing works of Irish playwright Paul Durcan that speak to the art on view. An original, non-virtual version of the production premiered in London in 2010.
Price: Free with registration, suggested $25 donation
Time: 7 p.m. for opening night; times for additional performances vary
3. “Premiere of STTLMNT: An Indigenous Digital Occupation” at A Blade of Grass, New York
A Blade of Grass, the New York nonprofit dedicated to socially engaged art, is winding down most of its activities and letting go of all of its full-time staff other than director Deborah Fisher to focus its energies on commissioning artworks. This week marks the swan song for the organization’s editorial team, which has released its fifth and final magazine issue, on the theme “Confronting Enemies,” and is staging two last virtual events, “Conversations@Moore: Grupo de Arte Callejero and Solana Chehtman” on Wednesday, and, to follow up Monday’s Indigenous People’s Day, the digital launch of STTLMNT, a new platform for 30 Indigenous artists, on Tuesday.
Price: Free with registration
Time: 3 p.m.
Wednesday, October 14
To celebrate the release of her first monograph, a book that playfully mingles fact and fiction to tell the story of her mother’s departure from post-Soviet Russia, American-Armenian photographer Diana Markosian will join SFMOMA curator Erin O’Toole in a virtual panel. On the list of discussion topics is the way Markosian went about making the body of work covered in the publication, which included restaging scenes from the 1980s soap opera Santa Barbara, the first American TV show to be broadcast in Russia.
Time: 7 p.m.
5. “Drop In With Phillippe Parreno” at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
Since May, MoMA has been checking in with artists and seeing what they’re working on and how they’re responding to current events. Next up is French artist Phillippe Parreno, whose sculptural light and sound installation hangs from the ceiling of the museum’s lobby.
Time: 12 p.m.
6. Online National Women’s Rights Convention at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
One hundred and seventy years ago, the first National Woman’s Rights convention took place in Worcester, Massachusetts, rallying men and women from around the country who banded together to fight for women’s equal rights—and chief among them, their right to vote. While great progress has been for women since then, there is still a long way to go, particularly as it concerns members of the BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities. Next week, LACMA will host an all-day Zoom conference featuring conversations with prominent women artists, activists, and educators about topics like voter suppression, unequal employment, and womanhood intersections. Participants will include artist and activist Jerry Allyn; National Women’s Law Center senior counsel Justice Sarah David Heydemann; writer and transgender activist Raquel Willis; and performance artist, comedian, and elected representative Kristina Wong.
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 9:30 a.m.–5 p.m. PT
7. “Artist Justine Hill and Art Historian Dana Rodriguez in Conversation” at Denny Dimin Gallery, New York
Art historian Dana Rodriguez will speak with Justine Hill about her current exhibition, “Justine Hill: Touch,” (on view through October 31) and the latest evolution in her unconventionally shaped abstract canvases.
Price: Free with registration
Time: 6 p.m.–7 p.m.
8. “Curator Conversation with John W. Smith and Vincent Fremont” at the Newport Art Museum, Rhode Island
On the occasion of “Andy Warhol: Big Shot” (on view through December 20), Newport Museum senior curator Francine Weissa will lead a Zoom talk with John W. Smith, director of the RISD Museum and formerly of the Andy Warhol Museum, and Warhol Factory alumni Vincent Fremont, cofounder of the Warhol Foundation. The conversation will offer a snapshot of Warhol’s life behind the camera.
Time: 5:30 p.m.–6:15 p.m.
Thursday, October 15
9. “Bernard Lumpkin With Taha Clayton, Tawny Chatmon, and Justin Wadlington” at the New York Academy of Art
The collector Bernard Lumpkin, the author of an essay in the catalogue for “2020 Vision,” a show at the Southampton Arts Center about the travails of the past year, is interviewing artists Taha Clayton, Tawny Chatmon, and Justin Wadlington (who are all included in the show) over Zoom.
Price: Free with registration
Time: 6 p.m.
Thursday, October 15–Saturday, November 21
10. “Cecily Brown” at Paula Cooper Gallery, New York
In July, Cecily Brown started an Instagram. Though it wasn’t set to private, the non-sequitur of a handle name—a work of hers from 2005 seemingly chosen at random—and the general lack of self promotion and tagging meant that Brown could happily content-dump in semi-obscurity. And post freely she did, sharing a generous amount of snapshots into the working life of flat-out one of the best painters out there. In August, she posted a picture of a model of a gallery, ones that artists use to mock up shows, and captioned it “@paulacoopergallery fall 2020.” Notably, there was a toy deer in the middle of the model gallery. It is unclear if any antlered fauna will be present when the show opens this Thursday at Paula Cooper’s West 26th Street gallery, but rest assured there will be large, gorgeous, muscular paintings by the master Cecily Brown.
Location: Paula Cooper, 524 West 26th Street, New York, NY
Time: Opening, 11 a,m.–7 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m., appointments required
Friday, October 16
11. “Restoration Conversations for Artemisia” with Advancing Women Artists and the Florentine
Letizia Treves, the curator of the Artemisia gentileschi exhibition at the National Gallery in London, will be in a conversation with Linda Falcone from the female-led restoration organization Advancing Women Artists about what Treves learned of the 17th-century art star from two years of “living” with the Baroque artist while working on the exhibition.
Time: 12:30 p.m.
12. “Shaping an Image: Political Women in History and Today” with the J. Paul Getty Museum
Women who have assumed positions of power have faced historically unique challenges from their male counterparts, and visual arts have played an important role as these women have tried to emphasize specific characteristics or qualities. In this conversation, medieval scholar Elizabeth L’Estrange, political scientist and photojournalist Elizabeth D. Herman, and art historian and curator Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw will examine both the pivotal role “image” plays, both conceptual and actuality, for women in politics.
Price: Free with registration
Time: 11 a.m. (P.D.T.)
— Katie White
Through Saturday, October 17
13. “Joe Fig: Contemplation” at Christin Tierney, New York
This delightfully meta show features Joe Fig’s paintings of people looking at paintings, some of which you probably recall gawking at yourself. But the series isn’t just a recap of some of the major exhibitions of recent years: it’s also a celebration of the act of contemplation.
Location: Cristin Tierney Gallery, 219 Bowery, Floor 2, New York
Time: Thursday and Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday by appointment
Saturday, October 17
14. “Catastrophic Beauty: Art in the Age of the Anthropocene” Opening Celebration at Qualia Contemporary Art, Palo Alto
A Zoom opening reception for this West Coast gallery show (on view through November 20) puts curator Xiaoze Xie in conversation with Michael Arcega, Robyn O’Neil, QIU Anxiong, John Sabraw, SHANG Yang, Jean Shin, and Yi Xin Tong about how their work considers the ways humans dominate the planet.
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 6 p.m.
Saturday, October 17–Saturday, October 31
15.”Stash: Mapping Memory” at No53 Gallery, East Hampton
Collector and creative executive David Weiswasser’s Hamptons gallery will show 28 new works by New York graffiti artist “Stash” aka Josh Franklin. Stash was born on Long Island and came of age in the East Village in the early 1980s, when his first canvas was exhibited next to Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat in FUN Gallery’s “Graffiti, Thanks a Lot!” show. His work has since been shown all over the world and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, and the Brooklyn Museum.
Location: No53 Gallery, 53 The Circle, East Hampton, New York
Time: Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m —6 p.m.
Saturday, October 17–Saturday, February 14, 2021
16. “Sky Hopinka: Centers of Somewhere” at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Indigenous artist and filmmaker Sky Hopinka gets his first institutional solo show, curated by Lauren Cornell and highlighting his work with the near-extinct Native American language chinuk wawa. His films include an experimental documentary about the Standing Rock protests and Here you are before the trees, a newly commissioned multi-channel work that teases out connections between indigenous communities in New York’s Hudson Valley region and Hopinka’s native Wisconsin, such as the forced relocation of the Stockbridge Munsee Band of Mohican Indians from New York to Wisconsin. Programming includes a free virtual talk on this local history next Moday, October 19, at at 5 p.m. Heather Bruegl, director of cultural affairs at the Stockbridge Munsee Community.
Location: Hessel Museum of Art, Bard College, 33 Garden Road, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York
Price: Free with timed reservation
Time: Thursday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Through Saturday, October 24
17. Emma Amos, “Falling Figures” at Ryan Lee, New York
The painter Emma Amos, who was part of the artist group Spiral alongside Romare Bearden and Norman Lewis in the 1960s, died this past May at age 83. She was supposed to have an exhibition of paintings appear at Ryan Lee gallery around the same time, but it was delayed due to the lockdown in New York. Now, Amos’s paintings of falling figures—which is also the title of the show—will appear at last, and bring it with them timely explorations of anxiety and, as Amos put it, “the impending loss of history, place, and people” among Black communities.
Location: Ryan Lee, 515 West 26th Street, third floor, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m., by appointment
Through Sunday, November 8
18. “HOT WAX: Ernesto Renda and Janie Korn” at Empty Circle Space, Brooklyn
Former LaMaMa Galleria director Matt Naser has curated a show at Empty Circle Space featuring two artists working with wax, Ernesto Renda and Janie Korn. Renda’s wax relief pastels contain familiar scenes from film and television like “The Crocodile Hunter”, acting as “mourning objects for the electronic screen,” according to a gallery statement. Korn creates figurative candles that reference pop culture and are inspired by friends and family (you can commission a custom portrait candle from her website!).
Location: Empty Circle Space, 499 Third Avenue, Brooklyn
Time: By appointment
Through Thursday, November 19
19. “Michael Berryhill” at Kate Werble Gallery, New York
After 12 years in Soho, Kate Werble has moved to the Upper East Side and opens with an inaugural exhibition of colorful paintings and sculptures made by Michael Berryhill over the past year.
Location: Kate Werble Gallery, 136 East 73rd Street, 2nd Floor, New York
Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.–2 p.m., appointments preferred
Through Tuesday, December 15
The newest addition to the Tribeca gallery scene, Duane Thomas Gallery focuses on underrepresented artists. Its first show looks at African American artist Ronald Hall’s cheerfully colorful paintings that confront issues of race in the US, drawing on both historical artworks and Civil Rights-era photography.
Location: Duane Thomas Gallery, 137 West Broadway, 3rd floor
Time: By appointment
Through Saturday, December 19
21. “In Situ: A Changing Installation” at Peter Freeman, Inc., New York
Peter Freeman is taking an unconventional approach to reopening after a six-month closure by showing not a big-name artist, but “a fluid and changing installation of works chosen because we want to look at them,” according to the exhibition statement. There’s no telling how the show, which encourages repeat visits, will look at any given time, but the eclectic list of participating artists includes Agnes Martin, Richard Tuttle, Ellsworth Kelly, Jimmie Durham, and Charlotte Posenenske.
Location: Peter Freeman, Inc., 140 Grand Street, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Sunday, January 31, 2021
22. “Bosco Sodi: Perfect Bodies” at Perfect Bodies Auto Collision, Brooklyn
If you’re looking for an opportunity to get your art-viewing fix while still enjoying New York’s remaining days of seasonal warmth, chart a course to Red Hook in the next few weekends. There, in a normally unassuming concrete parking lot just two blocks from Pioneer Works (the installation’s presenter), multidisciplinary artist Bosco Sodi has sited an array of soulful spheres fired from the local clay of Oaxaca, where he maintains the Mexican branch of his studio. The work builds on the concerns prevalent in Sodi’s just-opened solo exhibition at Kasmin (on view through November 12): the timelessness of the earth, the synthesis of Minimalism with Land Art, and the progression of art-making from ancient civilizations to contemporary practice.
Location: Perfect Bodies Auto Collision, 184–186 Conover Street at Walcott Street, Brooklyn
Time: Saturdays and Sundays, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.
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