Editors’ Picks: 18 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week
Don't miss this week's top art events.
Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Monday, October 15
1. 2018 Badass Women Awards at Project for Empty Space
Newark’s Project for Empty Space is holding its second annual Badass Women Awards, hosted by Tiana Webb Evans and Shari Loeffler. The honorees are artist Gladys Barker Grauer, Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels of We Buy Gold and Jack Shainman Gallery, Kemi Ilesanmi of the Laundromat Project, and, posthumously, civil rights activist and art collector Peggy Cooper Cafritz, the co-founder of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.
Location: Project for Empty Space, 2 Gateway Center, Newark
Time: 7 p.m.–11 p.m.
Monday, October 15–Sunday, October 21
2. “Jorge Otero-Pailos: Répétiteur” at New York City Center
The New York City Center presents its inaugural program of visual art commissions, timed the Merce Cunningham Centennial. Jorge Otero-Pailos aims to make something permanent and tangible from the fleeting impermanence of a dance performance, inspired by the work of the répétiteur, who instructs dancers in a choreographer’s work—a role now often filled by one-time dancers in Cunningham’s company, who now pass along his genius to the next generation. Otero-Pailos has taken the dust and sweat accumulated in the practice studio over the years and applied to gold latex sheets, displayed in treasure chests amid a light and sound installation.
Location: New York City Center, 130 West 56th Street, 4th Floor
Time: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday, October 16
Baxter Street’s annual benefit is extra special this year, as it marks the opening of the 134-year-old non-profit’s second location—a community-focused coffee shop, studio, and event space next door to the original gallery and residency. The auction, curated by photographer Barney Kulok, features work by Moyra Davey, Justine Kurland, and Daniel Gordon, among a slew of other notable names. See those works now—and bid on them—online at Paddle 8.
Location: Baxter Street Camera Club of New York, 126 and 128 Baxter Street
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
4. The Walter W.S. Cook Annual Lecture at the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU
Dorothy Kosinski, of the Phillips Collection in Washington, DC, give this year’s Cook lecture, titled “‘Artists help God create the world’ Markus Lüpertz at the Phillips Collection/Journeys and Return With Orpheus.” She’ll talk about curating the German artist’s first US retrospective, which appeared at the Phillips last year, taking into consideration the art market, art criticism, and museum politics as forces that have kept Lüpertz from receiving the same recognition in this country as he enjoys in Europe.
Location: The Institute of Fine Arts, NYU, 1 East 78th Street
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 16–Sunday, March 3, 2019
5. “Anne Lindberg: The Eye’s Level” at the Museum of Arts and Design
For anyone (like me) with a soft spot for artists who make ordinary, non-art materials extraordinary, Anne Lindberg’s new site-specific installation at MAD is a must-see. Using her signature technique, the artist will simulate a monumental, multi-colored beam of light blasting through the institution’s second floor simply by anchoring thousands of strands of pearlescent thread from wall to wall. The result combines fiber drawing, architectural intervention, and color field painting into an experience of wonder.
Location: The Museum of Arts and Design, Jerome and Simona Chazen Building, 2 Columbus Circle
Price: $16 General, $14 Seniors, $12 Students, Free for Ages 18 and Under, Pay-What-You-Wish Thursdays 6 p.m.–9 p.m
Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17
6. Art Talk with Marlene Strauss—Helena Rubinstein: An Uncommon Life at the 92nd Street Y
Art historian Marlene Strauss gives a talk about the storied art collection of cosmetics entrepreneur Helena Rubinstein, a Polish immigrant who made a fortune selling skin cream and other beauty products. Rubinstein has owned works by Henri Matisse, Marc Chagall, Auguste Renoir, Amedeo Modigliani, and Salvador Dalí, among others.
Location: The 92nd Street Y, Kaufmann Concert Hall, 1395 Lexington Avenue between East 91st and 92nd Streets
Time: 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 17–Sunday, October 21
7. Lower East Side Art Week at various galleries
The gallery scene on New York’s Lower East Side ranges from established heavyweights to emerging dealers, over 20 of whom have banded together to spotlight female artists for the inaugural LES Art Week. Among the highlights: Galerie Perrotin offers a preview of “A Strange Relative,” a two-person show of Surrealist-tinged works by sculptor Genesis Belanger and painter Emily Mae Smith; James Cohan presents new paintings and drawings by Grace Weaver; and LMAK Gallery shares the FemFour’s collection of protest signs from Women’s Marches around the country, in “Still They Persist.”
Location: Various galleries on the Lower East Side
Time: Opening reception, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.; various other events
Wednesday, October 17–Sunday, January 6, 2019
8. “Devotion and Decadence: The Berthouville Treasure and Roman Luxury” at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
The Berthouville Treasure is a hoard of ancient silver that was accidentally found in 1830 by a farmer in Normandy as he was plowing his field. It’s the greatest cache of ancient silver ever unearthed and reveals a great deal about cross-cultural integration in the ancient world. The collection came to the US for conservation at the Getty and has been shown at several venues but this is the last opportunity to see it before it returns to the Bibliothèque National in France, from which it is unlikely to leave again.
Location: Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 15 East 84th Street
Time: Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Fridays, 11 a.m.–8 p.m. (Free guided tours 6 p.m. on Fridays)
Through Thursday, October 18
9. 129th Annual Members’ Exhibition at the National Association of Women Artists
Founded in 1889 and dedicated to supporting the careers of women artists, the National Association of Women Artists presents a wide range of work in different styles and mediums from its members.
Location: NAWA, 195 Chrystie Street, South Gallery
Time: Monday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Tuesday–Thursday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursday, October 18
10. Tara Donovan: In Conversation & Book Signing at Rizzoli Bookstore
To celebrate her current mid-career survey “Fieldwork” now on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver, MacArthur Genius recipient Tara Donovan will be in conversation with the show’s curator, Nora Burnett Abrams. The retrospective includes Donovan’s printed and wall-based works in addition to the site-responsive installations she constructs using banal materials like paper plates and plastic buttons.
Location: Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway at 26th Street
Time: 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.; talk to start at 6:15 with a book signing to follow.
Thursday, October 18–Saturday, October 20
11. House of Peroni in the West Village
Italian beer brand Peroni returns with its third-annual pop-up experience, curated this time around by New York art nonprofit the Art Production Fund. Jenny Sabin, who created the 2017 Young Architects pavilion at MoMA PS1 in Queens, is creating one of her gorgeous, luminous, woven canopy installations, titled Luster, for the occasion. Appropriately, it also functions as a full-service bar where guests can enjoy Italian brews.
Location: House of Peroni, 463 West Street
Price: Free with reservation
Time: Private opening reception, 7 p.m.–11 p.m.; Friday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–3 p.m and 7 p.m.–9 p.m; Saturday 11 a.m.–11 p.m., talk with Art Production Fund at 2 p.m.
Thursday, October 18–Saturday, November 10
12. “Nicole Won Hee Maloof & Tammy Nguyen: One Blue Eye, Two Servings” at Crush Curatorial
Over the past year, Nicole Won Hee Maloof and Tammy Nguyen have maintained a dialogue in advance of their two-person show, which pairs Maloof’s videos, etchings, and silkscreens with paintings by Nguyen that reimagine on Odysseus’s encounter with the Cyclops.
Location: Crush Curatorial, 526 West 26th Street, Suite 709
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Thursday–Saturday, 1 p.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, October 19
Dimitri Scheblanov, a 2005 graduate of the School of Art of New York’s Cooper Union, is one half of the photography duo Herring & Herring, with Jesper Carlsen. They’ve photographed rock band Metallica on numerous occasions, including for music videos and the cover of the 2016 album Hardwired… to Self Destruct, and will talk about that ongoing collaboration with the group’s Lars Ulrich.
Location: Cooper Union, the Great Hall, in the Foundation Building, 7 East 7th Street, between Third and Fourth Avenues
Price: Free with registration
Time: 7 p.m.–8 p.m.
Friday, October 19–Saturday, December 15
14. “Nate Lowman: Never Remember” at Gagosian
Nate Lowman’s debut show with Gagosian is a continuation of his politically infused multimedia works. Lowman’s “Map” paintings depict the familiar shape of the country, with each state made from a piece of canvas drop cloth, splattered with different pigments and textures. The installation itself is a poetic nod to Jasper Johns’s map paintings, which were displayed in the same Upper East Side gallery space three decades ago.
Location: Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Saturday, October 20
15. “Chitra Ganesh: Her garden, a mirror” at the Kitchen
It’s the last week for Chitra Ganesh’s show of new printmaking, sculpture, and video works inspired by Begum Rokeya Sakhawat Hossain’s 1905 feminist sci-fi novella Sultana’s Dream.
Location: The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Sunday, October 21
16. Donna Haraway Book Launch at Performance Space New York
As part of Performance Space New York’s “Post-Human” event series, groundbreaking feminist scholar Donna Haraway—author of 1984’s A Cyborg Manifesto—will launch her anthology book, Making Kin Not Population. The event, part of a series celebrating artists who are addressing the evolution of humanity in our increasingly technological age, will also include a screening of Fabrizio Terranova’s feature-length documentary film Donna Haraway: Storytelling for Earthly Survival.
Location: Performance Space New York, 150 First Avenue
Price: Limited tickets available at the door
Time: 4 p.m.
Monday, October 22
17. Artists for Equality Benefit Auction at Sean Kelly Gallery
The Human Rights Campaign brings its fight for LGTBQ equality to the art world, enlisting such bold-faced names and Beth Rudin DeWoody and Andrea Glimcher for an auction at Sean Kelly, benefitting the HRC Equality Votes super PAC’s efforts to elect pro-equality officials come November. It’s your chance to pick up works by the likes of Laurie Simmons, Alfredo Jaar, Robert Longo, Jasper Johns, Deborah Kass, Alex Katz, and Marilyn Minter while supporting a good cause.
Location: Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 Tenth Avenue
Time: 6 p.m.
Through Wednesday, October 31
18. “Pajtim Osmanaj: Nostalgia” at 4 Times Square
Walking through the manic crowds in Times Square, you can find a moment of solace in (of all places) the lobby at 4 Times Square, where two massive canvases by Kosovo-native Pajtim Osmanaj are holding court. The titular “nostalgia” for the topography of Eastern Europe is built up with layers of torn and shredded paper, offering relief in gradients of color, and it stands in stark contrast to the epicenter of urban commerce where it is installed.
Location: Lobby Gallery at 4 Times Square, between 42nd and 43rd Streets
Time: Monday–Friday, 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
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