Editors’ Picks: 20 Things to See in New York This Week
This week's hottest 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 16–Sunday, October 22
1. “Artists & Fleas x the Confetti Project Fall Pop-Up!” at Artists & Fleas
Commemorating their new space in Manhattan, Artists & Fleas, a market that features emerging artists and merchants, has teamed up with the Confetti Project for a week-long confetti-filled celebration. While this is a cause for celebration, the Confetti Project will be delving deeper, asking what do you celebrate in your life? The pop-up includes an interactive and Instagram-worthy confetti installation, confetti swag, and a pre-registered confetti photo shoot. During a three-hour block each day, the creator of the Confetti Project will be exploring what you celebrate through a brief Q&A, followed by a series of photos taken as you play with confetti.
Location: Artists & Fleas, 568 Broadway
Price: Free entry, photo shoot $20
Time: 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; view the event website above to view each day’s photo shoot times.
Tuesday, October 17
2. “Zines as Creative Resistance: Panel Discussion” at Mina Rees Library, CUNY Graduate Center
This event brings together a mix of zinesters, librarians, and zine librarians to discuss zines as a catalyst in communities, the ethics of zine librarianship, and the social, political, and economic role zines play in resistance. Following the event, there will be a tour of library’s new exhibition “Zines as Creative Resistance,” which explores the political side of zines and their relationship to queer and transgender identity, race, the body, and bibliophilia.
Location: Mina Rees Library, CUNY Graduate Center, Martin E. Segal Theatre Center, 365 5th Avenue
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
3. “Art Incarcerated: Pussy Riot and Belarus Free Theatre” at SubCulture
Join PEN America in conversation with Natalia Kalida, co-founding artistic director of the underground Belarus Free Theatre, and Maria Alyokhina of the Russian protest rock/art group Pussy Riot as they share their stories about creativity and censorship. Both artists know what suppression in response to creativity feels like—living in Russia, or neighboring post-Soviet states for that matter, artists struggle for creative freedom—often taking to stages, public squares, and screens to make their voice be heard.
Location: 45 Bleecker Street
Time: 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
4. Octavian Forum at Sotheby’s
The Octavian Report, a quarterly publication on art, finance, and politics, is holding its first conference, with the theme “Opportunity From Chaos,” at Sotheby’s this week. Speakers include chess master Garry Kasparov discussing artificial intelligence and Russia, former Pixar CFO Lawrence Levy on succeeding in a creative business, and painter John Currin on art.
Location: Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue
Price: Fee with pre-approved registration
Time: 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Tuesday, October 17–
5. “Rita McBride: Particulates” at Dia Chelsea
Using water molecules and high-intensity laser beams, Rita McBride’s Particulates is informed by the principles of light, time, and space—making for an exhibition of interstellar proportions.
Location: Dia Chelsea, 541 West 22nd Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 18
6. Storm King Gala & After Party at the Rainbow Room
Come out to celebrate artist Joel Shapiro and the Ralph E. Ogden Foundation with Storm King Art Center. Following the Gala and Live Auction, an After Party, co-chaired by Molly Krause and Afrodet Zuri, will feature drinks from Brooklyn Brewery, music by DJ April Hunt, and a bevvy of art-world influencers letting their hair down.
Location: The Rainbow Room at 30 Rockefeller Plaza
Price: Tickets for After Party available here ($150–$200)
Time: After party: 9 p.m.–12 a.m.
—artnet News Staff
Wednesday, October 18
7. “Carroll Dunham: The Wrestlers” Book Launch at the Strand Bookstore
Carroll Dunham and Alexi Worth in conversation on the occasion of a catalog that takes into account four bodies of artwork by Carroll Dunham, with text by Alexi Worth. The works: A Wrestling Place, Self-Examination paintings, Wrestler suite, and The Golden Age all address the human body as it is pushed to its physical limits, rendered through the lens of Dunham’s caricature style.
Location: 828 Broadway at 12th Street, 3rd floor Rare Book Room
Price: Buy a copy of “Wrestlers” or a $5 gift card to attend this event. Please note that payment is required for all online event orders at the time of checkout.
Time: 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, October 18–Saturday, November 18
8. “Alice Aycock: The Turbulence Series” at Marlborough Gallery
The Turbulence Series, an exhibition of new work by the artist Alice Aycock, features five large-scale aluminum sculptures that capture the whirling movement of wind and waves—harkening back to the artist’s love of toys like spinning tops and gyroscopes.
Location: Marlborough Gallery, 40 West 57th Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, October 19—Friday, November 20
9. “Joseph Grazi: Prehysteria” at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery
Prehysteria will feature a 315-square-foot floor work—unavoidable and designed to be walked on—containing 88 live mice* neatly organized within a Plexi-covered network of uniform modular habitats. Balancing themes of chaos and control, the immersive nature of the exhibition and its sprawling, crawling centerpiece will enable visitors to confront their primordial fears in the context of a carefully controlled and aesthetically compelling environment.
*see note on live animals at bottom of the press release linked here.
Location: Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, 98 Orchard Street
Time: Opening reception, 7 p.m.–10 p.m.; Tuesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.
Thursday, October 19–Saturday, October 21
10. “The Brooklyn Conference: Inspiring Social Change” at the Brooklyn Museum
The Brooklyn Museum kicks off the Brooklyn Conference with the Yes! Gala, a celebration of art and feminism featuring a preview of Judy Chicago’s “Roots of The Dinner Party: History in the Making” exhibition. The honoree on the night, the artist will also be in conversation with #GirlGaze CEO Amanda de Cadenet.
The two-day conference exploring the intersections of art and social justice that follows will feature Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and activist artist Tania Bruguera among its speakers.
Location: The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn
Time: Opening gala, 5 p.m.–10 p.m.; Thursday, 9:30 a.m.–7:30 p.m. with reception to follow; Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, October 19–Monday, December 16
11. “Emma Amos: Black Bodies” at RYAN LEE
Ryan Lee presents a selection of historic as well as never-exhibited recent works by colorful figurative painter Emma Amos, the youngest and sole female member of the African-American artist group Spiral, active in the 1960s.
Location: RYAN LEE, 515 West 26th Street
Time: Opening reception, Saturday, October 21, 2 p.m.–4 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, October 19–Sunday, October 29
12. “Matthew Tierney: empires fall | the dance goes on” at Bryant Toth Fine Art
After five years of quietly representing himself—the artist counts Maya Lin, Daniel Wolf, and David Hockney among his collectors—Matthew Tierney gets his first solo show, featuring 16 of his “Dancer” paintings.
Location: Bryant Toth Fine Art, 195 Chrystie Street
Time: Opening reception, 7 p.m.–10 p.m.; 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, October 20–Saturday, October 21
13. 56th Annual Seminar on Glass at the Corning Museum of Glass
In conjunction with its current exhibition “Tiffany’s Glass Mosaics” (on view through January 7, 2018), organized with the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in New York, the Corning Museum of Glass is focusing on the under-appreciated glass mosaics of Louis Comfort Tiffany at its annual seminar. Speakers will present the latest in scholarship, showcasing how Tiffany’s groundbreaking use of different colors and types of glass helped transform American glass mosaic-making.
Location: Corning Museum, One Museum Way, Corning
Time: Friday, 8 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, 8:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, October 20–Saturday, November 25
14. “Kristin Simmons: Desperate Pleasures” at the Galerie Mourlot
New York City native Kristin Simmons describes herself as a “Political Pop Artist,” drawing inspiration on the work of Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, and Jeff Koons, as well as the internet, books and pop culture for her colorful illustrated works.
Location: Galerie Mourlot, 16 East 79th Street
Time: 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 20–
15. “Canon: Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo & Andrew Mroczek” at the Museum of Sex
The Museum of Sex presents its first bilingual exhibition, featuring the work of Peruvian-born Juan Jose Barboza-Gubo and American artist Andrew Mroczek, who since 2013 have collaborated on photographs, inspired by Spanish colonial painting, that condemn the endemic violence against Peru’s LGBTQ community.
Location: Museum of Sex, 233 Fifth Avenue at East 27th Street
Time: Monday–Thursday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, October 21
16. It’s Happening! Celebrating 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks at Central Park
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Art in the Parks, which has seen over 2,000 public artworks installed over the last half-century, Central Park is hosting a day of free art activities. Among the 100 artworks, workshops, and performances taking part throughout the day, the new Art Sundae program from Art Production Fund and Fort Gansevoort will kick off with a public art workshop for children led by artist Elise Peterson.
Location: Central Park, East Pinetum Field at 84th Street
Time: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.
Through Saturday, October 21
17. “Sisao Nabru: Tranquility in Retrograde” at Clara Arts
There’s still a week to catch the last days of the inaugural exhibition for art advisory turned Jersey City gallery Clara Arts, founded by Jessica Tribble. Considering the concept of urban oasis—a palindrome of the title—in the face of “the demands of modern day hyper-productivity,” the group show features Brooklyn artists Patrick Eugéne, Josana Blue, and Julian Rapp.
Location: Clara Arts, 709 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City
Time: Closing reception, October 21, 2 p.m.–5 p.m.
Sunday, October 22
18. Free Arts NYC’s 8th Annual Kidsfest at Sotheby’s
Treat the kids to arts and crafts with artist like Eddie Martinez, who will lead a class in button making, and Curtis Kulig, who is taking large-format Polaroids, at this hands-on annual family event, hosted this year by broadcast journalist Kate Bolduan.
Location: Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue
Price: Children $75, adults $100
Time: 10 a.m.–2 p.m.
Sunday, October 22 and Monday, October 23
19. Ryan McNamara and John Zorn Works & Process at the Guggenheim
Ryan McNamara premieres a new commissioned performance work featuring dancers and set to composer John Zorn’s Commedia dell’arte.
Location: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Peter B. Lewis Theater, 1071 5th Avenue
Time: 9 p.m.
Sunday, October 22–Sunday, December 10
20. “Jeanne Silverthorne” at Marc Straus
At her first solo show with Marc Straus, Jeanne Silverthorne presents her industrial-grade rubber sculptures of everyday objects, reimagined in different colors or sizes.
Location: Marc Straus, 299 Grand Street
Time: Opening reception, 5 p.m.–7 p.m.; Wednesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
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