Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Monday, October 1
1. “An Evening With Christoph Niemann” at School of Visual Arts Chelsea Gallery
On the occasion of his exhibition at School of Visual Arts, the institution’s 29th annual Masters Series Award and Exhibition, illustrator and author Christoph Niemann will give a talk at the SVA Theater. Featuring illustrations, magazine covers, animations, and digital works, the show highlights the artist’s creativity and humor. It will be on view through November 4.
Location: Talk at the School of Visual Arts Theater, 33 West 23rd Street; exhibition at the School of Visual Arts Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street
Time: Talk, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.; Opening reception, Tuesday, October 3, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; 7:30 p.m.; on view Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4
2. “Black Dada Reader: Book Launch” at the Kitchen
Adam Pendleton’s Black Dada Reader began as an in-studio spiral bound work and developed into a years-long exploration into the notion of “Black Dada.” At this book launch, the author explains the project as a broad contextualization of blackness, as envisaged through the work of artists, thinkers, writers, and performers. The book includes essays by Adrienne Edwards, Laura Hoptman, Tom McDonough, Jenny Schlenzka, and Susan Thompson. The evening will include readings and performances led by the editor, Stephen Squibb, along with the author, and a brass band.
Location: The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Time: 7 p.m.
Wednesday, October 4–Thursday, November 2
3. “Marco Anelli: Building Magazzino” at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York
Italian photographer Marco Anelli spent years documenting the construction of Magazzino, a new warehouse space in the Hudson Valley dedicated to Post-war and contemporary Italian art, particularly the Arte Povera movement. Those photos are the subject of an exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute of New York, as well as an upcoming book of the same name.
Location: Italian Cultural Institute of New York, 686 Park Avenue
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.
Friday, October 6–Friday, November 3
4. “The Photographs of Marcel Sternberger: Portraits of the 20th Century” at Sidney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College
A recently rediscovered trove of portraits of such 20th-century icons as Frida Kahlo, Sigmund Freud, and Albert Einstein by photographer Marcel Sternberger go on view at Baruch College. The works have been largely unseen since the photographer’s death in a 1956 car crash.
Location: Sidney Mishkin Gallery at Baruch College, 135 East 22nd Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Monday–Friday, 2 p.m.–7 p.m.
Friday, October 6–Friday, October 13
5. “New Sounds Live” at Brookfield Place
Musicians, artists, and composers will perform at this year’s edition of “New Sounds Live,” curated by John Schaefer of WNYC. Sculptor and multimedia artist Carol Szymanski will kick things off with an installation, The Phonemophonic Alphabet Brass Band, made up of 26 working brass horns—each made in the shape of a letter of the alphabet. Those instruments will be on view for the duration of the series and feature a variety of performances.
Location: Brookfield Place, Winter Garden, 230 Vesey Street
Time: Installation hours vary, October 6–11; Performances, October 11–13, 7:30 p.m.
Friday, October 6–Sunday, October 8
6. House of Peroni Pop-Up
For the second straight year, Italy’s Peroni hosts a three-day pop-up celebrating art in a variety of disciplines. Singer-songwriter St. Vincent is serving as curator for the show, which will feature the work of poet and artist Robert Montgomery, choreographer and dancer Annie B. Parsons, and Italian photographer and filmmaker Fabio Paleari.
Location: House of Peroni, 201 Mulberry Street
Time: Friday, 7 p.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m.–10 p.m.
7. The Three Matadors at Knockdown Center
Chicago-based performance company Every house has a door presents the New York premiere of The Three Matadores, a play based on a never-staged, bilingual Spanish and English poem written by African-American writer Jay Wright in 2008.
Location: The Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens
Time: Doors 7 p.m.; performance 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 8
8. Mark Herman in Concert at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater
Since 1962, the Brooklyn Paramount Theater, one of New York’s classic movie palaces, has served as a gymnasium for Long Island University, even as much of its decorative detail has been preserved. It’s about to be returned to its original glory as part of a $50 million restoration turning it back into a performance venue. Before the two-year project begins, New York Theatre Organ Society presents a concert with Mark Herman on the theater’s massive 1928 Wurlitzer theater organ.
Location: Brooklyn Paramount Theatre (currently the Schwartz Athletic Center at Long Island University), University Plaza, Brooklyn
Time: 3 p.m.
Through Saturday, October 28
9. “Will Cotton” at Mary Boone Gallery
Will Cotton is back with more from his sugar-coated, escapist fantasy realms, painting models clad in outfits he has created from commercial packaging for such sweet treats as candy, donuts, and cacao beans.
Location: Mary Boone Gallery, 745 Fifth Avenue
Time: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
10. “Maria Berrio: In a Time of Drought” at Praxis
Colombian artist Maria Berrio creates impossibly rich-looking tapestry-like works, collaging materials such as Japanese paper, paint, and sequins. Dense with color and texture, the works in the current show offer Berrio’s take on the traditional nature dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History, inserting women figures into nature scenes that become surreally imaginative.
Location: Praxis, 501 West 20th Street
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
11. “Ishmael Randall Weeks: Annotations, Striations, and Souvenirs” at Van Doren Waxter
Exploring themes of history, geography, and space across time and history, Peruvian-American artist Ishmael Randall Weeks creates sculpture and mixed-media work based on archaeological sites. Abandoned debris left behind at a dig is cast in copper and displayed in a formal vitrine. Sand from the site of a pre-Columbian pyramid is cast into an I-beam as long as the artist is tall and is paired with a matching piece made of brick dust from a present-day building.
Location: Van Doren Waxter, 195 Chrystie Street
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
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