Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Tuesday, October 10–Thursday, November 19
1. “PULSE PLAY Preview” at the Project for Empty Space
Miami Art Week is still almost two months off, but you can get a first look at the nine video works selected by Project for Empty Space directors Jasmine Wahi and Rebecca Jampol for PLAY at PULSE Miami Beach. The broad theme, POWER, encompasses everything from politics and economics to ecological and social issues.
Location: Project for Empty Space, 2 Gateway Center Gallery, Newark
Time: Opening party, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.; Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 11
2. “Robert Longo: American Bridge Project” at Hunter College
It’s a busy fall for Robert Longo. In addition to his Brooklyn Museum exhibition “PROOF: Francisco Goya, Sergei Eisenstein, Robert Longo,” the artist presents his largest-ever public artwork at the skybridge at Hunter College. Curated by Jill Brienza, the installation, on view through December 1, consists of vinyl reproductions of two of the artist’s works: a charcoal drawing of the American flag and a handwritten copy of the First Amendment.
During this week’s opening reception, the Stephen Petronio Company will perform Trio A with Flags (1966/1970). Yvonne Rainer conceived of the piece—in which dancers wear only five-foot-long American flags—in 1966 when New York’s Judson Memorial Church mounted an exhibition protesting the Vietnam War and the arrest of gallerist Stephen Radich. He was convicted for showing artwork that desecrated the American flag because those works used the flag in ways that condemned the Vietnam War.
Location: Hunter College Art Galleries, Lexington Avenue Sky Bridges, 132 East 68th Street at Lexington Avenue, 7th floor
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, October 11–Thursday, October 12
3. “Pancakes & Booze Art Show” at M1-5 Lounge
The traveling art show features over 100 emerging artists, live body painting, and—what else?—a free pancake bar. Visiting 30 cities around the country, the show focuses on local artists, photographers, bands, and DJs.
Location: M1-5 Lounge, 52 Walker St.
Time: 7 p.m.–2 a.m.
Wednesday, October 11–Saturday, November 11
4. “Wrestling the Demon: Noriko and Ushio Shinohara” at Ronin Gallery
In conjunction with Asian Contemporary Art Week, Noriko and Ushio Shinohara exhibit some of their famed “Cutie” paintings and prints. The show “approaches the concept of project as not a single art object” but as a series of evolutions that build on one another.
Location: Ronin Gallery, 425 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor
Time: Opening reception, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.; Monday–Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Thursday, October 12
5. “Ai Weiwei in Conversation With Nicolas Baume” at Cooper Union
As the Public Art Fund celebrates the opening of “Good Fences Make Good Neighbors,” Ai Weiwei will speak about massive public art exhibition—which is spread out at some 300 sites across the city through February 11—with PAF director Nicholas Baume. The artist will also participate in a Q&A at the Angelika Film Center (18 West Houston Street) following a screening of his film Human Flow on Saturday, October 14, at 1:50 p.m.
Location: The Great Hall at Cooper Union, 7 Easy 7th Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
6. Mary Jane Jacob, “Curating Social Practice” at the Brooklyn Museum
As a curator, writer, and professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mary Jane Jacob draws from her experience to answer the question: “How can curators do more than simply organize resources and…let others enter into art spaces and have an experience they can own?” This talk, as a part of the Curator’s Perspective series, will discuss the process of curating in partnership with communities.
Location: Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Forum, 4th Floor, 200 Eastern Parkway
Price: Free with museum admission
Time: 7 p.m.
7. “The Atelier with Alina Cho: Proenza Schouler” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Jack McCollough and Lazaro Hernandez, founders and designers of Proenza Schouler, will join journalist Alina Cho for a conversation about the intersection of fashion and art. During the chat, the two designers will discuss their most recent collection, how they manage personal and professional relationships, and their various inspirations.
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 5th Avenue
Time: 7 p.m.
8. A panel discussion with Louise Fishman at Cheim & Read
Concurrent with Louise Fishman’s fabulous show of new abstract expressionist paintings at the gallery (through October 28), there will be a panel discussion moderated by curator Helaine Posner. The discussion will include the artist herself, along with artists Josephine Halvorson and Ulrike Müller, as well as author and Agnes Martin biographer Nancy Princenthal.
Location: Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street, New York
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Thursday, October 12–Thursday, November 16
9. “Woven Forms” at R & Company
For the Venice Biennale, R & Company presented an exhibition of hand-loomed carpets designed by artists such as the Haas Brothers, Thaddeus Wolfe, and Katie Stout. Each created a new design for the special-edition rugs, which were produced in Nepal and India in conjunction with Italian carpet company Amini. See them here in New York for the first time in a month-long pop-up exhibition.
Location: R & Company, 64 Franklin Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; by appointment only
Friday, October 13
10. Screening of North Star: Mark di Suvero at the New Museum
Paula Cooper Gallery presents a special screening of the 1977 film, North Star: Mark di Suvero. With an original score by composer Philip Glass inspired by the artist’s sculptures, the movie features interviews with Di Suvero about his involvement in the political movements of the era, paired with footage of the construction and installation of his work. The night will conclude with a conversation between Glass, the film’s director, Francois de Menil, and its writer, art critic Barbara Rose.
Location: Theater at the New Museum, 235 Bowery
Price: Free with advance registration
Time: Doors 6:30 p.m.; screening 7 p.m.
11. Rachel Corbett and Morten Hoi at Books Are Magic
artnet News deputy editor Rachel Corbett celebrates the release of the paperback edition of her award-winning book You Must Change Your Life: The Story of Rainer Maria Rilke and Auguste Rodin with a conversation with Morten Hoi Jensen, author of the new book A Difficult Death, a biography of 19th-century Danish writer and translator Jens Peter Jacobsen.
Location: Books Are Magic, 225 Smith Street, Brooklyn
Time: 7:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Friday, October 13–Saturday, October 14
12. “The Brummer Galleries in Paris and New York: From Antiquities to the Avant-Garde” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
This two-day symposium will explore the influence of the early 20th-century art dealers Joseph and Ernest Brummer and their galleries in Paris and New York through lectures by museum curators and other scholars. The Brummers played a significant role in the formation of numerous significant collections, including the Met’s. Lectures will discuss the early beginnings of the Brummer’s business, their triumphant years, and their lasting legacy.
Location: Friday, the Met Cloisters, Fuentidueña Chapel, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park; Saturday, the Met Fifth Avenue, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, 1000 Fifth Avenue
Price: Free with museum admission; advance registration is required.
Time: Friday, 1:30 p.m.–5 p.m; Saturday, 10:30 a.m.–5 p.m
Friday, October 13–Sunday, February 4, 2018
13. “Eddie Martinez: Studio Wall” at the Drawing Center
Painter Eddie Martinez is never without pen and paper, drawing as he goes about his day and hanging the resulting drawings—created on the subway, at doctors’ appointments, and even at restaurants—on a wall in his Brooklyn studio. The artist will recreate this wall of artwork at Drawing Center, adding new pieces for the duration of the exhibition. This week also marks the opening of “Judith Bernstein: Cabinet of Horrors” (through February 4), “Open Sessions 11: What the Body Can Do” (through November 19), and “Susan York: Foundation” (through October 18, 2018).
Location: The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street
Time: Wednesday, Friday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.; Tuesday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
Saturday, October 14
14. “National Design Week” at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
The Cooper Hewitt kicks off National Design Week with a day of free admission and all-ages workshops on topics including fashion, landscape, and architecture, led by National Design Award winners. The week’s other events will include a talk with Project Runway mentor Tim Gunn, of Parsons, at the Teen Design Fair on Tuesday, October 17, and the National Design Awards Gala on Thursday, October 19.
Location: Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street
Time: 11 a.m.–4 p.m.
Saturday, October 14–Sunday, October 15
15. The Other Festival at City Point
An all-female music, art, and film festival is coming to Brooklyn, with participants that include artists Marilyn Minter and Zoe Buckman, curator Thelma Golden, and Woman’s March co-organizer Sarah Sophie Flicker.
Location: City Point, 445 Albee Square West
Time: 10:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
16. Open House New York at various locations
Celebrating the extraordinary architecture of New York, Open House New York is an annual weekend offering tours of sites across the five boroughs, both historic and contemporary. Art-related venues include behind-the-scenes tours of the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass in Long Island City, the National Arts Club, and Edward Hopper’s studio, as well as a bike tour of public art from the DOT Art Program and Chashama’s annual “Open Studios” at Brooklyn Army Terminal.
Location: Various locations
Time: Times vary
Sunday, October 15
17. Open House at Mana Contemporary Jersey City
Mana Contemporary is partnering with the Brooklyn Rail curatorial team to showcase two new politically charged exhibitions: “OCCUPY MANA: Artists Need to Create on the Same Scale That Society Has the Capacity to Destroy, (Year 1)” and “OCCUPY MANA: Friends in Solidarity (Year 1).” Organized as protests against the Trump administration, the shows explore issues including human rights, immigration, and climate change. There will be a complimentary shuttle service to Mana that will depart every half hour from Milk Studios (450 West 15th Street), 12:30 p.m.–7 p.m., returning on the half hour, 2 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Location: Mana Contemporary, 888 Newark Avenue, Jersey City
Price: Suggested donation $10
Time: 1 p.m.–8 p.m.
Through Sunday, October 29
18. “Larry Rivers: (Re)Appropriations” at Tibor de Nagy Gallery
In the first major survey of Rivers’s work in more than 10 years, a selection of more than 20 of the Pop-art rebel’s paintings and sculptures are on display. For most of his career, Rivers’s style defied categorization—he dabbled in abstract painting, collage, relief paintings, and drawings—but his affinity for borrowing and re-contextualizing images remained throughout his oeuvre.
Location: Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 15 Rivington Street
Time: Wednesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
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