Editors’ Picks: 20 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week
The fall art season is in full swing, with Bushwick Open Studios and the NY Art Book Fair this weekend.
Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Monday, September 16–Monday, December 16
1. “Searching the Sky for Rain” at SculptureCenter
If you’ve ever felt a gallery, museum, or art fair’s attempt to celebrate diversity has reduced complex artists to overly neat boxes, SculptureCenter’s new group exhibition is for you. Featuring Carmen Argote, Charles Gaines, Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon, and other artists who, according to the institution, “defy the fracking of particularities into niche-marketed, T-shirt formulations of ‘identities,'” the show foregrounds work that enriches our understanding by embracing the abstractions and unknowns that exist outside familiar categories and oversimplified histories.
Location: SculptureCenter, 44–19 Purves Street
Price: $10 suggested entry for adults; $5 suggested entry for students
Time: Thursday–Monday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday, September 17
Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit senior curator Larry Ossei-Mensah will speak with Dexter Wimberly about his work with such acclaimed artists as Firelei Baez, Kehinde Wiley, and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Location: New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin Street
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, September 17–Saturday, November 2
3. “Glenn O’Brien: Center Stage” at Off Paradise
This inaugural show at Off Paradise, a new project space just below Canal Street, is inspired by the life of the late writer, TV producer, and man-about-town Glenn O’Brien. The exhibition is organized by Natacha Polaert, who runs the gallery, and is rooted in her personal relationship with O’Brien, who died in 2017. “Generous, inclusive, but also grander than life,” she writes in a short essay for the exhibition. “Extra-ordinary. Glenn catapulted himself into the pantheon of great heroes, and for this he was right. Glenn was sui generis.” The show includes works by, among others, Alvin Baltrop, Walter Robinson, Martin Wong, and Andy Warhol, whose Interview magazine provided O’Brien with his very first job.
Location: Off Paradise, 120 Walker Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday, September 17–Saturday, December 7
To close out its inaugural year of exhibitions, the Ford Foundation has tapped Jaishri Abichandani to curate a surprisingly hopeful 14-artist group show imagining a just world characterized by peace and solidarity. Highlights stand to include a Lola Flash self-portrait and a glass-and-crystal Lee Bul sculpture of a fragmented woman’s body.
Location: Ford Foundation Gallery, 320 East 43rd Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Monday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, September 18
5. “Frank Lloyd Wright and New York: Anthony Alofsin with Judith Dupré” at the New York Public Library
Frank Lloyd Wright spent some of his final years designing the Guggenheim in New York (while living at the Plaza Hotel) yet he once called the city an “unlivable prison.” This conversation between Frank Lloyd Wright scholar Anthony Alofsin and writer and structural historian Judith Dupré reassesses the architect’s conflicted relationship with New York, the city that at once tormented, challenged, and inspired him.
Location: New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Auditorium
Price: Free, registration recommended
Time: 6:30 p.m.
6. “The Nation’s Groves: Artist Dor Guez in Conversation with Sara Reisman” at the 8th Floor
Jerusalem-born artist Dor Guez will speak with Sara Reisman, director of the 8th Floor, about how his work has been inspired by the Israeli government’s reforestation efforts. His photography uses the landscape and flora of Israel to highlight lesser-known aspects of the region’s history, such as the pressed flowers kept as souvenirs by late 19th- and early 20th-century religion pilgrims.
Location: The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, 8th Floor
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Wednesday, September 18–Sunday, January 5, 2020
7. “Beyond Zen: Japanese Buddhism Revealed” at the Newark Museum
The Newark Museum, known for its holdings in Asian art, is digging deep into its collection of Japanese works dating from 1615 to the present day, unearthing a number of works that haven’t been on view in over 100 years for this exploration of the role of visual art in the practice of Buddhism. The show includes paintings, sculptures, textiles, ritual objects, and ceramics, among other works.
Location: The Newark Museum, 39 Washington Street, Newark, New Jersey
Time: Wednesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday, September 19
One of Manhattan’s most beloved contemporary art centers, now under the leadership of esteemed curator Laura Hoptman, holds its annual fundraiser. In addition to cocktails and music, guests will have the chance to bid on works donated from the likes of John Currin, Chris Ofili, Laura Owens, and Mary Weatherford in a silent auction.
Location: The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street
Time: 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
As New York City finally begins to rectify the imbalance of public monuments honoring men vs. women, the New York Transit Museum is hosting an evening dedicated to the City of Women map from Rebecca Solnit and Joshua Jelly-Schapiro’s 2016 book Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas. Reimagining the subway map with each stop named after an influential local woman, the map, drawn by artist Molly Roy, is currently on view in the museum’s show “Navigating New York” (through January). In a talk with journalist Julie Scelfo, Jelly-Schapiro will unveil an updated version of the map.
Location: The New York Transit Museum, 99 Schermerhorn Street at Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Time: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
10. “Artist Safety Hosting: A Discussion on Practice” at the Goethe-Institut New York
In an evening of conversations featuring the likes of former artist-in-residence Rashwan Abdelbaki, Cuban artist and activist Tania Bruguera, and former Queens Museum director Laura Raicovich, the New York City Artist Safe Haven Residency Program celebrates the release of the publication of a new guide for art institutions looking to assist artists facing persecution, censorship, human rights violations, or other hardships.
Location: Goethe-Institut New York, 30 Irving Place
Time: 7 p.m.
Thursday, September 19–Saturday, October 26
11. “Brian Willmont: Mirage, Mirage” at Victori+Mo
In his second solo show at the gallery, Willmont is focusing on how modern desires are filtered through everyday technology, expressed with trompe l’oeil techniques and his skillful blend of abstraction and decorative elements with symbolism. His paintings are created with a continual process of addition and subtraction as he mixes handmade with digital imagery.
Location: Victori+Mo, 242 West 22nd Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Hours by appointment only.
Thursday, September 19–Friday, November 22
12. “Diplomacy” at Yeh Art Gallery
Owen Duffy, the new director of St. John’s University’s art gallery, presents his first show since taking up the post. Artists Christopher K. Ho, Lena Henke, Shahpour Pouyan, Reuven Israel, Alex Hayden, Carla Edwards, Anton Ginzburg, Ryan Flores, Hai-Hsin Huang, Claudia Martínez Garay, and Claudia Peña Salinas have created new works inspired by the campus’s historic Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall, which was completed in 1973. Constructed during the Cold War with aid from the Taipei government as the US government was considering formally recognizing the People’s Republic of China in Beijing, the hall evokes themes of soft power, national identity, and diplomacy.
Location: Yeh Art Gallery, St. John’s University, 8000 Utopia Parkway, Jamaica, Queens
Time: Opening reception, 4 p.m.–7 p.m.; Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. and by appointment
Friday, September 20–Wednesday, September 25
15. “RIMOWA Archive Collection: 1898–2019” at Sotheby’s
RIMOWA partners with Sotheby’s this week for a retrospective exhibition detailing the luxury luggage brand’s 121-year story. From heritage steamer trunks to aluminium cases inspired by aircraft design, these pieces—some over a century old—collectively provide a glimpse into the history of air travel from the brand’s inception to the current day. Also in the exhibition are RIMOWA’s artist collaborations, including pieces by Daniel Arsham, Alex Israel, and others.
Location: Sotheby’s New York, 1334 York Avenue
Time: Monday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Sunday, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.
Friday, September 20–Sunday, September 22
13. NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1
Printed Matter’s annual event is back this year with more than 350 exhibitors from galleries, booksellers, zine publishers, and other small press outfits from all over the world. The fair is always jam-packed with young, cool people and makes for great shopping for those who want to dip their toes into the art collecting pool without breaking the bank.
Location: MoMA PS1, 22–25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Price: Public hours are free
Time: Friday, September 20, 1 p.m.–7 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Hundreds of artists will throw open the doors of their studios this weekend for the 13th annual Bushwick Open Studios, offering visitors a chance to discover and even buy affordable works by the neighborhood’s emerging artists. To get the most out of your time, consider hitting up buildings that house many studios, such as the 42 artists at Active Space Studios (566 Johnson Avenue), the 20 members of Wayfarers (1109 DeKalb Avenue), or the 90 artists and galleries in 1717 Troutman, a converted textile factory. Local organizations including art and technology incubator Eyebeam (199 Cook Street) and Amos Eno Gallery (56 Bogart Street), Space776 (229 Central Avenue), and Tornadothings Gallery (35 Meadow Street) will also take part in the festivities. This year, the organizers are producing a 60-artist group show, “Seeking Spaces,” at the BOS Hub (936 Madison Street).
Location: Various locations in Bushwick, Brooklyn
Price: Most events are free; the official opening and closing parties are $10 in advance, $15 at the door
Time: Vary by location
Friday, September 20–Sunday, November 3
16. “Alex Da Corte: Marigolds” at Karma
It’s been a year and a half since Alex Da Corte transformed the East Village stalwart Karma into a spooky red-hued dreamscape, full of glowing neon pies in windows, a video featuring the singer St. Vincent cosplaying as a ’50s housewife, and a gigantic cat sculpture hanging ominously in the center of the room. Since that triumphant gallery show, Da Corte has expanded his palette on a global level, making more and more ambitious projects that continue to riff on his neo-Lynchian notions of Americana, including outings at the 57th Carnegie International and the Venice Biennale earlier this year. Now, he returns to the East Village for another show at Karma called “Marigolds,” which will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog from Karma Books.
Location: Karma, 188 East 2nd Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, September 20, 2019–Sunday, May 17, 2020
Step into the Cooper Hewitt’s Process Lab and come face to face (literally) with the future of technology and Artificial Intelligence. Designers including R. Luke DuBois and Zacharay Lieberman reckon with the potential benefits, and terrifying possibilities of its imminent rise.
Location: Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street
Price: general admission is $16
Time: Sunday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, September 21–Saturday, December 14
18. “Ministry for All by Carla Juaçaba and Marcelo Cidade” at Storefront for Art and Architecture
Architect Carla Juaçaba and artist Marcelo Cidade, two Brazilians, have teamed up to create a site-specific installation, removing the concrete panels on the Storefront for Art and Architecture facade to reveal the plywood and insulation foam under the surface. The show is named after Oscar Niemeyer’s complex of civil buildings in Brazil’s capital, Brasilia, a planned city constructed from 1956 to 1960. Just as the function of those buildings has changed over the years during different political administrations, the intervention at the Storefront space demonstrates the mutability and vulnerability of architecture.
Location: Storefront for Art and Architecture, 97 Kenmare Street
Time: Opening reception, 3 p.m.–6 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Sunday, October 27
19. “NOSZTROMO” at ASHES/ASHES
For this show, this LES gallery promises an all-European roster of artists. Among the standouts is Romanian artist Botond Keresztesi’s surreal mixed-media paintings, which come across like a 21st-century, cyberpunk Magritte.
Location: ASHES/ASHES, 56 Eldridge Street
Time: Wednesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Through Saturday, November 2
Ruiz-Healy Art presents a solo show by Margarita Cabrera tackling the current hot-button issue of tension along the US/Mexican border. Along with her fabric cacti sculptures, viewers can look forward to a new series of collages, “Pepita Para El Loro Para Que Hable o Calle.” Made of United States border patrol uniform fabric, the work alludes to the extinction risk faced by the Mexican parrot due to the US pet trade.
Location: Ruiz-Healy Art, 74 East 79th Street, 2D
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
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