Editors’ Picks: 8 Art Events to See in New York This Week
Mark your calendars.
Monday, June 27–Friday, August 12
1. Group Exhibition, “Shapeshifters” at Luhring Augustine
An all-star cast of high abstract painters have descended on Chelsea’s Luhring Augustine gallery. According to a statement from the gallery, the show’s name takes its inspiration from the word “shapeshifting,” in which “an object or being is capable of assuming another form.” Expect lots of vibrant shapes and minimalist canvases here, brought to you by household names like Elizabeth Murray, Frank Stella, and Philip Taaffe.
Location: 531 West 24th Street
Time: Monday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 28
2. Maria Hassabi, Movement #2 at the High Line
Choreographer Maria Hassabi debuts a new performance composition featuring four dancers, conceived of as four individual solo dances that happen to take place at the same time, at different places throughout the park. “Viewers encounter each dancer in sequence, connecting their movements through imagination rather than vision,” and must be moving around themselves to experience the entire piece, explains the event description.
Location: High Line at the Rail Yards on the High Line at West 30th Street, between 11th and 12th Avenues
Time: 7:00 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 28–Sunday, July 3
3. The Asia Society’s 60th Birthday
In honor of its 60th anniversary, the Asia Society is offering free admission all week (it’s normally $12) through Sunday, July 3. Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with headquarters in New York and Houston, as well as offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Washington, D.C., and Zurich. Exhibitions currently on view include “In and Out of Context: Asia Society Celebrates the Collections at 60,” “Rewind: Selections from the Harold and Ruth Newman New Media Collection,” and “Inspired by Philippine Gold: Treasures of Forgotten Kingdoms; Works by New York City Students.” Also on view in the lobby is a display of 60 photographs and a short film capturing seminal moments in the the Society’s six-decade history.
Location: 725 Park Avenue
Time: Tuesday–Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 29
4. Lois Weber, “Two Films” at Light Industry
Widely considered American cinema’s first auteur (filmmakers whose artistic vision controls every stage of the production cycle), Lois Weber directed hundreds of films. Regrettably, few have been preserved, but a special screening at Brooklyn’s Light Industry will be spinning the reel on two of her greatest works. To quote Shelley Stamp, a professor of film and digital media at the University of California: “It is now time to ask what a history rewritten with Weber’s legacy in mind might look like.”
Location: 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Time: Box office opens at 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 29–September 29, 2016
5. “The Language of Things” at City Hall Park
The Public Art Fund‘s annual summer show at City Hall Park is a group exhibition this year, featuring works from artists including Carol Bove, Adam Pendleton, and Tino Seghal, who will engage a female vocalist to sing to park-goers. The theme is the idea that humans innately try to find meaning in life by searching for hidden codes and patterns in the world.
Location: City Hall Park at Broadway and Chambers Street
Wednesday, June 29–Sunday, August 28
6. Group Exhibition, AIRspace 2015–2016, Abrons Arts Center
To bring their AIRspace residencies to a close, this year’s exciting mix of artists have mounted a group exhibition at Brooklyn’s Abrons Arts Center. Among the five who will be offering works is Maria Domenica Rapicavoli, an Italian-born artist with a penchant for immersive installations and audio-visual projects that tackle myriad international concerns. Also on view are works by Brooklyn-based artist Doreen Garner, whose grotesque sculptural productions mesmerized fairgoers at Volta earlier this year.
Location: 466 Grand Street
Time: Tuesday–Friday, 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m.; Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 30–Saturday, July 2
7. “Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer: Sight Unseen” at ISSUE Project Room
Fans of La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s sound and light installation “Dream House” might get a kick out of Lee Ranaldo and Leah Singer’s latest collaboration, “Sight Unseen,” which debuts at Issue Project Room Thursday, June 30. Kathleen Forde curates the musical duo, who are married, and have collaborated for decades. Ranaldo was an early member of the band Sonic Youth, while Singer uses film and text to create her own ambience. Combined, they turn sound and image up to eleven.
Location: 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn
Wednesday, June 29–September 29, 2016
8. “Peili: Greater New York” at Klein Sun Gallery
Klein Sun Gallery hosts the first US solo exhibition for Beijing-based artist Peili, exploring her work in sound installation, video, and oil paint. Peili’s monochomatic paintings of New York immortalize the city skyline against a dull gray sky, while a video work, screened after hours in the gallery’s front window, serves as an advertisement for the show, with the artist, clad in a dog mask, listing the prices for her works.
Location: 525 West 22nd Street
Time: Opening reception, Thursday, June 30, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
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