Editors’ Picks: 9 Things to See in New York This Week
Jaume Plensa, Raymond Pettibon, and E.S.P. TV are among the highlights.
Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Wednesday, February 8
1. A Celebration of Renée Radell and Renée Radell: Web of Circumstance by Eleanore Heartney at the National Arts Club
In her latest book, Renée Radell: Web of Circumstance, longtime Art in America contributing editor Eleanor Heartney examines the fruitful career of American figurative expressionist painter Renée Radell, who has been active since the 1950s. Both the artist and the newly-published book will be celebrated.
Location: The National Arts Club, 15 Gramercy Park South
Price: Free with RSVP to [email protected]
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Wednesday, February 8–Sunday, April 9
2. “Raymond Pettibon: A Pen of All Work” at the New Museum
Featuring over 700 drawings from the 1960s to the present, this survey exhibition at the New Museum is the artist’s largest and most comprehensive show to date, and encompasses Raymond Pettibone’s iconic drawings, zines, artists’ books, and collaborative videos.
Location: New Museum, 235 Bowery
Time: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, February 9
3. “The Map is Not the Territory: Globalism in the New York Art World” at the Fashion Institute of Technology
Confused about how economic and social changes are affecting the art world? Get yourself over to this panel discussion featuring eminences Jason Farago (art critic for the New York Times), Touria El Glaoui (founder of 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair), Sara Raza (Guggenheim UBS Map Curator, Middle East and North Africa) and Allan Schwartzman (founder of Art Agency, Partners and chairman, fine art division, Sotheby’s).
Hosted by the Fashion Institute of Technology’s Art Market MA Program, the panel will tackle the following questions: How is global contemporary art, including work from previously overlooked regions, presented in institutional and commercial settings? How do museum exhibitions and acquisitions, art criticism, and gallery and auction house sales increasingly reflect an expanded geography? What challenges and opportunities does this new global consciousness present?
Location: Fashion Institute of Technology, Katie Murphy Amphitheatre, 227 West 27th Street
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
4. José Parlá and Assouline celebrate the launch of Matt Black’s Reflections at the Whitney Museum of American Art
Artist José Parlá will be in conversation with artist and filmmaker Matt Black to celebrate Assouline’s newest title. Reflections Conversations with Today’s Artists offers many of today’s most admired contemporary artists discussing their work in their own words, including Dustin Yellin, Robert Longo, Jeff Koons, José Parlá, Scott Campbell and Gary Simmons. Many participants will be attending the event.
Location: Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street
Price: Free with RSVP to nycevent[email protected]
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 9–Sunday, May 19
5. “The Intersectional Self” at the 8th Floor
Gender and feminist politics take center stage in this exhibition, a product of what the press release calls “the age of trans-identity.” Work by artists including Andrea Bowers, Patty Chang, Abigail deVille, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, and Martha Wilson will examine how our understanding of gender, notions of femininity, and the family structure has evolved over the years.
Location: The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street
Time: Opening reception, Friday, February 10, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday by appointment
Sunday, February 12
6. Between 0 and 1: Remixing Gender, Technology, and Music at MoMA PS1
Bill Kouligas, the Berlin-based head of music label PAN, is leading the three-part series, which debuts this Sunday, and runs on February 19 and February 26. It features a slew of multidisciplinary musicians and performers pushing the boundaries of sound: Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Terre Thaemlitz, Honey Dijon, Juliana Huxtable, Elysia Crampton, Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, Code Liberation, and Dreamcrusher,
Location: MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens
Price: $15 individual performance/$30 series
Time: 12 p.m.–3:30 p.m.
Friday, February 10–Sunday, March 26
7. E.S.P. TV Work at Pioneer Works
Ever care to see what goes on behind the scene at New York cultural institutions? For its first institutional solo show in the US, live mobile television station E.S.P. TV, directed by Victoria Keddie and Scott Kiernan, will put the staff at Pioneer Works in the spotlight. For the duration of the performance/video art piece, the Dustin Yellin-founded art space will relocate its offices to its main exhibition hall. There, E.S.P. TV will tape the staff’s “daily grind” in front a live audience, transforming it into a reality TV show, complete with commercial breaks, to be broadcast weekly on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network.
Location: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn
Time: Opening reception, 7 p.m.–10 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, February 11
8. Central Park Ice Festival at the Naumburg Bandshell
“Ice evokes romance,” according to Okamoto Studio, a New York collective of artists who practice the craft of ice carving. Too often relegated to the over-the-top buffet at a fancy wedding, here ice sculpture will take center stage, with Okamoto transforming 6,000 pounds of ice into a sparkling reproduction of one of the park’s famous statues—there are over 50 to choose from—over the course of a single day. The bandshell will be illuminated come night-fall, as guests rock out to a silent disco.
Location: Central Park, mid-park between 66th and 72nd Streets
Time: 3 p.m.–7 p.m.
Through Saturday, March 11
9. “Jaume Plensa: Silence” at Galerie Lelong
Jaume Plensa’s latest show at Galerie Lelong in Chelsea feels extraordinarily timely given the current social and political climate. Plensa, famous for his numerous large-scale public artworks, presents his signature heads of young women with serene, meditative facial expressions.
For the first time, the artist’s source material—in this case reclaimed wood—is both a major component of the work as well as a framework. The seven heads in the main gallery—which are treated with an unevenly burnt patina that adds to their haunting effect—are placed on and around the wood beams and reclaimed wood further serves as a base. In the gallery’s smaller front room, viewers encounter a series of eight bronze heads with hands in various poses that explore the concept of the three wise monkeys, which hear no evil, see no evil, and speak no evil.
Location: Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26th Street
Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
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