10 Art Events to See in New York and Beyond This Week
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Tuesday, March 15:
1. Clocktower and Times Square Arts, “Primal Screams: Screaming Females in Times Square” at AMC Empire 25
Organized by Clocktower and Times Square Arts, “Primal Screams” is an evening of punk-rock feminism featuring live performances by the Screaming Females, Guardian Alien, and Priests; each performance is paired with an experimental video artwork. The event will also include a zine fair and DJ sets.
Location: 234 West 42nd Street
Time: 7 p.m.–10:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 15–Friday, May 27:
2. David Hammons, “Five Decades” at Mnuchin Gallery
There are lots of things you should know about African American artist David Hammons, and this week, the main thing is that there’s a rare survey of some fifty years of his work opening at the Upper East Side’s Mnuchin Gallery. The show not only ranges from some of his earliest works to sculptures as recent as 2014, it also includes works never before shown—ten small photos, mostly of his own performances and installations. According to gallery partner Sukanya Rajaratnam, even Hammons enthusiasts have been surprised by Champ (1989), a sculpture from the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego.
Location: 45 East 78th Street
Time: Opening reception 5:30 p.m.–7 30 p.m.; 10:00 am–6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
Wednesday, March 16:
3. Ana Mendieta: “Experimental Films and Videos,” a conversation with Ana Janevski, Raquel Cecilia Mendieta, and Lori Zippay at Electronic Arts Intermix
In conjunction with the late artist’s current exhibition at Galerie Lelong, Electronic Arts Intermix is hosting a conversation about Ana Mendieta’s newly discovered and restored films and videos. The evening will also including a viewing of several experimental works, including Sweating Blood (1973) and Butterfly (1975).
Location: 535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
Price: $7/$5 students/free for EAI members
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 16–Sunday, May 1:
4. “Whisper or Shout: Artists in the Social Sphere“ at BRIC
Police violence, homelessness, and gentrification are just some of the social and political issues that nine artists will be bringing to the table at BRIC’s upcoming group exhibition. Artists include Kameelah Janan Rasheed, Taeyoon Choi, and Shaun Leonardo.
In addition to the works on view by the eight artists and art collective Interference Archive, BRIC has developed a host of supporting programming, which includes an 11-hour durational performance by artist Alicia Grullón, where she reenacts senator Wendy Davis’s filibuster against a Texas anti-abortion bill.
Location: 647 Fulton Street
Time: Opening reception March 16, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.; 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday
Thursday, March 17:
5. Discussions, “First Look: Hypertext Characters” at the New Museum
Part of Rhizome’s First Look: New Art Online series, “First Look: Hypertext Characters” presents three works built using the nonlinear characters. For instance, Martine Neddam’s Mouchette.org serves as a colorful, Hypertext-rich website of a fictional 13-year-old (who happens to be obsessed with director Robert Bresson).
Mendi and Kieth Obadike’s The Pink of Stealth explores race, language, gender, and culture through an interactive website and DVD; while the work PSYCHO NYMPH EXILE by Porpentine Charity Heartscape, Neotenomie, and Sloane, uses Hypertext to reimagine PTSD as a physical substance. Following the presentation, the artists will take part in a panel discussion.
Location: 235 Bowery
Price: $15 general public, $10 members
Time: 7 p.m.
Thursday, March 17–Sunday, March 20:
6. Lucy Dodd, “Open Plan” at the Whitney Museum of American Art
As the second artist to present as part of the Whitney’s “Open Plan” exhibition—which makes full use of the institution’s fifth floor as the largest open gallery space in the city—Lucy Dodd will follow Andrea Fraser’s prison-based sound art installation with an exploration of her studio practice.
The artist will complete new paintings that incorporate unconventional materials she has collected around the world, including hematite, yerba mate, and kombucha. There will be performances by musicians throughout the four-day presentation, the shortest of the “Open Plan” run.
According to a statement, Dodd hopes to transform the Whitney gallery into “a space of ritual action and improvisation demanding a longer and broader engagement on the part of the audience.” We’ll see what this means on Thursday.
Location: 99 Gansevoort Street
Price: $22 general admission
Time: 10:30 am–6 pm Thursday; 10:30 am–10 pm Friday-Saturday; 10:30 am–6 pm Sunday
Thursday, March 17–Saturday, April 23:
7. Serge Alain Nitegeka, “Serge Alain Nitegeka: Colour and Form in BLACK“ at Marianne Boeksy Gallery
After pleasing crowds with a site-specific installation at the gallery’s booth at the 2014 Armory Show in New York, and with a monumental sculpture show at the deFINE ART festival held in 2015 at SCAD Museum of Art at Georgia’s Savannah College of Art and Design, Serge Alain Nitegeka returns to New York with a solo show of new painting and sculpture.
Born in Burundi and based in Johannesburg, Nitegeka employs clean lines and a bold color palette, with a strong affinity toward black. “The color black is primordially predisposed to a deep, dark mysterious simplicity,” said the artist in a statement. “The color black is my point of departure from the unknown into the unknown.”
Location: 509 West 24th Street
Time: Opening reception March 17, 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.; 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday
Friday, March 18:
8. Lia Gangitano, “Artists on Talk” at the Rubin Museum of Art
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is back. An exhibition of the pandrogynous artist’s paintings, sculptures, and installations, “Genesis Breyer P-Orridge: Try to Altar Everything,” launched March 11, and is dedicated to “the ways that Hindu mythology and Nepal’s Kathmandu Valley have influenced the artist and h/er work.” Curator Beth Citron and contemporary artists engage in informal dialogues about Breyer P-Orridge’s work and their own, along with Lia Gangitano, the founder and director of Participant, Inc., and a faculty member of the School of Visual Arts.
Location: 150 W 17th Street
Time: 6:15 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Friday, March 18–Friday, May 27:
9. Henri Matisse et. al., “Bonheur De Vivre” at the Bernard Jacobson Gallery
Across the pond in London’s Bernard Jacobson Gallery, 16 pieces by several twentieth century Modernist masters will be on view. The show’s title, “Le Bonheur de Vivre,” takes its name after the seminal painting of the same name by Henri Matisse, who will be represented in the show with three works.
In a statement from the gallery, this exhibition exists as “an unalloyed celebration of beauty, joy, colour and light.”
Location: 28 Duke Street, St James’s, London
Time: 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Monday through Friday
Friday, March 18–Saturday, April 30:
10. Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, “Crossroads” at David Nolan Gallery
Sandra Vásquez de la Horra was born Viña del Mar, Chile, in 1967. Six years later, Augusto Pinochet emerged as the country’s dictator-president, commanding the army, and the public, with an iron fist. The artist grew up under the influence of the right-wing government during her formative years. Religion, myths, sexual mores, and the shadow of political and social failures are central to her work. In her third exhibition featuring wax-dipped drawings at David Nolan Gallery in Chelsea, she reveals a new grouping of three-dimensional paper works.
Location: 509 West 24th Street
Time: Opening reception March 18, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; 10 a.m.–6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday; 11 a.m.–6 p.m., Saturday.
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