Editors’ Picks: 8 Must-See Art Events This Week
These should help with your Armory Week hangover.
Tuesday March 8:
1. #ArtWorldWomen Panel Discussion at Pen and Brush
A distinguished panel of art world figures will seek to answer an important question about women-only arts organizations and galleries: “Does this separation from male artists help women or hurt them?”
Part of the UN Women’s HeForShe New York Arts Week, the event also coincides with International Women’s Day. Participants include: moderator Susan Mumford, panelists Janice Sands, Tricia Wright, and Winston Peters.
Location: 29 East 22nd Street
Price: RSVP recommended
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, March 9–Tuesday, April 12:
2. Torkwase Dyson, “Unkeeping” at Industry City Gallery
Over the course of the past two years, artist Torkwase Dyson has taken her practice into the realm of geometric abstraction. In “Unkeeping,” a collection of the artist’s drawings, paintings, and sculpture, Dyson resurfaces with her findings.
As Eyebeam describes the exhibition, the work “spans modular architecture, data visualization, and black spatial matters under the rubric of environmentalism.” Put simply, Dyson’s work charts and overturns sites of violence, which range from auction blocks to garrets and lynchings, in order to deepen our understanding and reclaim our experiences of these built environments.
Location: 220 36th Street, Brooklyn
Price: RSVP recommended for opening
Time: Opening reception 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.; 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m. Friday through Sunday
Thursday, March 10–Saturday, March 19:
3. Andrew Ondrejcak, Elijah Green at The Kitchen
Writer, director, and designer Andrew Ondrejcak works in theater, fashion, and opera. Here, he crosses over into the art world with a new production inspired by the paintings of Pieter Bruegel and Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1901 drama A Dream Play. The story follows the title character, a divine spirit, as he witnesses life in the 21st century.
The highly-visual production will feature costumes by Ondrejcak that merge materials created by international artisans from Africa and Haiti with donated designer fabrics from the likes of Carolina Herrerea and Vivienne Westwood, paired with wigs by Rick Gradone and make-up by Marco Campos.
Location: 512 W 19th Street
Price: $16/$20 per ticket
Time: 8:00 p.m., March 10–12, and 17–19
Friday, March 11–Sunday, April 24:
4. Molly Lowe, “Redwood” at Pioneer Works
For their latest show, Pioneer Works has commissioned its first feature film, a surreal time-travel drama from Molly Lowe titled Redwood. The project also marks Lowe’s first foray into feature-length film, shot mostly on site at Pioneer Works using sets and costumes created by the artist. The press release describes the piece as a blend of “Japanese horror, the Soviet avant-garde, Cronenberg-style science fiction, and ’90s classics such as Fried Green Tomatoes and A Princess Bride.”
For the exhibition, the film is accompanied by a site-specific landscape installation of a 30-foot-tall Redwood tree sculpture handing from the ceiling, a breast-shaped sand dune, and bed perched atop a steep hill, each drawn from imagery in the movie.
Location: 59 Pioneer St., Brooklyn
Time: 7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m., screening at 8:00 p.m.; 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m., Wednesday–Sunday
Saturday, March 12:
5. “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye” at The Rubin Museum
In their disclaimer, the Rubin Museum warns us that an upcoming screening of a film, “The Ballad of Genesis and Lady Jaye,” contains adult content and nudity. But given the suspects in question, it would be a surprise if such content were absent. In a brief (and foreseeably intense) 72 minutes, French filmmaker Marie Losier presents us with the curious and captivating love story of artist-musicians Genesis P-Orridge and Lady Jaye. To let the New Yorker speak to the film’s merits: “Losier’s film captures the poignant paradoxes, the ecstasies and burdens, of the transformation of life into art.”
Location: 150 W 17th Street
Time: 4:00 p.m.–5:15 p.m.; additional screenings at 4:00 p.m. on March 13, 16, 19, 20, 26, 27, and April 2 and 3
Saturday, March 12–Sunday, December 4, 2016:
6. “Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains” at the National Museum of the American Indian
Over a dozen Native nations of the Great Plains will be represented at the National Museum of the American Indian’s forthcoming exhibition. “Unbound: Narrative Art of the Plains” explores the tradition of narrative art, which is shared by the Lakota, the Blackfeet, and the Kiowa among many others.
“Illustrating everything from war deeds and ceremonial events to notions of modernity and identity,” the exhibition description reads, “the selected artworks are as diverse as the individuals who created them.” While the show traces this legacy to the early 18th century, it’s worth noting that the majority of the exhibition will feature over 50 contemporary works by living artists.
Location: One Bowling Green
Time: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. daily
Ongoing through Sunday, March 20:
7. Nicholas Buffon at Callicoon Fine Arts
In this charming show, all art is local, and personal; Buffon offers sculptures that miniaturize some buildings within a few blocks of his Manhattan home. There’s FDR Pizza, which he describes as “all business,” with no room to sit down. There’s Bank of America, where he confesses to having had an account since he was a teenager, even though he’s “reluctant” to patronize them now. There’s Gentle Wash, where he does his own laundry except for sheets and towels, because, he admits, he doesn’t know how to fold a fitted sheet. Especially now that big, bad Armory Week is over, stop in here for a reminder that modesty can be a virtue.
Location: 49 Delancey Street
Time: 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday
Sunday, March 6–Sunday, May 29:
8. Hyon Gyon, “Emotional Drought” at Shin Gallery
Hyon Gyon uses a mix of materials in her work, including satin, silicone, discarded dolls, and textiles. In her latest show at Shin Gallery, she invokes sad-eyed spirits from other worlds, who emerge from a marked and marred wooden crate. Through this scary Jack-in-the-Box, the artist confronts the figures that haunt our dreams, as well as our waking lives.
“We are living in a society where we’ve become apathetic to the cruelty inflicted upon others as seen in the media, yet we’ve begun to treat these acts and instances like a mundane and repeated occurrence in everyday life,” the artist states in the press release for the show. After the amount of mass shootings we’ve seen in the US this year, we believe her.
Location: 322 Grand St.
Time: 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.Wednesday through Sunday
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