The One Must See Art Event in New York This Week: Lil Buck Dances at the New Museum

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A Conversation Between Lil Buck and Keith Haring at the New Museum.

We’re all too busy during the week to do all the great things we plan and hope to do. So if you can only commit to one arty event this week, here’s what you should not miss!

THURSDAY, April 23

“A Conversation Between Lil Buck and Keith Haring” at the New Museum 

Aspen Institute Artist in Residence and celebrated street dancer, Lil Buck, explores Keith Haring’s influence on his own artistic form through a dance performance at the New Museum. Haring’s art and words have greatly inspired Lil Buck’s movements, who began “jookin'” at a young age. The performance will be followed by a discussion between Lil Buck, Julia Gruen (Keith Haring Foundation executive director), and Damian Woetzel (Aspen Institute Arts Program director).

Co-presented by the New Museum and the Aspen Institute Arts Program, this event coincides with the 25th anniversary of Haring’s death in 1990. The program, workshopped at Haring’s former studio, was initially created for the closing weekend of the exhibition “Keith Haring: The Political Line” at San Francisco’s de Young Museum in February.

Lil Buck (see Check Out Flexing the New Urban Avant-Garde Dance Craze Mixing Art, Sport, Fashion) formally studied dance at the New Ballet Ensemble before moving to Los Angeles in 2009. He was catapulted to fame when Damian Woetzel enlisted him to perform a rendition of “The Swan” with Yo-Yo Ma in Los Angeles. The performance, captured on video, went viral and paved the way for future collaborations with the likes of Janelle Monae, JR, and Madonna.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $10 for members.

The New Museum, 235 Bowery, 6:30 PM. 


For the intrepid, here are a few other exciting happenings around town:

“Tseng Kwong Chi: Performing for the Camera” at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery 
A first major museum retrospective for Tseng Kwong Chi (1950-1990), this exhibit showcases over 80 photo-based works by the artist who documented Manhattan’s 1980s downtown scene. The show also features nine images of his close friend Keith Haring’s drawings in New York city subways and his landmark East Meets West series, which he began in 1979. The exhibit runs April 21—July 11. Tseng will also be featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s exhibition “China: Through the Looking Glass.”
Grey Art Gallery, New York University, 100 Washington Square East, Monday, April 20, 6—8 PM. 

Keren Cytter Screening at New York Jewish Film Festival 
Israeli artist Keren Cytter constructs powerful narratives through film, video installations and drawings (see The Most Admired Art Dealers of 2014). Her storytelling is non-linear and multi-layered. Five of Cytter’s recent works will be shown, followed by a discussion between the artist and Jens Hoffmann, curator for Special Programs at the Jewish Film Festival and deputy director of Exhibitions and Public Programs at the Jewish Museum.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, Scheuer Auditorium, Monday, April 20, 6:30—8 PM. 

Conversation on artist Jan Schoonhoven at New York Public Library 
David Zwirner Books presents this event to mark the publication of Jan Schoonhoven, a book authored by Schoonhoven authority Antoon Melissen (see Jan Schoonhoven’s Rigor Now Plays Nice). The author will be joined in conversation by David Leiber, director of David Zwirner gallery, who recently presented the artist’s works at the gallery. The event is free and open to the public.
New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Auditorium, Wednesday, April 22, 6 PM. 

Panel Discussion “Women in Print” presented by Guttenberg Arts 
Join El Museo del Barrio’s curator Rocio Aranda-Alvarado in discussion with female artists, curators, and directors, including Judith Brodsky (founder of Brodsky Center for Innovative Editions at Rutgers), Jennifer Farrell (associate curator at Department of Drawings and Prints at the Metropolitan Museum), Dusica Kirjakovic (executive director at Lower East Side Printshop), and artists Kristen Schiele and Danielle Tegeder. They will discuss issues of media advancements and the cultural force of women-run print shops.
International Print Center New York, 508 West 26th Street, 5th Floor, Wednesday, April 22, 6—8 PM. 

Gallery openings: Rosson Crow “Hysteria: Spatial Conversations with Florine Stettheimer” at Sargent’s Daughter, Wednesday, April 22, 6—8 PM. Alexander Calder “Multum in Parvo” (in an environment designed by Santiago Calatrava) at Dominique Lévy, Wednesday, April 22. Lisa Yuskavage at David Zwirner, Thursday, April 23, 6—8 PM. Mary Corse at Lehmann Maupin, Thursday, April 23, 6—8 PM. Travess Smalley at Foxy Production, Thursday, April 23.

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