Memorial Day Editors’ Picks: 7 Art Events to See in New York This Week
The art world is staying busy this week.
Through June 5:
1. “Nasreen Mohamedi” at the Met Breuer
It is your last chance to see Nasreen Mohamedi‘s (1937–1990) minimalist drawings and photographs in this survey exhibition spearheaded by collector and philanthropist Nita Ambani.
The exhibition, which spotlights more than 130 works created over three decades by the under-appreciated Indian modernist, was organized in collaboration with the Kiran Nadar Museum of Art in New Delhi, and first appeared at the Reina Sofia Museum in Spain.
Location: Met Breuer, 945 Madison Avenue
Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25–Sunday, June 19:
2. Itziar Barrio, “The Perils of Obedience” at Participant Inc.
Bilbao-born and New York-based artist Itziar Barrio’s “multi-year, multi-venue project,” officially launches at Participant Inc. in the Lower East Side on June 1.
The exhibition is based on Stanley Milgram’s infamous 1961 experiments concerning obedience toward authority figures. Local actors will star in boundary-breaking performances in a film directed by Charlotte Brathwaite, which will be screened at the show. “Scripts from the iconic films Basic Instinct and A Street Car Named Desire” will be used during the performances, the press release states, as well as “excerpts from the Accelerate Manifesto, and a narrative about New York City Draft Riots of 1863.”
Location: Participant Inc., 253 E Houston St # 1
Time: Opening reception Wednesday, June 1, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.
May 26–September 18, 2016:
3. “SONIC CITY” at the City Reliquary
Get to know a different type of artist at the City Reliquary’s summer show, which shines a spotlight on innovative musical instrument makers currently operating in and around New York City.
Rock fusion trio Iced Ink play at the opening of the show, which features everything from handcrafted guitars and instruments played by Nirvana, Pink Floyd, U2, and others, to 19th-century piano manufacturers.
Location: City Reliquary, 370 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn
Time: Opening reception, Saturday, June 4, 7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 1:
4. Carlos Betancourt: Imperfect Utopia Book Party at Rizzoli Bookstore
Art advisor, curator, and designer Maria Brito hosts an evening with art critic Paul Laster celebrating the release of artist Carlos Betancourt’s new book Imperfect Utopia.
The artist and critic will discuss art, memory, and Betancourt’s part in the riotously colorful Miami art scene of the 1980s. The talk and book signing will be followed by an after party featuring the artist’s new installation recreating his Miami Underground hot spot, the Gilded Lily.
Location: Rizzoli Bookstore, 1133 Broadway
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: talk 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.; party 8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m.
Friday, June 3:
5. “Music and Art from the Court of Charles I” by Sonnambula at the Frick Collection
As part of the Frick’s ongoing series of “Salon Evenings,” the museum welcomes period music ensemble Sonnambula. The evening’s selection of 16th- and 17th-century music has been handpicked to accompany the special exhibition “Van Dyck: The Anatomy of Portraiture,” closing June 5, which examines the master’s work as a portraitist, particularly during his time at the court of King Charles I in London.
Location: The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street
Price: $40 ($35 for members)
Time: 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday, June 3–Friday, July 29:
6. “On Painting” at Kent Fine Art
This invitational group exhibition features a multi-generational posse of contemporary artists exploring the human figure, female equality, anxiety, mythologies, fear, absence, and landscape through painting.
The show is curated by gallery press and media coordinator Katrina Neumann and includes the work of Eve Ackroyd, Jon Campbell, Heidi Hahn, Janice Nowinski, Stefan Pehl, and Kyle Staver. According to the gallery release, “this is the first time that many of these painters have exhibited in Chelsea.”
Location: 210 Eleventh Avenue, between West 24th and West 25th Streets, second floor
Time: 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 4:
7. “Pride & Agitprop!” at the Brooklyn Museum
In an evening program that jointly celebrates LGBT Pride Month and activist artists, this edition of the Brooklyn Museum’s First Saturdays will feature a lineup of performances, screenings, and talks.
Until then, spend the day wandering the museum’s current offerings, which range from a group exhibition of global African art to Tom Sachs’s retrospective.
Location: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 5:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
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