5 Must-See Art Events This Week

Featuring queer comics and a drunk art history lesson.

Adrián Villar Rojas, Los teatros de Saturno (The theaters of Saturn, 2014)Photo: © Michel Zabé Courtesy the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City
Adrián Villar Rojas, Los teatros de Saturno (The theaters of Saturn, 2014)
Photo: © Michel Zabé Courtesy the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City

Monday January 25th: 

Adrián Villar Rojas, Los teatros de Saturno (The theaters of Saturn, 2014)Photo: © Michel Zabé Courtesy the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City

Adrián Villar Rojas, Los teatros de Saturno (The theaters of Saturn), 2014.
Photo: © Michel Zabé Courtesy the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico City.

1. Public Art Fund Gets Monumental:
The Public Art Fund talks will continue into the new year with a look into the monumental sculptural works by Argentine artist Adrián Villar Rojas. Last year, his 17-foot rendition of Michelangelo’s David surprised visitors at Marian Goodman Gallery in New York. “Messing with David is a potential huge mistake,” the artist told artnet News’s Brian Boucher.

Location: The New School (66 West 12th Street, Manhattan)
Price: General admission is $10, and students are free
Time: 6:30-8 pm

 

Thursday January 28th

Courtesy of SIGNAL gallery Facebook.

Courtesy of SIGNAL gallery Facebook.

2. Intra Phenom Live Presence: James K PET, Marcelline, Eve Essex, and Diamond Stingily:
Intra Phenom is a performance series highlighting a diverse array of female artists. Poet and actor Diamond Stingily, artist, musician, and producer Eve Essex, performance artist Marcelline Mandeng, and multidisciplinary artist James K (PET) come together to offer a sampling of different sonic offerings.

Location: SIGNAL Gallery (260 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn)
Price: $5 suggested donation
Time: 8 pm

 

The Brooklyn Museum

The Brooklyn Museum

3. Art History Happy Hour:
Hosted by the Society for the Advancement of Social Studies, Art History Happy Hour is a boozy “seriously un-serious” spin to the traditional art history lecture. This year’s theme is “The Art of Amusement” and is inspired by the Brooklyn Museum’s current exhibition: “Coney Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, 1861- 2008.” The lectures include discussions about early amusement parks, collecting culture, the history of souvenirs in America, and carnival cuisine—washed down with a glass of wine or a beer.

Location: Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn)
Price: Free with a cash bar
Time: 7-9pm

Aleksandra Mir’s iconic Keep Abortion Legal sign at Printed Matter.Image: Courtesy of Printed Matter.

Aleksandra Mir’s iconic Keep Abortion Legal sign at Printed Matter.
Image: Courtesy of Printed Matter.

4. Keep Abortion Legal – Installation and Conversation:
Printed Matter and Planned Parenthood have partnered together for a series of talks centered on art, activism, and feminism. The talk will be accompanied by an installation of Aleksandra Mir’s “Keep Abortion Legal” design, which will be available for purchase, with half the proceeds going to Planned Parenthood. The conversation will include, editor and writer Ana Cecilia Alvarez, Planned Parenthood’s Abigail DeAtley, art librarian and activist Siân Evans, independent curator and artist Jacqueline Mabey, and artist and activist Viva Ruiz.

Location: Printed Matter (231 Eleventh Avenue)
Price: Free
Time: 6:00-8:30 pm

 

Saturday January 30th:

Ramzi Fawaz, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics.

Image: Courtesy bgsqd.com.

5. Queering Comics:
Ramzi Fawaz, an English professor and illustrator, is not afraid to get nerdy in his latest book, The New Mutants: Superheroes and the Radical Imagination of American Comics. At the Bureau of General Services—Queer Division space in Greenwich Village, Rebecca Wanzo, gender studies professor and writer, and Alexandro Segade, a video and performance artist, “discuss queerness, comics, and the politics of popular culture.”

Location: Bureau of General Services—Queer Division @ The Center (208 West 13th Street, Room 210)
Price: $5 suggested donation
Time: 2-4 pm


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