Post image for A Pledge to Mixed Greens Gallery: I’m Going to All Your Future Shows

After 16 years of operation, the Chelsea-based gallery Mixed Greens will close its doors when its lease runs out at the end of the year. The gallery, which was founded by philanthropist and collector Paige West in 1999, had an unusual beginning: it first launched as a website dedicated to promoting the work of emerging artists. In 2005, after much success online, it opened a physical space at the request of the many artists they promoted.

The gallery has a special place in the hearts of those at AFC. Paige was part of the early blogging community we, too, were a part of, and she blogged enthusiastically about emerging art (she was talking about Alex Da Corte in 2008), overheard conversations at fairs (which were sometimes horrific), and, of course, collecting (she wrote a book on the topic). Then, when Mixed Greens opened its physical space, it launched its own blog, The Pit, which is run by the staff and for a time linked frequently to other publications, including our own. It was here, that the gallery made their announcement of closing. (My favorite posts revealed their obsession with sharks. I approve.)

Post image for USC MFA Class of 2015 Delivers Petition to USC Leadership

Today, the students have delivered the 760-plus signatures from the international art community, which includes high-profile names like Anton Vidokle, Catherine Opie, and Martha Rosler, along with a new letter calling for the Dean’s removal, to the USC president, high-ranking staff, and board members.

Jaimie Warren, "Self-portrait as Pennywise the Clown with the Blob, Jason, Freddy, Chucky, Leprechaun and Basketcase in re-creation of the Nativity scene from the Vyššì Brod Altarpiece (1350)," 2014

Jaimie Warren, “Self-portrait as Pennywise the Clown with the Blob, Jason, Freddy, Chucky, Leprechaun and Basketcase in re-creation of the Nativity scene from the Vyššì Brod Altarpiece (1350),” 2014

We have entered the sticky doldrums of New York in August. But although plenty of galleries are taking it slow this month, artists and institutions are creatively adapting their practices to beloved Summer pastimes—from a cookout at the Abrons Arts Center tomorrow to a nice, refreshing dip (in a mud pit) at The Palms Friday night. But if air conditioning is your thing, head to a cool, dark movie theater on Wednesday night for video art from the likes of Petra Cortright and Fake Injury Party. Unlike most CGI-filled Summer blockbusters, this is a benefit for the Bruce High Quality Foundation University. If all this weeknight relaxation has you ready to head back to the world of galleries by the time the weekend rolls around, check out solo shows from Joshua Caleb Weibley at Transfer and perpetual AFC favorite Jaimie Warren at American Medium. Stay hydrated, New York.

Post image for Pink Up Your Life With Rollin Leonard in Rachel Stern’s Limited-Edition Portrait

Say hello to Mr. August. For the Art F City 2015 Panda-Themed Calendar of Artists in the Nude, Rachel Stern created a campy, classical take with her model, artist Rollin Leonard. For a $250 donation, this print can be yours.