Want To See A Lot of Art?

by Art Fag City on March 3, 2006 Events

Well, if art is your thing, you’re in luck because if you attend everything that is going on this coming week, by the end of it, you’ll not only be caught up on the current trends, but you’ll be wishing for it’s death. There’s a lot to see over the next week, so mark your calendars. A separate art fair listings post will appear shortly.

The Whitney Biennial
Interdisciplinary takes on key issues in American art and culture
Introducing Day for Night:
History, Politics, Uncertainties

In news completely unrelated to the event that is about to be listed, The Whitney appears to have set up a redesign of their website for the biennial. I was momentarily excited since their current site sucks ass (who thought aqua and bumblebee would be a good idea?), but the biennial site is full of broken links and is about as easy to navigate as the New Jersey turnpike.

In any case, the point is, go see the Biennial. It’s free tonight, and likely a mad house, so going out today may not be the best viewing experience, but there’s always tomorrow. And tomorrow promises to be very interesting in light of the talk, History, Politics, Uncertainties. Matthew Day Jackson is going to be on one of the panels, and I have to say I’m very interested in what he has to say. He’s an interesting phenomenon to watch right now, because the artist has suddenly been deemed big enough to critique. I’m not sure what to make of this, because this is quicker than the press usually responds to emerging artists at his stage in his career. It’s not a bad thing, (in fact, this is what should be happening on a much larger scale), but it is very unusual. My current theory on this is that Jackson’s ambitious works have been noted as something that will have some longevity (meaning only that he isn’t likely to drop out of the art scene in the next five years), and thus people are beginning to give a more measured response to the work. Well, this or some how Jackson’s good looks have galvanized the art media into some sort bizarre “disappointing, or impersonal” back lash.

Other speakers include:

Artists: Mark di Suvero, Rirkrit Tiravanija, DeeDee Halleck (Deep Dish Television Network), Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, and the collaborative Otabenga Jones & Associates (Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Jamal Cyrus, Kenya Evans, and Robert A. Pruitt)
Curators: Chrissie Iles and Philippe Vergne

Secret Project Robot, Brooklyn New York
210 Kent Ave
March 3 -– March 25 2006
Opening: 7-9 pm

For people who are really interested in sound this is a great piece to see. The ubiquitous Nick Hallett/Harkness Audiovisual presents a collaborative installation of sound-driven light. Using the same popular mid-eighties drum machines (Roland), that inspired Acid House to create the light, this project has an element of nostalgiaa to it that those of us who cared about the shit of the eighties are likely to appreciate.

Sikkema Jenkins
Turn the Beat Around
530 West 22nd Street, New York NY
March 4 -– April 1, 2006
Opening Reception: Saturday, March 4, 2006, 6-8pm

I really can’t emphasize enough how good this exhibition is. There doesn’t appear to a particular theme past “Artists Sikkema Jenkins likes”, but that gallery likes some good shit. Artists Matt Connors, Chris Dorland, Alison Fox, Marc Handelman, Ryan Johnson, Todd Knopke, and Paula Wilson are included in the show, and all of their work is phenomenal. In a week or two there will be a full write up on the show and an interview with the artist Marc Handelman, so I invite you to look forward to that.

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