AFC’s New York Gallery Week Preview

by Art Fag City on May 3, 2010 Events


Leon Golub at the Drawing Center, POSTMODERNIST BIMBO. 2002, oil stick and ink on vellum, 10″ x 8″.

For many whose schedules leave them only Saturdays to check out what’s happening out in the wilds of West Chelsea, New York Gallery Week should be a more than welcome addition. About 50 participating galleries and not-for-profits (listed HERE) all over the city are staying open Sunday and Monday and packing themselves full for four days of events, performances, screenings, book signings, curator-lead tours, panel discussions, and more. Following find a selection of the intriguing, weird, wild and (hopefully) wonderful.


Gallery hours today: 10:00AM—6:00PM

Derek Eller Gallery hosts a talk with “manic master draftsman” Dominic McGill and Dr. Murat Cem Menguc, professor of Middle Eastern history at Seton Hall University who will discuss their collaboration on Muqadimmah, a massive 80-inch-tall by 21-feet-long drawing, which is the centerpiece of McGill's current exhibition at the gallery.
WHERE: Derek Eller Gallery, 615 West 27th Street, Chelsea
WHEN: 12:00 p.m.

Brett Littman, executive director and curator of the Drawing Center guides a walk-through of the exhibition Leon Golub: Live & Die Like a Lion? — the first major museum exhibition to focus on the artist's incredible late drawings made between 1999 and his death in 2004.
WHERE: Drawing Center, 40 Wooster Street, SoHo
WHEN: 2:00 p.m.

Wallspace artist Donelle Woolford will stage her interpretation of Dan Graham’s Performer/Audience/Mirror. Graham's version, from 1975, entailed the artist lecturing in front a mirrored wall, relating directly to the artist's notion that video functions semiotically as a mirror. The original can be seen HERE.
WHERE: Cedar Lake, 547 W. 26th Street, Chelsea
WHEN: 4:00 p.m.


Gallery hours today: 11:00AM—6:00PM

Free Brunch (and Benefit Preview) at White Columns! Brunch! Free! Take Mom — it's Mother's Day!
WHERE: White Columns, 320 West 13th Street, West Village
WHEN: 11:00 a.m. — 1:00 p.m.

The New York premiere of Wilhelm Sasnal’s film Swineherd – an adaptation of a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale set in bleak, rural Poland. Perhaps better known for his paintings and drawings (on view at Anton Kern through May 15) Sasnal is also an exceptional filmmaker and this is his first feature-length. Centered on a swineherd who smuggles letters back and forth between a farmer's daughter and her lesbian lover, the film presents a perplexing discord of elements, a surreal result of what he has termed the 'distribution and redistribution of reality'.
WHERE: Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue, LES
WHEN: 1:00 p.m.

Performance and gallery tour of new solo exhibition, landscape + object + animal, by artist William Pope.L. Though there is no mention of which performance will take place, one listed in the exhibition's press release involves oversized pajamas, an Obama mask, and a cup brimming with green ink while performers attempt to remain perfectly still for 75 minutes.
WHERE: Mitchell Innes & Nash, 534 West 26th Street, Chelsea
WHEN: 3:00 p.m.

Artists Amy Yao (whose exhibition will also be on view) and Jacob Robichaux team up for a performance. Though I couldn't find much on their previous collaboration at Museum 52, according to Twitter user 'kkingdomm' it was “da bomb!” (
WHERE: Jack Hanley Gallery, 136 Watts St, TriBeCa
WHEN: 4:00 p.m.

A performance in conjunction with the opening of the exhibition Dead Flowers based on the work of actor/director Timothy Carey. Carey became known as a pioneer of underground film due to his rarely seen 1962 film, The World’s Greatest Sinner. The exhibition includes works by Charles Atlas, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Kembra Pfahler, and Cynthia Plaster Caster.
WHERE: Participant, Inc, 253 E Houston St, LES
WHEN: 9:00 p.m.


Gallery hours today: 11:00AM—6:00PM

For those of you with any energy left and/or whose bedtimes are way later than mine, Taxter & Spengemann will be presenting music and performances by Hex Message, Union, with special guests and DJs following New York Gallery Week closing party.
WHERE: Santos' Party House, 96 Lafayette St, SoHo
WHEN: 10:30 p.m.

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