This Week’s Must-See Art Events: A Pioneering Band of Guerrillas. With Yes Men!

by Whitney Kimball on April 15, 2013 Events

Another week of art events dodge Chelsea altogether, as old New York meets new blood. Artists reclaim a New York landmark, cable TV art pioneers discuss the medium’s future, and a Yes Man speaks.

Monday, April 15th 

Talk: The Yes Men with Igor Vamos, Pratt

How do you top shaming Canada for its poor environmental policies, or widely circulating a newspaper that claims the Iraq War has ended? We don’t know, but the Yes Men have been busy lately inciting new agitators through the Yes Lab, a program that trains socially-conscious organizations to attract media attention to their target issues. Tonight, Yes Men co-founder Igor Vamos, talks about their work.
7:30 PM, Higgins Hall Auditorium, 65 St. James Place, Brooklyn 

Wednesday, April 17th

Talk: Walter Robinson, Nurtureart

Love him or hate him, Artnet’s old editor Walter Robinson has helped to create a generation of New York art writers. (He also, as Gallerist reported last year, fucked every girl in the art world in the 70s). Lately, he’s returned to painting. You’re likely to hear about that at his Muse Fuse talk.
7 PM, 56 Bogart, Brooklyn

Panel: Supply/Demand Part 2, Museum of Arts and Design

Cable access art stars discuss the future of art on cable, in the second of three talks hosted by E.S.P. TV. We’ll hear about new channels for distribution (onDemand, the internet) from pioneers Jaime Davidovich (The Live! Show) and Nancy Cain (Videofreex), as well as Jamie Mohr (Vermont Cable Access, Bunnybrains), Chuck Stern (MNN programmer), and Ashby Lee Collinson (artist, Princess Dies). For followers of the movement, this will be a must-see.
$7, 7-9 PM, 2 Columbus Circle, Manhattan

Friday, April 19th 

Opening: Release Early, Release Often, Delegate Everything You Can, Be Open to the Point of Promiscuity, Abron Arts Center

For some, Harm van den Dorpel’s multi-media post-internet vignettes have provided new entries for thinking about the self and the internet; for others, the work may be too oblique. Where ever you land on this spectrum, his slow, ambiguous imagery, and his confrontation with art’s conceptual structures, shouldn’t be ignored. We can’t think of a better curator for this than AFC alum Karen Archey. van den Dorpel will speak about his work on Sunday at 3PM.
6-9 PM, 466 Grand Street, Manhattan 

Saturday, April 20th 

Opening: Letha Wilson: Landmarks and Monuments, Art in General

Now is the time for a big Letha Wilson show. Her sculptural photographs have appeared at galleries like Nudashank, Churner and Churner and Lesley Heller recently, she’s garnered favorable critical attention from them, and just came off a solo show at Higher Pictures. From what we can tell, this new show at Art in General monumentalizes images of the American West, integrating them into the architecture of the gallery. We won’t know what it’s like til we see it, but it seems to be getting a big early thumbs-up.

Also in the storefront space, Art in General opens a show of commissioned video installation by Kimberlee Venable, and a short film by Youmna Chlala.
6-8 PM, 79 Walker Street, 6th floor, Manhattan


Store: Petrella’s Imports

Artists Anne Libby, Elise McMahon and Sophie Stone are taking back the newsstand. They’re specifically reclaiming the site of Petrella’s Point, once a Bowery fixture, and a symbol of New York City personality; it’s since been replaced by the standard modern variety. Their pop-up stand Petrella’s Imports will sell work by a collaborators along with conventional newsstand items.
Thu-Sun 12-7 PM through June 14th. Bowery and Canal.

Petrella's Point. Image courtesy of

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