We’ll ring in Earth Day with a reminder about nuclear power plants, and then drink away our fears at Flux Factory’s boy-girl Tween Dream basement party. Jon Kessler fans still have a chance to catch the final night of The Web, the Jon Kessler experience of being inside a smartphone. And openings. So many openings.
Monday, April 22nd
Screening: The Atomic States of America, BAM
General admission $13, students $9. Screenings today at 4:30PM, 7PM, 9PM. BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
Last week, a Yes Men lecture reminded us we’re screwed. Thinking we’ll need more wake-up calls like these, we’re heading over to BAM’s Earth Day screening of The Atomic States of America, a new documentary about the consequences of relying on nuclear power. Directors Don Argott and Sheena M. Joyce will give a Q&A following the 7 PM screening.
Tuesday, April 23rd
Talk: Not Only Photoshop: Manipulating the “News,” and How to Prevent It, The Met
$25, The Grace Rainey Rogers Auditorium, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York
As part of the Met’s two-part show on photo manipulation, New York Times editor Margaret Sullivan speaks to the dangers of photo manipulation. (Here’s a recent harmless example). For some background on the show, AFC’s Will Brand took a close look. Sadly, we won’t be able to make it as the talk is $25, not ‘recommended.’ 🙁
Wednesday, April 24th
Opening: Portikus Under Construction, Ludlow 38
6-8 PM, 38 Ludlow Street, LES
As Frieze New York rolls around, now’s as good a time as ever to consider the labor that’s required to pull off large-scale art productions. Since 1993, artist Helke Bayrle has done so by shooting 137 videos of well-respected artists (Judith Hopf, Jason Rhoades, Wade Guyton) overseeing their own installations.
Thursday, April 25th
Opening: The Surrogate Space, 109
7-9 PM, 109 Broadway, South Williamsburg
I’m glad to see more support for emerging painter Scott Goodman, whose first solo show at et al projects was one of the strongest I’ve seen at 56 Bogart. In part inspired by his work as a professional signmaker, Goodman works with space in a way that’s both open and completely flat, creating windows that look like cages, or passageways which double as brick walls. He shows alongside fellow Cooper Union grad and sculptor Jerry Blackman, who likewise seems interested in contradictions: the desire to touch, soft appearance and a hard exterior. If that’s not enough, it’s also time to pay the 6-month-old 109 Gallery a visit.
Flux Factory may be turning 19 this week, but they’re not growing up anytime soon. Expect a classic Flux Factory blow-out in this Saturday’s birthday party/fundraiser “Tween Dream Social,” “the best dance party you never had in your parents’ basement.” The celebration will feature YouTube karaoke, nail art, a ball pit, Viva Bodyroll dance party, a raid on the liquor cabinet, and more.
If this is anything like Flux Factory’s recent artist Iron Chef contest, it should be a blast.
Opening: A Series of Alternating Uniform Spaces and Parts: Robert Otto Epstein and Amos Satterlee, Airplane Gallery
6 -10 PM, 70 Jefferson Street, Bushwick
I’m not sure that patterns is enough of an idea for a show premise, but what can I say– Robert Otto Epstein’s drawings and paintings of 1950s knitting instructions are really seductive. Maybe they show us a primitive representation of culture, or maybe they just look really pretty. I think they deserve a trip to find out. Epstein shows with Amos Satterlee, who also uses primitive computer code to show us scrolling colorful pattern blocks that are not unlike knitting.
Sunday, April 28th
Performance: Introducing the Web, Swiss Institute
7 PM, 18 Wooster Street. Seating is limited. RSVP by April 26: firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of us who work during gallery hours, here’s our last chance to see Jon Kessler’s “The Web” at the Swiss Institute. Kessler, who’s known for making elaborate, often functionless machines, has constructed a canopied digital fort mimicking our immersion in computers. On Sunday, he’ll unveil an app he’s designed as part of the installation called “GlblVlgIdiot,” which sounds from the PR like a parody of techno-optimistic digital start-ups.
Opening: Never Odd or Even, Blackston
6-8 PM, 29C Ludlow Street, LES
Painter and former AFC teacher Hanneline Røgeberg has her first solo show at Blackston Gallery. Never Odd or Even sounds like a perfect fit for an artist who strikes a balance; over the past few years, the work seems to have moved from extremely accomplished classical figurative painting to bodily abstract forms, found through process. We’ll be keeping an eye on how the work develops.