Ten Summer Specials For the New York Art World

by Whitney Kimball on June 8, 2013 Events

Paul McCarthy's "WS" at the Park Avenue Armory (Image courtesy of the Armory)

So you’re still in New York and reading the blogs. Here are ten fun shows made for summer, from McCarthy’s twisted forest, to MonkeyTown, to a survey of New York’s untapped Jews.

Paul McCarthy at the Armory
643 Park Avenue
June 19th – August 4th
Tuesday – Thursday: 1:00pm – 8:00pm
Friday: 1:00pm – 10:00pm
Saturday – Sunday: 12:00pm – 7:00pm

Ever want to see how the “Snow White and Seven Dwarfs” plays out as a sex fantasy? Nope, but we do kinda want to see Paul McCarthy taken to the farthest possible extreme. We’re promised “a massive, fantastical forest of towering trees with grotesque video projections of iconic characters playing out their own fairy tale drama in a replica of his childhood home.” Instagram’s about to get interesting.

100 Forsyth Street

Watch out Lower East Side. Chelsea gallerinas Margaret Kross and Suzie Oppenheimer are stepping in for Toomer Labzda this summer, where they and other young curators will be pumping out as many shows as they possibly can. Shows run for around ten days each.

Monkey Town 3 Trailer from Montgomery Knott on Vimeo.

Monkey Town
Eyebeam, 540 West 21st Street
Seatings at 7 and 9:30

Won’t you take me to. Monkey Town. The Brooklyn-based screening-and-dinner series takes over Eyebeam all summer long, where they’ll share their cultivated tastes in both videos and food. This time, they’ve enlisted some of New York’s finest chefs, veterans from Roberta’s, Pulqueria, Gramercy Tavern, and others. Don’t miss, but make sure to buy tickets well in advance.

Participating artists include: Jack + Leigh Ruby (produced by Eve Sussman and Simon Lee), Shana Moulton, Tara Sinn, Errol Morris, Trisha Baga, Lily Sheng + Antonia Kuo and Petra Cortright, Zefrey Throwell, Kathy Rose, Peter Burr, Will Rahilly, Annie Pearlman, Brian Close, Ben Ridgway, William Strobeck, Alison Mennor, Bunny Rogers and Filip Olszewski, Chris Rice, Theo Angell, Montgomery Knott, and Astrid Menze.

Sound Off
16 Beaver Street, NYC
June 13th: Nicolas Bernier
July 11th: Robb Kunz
August 8th: Tamara Yadao

Summer’s a good time to break the gallery routine, and this means sound art. One of my favorite qualities about the sound art performances I’ve seen is a certain intimacy that’s shared with the audience and artist. This will be along those lines;1 hosts a series of salon-style performances in a loft.

Jew York
June 20th – July 26th
Zach Feuer, 548 West 22nd Street. opening Thursday June 20th 6-8 PM
UNTITLED, 30 Orchard Street. opening Thursday June 20th 7-9 PM

A summer show of Jews in New York. They write, “There’s no ethnic group that hasn’t been neatly encapsulated, no far-flung city that hasn’t been given a biennial to host. For a while, it was just Dakar, Sao Paulo, Istanbul, and Osaka, but now even the tertiary and quaternary hubs, Ouagadougu, Antananarivo, Ulaanbaator, and Manaus, are booked solid. The same goes for earth’s cohorts. Every time you turn around, somebody is giving us a glimpse of what’s going on among the Aleutians, the Maori, the Ainu, the Uzbeck diaspora. There’s nobody left to survey, and nowhere left to do it. So we figured our only option was to do a show of Jews and do it in New York”

The participating artist list is massive, but we’re publishing the whole list so readers get a sense of this show’s scale: Joshua Abelow, Eleanor Antin, Diane Arbus, David Altmejd, Darren Bader, Erica Baum, Tamy Ben-Tor, Judith Bernstein, Mel Bochner, Isaac Brest, Luis Camnitzer, Miki Carmi, Marc Chagall, Matthew Chambers, Keren Cytter, N. Dash, Louis Eisner, Daniel Feinberg, Rochelle Feinstein, Jason Fox, Natalie Frank, Dana Frankfort, Orly Genger, Rochelle Goldberg, Leon Golub, Dan Graham, Joanne Greenbaum, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Nicolas Guagnini, Philip Guston, Eva Hesse, Alex Israel, Deborah Kass, Alex Katz, Jon Kessler, Zak Kitnick, Daniel Lefcourt, David Levine, Roy Lichtenstein, Justin Lieberman, Joel Mesler, Sam Moyer, Joshua Neustein, Louise Nevelson, Lisa Oppenheim, Asher Penn, Anna Plesset, Michael Portnoy, Jon Rafman, Elaine Reichek, Ry Rocklen, Aura Rosenberg, Mika Rottenberg, Jennifer Rubell, Dina Seiden, Mindy Shapero, Joel Shapiro, Arlene Shechet, Jamie Sneider, Saul Steinberg, Joel Sternfeld, Kon Trubkovich, Matthew Weinstein, Hannah Wilke, Tom Wolf, Augusta Wood, Jonas Wood, and Dustin Yellin.

Expo and Warm Up: PS1
22-25 Jackson Ave. at the intersection of 46th Ave, Long Island City
Expo: Free, Through August 18th
Warm Up: $15 advance, $18 at the door, June 29th – September 7th

PS1 continues Expo, its environmental summit response to Hurricane Sandy, and re-ups Warm-Up, its Saturday experimental music performance. We dunno anything about music, but we do trust the selection committee, which this year includes luminaries from Pitchfork, True Panther Sounds, and others. (It’s PS1, so there’s bound to be something good). Make sure to get Warm-Up tickets ahead of time, as they’re cheaper.

The Hive
EFA Project Space
323 West 39th Street, 3rd floor
Reception: Thursday, June 27, 6 – 8:30pm

Two of the city’s more forward-thinking granting programs, the Elizabeth Foundation and A Blade of Grass, team up to create The Hive, three projects exploring empathy. The Feminist Economics Department explores the exploitative nature of the security industry, Robby Herbst explores group dynamics, and Piero Passacantando will encourage people to rethink the cubicle.

Garden Party/Arts
(Rotating location; this time, 4-8 PM, 387 Sumpter Street, Brooklyn)

Along those lines, and off the gallery circuit, the feminist art series Garden Party/Arts hosts one-day garden shows and dinner parties, publishes a text, and then hosts an invite-only dinner party to discuss the ideas. That may sound exclusive, but think of the show as a performance, with a fleetingness that’s naturally part of breaking the gallery mold. Looks like they’re still seeking locations.

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