This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Mega-Thursday Openings

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on June 17, 2013 Events

A charming smorgasboard of drawings by Ken Price. A show of his work opens this Tuesday at The Drawing Center.

What is happening this week? Thursday is happening. After the Venice Biennale and Frieze, galleries are back on track with mega-Thursday opening nights, boasting the arrival of fun summer group shows. Jew York! The Kitchen! Emerging! Established! All of it’s going into one big pot. Time for some fun.

Tuesday, June 18th

Opening: Ken Price: Slow and Steady Wins the Race, The Drawing Center

The late, loved Ken Price was best known for his sculptures, but he was an avid drawer and painter as well. This will be the first survey of that work.

Talk: Catherine Christer Hennix & Henry Flynt, Goethe Institute

Those who are intimidated by sound art (or anti-art sound) theory can get their feet wet at this PAN_ACT Festival talk, which draws on decades of study by MIT professor and philosopher Catherine Christer Hennix and anti-art theorist Henry Flynt, both on-and-off art worlders throughout their careers. If that’s vague, there’s plenty of intrigue; Hennix is associated with drone minimal sound, and in the sixties, Flynt, a “cognitive nihilist,” campaigned for anti-art at cultural institutions.

Thursday, June 20th

These are just a few highlights from Chelsea and the Lower East Side.

Opening: Dying on Stage: New Painting in New York, Garis & Hahn
6-8 PM, 263 Bowery

Writer Kyle Chayka has written for Hyperallergic, ArtInfo, Animal NY, not to mention Wired, the Los Angeles Times, and more. Now he’s trying his hand at curating. The show includes painters Ariel Dill, Clare Grill and Kristina Lee, Sarah Faux, Tatiana Berg, and all of them happen to be women.

Opening: No Name, On Stellar Rays
6-8 PM, 133 Orchard Street

We are in for a treat. A big group show at On Stellar Rays combines a group of artists who share a tendency to construct images and situations that are confusing and silly. The show proposes The Queer Art of Failure’s theory of failure as an act of political and social resistance, which might help explain Jennifer Sirey’s tanks of bacteria, or Shamus Clisset’s “Happy Death Day!” balloons. It hits on a Dada aesthetic which could be associated Internet clusterfuck, but maybe it’s not that simple.

Opening: Jew York, Untitled and Zach Feuer
7-9 PM, 30 Orchard Street

Double-opening: No Place Like You, Martos Gallery, Shoot the Lobster
Martos: 6-8 PM, 540 West 29th Street

Opening: Emerging to Established, Krause Gallery
7-9 PM, 49 Orchard Street

Opening and performance: ambient, Tanya Bonakdar
521 West 21st Street
Performance:  4:30 PM; opening: 6-8 PM

Opening: Paul McCarthy and Damon McCarthy: Rebel Dabble Babble, Hauser & Wirth
6-8 PM, 511 West 18th Street

This year, we’ve been seeing a bunch of work by Paul McCarthy in New York’s galleries, museums, and art fairs. With this summer show featuring a film and installation by McCarthy senior and his son, his reign doesn’t look to be ending anytime soon. Rebel Dabble Babble takes its name from a film made by the McCarthys which riffs on Rebel Without a Cause. Warning: The film features James Franco playing a James Dean-inspired character.

Opening: Simon Denny: All you need is data: the DLD 2012 Conference REDUX rerun, Petzel
456 West 18th Street

Ah, memories. In 2012, Simon Denny attended Munich’s Digital Life Design (DLD) conference which focuses on innovations in art, tech, and culture; soon afterwards, he transformed the conference experience—including Tweets, pull-quotes, and graphic design—into 89 canvases, held up by a railing system. We’re looking forward to the catalogue which includes essays by Karen Archey, digital law expert Michael Littger, and an interview with Hans Ulrich-Obrist.

Saturday, June 22nd
Opening: Ephemera, Garden Party/Arts
4-8 PM, 387 Sumpter Street, Brooklyn, NY

Eric Timothy Carlson, Erik Gonzalez, Carlos Rosales-Silva, and Elizabeth Tubergen will consider the kind of stuff that is easily lost, or forgotten.  Ephemera is a show about ephemera, and its the second opening of a series of one-day garden events and dinner parties that include a text based work. The dinner party is invite-only, but the garden party and show is free.

Opening: AIM BIENNIAL, Wave Hill
1-4 PM, West 249th Street and Independence Avenue, Bronx, New York

The Bronx Museum’s Artist in the Marketplace [AIM] may be best known as a professional development bootcamp for emerging artists. What it should be better known for is the biennial they hold every two years exhibiting the work of its participants. This year, 72 participants from the 2011 AIM program will show their wares at the Museum and Wave Hill. The results are typically mixed, but we recommend the show regardless. There’s always a gem or two that make the trip worth it. Participants we’ve noticed exhibiting in New York include Neil Goldberg, Chris Bors, and Jennifer Sanchez.

Sunday, June 23rd

Opening and performance: Permutation 03.4: Re-Mix: Semir Alschausky, Thomas Brinkmann, Katarina Burin, Fake Industries Architectural Agonism, and Oliver Laric, P!
334 Broome Street

Reception: 7:00 – 10:00 PM; performance by Thomas Brinkmann: 8:00 PM

Closing P!’s six-month exhibition programming on copying, Re-Mix will focus on how art is re-imagined. We’re especially looking forward to seeing Oliver Laric’s video Versions, for which The Julliard School’s Center for Innovation in the Arts has created a multimedia performance version. Versions uses a photoshopped documented as a starting point, and invites others to ruminate on the image and its manipulation.

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