This Week’s Must-See Art Events: More Openings Than Creative Time Has Staff

by Paddy Johnson Corinna Kirsch and Ian Marshall on June 24, 2013 Events

Deborah Kass, After Louise Bourgeois, 2010, neon and transformers on powder-coated aluminum panel, 66 x 68 x 5 inches 167.6 x 172.7 x 12.7 cm Edition of 6, 1 AP, Photograph by Iván Navarro, 2012.

With Independence Day on the horizon, it’s no surprise that every New York gallery and museum seems to be opening a new show, hosting a workshop, or putting on an art event. Next week, the art world retreats to the Hamptons. A focus on the collective seems to be the theme of choice this summer, be it collective practice at Klaus Von Nichtssagend, collective movement at the EFA, or simply an art collective at the Brooklyn Museum.

Monday, June 24th

EXHIBITION: Proposed Sculptural Projects by Stuart Sherman, 1985-1989
Drawn by Thomas Zummer
JTT, 170a Suffolk Street
OPENING: 6:00-8:00 PM, runs through July 19th

A renewed interest in conceptual performance artist Stuart Sherman manifests itself this summer at JTT with a series of Sherman’s proposed sculpture projects drawn by Thomas Zummer. “…there was always a certain theatricality in the works that Stuart Sherman and I did together” explains Zummer. As he tells it, this was in large part due to their shared interest in play and make-believe, which fed a short but fruitful collaborative life together.

Tuesday, June 25th

Electronic Arts Intermix, 535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor
Starts at 6:30 PM

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Peggy Ahwesh, Joan Jonas, George Kuchar, Tony Oursler,
and Ryan Trecartin

UFOs. Heaven’s Gate. Time travel. This Tuesday, EAI is hosting an hour-long screening of video art that’s inspired by science fiction from artists who aren’t typically associated with the genre.

SCREENING: Three Films by James Scott, curated by Jesse Pires and followed by a conversation with Scott and Hal Foster
Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Starts at 7:30 PM

James Scott began as a painter and theater designer, but transitioned into film while at the Slade School of Art in the early 1960’s. Soon, Scott began to make portraits of contemporary artists, attempting to merge the artistic practice of the artist with the film itself. Three of these portraits will be screened; “Love’s Presentation” 1967, featuring David Hockney while creating a series of etchings inspired by the erotic poems of C.P. Cavafy. “Richard Hamilton”, a portrait of Richard Hamilton that includes elements from pop culture flashing in random succession, and “The Great Ice Cream Robbery”, a side-by-side double projection featuring Claes Oldenburg as he prepares for his retrospective at the Tate Gallery in London.

Wednesday, June 26th

WORKSHOP: I and We: Collective Movement Workshop for Beginners with Robby Herbst and Taylor Dunham
EFA, 323 West 38th Street, 3rd floor
Session starts at 6:00 PM
Additional workshops: Saturday, June 29th at 1:00 PM; Tuesday, July 2nd at 6:00 PM; and Saturday, July 6th at 12:00 PM

Artist Robby Herbst and acro-yoga instructor Taylor Dunham continue Empathy Corporation’s project to make socially engaged art practice with I and We Wednesday afternoon. This particular workshop is geared toward newcomers or “anyone who has been curious about joining social movements but is uncomfortable with disappearing in a crowd.” There will also be “play-apparatuses.”

Work at Klaus

Thursday, June 27th

Klaus Von Nichtssagend, 54 Ludlow Street
OPENING: 6:00-8:00 PM

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Sarah Crowner, TM Davy, Michelle Grabner, Joanne Greenbaum, Keltie Ferris, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, David Kennedy Cutler, Brad Killam, Michael Mahalchick, Eddie Martinez, Yuri Masnyj, Sam Moyer, Ian Pedigo, Kate Shepherd, and B. Wurtz

Cheers to artist Sara Greenberger Rafferty for organizing what should be the most amusing—and intelligent—exhibition opening this week. In the two days prior to Thursday’s opening, 16 painters (including AFC favorites Keltie Ferris, Michael Mahalchick, Michelle Grabner, and B. Wurtz) will work 8-hour-long shifts to design and produce a 16 x 20 inch painting. Each artist will contribute a single mark to the collaboratively produced work. In the day prior to the opening, each artist will design their own assembly line station to mass-produce the painting.

EXHIBITION: Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue
Museum Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday 11:00 AM-6:00 PM; runs through September 1st

The Whitney will exhibit California light and space artist Robert Irwin’s Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light for the first time since 1977. Made specifically for the 4th floor of the Breuer building, has already garnered some hubbub (The New York Times recalls the original installation was often mistaken for an empty floor of the museum).

LECTURE: Jace Clayton
PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Lecture starts at 2:00 PM

No way we’re missing this talk. Jace Clayton is an artist interested in sound and technology use in low-income communities and public space. We liked his synth that stops to pray. Thursday, he’s slated to talk about inexpensive time-travel devices and how the future might not exist. Clayton is also known as DJ/rupture and has released several acclaimed albums under that name.

Louise Fishman, NAVIGATION, 1981, Oil on linen, 25 x 22 inches 63.5 x 55.9 centimeters at Cheim and Read


EXHIBITION: Junkies’ Promises, curated by Iván Navarro
Paul Kasmin Gallery, 515 27th Street
OPENING: 6:00-8:00 PM

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: He An, Stephen Dean, Dzine, RM Fischer, Victor Grippo, Nicolas Guagnini, Yuichi Higashionna, Alfredo Jaar, Deborah Kass, Jill Magid, Matthew McCaslin, Josiah McElheny, David Medalla, Arnaldo Morales, Iván Navarro & Tunde Adebimpe, Angel Nevarez & Valerie Tevere, Jorge Pardo, Alejandra Prieto, Pipilotti Rist, and Courtney Smith

EXHIBITION: MINTY, curated by Ebony L. Haynes
Foxy Production, 623 West 27th Street
OPENING: 6:00-8:00 PM

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Nicholas Buffon, Ben Horns, Megan Marrin, Cassie Raih, and Matt Savitsky
EXHIBITION: MIND IS OUTER SPACE, organized by Alice Conconi and Loring Randolph
Casey Kaplan, 525 West 21st Street, Chelsea, Manhattan
OPENING: 6:00-8:00 PM

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Markus Amm, Mark Barrow, Louise Bourgeois, Gino De Dominicis, Thea Djordjadze, Trisha Donnelly, Haris Epaminonda, Geoffrey Farmer, Aurélien Froment, Matt Hoyt, Hao Liang, Marisa Merz, Navid Nuur, Maaike Schoorel, Ricky Swallow and Josh Tonsfeldt

Lehmann Maupin, 540 West 26th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan
RECEPTION: 6:00-8:00 PM

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Hernan Bas, Anne Chu, and Klara Kristalova
EXHIBITION: Piotr Janas: Minotaurs
Bortolami Gallery, 520 W 20th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan
OPENING: 6:00-8:00 PM

EXHIBITION: Reinventing Abstraction: New York Painting in the 1980s, curated by Raphael Rubinstein
Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street
OPENING: 6:00-8:00 PM

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Jack Whitten, Bill Jensen, Louise Fishman, Elizabeth Murray, Carroll Dunham, Stanley Whitney, Terry Winters,Joan Snyder, David Reed, Jonathan Lasker, Mary Heilmann, Pat Steir, Thomas Nozkowski, Gary Stephan, and Stephen Mueller

EXHIBITION: Skin Trade: An In-Depth Look at the Surface of Things, curated by Martha Wilson and Larry List
PPOW, 535 West 22nd Street, 3rd Floor
OPENING: 6:00-8:00 PM

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Liu Bolin, Nancy Burson, COLORS Magazine, Adele Crawford, Nancy Davidson, Margi Geerlinks, Kathy Grove, Heide Hatry, Lynn Hershman, Stephen Irwin, Elana Katz, Suzy Lake, Robert Mapplethorpe, Katy Martin, Beverly McIver, Ana Mendieta, Marilyn Minter, Lorraine O’Grady, ORLAN, Hunter Reynolds, Bonnie Rychlak, Alison Saar, Joan Semmel, Jeanne Silverthorne, Betty Tompkins, Robin Williams, Martha Wilson, Veruschka Lehndorff & Holger Trülzsch, Dolores Zorreguieta, and Barbara Zucker

Friday, June 28th

EXHIBITION: Mira Dancy: Bodytonic
KANSAS, 59 Franklin St, Manhattan
OPENING: 6:00-8:00 PM, runs through August 3th

This show looks crazy. A series of new paintings and projections flood the gallery, while Dancy creates a visual and aural narrative that draws from tomb decorations, legends of the priestesses at Delphi, storefront psychics, and the head-less neoclassical sculpture of “The Three Graces” at the Met”. What is this? We don’t know, but we’re promised a scrolling poem, and pulsing and hypnotic sounds, so we’re not going to miss this opening.

EXHIBITION: The Bruce High Quality Foundation: Ode to Joy, 2001–2013

Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
Museum hours: Friday through Sunday, 11:00-6:00 PM; Thursday 11:00-10:00 PM; Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays

Friday marks day one of the Bruces’ first retrospective. It’s hard to believe they’ve been around long enough for a retrospective; their antics still seem just as vibrant as in the early 00s, although maybe now their paintings are bigger.

Saturday, June 29th

EXHIBITION: Four Paintings: Picture Window
Regina Rex, 17-17 Troutman, #329, Queens
OPENING: 7:00-10:00 PM, runs through August 4th

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Hannah Barrett, Linda Gallagher, Becky Kinder, and Summer Wheat

For this second, now annual installment of Four Paintings, Regina Rex has asked four artists to show one painting each. Last summer’s show looked amazing, and focused on landscape. This year’s focuses on the figurative. From what we can tell, we expect to see some wonky, androgynous figures, and goopy, lushly colored paint. We’ve been assured there will be genitals, too.

Sunday, June 30th

And on the seventh day, God completed His work which He had done, and He rested.

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