This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Independence Edition

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball Clara Olshansky on July 1, 2013 Events

"Plant in Pink Landscape" by Joy via Imogen Hollaway Gallery

Happy Fourth of July, art people. There’s not much going on thanks to the holidays, but for the art die-hards in the crowd, we’ve managed to scrounge up a few openings. We’d also like to remind you all about the great summer shows we posted about in June. For better or worse, in New York, you’ll never be want for shows to see and places to go.

Monday, July 1st

MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY
2 PM seminar & 4 PM. lecture

The Poet, CAConrad, discusses poetry. In the seminar, he talks about “(soma)tic poetry practice and the future poetics of the extreme present.” Not sure what that means, but I bet it’s interesting. In the lecture, he discusses how our brutal, mechanistic world affects our poetic identities.

ARTIST TALK: Samantha Meier Women’s Comix: Where Were Gender Politics in Underground Comix?
Bluestockings, 172 Allen street, LES
Starts at 7 PM. $5 at the door.

In the freaky-obsessed world of underground comix, it’s no surprise that penis-centric comics by guys like R Crumb and Danny Hellman tend to dominate. But what about vaginas? Samantha Meier aims to set the record straight with her project, women’s comix, an exploration of gender politics in the early underground comix scene, explored in books like Tits & Clits and Wimmin’s Comix. She’ll be talking about that history at Bluestockings on Monday.

Tuesday, July 3rd

EXHIBITION: Eliot Porter
Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 W 21st Street
Runs through August 8th

Curated by Jack Macrae and Kristoffer Haynes, this exhibit features vintage prints by naturalist and photographer Eliot Porter. All proceeds go to Carl Safina’s Blue Ocean Institute.

WORKSHOP: I and We: Collective Movement Workshop for Beginners with Robby Herbst
EFA, 323 West 38th Street, 3rd floor
Session starts at 6:00 PM
Additional workshop: Saturday, July 6th at 12:00 PM

Artist Robby Herbst continues 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.”

Wednesday, July 3rd

PERFORMANCE: One Night Stands: Samoa, Carmelita Tropicana, Karen Finley
Participant Inc. 253 East Houston Street, LES
Starts at 7 PM

Carl George of Allied Productions (a performance-based collective founded in the East Village in the 80s) has curated a tribute to the work of artist Gordon Kurtti. The Gordon Kurtti Project evaluates Kurtti’s work and its lasting impact, long after his death of HIV/AIDS in 1987. Participant Inc hosts a series of performances by radicals who emerged on that scene at that time Wednesday night. This week’s artists include Samoa, Carmelita Tropicana, and Karen Finley.

Thursday, July 4th

LECTURE: Gopal Balakrishnan and David Graeber
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY

Nothing to do on Independence Day? Political theorist Gopal Balakrishnan and anthropologist David Graeber discuss the American and Global futures in terms of “utopia and stagnation”.

Friday, July 5th

EXHIBITION: “6<<<>>>6” Part 2
Interstate Projects, 66 Knickerbocker Ave, Bushwick

Interstate showcases a handful of promising curatorial talents, with a three-part show by Nicholas O’Brien (of Bad at Sports), Chelsea Haines (of ICI), and the fresh donut district gallery 247365. They’ve all got a finger on the art world pulse, so we expect fresh talent to follow.
Participating artists include: Zoe Beloff, Bik Van der Pol, Nanna Debois Buhl, Maryam Jafri, Christoph Keller, Nils Norman, Sreshta Rit Premnath, Slobodan Stosic, Heather Guertin, Elizabeth Jaeger, Meredith James, Brie Ruais, Julia Sherman, Joel Holmberg, Travess Smalley and Jasper Spicero.

Pierogi, 177 North 9th Street Brooklyn

Pierogi’s mining the flat files! For a gallery which specializes in drawing and photography, we’re guessing that means a greatest hits melee from the stable. Definitely see this.

Performance: Brooklyn International Performance Arts Festival: LA POCHA NOSTRA
Grace Exhibition Space, 840 Broadway, 2nd floor, Brooklyn
9:00 Doors 9:30 Performance
$20 donation, seating is limited

If you need a break from the white cube, the popular San Francisco-based Latino performance collective La Pocha Nostra (with a loose international network of members) bends gender and ethnicity through cyber-punk, cyborg-kitsch performance. It’s definitely a change from what we’re used to seeing around here, so we’ll give it a go. Check out a preview on YouTube.

FILM SCREENING: First Fridays!
Joyce Kilmer Park, Grand Concourse between E. 161 St and E. 164 St (or, in case of rain, The Bronx Museum of the Arts, 2nd floor North Wing)
6:00pm to 10:00pm

The Bronx Museum presents a free, outdoor showing of “Suite Habana,” a speech-less film about the lives of ten ordinary men in Cuba, with music by DJ David Medina and The Cimarron Project.

Sunday, July 7th

Debate: Elizabeth Stark and Astra Taylor
PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, NY
3-5 PM. $10 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.

Two experts in the field, an academic and a documentarian/writer, will debate the “technological and anti-institutional approaches to the future of education.” Tickets are available.

Opening: Leaf In A Landscape
Imogen Holloway Gallery, 81 Partition Street
6-9 PM

Heather Hutchison, Joy Taylor, Robert Otto Epstein “Leaf In A Landscape” at Imogen Holloway Gallery.

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