This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Movies and Benefits

by Whitney Kimball and Ian Marshall on July 15, 2013 Events

Image by Bruce LaBruce, courtesy of

You know it’s summer when MoMA’s screening “The Dark Knight,” and Art Haps is basically a list of movies. But before you run for the darkness of free, air-conditioned binge-watching, we’ve found a handful of places where you can watch, with company: on a steamboat, in a Fingerfest, or at the Studio Museum, to name a few.

Plus, for fans of Bret Easton Ellis, Paul Schrader, or Lindsay Lohan: in a strange twist of events, you can get a first look at The Canyons at Monya Rowe Gallery this week. Moo-vie!

Tuesday, July 16th

Talk: Being Paul Schrader 
Monya Rowe, 504 W 22nd St, 2nd Floor
7 PM

If you like kinky film noir then look no further than filmmaker and screenwriter Paul Schrader, of Taxi Driver, American Gigolo, and Cat People fame. He’s currently at work on the much-anticipated NC-17 Bret Easton Ellis film The Canyons, which prompted this crazy Lindsay Lohan exposé in the New York Times, “Here Is What Happens When You Cast Lindsay Lohan In Your Movie.” You can ask him about that experience yourself, and see an exclusive clip, at this week’s Q&A in tandem with the show “Being Paul Schrader.”

Wednesday, July 17

EVENT: Bruce La Bruce’s Fringe! Fest Finger Fuck! (part of Dirty Looks: On Location)
95 Ludlow St, Manhattan
9 PM

It’s hard to predict what will happen at a Bruce LaBruce event. No, wait, actually it’s not: there will be nudity. This event is part of a series of “queer interventions in New York City spaces” throughout July occurring in “thriving queer social spaces and former sites of queer sociality (like shuttered bars, bathhouses and former meeting zones).” Based on past experiences with B La B, this will not be for the faint of heart.

The New Museum, 235 Bowery, LES
11 AM – 6 PM

A few weeks ago, we mentioned the New Museum’s “XFR STN” (read: transfer station), the artist collective Colab’s project for converting your old videos into digital files.That opens Wednesday at The New Museum. Remember to register online ahead of time!

Thursday, July 18th

OPENING: The Least Orthodox Goddess
Gallery 151, 132 w 18th st, Manhattan
6-9 PM

Art F City studiomate and Eyebeam fellow Carrie Mae Rose will be featured in a group exhibition curated by Jasmine Wahi. The group show features a ton of women artists (or as we like to call them, artists) from various backgrounds, partially in response to feminine ideals and violence against women.

OPENING(S): Six Openings
The Studio Museum
144 West 125th Street, Harlem
Noon – 9 PM

We’ve been loving the Studio Museum’s recent programming, so we’re excited to get back up there. The new round of shows open at the Studio Museum this week, with a range from permanent collection works (“Body Language”) to emerging video work (Simone Bailey, Janaye Brown) and a show of its current residents (Steffani Jemison, Jennifer Packer, and Cullen Washington Jr.).

OPENING: Brut-Nama: The Chronicles of Brut
Aicon Gallery, 35 Great Jones Street, NoHo
6-8 PM

Already, Abdullah M I Syed’s first major US exhibition generates plenty of mystique. Not only is it a rarity– an Australia-based Pakistani artist exploring Muslim male identity– but it’s also the narrative. “Brut-Nama: The Chronicles of Brut,” stems from Faberge’s popular fragrance, “The Essence of Man.” Syed will examine the essence of Brut, as a male ideal, as well as the arts and crafts tradition of “Art Brut,” or Outsider Art.

Lilac, site of Dead of August

SCREENING: Dead in August (DiA) on the LILAC
LILAC, Pier 25, West Street at North Moore Street, TriBeCa
6-9 PM

Whether she’s curating a show about nail art or reviving a 1940s cine-club, it seems like there’s never a dull moment from emerging curator Molly Surno. So we’d expecting to spend at least a few hours at this huge performance and screening night “Dead in August” which will take place on a 1933 steam-powered lighthouse tender (a ship), filled with solo artist shows in its various rooms. Judging by the artist list, this is gonna be packed; expect performances and screenings by Amanda Alfieri, Peter Fankhauser, Molly Lowe, Micki Pellerano, Joshua Zucker-Pluda, Jordan Rathus, MM Serra, and Scott Thrift, with a special performance by Frank Haines, and site-specific work by Peter Brock, Maureen Cavanaugh, Naomi Clark / Fort Makers, Myeongsoo Kim, Jordan Rathus, Colette Robbins, Chad Stayrook, Molly Surno, Naama Tsabar, and Byron Westbrook.

OPENING: David Horvitz: In Search of a Longitude, Penelope Umbrico: In Search of a Latitude
Recess, 41 Grand Street, SoHo
6 PM – Sunset (approximately 8:24 PM)

See what’s up the latest Recess session, an in-gallery residency program which is typically a good indicator of what’s leading emerging art at the moment. This round features David Horvitz and Penelope Umbrico, both of whom often use online interactions as conceptual art. The press release is just a re-posting of their residency contract– so we dunno what this will look like, but you get the idea.

Sunday, July 21st 

BENEFIT: Residency Unlimited
360 Court St. Unit #4, Brooklyn

If you like to see the results of your donations, then look no further than Residency Unlimited. The Brooklyn program supports an international community of artists, through tailored residencies which are best suited to individual artists’ needs. Buy a ticket, and fund the creation of more art next year.

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