This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Time to Rally

by Whitney Kimball on October 15, 2013 Events

Misaki Kawai (Image courtesy of Juxtapoz)

Time to execute your most ambitious plans. Start collecting New York’s finest emerging photographers tonight with Camera Club. Join your comrades for a weekend of social change at Eyebeam. Finally make it down to Postmasters’ new Tribeca space, and those up-and-comers in the Donut District (even Roberta Smith did).

For the rest of you lazies, there’s a lot of other stuff and a boob chair at the Hole tonight. Go nuts.

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Camera Club

523 West 27th Street
6 - 8 PMWebsite

Camera Club Benefit and Auction

You can count on the Camera Club to showcase strong emerging photographers, and that’s evidenced by its benefit auction: you’ll find talent on the rise like Sara Cwynar and Bobby Doherty. But don’t take our word for it; trust AFC’s resident photo expert Matthew Leifheit. He’s in the benefit video.

The Hole

312 Bowery
6 - 9 PMWebsite

Hair Show

After six years, Misaki Kawai returns to the New York gallery scene with a show culled from travels to Asia. “Hair Show” involves an enormous sculpture of a dog, whose hair you can brush, and other “combable” paintings, as well as a boob bench. Needless to say, we are on this.


Museum of Art and Design

2 Columbus Circle
10 AM - 6 PMWebsite

Out of Hand: Materializing the Postdigital

“Materializing the postdigital” is one of those platitudes we can’t seem to ditch these days but unfortunately ubiquity makes it relevant. The Museum of Art and Design’s take seems to be something along the lines of “bluechip world learns 3D printing”. This means Barry Ball’s Baroque scans, Richard DuPont’s head scans, and Alissia Melka-Teichroew’s jewelry scans. Maybe there’s something to this?

New York Studio School

8 W 8th St
6:30 PM

What's So Funny About Art? Art Criticism and Humor

Hyperallergic founder and art critic Hrag Vartanian speaks to humor and art criticism. We like their panels.


Spectacle Theater

124 South 3rd Street
10 PMWebsite

An Evening With Barry Gifford

If you’re a fan of “Wild at Heart” or “Lost Highway”, meet the author of those books. Barry Gifford will be speaking at Spectacle, and presenting episodes he wrote for David Lynch’s HBO series “Hotel Room”, while signing copies of his new book “The Roy Stories”. The Q&A portion is sold out, but you can still get tickets for the screening, and for his introduction.


535 West 22nd Street, 3rd floor
6 PMWebsite

Julie Heffernan

Indulge yourself in some big juicy Rococo landscapes and Hieronymus Bosch-style despair, courtesy of Julie Heffernan. Teeming floral tableaux are dotted with bombs, liferafts, and oil spills.



131 Huntington Street
Redhook/Carroll Gardens
7 PMWebsite

Spread It On

247365 makes a show of abstract painting, with one criterion: sincerity. That’s pretty consistent with what we’ve seen down there, and sounds about right for Matthew Fischer, Marley Freeman, and Travis Boyer. While you’re there, check out nextdoor neighbors KnowMoreGames and Primetime. Openings will be fun and long.

Paula Cooper Gallery

534 W 21st St
10 AM - 6 PMWebsite

Sophie Calle: Absence

A new exhibition by renowned conceptual photographer Sophie Calle showcases a series inspired by the loss of her mother.


11 W 53rd St
12 - 5 PMWebsite

20 Dancers for the XX Century

On Friday, MoMA will be filled with dance. Throughout the atrium and galleries, twenty dancers interpret a series of “forgotten” historic performances. Performers are: Magali Caillet-Gajan, Ashley Chen, Jim Fletcher, Brennan Gerard, Trajal Harrell, Burr Johnson, Lénio Kaklea, Catherine Legrand, Morgan Lugo, Richard Move, Mani A. Mungai, Banu Ogan, Leiomy Prodigy, Christopher Roman, Shelley Senter, Valda Setterfield, Gus Solomons, John Sorensen-Jolink, Meg Stuart, and Adam Weinert


540 West 21st Street
Friday party and remarks 6-9 PM; Saturday workshops and lectures 12–4 PMWebsite

The Alternative Fair: "What Do We Do Now? + Performing Change"

If you’re fed up with the status quo, then add your voice to a massive group of New York City arts and labor cooperatives, in an alternative economies fair titled “What Do We Do Now?” Not only will that question be discussed, but this Arts & Labor-led event offers a slough of artist resources including time banks, health care, legal advocacy, housing, and artists’ services. There’s no schedule for Saturday available, but William Powhida, Jules de Balincourt, Shawn Gallagher, and AFC’s Paddy Johnson will present on issues of affordable studio space at 1:15 pm.



54 Franklin St
5 - 8 PMWebsite

Monica Cook and Steve Mumford

Postmasters reopens on Saturday! With a double show of Monica Cook and Steve Mumford in their palatial new Tribeca space, they’re gonna be better than ever.

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