This Week’s Must-See Art Events Are This Season’s Must-See Art Events

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on October 28, 2013 Events

Performa commissioned artist Paweł Althamer, Wspólna sprawa/Common Task (2008 – present) (Image courtesy of

There’s been a variety of fun and whimsical art events lately, but every once in a while there’s a week of substantive works which we’ll be thinking back on for years to come. Performa is one of those, and the online biennial “The Wrong” might be another. And after 41 years, this Tuesday’s event at the Clocktower Gallery may be your last opportunity to visit before it’s turned into luxury condos.
On the lighter side, the conversation about art and fingernail painting rages on, and several group shows by emerging artists look promising.

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Housing Works

126 Crosby Street New York
7 PMWebsite

Will Work For Free

This summer, a federal court ruled that interns are officially employees who are owed backpay. That doesn’t seem to have much of an impact on the art world– probably because so many galleries and nonprofits are barely staying afloat these days. On Tuesday, the author of “Intern Nation” Ross Perlin will discuss how our economy can transition over from temp slaves.

Clocktower Gallery

108 Leonard Street, 13th Floor
6 - 8 PMWebsite

Dale Henry: The Artist Who Left New York

Dale Henry had a rocky relationship with the art world. Despite his success as a post-minimalist, conceptual painter and installation artist in the mid 1960s to late 1970s, he eventually grew tired of the art world’s commercialism and felt misunderstood by most art world professionals. In 1986, he moved to the remote town of Cartersville, Virginia and stopped making work. One gets the sense, though, that he never fully gave up his art world ambitions; when he died in 2011 he bequeathed his estate to Clocktower Founder and Director Alanna Heiss. Needless to say, he’s showing again.


Great Hall

7 East 7th Street
Doors open at 6 PMWebsite

EMISSIONS: Images from the Mixing Layer

Natural gas might be worse for the environment than fossil fuels and that’s bad news for New York City; they say we’re living under a big cloud of methane, due to an excess of old leaky pipes. In tandem with Marfa Dialogues, artists Rebecca Smith and Ruth Hardinger address the subject in an exhibition “Emissions: Images from the Mixing Layer.” On Wednesday, they’re holding a panel discussion with:

  • Al Appleton, Moderator; Senior Fellow for Sustainable Entrepreneurship, The Cooper Union Institute for Sustainable Design; former Commissioner of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection
  • Barbara Arrindell Artist; founder and Director of Damascus Citizens for Sustainability
  • Ruth Hardinger, Artist
  • Bryce Payne, PhD, Associate Research Professor, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Senior Fellow of Wake Forest University CEES, Winston-Salem, NC
  • Rebecca Smith, Artist
  • Samara Swanston, Legislative Counsel to the Environmental Protection Committee of New York City Council

Rauschenberg Project Space

455 W 19th St
7:00 PMWebsite

Eve Mosher: Art & Action: Creative Engagement in the Face of Climate Change

In 2007, artist Eve Mosher made a High Water Line in Brooklyn and New York City. The line marked the flood line for a hundred-year storm, since climate change has made hundred year storms a way of life. Mosher’s since gotten a lot of requests to replicate the project (the New Yorker ran a piece on it) and will give a talk about it on Wednesday.

Triple Canopy

155 Freeman Street
7:00 PM to 9:30 PMWebsite

A Benefit for Triple Canopy

Who better for Triple Canopy to honor at their benefit than Brian O’Doherty (aka, Patrick Ireland)? Among his many interviews, curatorial projects, and artworks which helped impact the intellectual shape of the art world, he presented the idea that an art exhibition could happen in a magazine, when he guest-edited a 1967 issue for Aspen 5+6. Triple Canopy now carries that torch, and they need funds to do so. Go to their benefit.


SoapBox Gallery

636 Dean St., Brooklyn
8 PMWebsite

The François Vase

Former AFC editorial fellow Gabriela Vainsencher has spent the past several months working on a performance “The François Vase”, and we get to see the results this week. The collaboration with Daniel Fox imagines the Greek Myth of the Labyrinth, from the perspective of a minotaur. It’s being performed live by the Green Chair Dance Group and the Momenta Quartet on Wednesday at Philadelphia’s Rotunda, and on Friday at Soapbox Gallery.

Momenta Art

56 Bogart Street
Opening reception + Performance by Lainie Love Dalby: Friday, November 1, 7-9 pmWebsite

Nu Age Hustle

Fans of video and performance artist Shauna Moulton will like this exhibition. Nu Age Hustle brings together a group of nine artists who fuse “New Age” elements with Pop culture. Expect video, fabric, installation and performance works. Curator Katie Cercone couldn’t be more qualified to launch this exhibition; she’s makes performative video sculpture, she’s a yoga instructor, a curator and adjunct faculty at the school of Visual Art. The line up looks good: Sanford Biggers, Katie Cercone, Lainie Love Dalby, Vaginal Davis, Elisa Garcia de la Huerta, Greem Jellyfish, Jacolby Satterwhite, Tobaron Waxman and Saya Woolfalk

Foxy Production

623 West 27th street
6 - 8 PMWebsite


There’s no press release for this show as of yet, and only one image, so we don’t have much to tell you yet. Based on the artists involved, we’re guessing this will be a still life exhibition. Keep an eye on Sara Cwynar. We’ve been seeing her name everywhere. She’s a rising star for sure.

Artist list: Sara Cwynar, Andrei Koschmieder, Suzanne Mooney, Borna Sammak


619 W 27th St
6 - 8 PMWebsite

Patricia Treib

Emerging painter Patricia Treib gets her first solo show at Wallspace. Her big calligraphic paintings remind us of a neater mix of Tatiana Berg and Michael Berryhill. They’ve appeared previously before at the uptown gallery Tibor de Nagy, which rarely shows young artists, so the show was a big deal. Given her young age, this one is too.

Opens November 1stWebsite

New Digital Art Biennale: The Wrong

30 online pavilions leaded by 30 curators/artists/organizations. More than 300 artists to be featured online during 2 months at starting on November 1st, 2013. A little bird tells us Animal’s Marina Galperina will be the Poet Laureate for Lorna Mills’s Pavilion. That’s gonna be awesome.

Three AFK embassies will also launch IRL events during the biennial. Between TRANSFER, which is located in Brooklyn, Smart Objects in Los Angeles, and Paradise Hills in Melbourne Australia, a good part of the globe will be covered. Since we’re located in Brooklyn, we’ll focus on TRANSFER. They’ll host guided tours by TRANSFER artists who curated pavilions this Saturday, 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM. Those artists include: A Bill Miller, Rick Silva, Lorna Mills, Rollin Leonard, Giselle Zatonyl and Anthony Antonellis.

The Wrong Curators leading pavilions: Jodi, Yoshi Sodeoka, Anthony Antonellis, Rollin Leonard, Lorna Mills, Curt Cloninger, Emilio Gomariz, Eric Mast, Rosa Menkman, Chiara Passa, Max Hattler, A.Bill Miller, Helena Acosta, Peter Rahul, Miyö Van Stenis, Andrew Benson, Emilie Gervais, Rick Silva, Michaël Borras, Sara Ludy, Ellectra Radikal, Giselle Zatonyl, Protey Temen, Johann Velit, Michael Staniak, Gerhardt Rubio Swaneck, Joseph Yølk Chiocchi, Cristina Ghetti, Julia Borges Araña, Guilherme Brandão e David Quiles Guilló.

Finally, there’s also a public pavilion which will be accepting submissions, so you, too, can join their ranks (kind of).

All over the city

Multiple events November 1st-24thWebsite


The world’s best performance biennale is back on. The show’s known for exploding the careers of some of the greatest artists working today (Liz Magic Laser, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Jesper Just among them) so you’re likely to find some excellent work here. Check out their schedule online and check back soon for our round-up.


333 Broome Street
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMWebsite

Paintings: Michael Williams

AFC fav Michael Williams will open a show of new paintings this Friday. No press release for this show, but we figure there’ll be a mix of abstract and figurative work on view. Whatever there will probably be a joke or two in the mix.


Ortega y Gasset

17-17 Troutman #372
7-10 PMWebsite

Ornament of Crime

Do you need to live in New York to have a New York art career? The gallery OyG is just one example that suggests not- it’s a collective of artists mostly based out of the New York City area. Their current show draws artists from the UK, California, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. “Ornament of Crime” seeks to disprove a 1913 Adolf Loos essay, which glorifies the modern age for its “freedom from ornament.” There will be lots of patterns.

Artists include David Mabb, Stephanie Syjuco, Susanne Slavick, and Stacy Lynn Waddell, respectively.

Regina Rex

17-17 Troutman, #329
7 - 10 PMWebsite

Snail Salon

Upstairs, Regina Rex is having a massive show about fingernail painting. (Is AFC a tastemaker?) Just taking a look at the artist list, it looks like a sweeping survey of one contingent of the NYC painting scene. Artists include:

Heike Kati Barath, Gina Beavers, Amanda Friedman, Phillip Birch, Barb Choit, Payton Cosell Turner, Mira Dancy, Bella Foster, Al Freeman, Alicia Gibson, Tamara Gonzales, Joanne Greenbaum, Elizabeth Jaeger, Heidi Jahnke, Branden Koch, Branden Koch, Ella Kruglyanskaya, Monique Mouton, Meghan Petras, Jennifer Rochlin, Nolan Simon and Ben Stone. Curated by Adrianne Rubenstein.

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