Happy Thanksgiving, readers! Art events will be on the lighter side this week, but we’ve still got plenty of good holiday offerings: among them, a big Lower East Side group show (with substance), the net art event of the year at Postmasters, and a Thanksgiving slasher film in Brooklyn.
Spectacle Theater124 S. 3rd Street
Here’s a must-see for your feminist film education. In 1986, director Lizzie Borden conducted interviews with sex workers, and made a film about three women at an upscale brothel. The film is one of the few of its kind, in that it approaches the job like any form of blue-collar labor.
Garis & Hahn263 Bowery
6:00 - 8:00 PMWebsite
Suddenly, there: Discovery of the Find
This sounds unexpected! “Suddenly, there” aims to show discoveries that break the flow of the creative process and lead to new and better ideas, using work from New York-based artists from 1973-2013. The artist list seems to underscore that, with people like Ian Pedigo, who only needs a scrap of lint and some sand to make you think about the nature of the universe. The show also includes: Michael Alan, Eve Bailey, András Böröcz, Matías Cuevas, Dave Hardy, Siebren Versteeg, Clinton King, Daniela Kostova, Thomas Lendvai, Alan Lupiani, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, Robert Morgan, Christopher Moss, Joe Nanashe, Jamie Powell, Armita Raafat, Mónika Sziládi, Tamas Veszi, and Aaron Williams. Curated by Eileen Jeng and Tamas Veszi.
Spectacle Theater124 S. 3rd Street
Kim Jong Il at 8:00 PM, Blood Rage 11:59 PMWebsite
Kim Jong Il Propaganda and Blood Rage
It’s the day after Thanksgiving, so there’s probably no better time to unbuckle and sit down for some junk films. Kim Jong Il Propaganda films should be a laugh riot! These will be followed by Blood Rage, a Thanksgiving horror film that comes with this description: “ it’s up to Todd to stop his murdering sibling before he fucks up Thanksgiving for everyone … PERMANENTLY.” We’re so excited.
BAMPeter Jay Sharp Building
BAMcafé 30 Lafayette Avenue
Akim Funk Buddah Hip Hop Holiday
There are other ways to celebrate the holidays, and those include east-meets-west cultural collisions inspired by Japan and choreographed by hip-hop artist Akim Funk Buddha. Based on YouTube evidence, it looks like this will involve a melee of live performaces, hip hop, dancing, and generally funky energy.
The Hole312 Bowery
New York , NY 10012
6:00 PM - 9:00 PMWebsite
Stefan Bondell: The Black Box
Well, this exhibition seems just right for Black Friday. The floor of the gallery will be covered with over a million U.S. dollars, shredded for a carpet effect. Alongside this extravagance, Stefan Bondell’s paintings of floating silhouettes will be on view, coupled with a poetry reading on December 12 featuring Jonas Mekas, Bob Holman, and Lizzi Bougatsos, among others.
Postmasters54 Franklin Street
Talks 5:30 - 6:00 PM, Opening 6:00 - 8:00 PMWebsite
Rafaël Rozendaal: Everything You See Is in the Past; Casting a Wide Net
How does a net art perspective define the way you approach painting? You may find the answer in how Rafaël Rozendaal’s flowing browser paintings translate to a new series of lenticular prints at Postmasters. Given how ubiquitous Rozendaal is in net art, and how well-trafficked his sites are in general, we’re pretty surprised to hear that this is his first New York solo show. It should be a must-see.
Also a must-see: Postmasters’ concurrent group show Casting a Wide Net pulls together net art leaders, then and now. Artists will include Olia Lialina, JODI, Wolfgang Staehle, Eva and Franco Mattes, Constant Dullaart, Oliver Laric, Petra Cortright, Katie Torn, Austin Lee, and Rollin Leonard. Talks start at 5:30.