This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Marina Abramovic Is the Grim Reaper

by Corinna Kirsch on January 20, 2014 Events

Wakka Wakka Productions: "Snonkey and Eli Do 10th Ave" at Andrew Edlin Gallery

What you’ll see at “Snonkey and Eli Do 10th Ave,” on view at Andrew Edlin Gallery

With hundreds of art events each week, what’s an art lover to do? You could throw your hands up in the air, giving up on art altogether. We have an idea that’s even easier than resignation: Let us separate the wheat from the chaff for you. Every Monday, we bring you a quick selection of the week’s most-worthy art events. All you do is read.

For those who love to rag on the high-end art world, we suggest Lisa Kirk’s Marina Abramovic-as-the-Grim-Reaper performance at Invisible-Exports. If you’re into listening to people debate the state of Bushwick’s art scene amid surging real estate costs, there’s a roundtable talk on that topic over at Eyebeam. And if you like puppets who talk about WWII, that’s happening, too. Puppets!

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Baby's All Right

146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11211
7:30 PM (FREE!)Website

IRL Club

What’s happening with the cool kids on the Internet? IRL Club will tell you. Hosted by the New Inquiry’s Adrian Chen, four of the top Tumblr, YouTube, and Twitter makers will give presentations on what they do, showing you how creativity’s done on the net. Highly recommended.

This week’s presenters:
Leon Chang:
Catherine Frazier:
Daniel Kolitz:
Mark Slutsky:


Koenig & Clinton

459 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
6:00 - 8:00 PMWebsite

Anoka Faruqee: Future Perfect

Moire paintings have been trending for some time. Blame it on Photoshop making it easy for all types of psychedelic, eye-squinting squiggles to pop up on screens, but it’s no new fad; there’s a long history in op-art (think Bridget Riley) of putting viewers’ eyes through contortionistic exercises. Faruqee’s one of this recent generation playing around with moire in relationship to digital screens, and she’s been at it for over 10 years (she began with the more analogue though, banana peels). While we haven’t seen the paintings yet, we’re willing to make it out to see the pickings.

Andrew Edlin Gallery

134 Tenth Avenue
New York, NY 10011
Opening performance on Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00 PMWebsite

Snonkey and Eli Do 10th Avenue

Puppets! For the exhibition Snonkey and Eli Do 10th Ave, renowned theatrical puppet troupe Wakka Wakka Productions tells the story of WWII and the pogroms with the help of sarcastic puppets Snonkey and Eli. Quirk and melancholy seems to go hand-in-hand with this troupe.

From January 23rd to February 1st, 2014, Wakka Wakka will put on four performances: Thursday, January 23rd at 7:00 PM; Saturday, January 25th at 3:00 PM; Thursday, January 30th at 7:00 PM; and Saturday, February 1st at 3:00 PM.


Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts Project Space

323 West 39th Street, 2nd floor
New York , NY 10018
6:00 - 8:00 PMWebsite

Distant Images, Local Positions

A heady look into how photography can never truly represent reality, with an emphasis on digital technology’s exploration of previously unseen landscapes. Trevor Paglen’s Untitled (Drones) series lets you see what drones see, focusing on the sublimely beautiful landscapes they capture; and AnnieLaurie Erickson equips cameras with artificial retinas to re-imagine areas now too dangerous and off-limits due to 9/11 regulations. You’ll find more drones with Patrick Scott Wiener’s video-camera-equipped drones.

Featuring artists: Haseeb Ahmed and Daniel Baird, Hasan Elahi, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Regina Mamou, Mary Mattingly, Trevor Paglen, Travis LeRoy Southworth, and Scott Patrick Wiener

Curated by Wafaa Bilal



540 West 21st Street
New York, NY 10011
1:00 - 2:30 PMWebsite

On Bushwick: Contradiction, Co-Dependence, or Conspiracy? The Reification of Avant-Garde Practice

Home to rising real estate costs and an increasing number of MFAs, many are beginning to wonder if Bushwick is even worth it anymore? It’s a question that gets tossed around all the time by artists and writers, and it’s close to our heart, too. (This AFC’er lives in Bushwick.) But we don’t always get to hear from Bushwick based dealers who’re taking chances like Kelani Nichole (Transfer Gallery) and Tom Weinrich (Interstate Projects), so this panel should provide a much-needed window into the art business in Bushwick. How do they keep doing what they do? Can they keep going to bat for their borough and their artists under such pressure? Throw in Wendy Olsoff (PPOW) who’s experienced the transformation of East Village galleries and those newer to the scene like Nicholas O’Brien (Pratt Institute), and it should prove to be a well-rounded talk.

Panel leader:  Mostafa Heddaya, managing editor Hyperallergic


89 Eldridge Street
New York, NY 10002
Runs from 1:00 PM on Saturday to 1:00 PM on SundayWebsite

Lisa Kirk: 24-Hour Durational Performance

The art world is in need of a good lampooning. Dripping with greedy blue-chip buyers and celebrity latchers-on, we seem to be milking the dregs for something real. Thank God, then, for Lisa Kirk who’s hired an actor to perform a 24-hour-long performance as Marina Abramovic playing the Grim Reaper. The metaphor isn’t too hard to figure out: Marina is ferrying the art world to a slow death.

New Museum

235 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
Eastern European Sci-Fi: 12:00 – 2:30 PM; Eastern European Futures: 3:00 - 6:00 PMWebsite

Futures of Eastern Europe Conference: Part One

Eastern European art is future-thinking. Much of it seems informed by sci-fi—notably the theme of dystopia—as a means of dealing with its communist past. That’s the thinking behind the “Futures of Eastern Europe Conference” at the New Museum this weekend, a series of talks and an all day sci-fi movie marathon held in conjunction with the opening of the museum’s new exhibition Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module, organized by the Eastern Europe-based tranzit.

Session One: Eastern European Sci-Fi

12:00 – 2:30 PM

Participants: Éva Forgács, Deimantas Narkevicius, Tomáš Pospiszyl, and Anton Vidokle. Moderated by Lauren Cornell.

Session Two: Eastern European Futures

3:00 – 6:00 PM

Participants: Cosmin Costinas, Kate Fowle, Nataša Petrešin-Bachelez, Ivana Bago, Ana Janevski, and Jelena Vesić. Moderated by Taraneh Fazeli.

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