This Week’s Must See Events: The Biennials Are Upon Us

by Paddy Johnson on March 4, 2014 Events

Sheila Hicks, who's showing  this week at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and the Whitney Biennial.

Sheila Hicks, who’s showing this week at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. and the Whitney Biennial.

If fair overload doesn’t kill you this week, the events will. Get ready for the Whitney Biennial, the Last Brucennial, and a throwdown show by Anthony Antonellis at Transfer this weekend. Don’t count on sleeping this week.

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Hauser & Wirth

32 East 69th St
6:00 - 8:00 PMWebsite

Mira Schendel

We’re wholly unschooled in the work of Mira Schendel, a Latin American artist who according to the Hauser & Wirth press release, reinvented the language of European Modernism in Brazil between between 1960 1980. Having worked with Mary-Anne Martin, though, the foremost expert on Latin American art making in the country, I’m more than interested.

There’s also these fluoride words, lavished by the late Brazilian poet Haroldo de Campos. Schendel’s work is “an art of voids, where the utmost redundance begins to produce original information; an art of words and quasi-words where the graphic form veils and unveils, seals and unseals…a semiotic art of icons, indexes, symbols which print on the blank of the page their luminous foam.”


International Center of Photography

School at ICP, Shooting Studio
1114 Avenue of the Americas
7:00 PM. Tickets are $15 each. Website

ICP Lecture Series: Kate Steciw

I’m not even sure I like Kate Steciw’s digital abstractions and photographs, but I’m interested in learning why they appeal to so many other people. An artist talk won’t address that, but since such talks are meant to illuminate the practice, it’s likely to be enlightening.


Sikkema Jenkins & Co.

530 W 22nd Street
New York, NY
6:00 -8:00 PMWebsite

Sheila Hicks

If you can’t get enough of Sheila Hicks at the Whitney Biennial, this show should satisfy any residual thirst. One of the great under-appreciated artists of our time, Hicks has worked with fabric throughout her five decade career. This exhibition will showcase a group of large-scale wall installations as well as a group of framed miniature weavings made on a small portable loom.

837 Washington Street
New York, New York
6:00 -10:00 pmWebsite

The Last Brucennial

A democratic salon-style hanging of work by artists from around the world. I’ve always found it impossible to discern the work I like from everything else, but I suppose that’s the point. These shows were never about individual works, but the community that makes them happen.

The BHQF press release says this will the last Brucennial they’ll launch as they wish to focus on their school, BHQFU. It’s the end of an era, but the birth of another.


The Whitney Museum of American Art

945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
New York, NY
1:00 PM - 9:00 PMWebsite

The Whitney Biennial

Curators Stuart Comer, Anthony Elms and Michelle Grabner oversee a floor each in this year’s iteration of the Whitney Biennial. That’s 103 participants in total. Let’s hope the result isn’t too schizophrenic!

Artists include: Academy Records and Matt Hanner, Terry Adkins, Etel Adnan, Alma Allen,Ei Arakawa and Carissa Rodriguez, Uri Aran, Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman, Michel Auder, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Julie Ault, Darren Bader, Kevin Beasley, Gretchen Bender, Stephen Berens, Dawoud Bey, Jennifer Bornstein, Andrew Bujalski, Elijah Burgher, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Véréna Paravel, and Sensory Ethnography Lab, Sarah Charlesworth, Critical Practices Inc., Matthew Deleget, David Diao, Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst, Paul Druecke, Jimmie Durham, Rochelle Feinstein, Radamés “Juni” Figueroa, Morgan Fisher, Louise Fishman, Victoria Fu, Gaylen Gerber with David Hammons, Sherrie Levine, and Trevor Shimizu, Jeff Gibson, Tony Greene curated by Richard Hawkins and Catherine Opie, Joseph Grigely, Miguel Gutierrez, Karl Haendel, Philip Hanson, Jonn Herschend, Sheila Hicks, Channa Horwitz, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, Susan Howe, Jacqueline Humphries, Gary Indiana, Doug Ischar, Carol Jackson, Travis Jeppesen, Alex Jovanovich, Angie Keefer, Ben Kinmont, Shio Kusaka, Yve Laris Cohen, Chris Larson, Diego Leclery, Zoe Leonard, Tony, Lewis, Pam Lins, Fred Lonidier, Ken Lum, Shana Lutker, Dashiell Manley, John Mason, Keith Mayerson, Suzanne McClelland, Dave McKenzie, Bjarne Melgaard, Rebecca Morris, Joshua Mosley, My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade), Dona Nelson, Ken Okiishi, Pauline Oliveros, Joel Otterson, Laura Owens, Paul P., taisha paggettz, Charlemagne Palestine, Public Collectors, Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Steve Reinke with, Jessie Mott, David Robbins, Sterling Ruby, Miljohn Ruperto, Jacolby Satterwhite, Peter Schuyff, Allan Sekula, Semiotext(e), Amy Sillman, Valerie Snobeck and Catherine Sullivan, A.L. Steiner, Emily Sundblad, Ricky Swallow, Tony Tasset, Sergei Tcherepnin, Triple Canopy, Philip Vanderhyden, Pedro Vélez, Charline von Heyl, David Foster Wallace, Dan Walsh, Donelle Woolford, and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, upstairs galleries

701 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA

Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon: It Only Happens All of the Time

Curated by Rhizome’s former editor Ceci Moss, artist Jacqueline Kiyomi Gordon’s installation employs sound-absorbing walls and a seat that mysteriously encourages the visitor to navigate the space “through a mode of listening that is both felt and heard.” Those in San Francisco this week are encouraged to check the show out.


Transfer Gallery

1030 Metropolitian Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 -10:00 PM

Anthony Antonellis, Internet of My Dreams

The artist behind the blog Net Artist Daily and “Document,” a technological endurance piece that sends a 600-page color PDF artwork to a printer that runs until the ink is fully depleted, opens his first show at Transfer this Saturday.

For this exhibition, Antonellis has produced a series of digital images based on brainwave recordings of spatial movements experienced within a dream. We’re not sure what these data visualizations will look like, but knowing Antonellis, there’ll be a twist.


20 Jay Street, Suite 207

Brooklyn, NY
4:00 - 8:00 PM

The Whitney Houston Biennial

One of the smaller biennial offshoots you’ll see this week, the Whitney Houston Biennial, shows all the women you won’t see over at the Brauer building.

Featuring artists: Mickalene Thomas, Swoon, Guerrilla Girls, Annie Sprinkle & Beth Stephens, Linda Montano, The Institute for Art and Olfaction, Michelle Rogers, Howdoyousayyaminafrican?, Sara Magenheimer, Micol Hebron, Sienna Shields, Kathryn Garcia, Marissa Bluestone, Lia Halloran, Jean Robison, Pooneh Maghazehe, Maghen Brown, Orrie King, Andrea Tese,Kristin Jai Klosterman, Angel Favorite, Megan Hays, Gaby Collins Fernandez, Liz Ainslie, Dominika Ksel, Kate Vance, Kiran Chandra, Beatrice Anderson , Annie Ewaskio, Desiree Leary, Molly Larkey, Rachel Schragis, Eddy Segal, C. Finley, Haley Hughes, Ana Rodriguez, Daphne Fitzpatrick, Suzanne Wright, Mitch McEwen, Maureen St. Vincent, Rachael Warner, Sophie Grant, Natalee Cayton, Seung Huh, Christa Bell, Dachi Cole & Candice Williams, Regine Schumann, Tracy Molis, Shanna Waddell, Maya Jeffereis, Miatta Kawinzi, Heather Powell, Caitlin Cherry, April Friges, Patricia Domínguez, Seung-Min Lee

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