This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Newscasters Make Art

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on March 24, 2014 Events

This week’s events leave us with very little free time: Roberta and Jerry do a rare public joint interview, professional newscasters perform a Liz Magic Laser piece, and artists do stand-up. More stars emerge from the Whitney Biennial, a Greenpoint horror film premieres, and Abrons Art Center hosts a day for disabilities.

BUT all of that can be skipped as long as you come to our panel on affordable studio space on Thursday; on the topic of artists future in New York City, Paddy moderates various professionals in the real estate industry and city council. Is it realistic to keep up the dream of tempering real estate trends here? We’ll hear about that from people who understand the industry best.



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Wilkinson Gallery

111 Franklin Street
6:30 - 8:30 Website

LIVE at New York Academy of Art - Randy Cohen's 'Person, Place, Thing' with Roberta Smith & Jerry Saltz

Randy Cohen will interview Jerry Saltz and Roberta Smith about something they like. Since the talk is part of Sharon Louden’s “Professional Practice” series, they may continue the course of established art world people speaking frankly about the problems facing artists. (We’re following that closely).

Good luck getting a seat to this. RSVP is required.



136 West 21st Street Room 418F

7 PMWebsite

Jen Davis at SVA

It’s hard to imagine photographs that reveal more about one person’s struggle with obesity than Jen Davis’s 11-year photography project exploring body image. As she’s lost weight, her work has opened up to include other figures and subjects; including men and sexual desire.

Free and open to the public



Whitney Museum

945 Madison Avenue
Every half hour during museum hours Weds-Sun 11-6Website

"She Gone Rogue"

You can probably count Zackary Drucker and Rhys Ernst among the stars created by this year’s Whitney Biennial. Their documentation of their relationship, while both transitioned genders, has put them high in the profiles. See what all the praise is about at the screening of their short film “She Gone Rogue” (2012).



300 Nevins Street
7 PMWebsite

Studio in Crisis

If you can’t find affordable studio space in New York, you’re not alone. Artists all over the city are being forced into increasingly remote locations due to increasing rent costs. This panel attempts to address some of these concerns with panelists, Tom Angotti, a professor of Urban Affairs and Planning at Hunter College. Jenny Dubnau, an artist who lives and works in Queens and formed Artists Studio Affordability Project (A.S.A.P.) Together with Tamara Zahaykevich, Shawn Gallagher, an artist with a background in real estate who is an active member of Placeholder (formerly known as Stay in Bushwick), and Diana Reyna is the current Deputy Brooklyn Borough President and former city council representative for the 34th district including Williamsburg, Bushwick and Ridgewood. The discussion will be moderated by AFC’s Paddy Johnson.


Spectacle Theater

124 South 3rd Street, Williamsburg
10 PM (Filmmakers in attendance!) and Midnight. $5Website

Premiere: “GO DOWN DEATH”

From the theater that brings you North Korean propaganda, and horror movies on holidays, get a first look at a new Brooklyn indie film. “GO DOWN DEATH” looks like a tongue-in-cheek 1930s horror movie filmed in an abandoned warehouse in Greenpoint. Adding to the weirdness, Smell-o-Vision is promised.

Janet Kurnatowski Gallery

205 Norman Ave
7 - 9 PMWebsite

Elizabeth Hazan

Abstract painter Elizabeth Hazan has Brooklyn down; she’s shown at Storefront, Sideshow, and the Whitney Houston Biennial. A few years back Hazan even had the opportunity to show at the esteemed Tibor de Nagy gallery. This Friday, you can check out her paintings at Janet Kurnatowski, a gallerist known for her eye for abstraction. Lately Hazan’s colorful geometric abstractions seem a little less fragmented and more compositionally daring. It’s a direction we like.

The Kitchen

512 West 19th Street

Liz Magic Laser: Bystander

Running Thursday through Saturday night, Liz Magic Laser has recruited professional newscasters to recite “2014 news highlights” dotted with a script of personal stories from New Yorkers. Everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame, it seems, as told in news-anchor voice.


Abrons Art Center

466 Grand Street, LES
10 AM - 6 PM, Free with reservationWebsite

Access All Areas

Abrons dedicates a day to understanding what it’s like to live with disabilities. Although we’re not really sure which disabilities they mean, the UK-based performance group “Access All Areas” promises to give us a more radical representation that we’re used to seeing. It’s a full day of performances, commissioned videos, and debates.



Union Docs

322 Union Ave
7:30 - 10:30 Website


Get ready for awesome. A night of art world stand-up comedy is hosted by Ben Coonley, the man behind Valentine for Perfect Strangers, the NYUFF trailer starring Dr. Zizmor, and even Art F City’s “Sound of Art” Kickstarter campaign. Participants include a bevy of artists, writers and curators; Joel Holmberg, Cecilia Dougherty, Andrew Lampert, to name just a few.

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