This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Fiery Paintings and an Opera Called “Crash”

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on April 7, 2014 Events


Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman, performance of El Parque, Vidas Perfectas, Irondale Theater, Brooklyn, NY; December 2011. Pictured: Abraham Gomez-Delgado and Elisa Santiago. Courtesy the artist. Photograph by Phillip Stearns.

For all you art-goers, we have a range of goodies.

You like sports? You’ll be able to see a former minor-leaguer swing some balls over at PRIMETIME this weekend.

Politics? There’s a rally to save New York’s libraries and a screening of the Los Angeles Poverty Department’s films at the Queens Museum.

Photography? Well, there’s the AIPAD Photography Show and a Lower East Side gallery crawl just for that.

Artists making a comeback? Brooklyn’s Life on Mars will be showing work by Arnold Mesches, 90, in his first New York solo exhibition in over a decade.

Last but not least, if you like art that defies categories, the late composer Robert Ashley’s opera Crash will be premiering this week at the Whitney Museum.

So, so much to do.

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New School/Vera List Center for Art and Politics

55 West 13th Street, 2nd floor
New York , NY 10011
6:30 PMWebsite

Subjective Histories of Sculpture: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook

Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook’s best-known works are photographs in which she asks Thai farmers to look at reproductions of famed artworks from the Western canon. Tonight, she will talking about that work, and how it relates to power and pedagogy: Who has it and who does not.



79 Fifth Avenue, Floor 16
New York, NY 10011
6:00 PMWebsite

Art + Business: Navigating the New Landscape at Parsons

Should being a successful photographer mean marketing your art as a brand on all the social media channels? The Parsons Institute for Intellectual Property has assembled a panel of photographers, dealers, and publishers to discuss the business-side of being a self-employed artist.

Moderator: Michelle Bogre, Associate Professor of Photography at Parsons

Panelists: Mona Kuhn, contemporary artist; Fabrice Nadjari, entrepreneur and photographer; Andrea Blanch, editor-in-chief of Musee Magazine; Michael Foley, gallery owner; and Anna Walker Skillman, gallery director and curator

Brooklyn Central Branch Library

10 Grand Army Plaza
Brooklyn, NY 11238
5:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Rain or Shine Website

Rally at the Brooklyn Public Library Trustees Meeting

If the idea of libraries turning into condos nauseates you, then you have an outlet to complain about that on Tuesday, when the Brooklyn Public Library trustees will be meeting. If all goes to the Central Library Plan, we’re going to lose a world-class cultural resource for good. Protesters will gather with signs, songs, and chants, rain or shine.


NYU Department of Cinema Studies, Michelson Theater

721 Broadway, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10003
6:15 PMWebsite

Let Me Die a Woman

Let Me Die a Woman is a late seventies documentary on gender dysphoria, and its treatment of the subject looks about as sensitive as the New York Post. Filmmaker Doris Wishman, the “Queen of Exploitation,” went on to make such titles as Dildo Heaven (2002) and A Night to Dismember (1983). Hear about the film’s historical impact from professor Chris Straayer and Cinematic Studies PhD candidates Michael Bowen and Linnéa Hussein.

ABC No Rio

156 Rivington Street
New York, NY 10002
5:00 - 8:00 PMWebsite


If you’re working with real estate in your art, then bring it down to ABC No Rio this Wednesday evening for the second part of the four-part restaging of the Real Estate Show. (They ask that art is disposable in case it gets damaged.) As we mentioned last week, the historical show sewed the seeds for ABC No Rio’s thirty-year battle over artists’ territory in New York City. Read the full story here.

And if you can’t make it on Wednesday, come to the third opening No City an Island at The Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie Street, on Thursday night at 6:00 PM.


Whitney Museum

945 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10021
Performance times: April 10, 12, 13, 4:00 PM; April 11, 6:30 PM; $20 general admission; $16 senior citizens and students. Tickets are required.Website


“Crash” is the last work by late composer Robert Ashley, who completed the piece three months before his death. This will be a Whitney Biennial must. Alex Waterman directs.

Park Avenue Armory

643 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Times vary: April 10, 11, 12, 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM; April 13 from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM; Admission varies from $10 to $50 Website

AIPAD Photography Show

Another week, another art fair. Thankfully, the Park Avenue Armory, home to the AIPAD Photography Show, isn’t the worst place to spend a few hours looking at work. It’s smaller and more inviting than that ~other~ Armory, down at the piers. If you go this weekend, plan on seeing a range of work: With over 80 galleries represented, there’s a mix between photo-only sellers focused on historical work from the 19th century to contemporary blue-chip galleries like David Zwirner who just so happen to show some photographers.


Higher Pictures

980 Madison Avenue
New York , NY 10075

Artie Vierkant: Usage Pending

Exactly what’s going to be on view in Artie Vierkant’s new show is unclear. He’s been negotiating with an unnamed corporation for the use of its trademark and logos in a new work, but the talks are still in progress. Rather than push off the exhibition, the show is now a bunch of work, obscured, until the negotiation is completed.


Life on Mars

56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
6:00 - 9:00 PMWebsite

Eternal Return

Arnold Mesches’s hellish depictions of America kind of look like what happens when contemporary impressionism meets a Llyn-Foulkes-type bleakness. Eternal Return will be his first New York solo show in 11 years.


Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35 Avenue
Astoria , NY 11106
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM; Free with museum admissionWebsite

Learn How to make a GIF with Giphy’s Editorial Director Tyler Menzel

Making a GIF is still a mystery to some people, so we consider this a public service. And we’ll go, too, so that we can learn how to perfect our GIFs from the master.

The Queens Museum

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY
2:00 - 4:00 PMWebsite

Screening of LAPD documentaries

A few months ago, I learned an entire alternative history of L.A., just talking to a Los Angeles Poverty Department co-director Henriëtte Brouwers. She was an absolute fountain of information about affordable housing and social injustices; if it’s a subject you’re interested in, then their documentaries should be a must-see.

Be sure to allow for extra time, as the Flushing Meadows Corona Park is a little hard to reach on foot.


35 Huntington Street
Brooklyn , NY 11201
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM Website

Fantasy Baseball

Spring is here, which means baseball is, too. Last week the arts felt some baseball fever with the opening of David La Spina’s Fantasy Baseball; for the opening over in Red Hook, a former minor-leaguer meted out batting practice. This weekend, celebrate Opening Day with a marching band (Toot! Clang! Boom!) and a first pitch with yet another former minor-leaguer.


All over the Lower East Side

New York, NY
Varies by gallery; typically 12:00 - 6:00 PMWebsite

LES Photo Walk

Planning gallery walks can be time consuming, so our lives just got easier thanks to this map of photo shows on the Lower East Side.

This weekend, over 25 galleries in the neighborhood have photo exhibitions, including Horton Gallery; Michael Phelan’s My My, Hey Hey opens this weekend and is one of the listing’s featured projects.



1800 Koenig Lane
Austin, TX
5:00 PM - ?Website


Our favorite designer Phillip Niemeyer (if you came to our benefit, he made our beautiful auction catalogue and ham party motifs) has challenged artists to redesign the html button. If you can’t make it to the physical gallery opening in Austin, the show will come with an online gallery, too. We’ll have more on that once it’s open!

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