This Week’s Must-See Art Events: The Not-in-Manhattan Edition

by Corinna Kirsch on May 12, 2014 Events

James Sheehan, "The Route," 1998. You'll be able to see this lil' guy in the Lil' Artworld exhibition at Harbor Gallery.

James Sheehan, “The Route,” 1998. You’ll be able to see this lil’ guy in the Lil’ Artworld exhibition at Harbor Gallery.

Get ready to recover from the art fairs. We’ve got a short but sweet events listings for you this week so that you can slowly return to normal. For the most part, the events aren’t in Manhattan: Check out Where 4: Siebren Versteeg, a shipping container gallery show around the Knickerbocker M stop on Tuesday, Ann Hirsch’s solo show of sculptures, drawings, and prints at Bed-Stuy’s American Contemporary on Friday. But be sure to save your energy for Open Engagement. Founded in Canada in 2007, the social-activist art conference will finally be running in Queens. Woot!

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1397 Myrtle Avenue, Unit 4

Brooklyn, NY 11237
Opening: 7:00 - 10:00 PMWebsite

Where 4: Siebren Versteeg

Over the last two months, art historian Lucy Hunter and artist R. Lyon have been putting on exhibitions in a shipping container gallery right outside the Knickerbocker M stop. For the final exhibition we’ll see “Puff Puff Pass,” a new installation by Siebren Versteeg that juxtaposes Snoop Dogg’s (now Snoop Lion) Instagram feed with algorithmic paintings based on those images. Can’t go? Watch the livestream.

And if you like the idea of art in a shipping container, you can follow that up with the new show at Juicy’s Gallery, which is located in Manhattan Mini Storage. This month they’re showing new paintings by Keith AllYn Spencer. By appointment only.


Anthology Film Archives

32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
Screening: 7:30 PM; Admission varies from $6 - $10Website

ALL CIRCUITS ON: Remembering Douglas Davis and Paul Ryan

For those with a sweet tooth for video art history: Electronic Arts Intermix is teaming up with Anthology Film Archives to present some of early video art’s greatest hits by Douglas Davis and Paul Ryan. You’ll get to see works from TV as a Creative Medium—commonly referred to as the first video art exhibition—and the sexily titled “How to Make Love to Your Television Set,” among others.

Throughout LIC

(Almost) everything is FREE Website

The Fourth Annual Long Island City Arts Open

It’s open studios time! LIC opens up its exhibition spaces and studios for a five-day festival, and will include talks by 5 Pointz graffiti artists—last fall their space was whitewashed, then shut down. Just take a look at the festival map, and you’ll see there’s a helluva lot to do out in LIC this week.

5 Pointz lecture: May 15, 8:00 -10:00 PM, Jeffrey Leder Gallery (21-37 45th Road)


Sgorbati Projects

525-531 West 26th Street, Fourth Floor
New York, NY 10001
Opening: 6:00 - 8:00 PMWebsite

In the Beginning/ End-States

Even when art looks abstract, it often points to objects in the real world. Here, with In the Beginning/ End-States, we’re presented with work that deals with the world out there—the cosmos. That’s maybe a run-of-the-mill curatorial statement, but we’re intrigued by this grouping of artists that pairs the digital work of Cory Arcangel with the minimal canvases of Ross Bleckner, for example. Other artists include Alice Aycock, Keith Sonnier, Aleksandra Mir, and Adam McEwen.



BAM Rose Cinemas

1 MetroTech Roadway
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Screenings: 2:00 PM, 4:00 PM, 6:00 PM, 8:00 PM, 9:15 PM; Admission varies from $8 - $13 per ticketWebsite


If you’re up for a whirlwind of bizarre visuals, we’ve got a choice film for you. Ralph Bashki’s 1977 cartoon masterpiece Wizards portrays a dark future where two wizards, one good, one a Nazi, battle for earth’s future. Excellent.

Queens Museum (and other locations)

Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Queens, NY
Runs Friday through Sunday; check the website for specific panel timesWebsite

Open Engagement

This will be the first year that Open Engagement, the international conference for socially-engaged art, takes place in New York. Hooray! Starting out with a keynote by artists Mierle Laderman Ukeles and J. Morgan Puett on the theme of Life/Work, this big series of talks and projects will run all weekend. The list of presenters is huge; looking at the site, there’s sure to be something for everyone. We’ve already come up with a list of the events we’re most looking forward to this weekend, like Friday’s talk on writing about socially engaged art (5:00 – 6:30 PM Queens Museum Theater).

American Medium

424 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
Opening: 6:00 - 9:00 PMWebsite

Ann Hirsch: Muffy

You might know Ann Hirsch for her video and performance work, but she makes drawing, sculptures, and prints as well. We’ll get to know about Hirsch’s other feats this Friday at American Medium’s first exhibition at its new Bed-Stuy location. The theme: early adolescent sexuality.



Harbor Gallery

1717 Troutman #258
Ridgewood, NY 11385
Opening: 7:00 - 10:00 PMWebsite

Lil’ Artworld: Nicholas Buffon, Bruce Monteith, James Sheehan, and Henry Gunderson’s Water McBeer Gallery exhibiting Ariel Zambenedetti

For its last exhibition in the 1717 Troutman building—because the building’s landlord is kicking out all the art galleries—Harbor is putting on a show of tiny art. Why? Because, as they mention in their press release, there’s no better way to combat “the chaos that will be Bushwick Open Studios” with a show that requires you to slow down. Sounds like a good plan.


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