This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Vintage Violence

by Whitney Kimball on May 19, 2014 Events

Collage by George Rush, 2014

Collage by George Rush, 2014

Between tonight’s lineup at Videology, a Valie Export screening, “Vintage Violence” at Monya Rowe, and a weekend-long experimental music festival, it looks like we can finally shake some of that winter art malaise. Weird art is back, at least a little bit.

It’s also a week for last chances. The Whitney Biennial closes this Sunday, and Parallel Art Space opens what could be its last show in the 1717 Troutman Building.

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308 Bedford Ave
8 PM sharp Website

Sun Screening Vol. 1

A group of ass-kickers here: Angela Dufresne, Faith Holland, Tamara Johnson, and Go! Push Pops (who recently helped stage the Clitney Perennial) are all on the list. Their videos will be shown with several others at Videology, the video store-turned-bar-slash-screening room. Fun! Curated and hosted by Claudia Bitran.

The full artist list: Clemente Del Rio, Diluvio Collective, Angela Dufresne, Jonathan Ehrenberg, Faith Holland, Go! Push Pops, Tamara Johnson, Sara Magenheimer, Evan Mann, and Michelle Rawlings.


11 West 53rd Street
7 PMWebsite

An Evening with Pauline Boudry/Renate Lorenz with Gregg Bordowitz and Pauline Oliveros

Does tone ultimately help or hinder feminism? This might be something to think about in this 1970 piece by composer Pauline Oliveros, “ To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of their Desperation,” which responds to Valerie Solanas’s 1967 SCUM Manifesto by asking performers to make choices about pitch, rhythm, and tone. This inspired a 2013 film by Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz, which will be presented with an onstage discussion by Oliveros, moderated by Gregg Bordowitz.
This might also give you some context for Oliveros’s Whitney Biennial performances on Wednesday.


Luhring Augustine Bushwick

25 Knickerbocker Ave
12 PM - 6 PMWebsite

Tom Friedman: Paint and Styrofoam

Get ready for some everyday materials transformed through art. Tom Friedman, the man who has built a career out of carving a face into the surface of an aspirin pill, and intricate designs with pubic hair on soap, is opening at Luhring Augustine Bushwick.

Whitney Museum

945 Madison Avenue at 75th Street
11AM-6 PMWebsite

Deep Listening Institute

In your last chance to see the Whitney Biennial, immerse yourself in the “Deep Listening Room,” a sound and video installation by electronic musician/composer/accordianist Pauline Oliveros. She founded the Deep Listening Institute, a teaching institute to promote the practice of Deep Listening, which she describes as “listening in every possible way to everything possible to hear no matter what one is doing.”
We’re not sure what this will be like, but it will involve video surveillance from the lobby and, on Sunday afternoon, performances by Oliveros and the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE). Here’s the full schedule:

May 21–25
The installation can be viewed during Museum Hours.

May 24–25
ICE will perform intermittently in the lobby.

May 25, 4 pm
Pauline Oliveros will perform with the installation of the Ambisonic Expanded Instrument System in the Deep Listening Room. The system will encompass all the sounds and sights from the lobby, including ICE performances there.

Free with Museum admission. Admittance is on a first-come, first-seated basis until capacity is reached.

601 Artspace

601 West 26th St., #1755
6:30-8 PM, followed by a receptionWebsite

Is An International Art Viable?

“[D]oes displacing a political work neuter its significance?” wonders 601 Artspace Director Mariam Rahmani. Maybe it’s time to reevaluate the optimistic idea of “international art,” she says, which is “dropping like pennies in a Midwestern mall fountain.” We like a press release that identifies an idea and sets out to get to the heart of it through the event.
Rahmani will be discussing this with Brooklyn-based artist Oasa DuVerney and Tehran-based artist Shahab Fotouhi.


110 East 42nd Street
Cocktails at 7:00PM Dinner and Dancing at 8:00PM Website

El Museo del Barrio’s Gala

El Museo del Barrio holds its gala in the fancy restaurant Cipriani, where it costs a fortune to eat, so we’re inclined to believe it when they say this will be “spectacular.” There will be cocktails and dancing, and it’s for a good cause! Proceeds will support the museum’s education programs and free cultural celebrations.

For more information on the Gala and becoming a Sponsor, please contact Cheryl Mantia at 212-660-7143 or via email at

For ticket and table inquiries, please contact Lora Evinger at 212-868-8450 x205, or


Cipriani Wall Street

55 Wall Street
6 PMWebsite

The Kitchen Gala

Keep the tag on your dress, because you’re going back to Cipriani’s Wall Street location for the Kitchen’s gala. Honorary chairs include Keanu Reeves and R.E.M.’s lead singer Michael Stipe, and they’ll be honoring Robert Longo.
Seriously, who has the connection at Cipriani?


11 West 53rd Street
7:30 PMWebsite

Valie Export’s films at MoMA

Looks like MoMA’s back to screening art again. That’s good because art film doesn’t have to be any less interesting than “Lord of the Rings”, or “Otto the Rhino”. 
One such example of engaging art filmmaker is the influential Valie Export, whose films are absolutely never boring– harnessing direct performance, the language of commodity, Hollywood, poignant dialogue, and narrative to make their point. You don’t have to be an art fag to connect with this work.
MoMA will screen Export’s “TAP and TOUCH Cinema,” direct action of herself walking naked wearing a mini movie theater around her body; “A Perfect Couple or Fornication Changes Its Skin,” her sleek 80’s short film about bodybuilding and advertising; and her feature-length film “Menschenfrauen” about a man who’s dating four women at once.


Issue Project Room

22 Boerum Place, Ground floor
May 23rd-25thWebsite

Tectonics Festival New York

In Wednesday’s panel, 601 Artspace director Mariam Rahmani asked whether international art is really possible. Iceland’s Tectonics Festival for experimental composers seems to make a good case for that. Collaborators from all over the world will be presenting lots of new works, often building on pillars from their own international history. This year works will highlight Stephen O’Malley from Sun O)))), composer/instrumentalist Oren Ambarchi, American composer/filmmaker/artist/tennis player Harley Gaber, and American avant-garde composer Eric Richards.


Parallel Art Space

17-17 Troutman Street #220
6 pm – 9 pmWebsite


Following recent news about the 1717 Troutman Building’s big flush, it seems both fitting and a little sad that Parallel Art Space’s new show “Off Line on Mark” is based on photo from one of Parallel’s openings. On Facebook, the group of friends decided that the image would make a good exhibition postcard; months later, a show was born. Those artists are:

Alain Biltereyst, Katrin Bremermann, Erin Lawlor, Lael Marshall, Don Voisine, Michael Voss, Douglas Witmer.

Stop by the show, and make sure you see all of the 1717 Troutman galleries during Bushwick Open Studios next week.


Monya Rowe Gallery

34 Orchard Street
Lower East Side
6-8 PMWebsite

Vintage Violence

Artists are freaks, but even freaks have to keep coming up with new ways to make people uncomfortable. This show finds “new forms” for discomfort; this includes Nancy Grossman, of bondage sculpture; Nayland Blake, of provocative rubber sex horror/fantasy; Angela Dufresne, of epic landscapes and self humiliation video; Judy Glantzman, of Goya-like horror paintings; and more. With that list, plus this collage by curator George Rush, I am so fucking excited for this show.

The full artist list:
Nayland Blake, Richard Bosman, Angela Dufresne, Carroll Dunham, Judy Glantzman, Nancy Grossman, Lyle Ashton Harris, Vera Iliatova, Tony Matelli, Norman Paris, Dasha Shishkin, Tommy White

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