This week offers plenty of ways to stay cool with art. This primarily means heading in doors. Bunny Rogers reads poetry from her highly anticipated book “Cunny Poems, Vol. 1,” Hito Steyerl offers advice on how to remain invisible in the digital age, and the Knockdown Center is host to a day of surreal performance art. Also, lots of air-conditioned screenings. Welcome to summer.
Andrew Kreps Gallery535 West 22nd Street
How Not to Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational Installation
Worried about the NSA tracking your every move? Hito Steyerl’s new show might be of help. One of her videos, How Not To Be Seen: A Fucking Didactic Educational .MOV File, is a satirical instructional film on how to become invisible in the digital era. Strategies include camouflaging one’s body using greenscreen and becoming smaller than a pixel. The show, rounded out by a video piece of an LCD screen being smashed and several architectural interventions, should provide a humorous look at our culture’s image saturation.
Petzel Gallery456 West 18th Street
6:00 - 8:00 PMWebsite
A MACHINERY FOR LIVING
Made up of some 34 artists, this group show includes everyone from Francis Picabia to Sharon Lockhart to Kelley Walker. The press release—a series of quotes from architects—suggests the show will address the relation between domestic architecture and everyday life. Though the range of artists seems somewhat disjointed, we’re curious to see how the curator, abstract photographer Walead Beshty, brings them all together.
Issue Project Room22 Boerum Place
8:00 - 10:00 PMWebsite
Rhizome Presents: Internet as Poetry + Book launch for Cunny Poem Vol. 1
Relive your teenage years with Bunny Rogers’ new book of poems, Cunny Poems Vol. 1. The book features poems about sex and drug addiction, and is accompanied by emogirl illustrations by Brigid Mason. Also reading will be Kevin Bewersdorf, who began writing poetry about the internet after deleting his online presence and embracing Taoism.
Front Room Gallery147 Roebling Street
6:00 - 9:00 PMWebsite
How does marriage affect artmaking? Artist Julia Whitney Barnes just got married to photographer Sean Hemmerle, and she’s celebrating by curating a huge group show of artist couples- each of whom have influenced each the other’s work in some way. If this is an indication of what the show will look like, artists Rachel Feinstein and John Currin, who are both influenced by the Dutch Golden Age are among the couples featured.
The whole list: Amanda Alic + Ethan Crenson, Rachel Feinstein + John Currin, Jolynn Krystosek + Halsey Hathaway, Katherine Newbegin + Todd Knopke, Alexandra Posen + Nils Folke Anderson, Sascha (Prinz zu Schaumburg-Lippe) Mallon + Stephen Mallon, Jessica Sucher + Sasha Bezzubov, Kathleen Vance + Daniel Aycock, Cibele Vieira + Peter Fox, Ursula Weissmüller + Robert Ortega, and Julia Whitney Barnes + Sean Hemmerle
Room East41 Orchard Street
East Village / Lower East Side
6:00 - 8:00 PMWebsite
A show with a press release that’s entirely unintelligible. As far as we can tell, ABNORMCORE responds to the fake movement, normcore. How it does so, though, is anyone’s guess. This exhibition gets a listing because we’re familiar with the work of Darja Bajagic who makes formalist collages employing geometric abstraction and appropriated photos of women. We have some reservations about David Lynch’s inclusion; good director,bad artist.
Governor's IslandNolan Park, Building 4
11: 30 AM - 5:30 PMWebsite
At Governor's Island: Capa in Color
People went crazy for the “Weegee” show, of the tabloid phototographer, a few years ago, so another ICP-curated show of photojournalist Robert Capa may even draw out some crowds to Governor’s Island. Capa was a noted wartime photographer, known for the disorienting black and white photos of five different wars, and himself died when stepping on a landmine in Japan. These are his color photographs, though, which also delve into fashionable ski resorts.
Knockdown Center52- 19 Flushing Ave
2:00 - 10:00 PMWebsite
Anxious Spaces: Performance Festival
On Saturday, see the Knockdown Center transformed into a “surreal bazaar of curiosities.“ For the closing reception of Anxious Spaces, the show’s six installations will become stages for performances. Expect interactive, robotic drums and dancers in colorful leotards.
Performers include: Bubbles, Ryan Power, Trabajo, Brian Chase (of Yeah Yeah Yeahs), Raul de Nieves, VnessWolfChild, Cloud Becomes Your Hand, Dutch E Germ (UNO Records).