This Week’s Must-See Art Events: No Excuse to Miss the Creative Time Summit

by Whitney Kimball on November 10, 2014 Events

Betty Tompkins, "Kiss Painting 4," 2012 (Image courtesy of Say it With Silence)

Betty Tompkins, “Kiss Painting 4,” 2012 (Image courtesy of Say it With Silence)

This week provides us with a couple good reasons to go to Bushwick, a couple good reasons to consider fucking (if needed), and no excuses to miss this weekend’s Creative Time Summit (it’s livestreaming). We’ll also be attending a seminar on erasing bad memories and a film on 1970s gentrification. It’s a strange week.

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124 South 3rd Street
8:00 PMWebsite

How to Purposefully Forget Things

Bring your sadness to this self-help seminar inspired by this WikiHow article “How to Purposely Forget Things”. We’re not sure how successful the forgetting process will be. But in the event it works, we’ve got good news for those who can’t make it: documentation of the lecture and audience participation will be used for a web series and DVD.

Mitchell-Innes & Nash

1018 Madison Avenue
New York
5-7 PM Website

Roy Lichtenstein: The Popular Image

Roy Lichtenstein’s known primarily for his comic book paintings, but in my opinion, his late-in-life renditions of art imagery, filtered through the mass produced lens of Ben Day dots, provide a much greater mix of poeticism and decisionmaking to mull over. So for me, this overview of popular imagery influences throughout his career is of particular interest.


Light Industry

155 Freeman Street

Penny Allen's “Property”

Gentrification is not just a contemporary New York problem. The 1978 film “Property”, set in Portland, tells a fictional but documentary-style story of several lowlifes on an exhausting, and in many cases, fruitless attempt to navigate bureaucracies and build consensus in order to keep their homes.
A side note: Apparently, a young Gus Van Sant worked on the sound for this film.


Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

118 North Broad Street
6 PMWebsite

The Review Panel

Get ready for some extreme criticism, Philadelphia. My boss is coming.

This week, Philadelphia hosts “The Review Panel”, an event which theartblog calls “the highlight of formal art criticism in Philadelphia”. Paddy Johnson appears alongside artblog regular Andrea Kirsch and painter/PAFA professor Michael Gallagher to discuss four local shows: Moyra Davey at the ICA, Tim Eads at Pentimenti, Ted Larsen at Schmidt/Dean, and Henrique Oliveria at Arthur Ross. Johnson has nothing to lose from pissing people off in that town (see what she did to Grand Rapids?) She will not be easy on you.

Make sure to RSVP!


55 Gansevoort

7-9 PMWebsite

Betty Tompkins: "Smooch"

In search of a breath of fresh air from art world pretentions, we’ll be stopping by 55 Gansevoort to view Betty Tompkins’s Fuck Paintings. This show, “Smooch”, features paintings of makeouts which will be rotated bi-weekly.

Abrons Art Center

466 Grand Street
Lower East Side
8 PMWebsite


Following Tompkins, we’ll be watching a pair of mostly-nude men flexing in “ANIMALINSIDE”, the latest duet by Bessie award winning artist Jaro Vinarský. From what we can tell, the performance is about two men and the primal facets of physical relationships. (Just watch the trailer.)
$20, runs November 13th – 15th


99cent Plus Gallery

238 Wilson Ave
7-10 PM Website

to several futures (not to all)

Want to keep up with the kids, then go to the relatively-new 99cent Plus Gallery, a 99 cent store-turned-storefront gallery. While this transition might not bode well for the future of such storefronts, their past shows have included several artists-to-watch, like Robert Otto Epstein, Rebecca Manson, and Rico Gatson. The latest solo show presents Diana Sofia Lozano, an artist born in 1992. Drag your sad sagging ass out to this.

Stockholm, streaming online, and The Vera List Center For Arts and Politics

66 West 12th Street
Friday at 10 AM- Saturday 5:40 PMWebsite

Creative Time Summit

When the Creative Time Summit rolls around, we typically complain about sweeping, unfounded prescriptions for a better world, a la Ted Talks. But it’s still the most significant summit for the socially-minded art world.
This year, that’s even clearer with keynote speakers like Edi Rama, the Prime Minister of Albania, and famed sociologist Saskia Sassen. The 2014 Summit will respond to such recent issues as xenophobia caused by economic tensions, surveillance, and whom public art serves.
As we can’t make it to Sweden, we’ll be heading to the Vera List Center to watch video documentation of the event with a few-hour time delay.

The Vera List Center for Arts and Politics

66 West 12th Street
Friday 10 AM - Saturday 5:40 PM Website

“Digital Labor: Sweatshops, Picket Lines, Barricades”

In conjunction with the Summit, New Yorkers can also attend live talks at the New School, titled “Digital Labor: Sweatshops, Picket Lines, Barricades” featuring activist intellectuals such as
The Verge writer Molly Osberg, writer and artist Tyler Coburn, and activist artist Astra Taylor. You can find the schedule for both the Summit and the Digital Labor conference here.

Tiger Strikes Asteroid

44 Stewart Ave, #49

The Flat Files: Year Two

Set to move after this show, Tiger Strikes Asteroid hosts their final show at 44 Stewart Ave, an open call exhibition drawn from their flat files program. Presumably, this means a large group show of prints and drawings. The resulting artist list provides an overview of emerging art so large that it’s a must-see. Artists include:
Ali Osborn, Anne Russinof, Beth Livensperger, Brian Cypher, Charmaine Ortiz, Christopher Gideon, Christopher Ho, Elizabeth Ferrill, Elizabeth Livingston, Emily Berger, Erin O’Brien, Evan Venegas, Gregory Slick, Hannah Cole, Jacquelyn Gleisner, Jason Mones, Jeff Fichera, Jonathan Cowan, Jonathon Cancro, Jordan Buschur, Kristin Richards, Lindsey Landfried, MaDora Frey, Margaux Ogden, Melissa Staiger, Peter Schenck, Robert Otto Epstein, Sarajo Frieden, Scott Dickson, Sophia Chai, Terence Hannum, Theresa Daddezio and Will Hutnick.

Ring bell to enter during normal hours.
Saturday and Sunday, 12-6pm

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