This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Every Event We’ve Listed Today Has a Penis

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on December 8, 2014 Events

Jimmy Desana, "Coat Hanger", 1982. Image courtesy of Foxy Production

Jimmy Desana, “Coat Hanger”, 1982. Image courtesy of Foxy Production

We have much to look forward to this week. We are predictable.

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Marlborough New York

40 West 57th Street
6-8 PMWebsite

Rashaad Newsome: L.egends, S.tatements, S.tars

Rashaad Newsome’s collages and videos will fill both their 57th street and LES locations. We’re told little about the videos, but are excited about them nonetheless. The Conductor, Newsome’s 2009 video that combines the footage of rapper hands to pit the East coast against West brought rave reviews, so we hope these new videos will offer lots to talk about. The collages incorporate images of Baroque cathedrals and basilicas.

12/9 @ 10pm Ch 67 Time Warner in Manhattan

live-streaming online at on MNN4

E.S.P. TV #72

Last month, as a curatorial fellow, I invited E.S.P. TV to perform in Philadelphia’s Vox Populi/AUX Performance Space. My role in this work basically extended to painting the walls, so as a viewer, I considered the collaboration a huge success. Philadelphia artists brought performance, music video, and chromakey makeovers; New York artists brought a televisual opera, distorted soundscape and perfectly-coordinated video backdrops. You can watch it all on public access or online.

Brooklyn Art Space

168 7th St

Oriane Stender Art Talk

A talk by the articulate Oriane Stender about her art work. Over the years Stender has collaged text over the catalogue covers of modernist and post war auctions, quilted dollar bills, and woven dollars into Warhol portraits. In addition to her work as an artist, Stender often contributes writing to major news publications, including The New York Times, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and Artnet.

Sargent's Daughters

179 East Broadway
Lower East Side
6-8 PMWebsite

Nude Artists as Pandas

Come meet the pandas who got nude for our 2015 panda-themed calendar. You, too, can be a part of the panda party because calendar photographer and famed artist Rachel Stern will be there in person taking polaroids!

We hope that people will be getting naked for those, too, although this is only if things go really well.


Sargent's Daughters

179 East Broadway
Lower East Side
6 PMWebsite

Panel Discussion of Brad Jones (Brandi Twilley and Jennifer Rubell)

Spend two days at Sargent’s Daughters. First, come to our calendar signing on Tuesday, and second, see the panel discussion on Brad Jones work with David Humphrey, Jennifer Rubell, Sara Stern, Brandi Twilley, Emily Weiner and  moderated by Tanya Selvaratnam. Lots of smart people here and the subject of the paintings on view—Jennifer Rubell.

Panelists: David Humphrey, Jennifer Rubell, Sara Stern, Brandi Twilley, Emily Weiner, Moderated by Tanya Selvaratnam


Hunter College MFA Building

205 Hudson Street
6-8 PMWebsite

Fall 2014 Hunter MFA Thesis: Part II

Hunter pretty much delivers a star or two per graduating year to the art world, so why not check out the MFA graduating class exhibition?

Asya Geisberg Gallery

537B West 23rd Street
6-8 PMWebsite

Ricardo Gonzalez: Rot Open in Bliss

We saw these line drawing-like face paintings in Miami and liked them, so we’re recommending them here. The press release mentions the Neue Wilde painters of the 1980’s Germany and comic books, and we see that. Try looking at these paintings and not thinking of Saul Steinberg.

Kristen Lorello

195 Chrystie Street #600A

Goldschmied & Chiari: Untitled Portraits

We learned about Kristen Lorello’s new gallery when we met her at UNTITLED. and were duly impressed. Thus, we are recommending the her solo show with Goldschmied & Chiari, a duo that prints images of digitally altered smoke onto mirrors. Expect to see lots of pink.

Louis B. James

143b Orchard Street
Lower East Side
6-8 PMWebsite

Rear Window Treatment

Mostly, we’re recommending this show because Louis B. James chose a drawing of a hairy double penetration shot as a representative image for the show. But there are other reasons, too; Michael Mahalchick is a dollar store master and virtuoso collage artist and William E. Jones combines archival footage of men having sex in a bathroom with police surveillance shots as a means of exposing and condemning law enforcement agencies. Worth a look.

Deric Carner, Barb Choit, William E. Jones, Michael Mahalchick, Brad Phillips, and Betty Tompkins

New Museum

235 Bowery
Lower East Side
7 PMWebsite

Open Pole

If you’re interested in Betty Tompkin’s double penetration maybe you’ll also want to take in Gerard & Kelly’s pole dancing lesson? These run every Thursday through January 22nd and are Pay-What-You-Wish. Lessons are by Keisha Franklin, a yoga, dance and pole instructor at Shockra Studio.


Foxy Production

623 West 27th Street
11-6 PMWebsite

Spain & 42 St.

We’re listing this show because the lead image pictures two figures, pantless, and connected by a hanger that rests in each ass.

Darja Bajagić, Jimmy Desana, Peter Hujar, Robert Mapplethorpe, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Heji Shin, Laurie Simmons, Deborah Turbeville

Bronx Art Space

305 East 140th Street Apt 1A
6-9 PMWebsite

Premium Bundle curated by Claude Maté

“[B]ased on or inspired by the internet” is a pretty wide umbrella for a show, but we’re biased. Sara Ludy made an artwork for our limited edition series “AFC Selects; we just featured Claudia Maté a few months ago; and Rollin Leonard got naked for us. We ask him to get naked for us, because we like his work.

Artists include: Ivana BasicRyder RippsLorena PrainElliott WrightRollin Leonard,Mattie Hillock, Emilio Gomariz, Kim AsendorfOle FachSabrina Ratté,Sara LudyClaudia HartVince MckelvieChris Shier, Claudia Maté and Anthony Antonellis.

The Shandaken Project

59 East 4th Street, 7th Floor
7-10 PMWebsite

The Three-Year Retrospective

The Shandaken Project is a summer residency for artists up in the catskills. This winter exhibition shows 60 artists from the Shandaken community. They also promise a performance by the feminist punk band “Penis” on Friday night. And since nearly every listing we’ve recommended today references a sexual organ, we figured this is probably a good bet for our planned art viewing, too.


Pioneer Works

159 Pioneer Street
Saturday and Sunday 12 PM-6PMWebsite

Weaving Together, Red Hook

Is weaving seeing a resurgence? Old school textile artist Sheila Hicks was in the Whitney Biennial, Whitney Biennial curator Michelle Grabner makes paintings that often resemble fabric, and Danielle Mysliwiec, who weaves with paint just opened a show at Vox Populi. Add to this list, Weaving Together, Red Hook, an event that invites people bring materials gathered from the neighborhood of Redhook to weave onto large peg looms called Dining Table Looms and create a tapestry. So cool. Emily Spvack will document the work and the stories behind the objects people bring.


56 Bogart Street
3-5 PM Website

Videorover: Season 9// Dave Musgrave presents: Hardware Hacking Video Mixers: Searching for the Unintended

Ever wanted to learn how to bend a video mixers? This workshop promises a screening of artworks made by bent mixers and a step-by-step explanation on how to open a mixer, search for bends and solder controls. We’re not exactly tech wizards over here, so this workshop scares the shit out of us, but we bet there are some nerds who are creaming their pants over this description. May those of you who fit that bill make your way to NURTUREart this Saturday. Curated by Rachel Steinberg.

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