This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Last Chance Retrospectives and Holiday Parties

by Whitney Kimball on December 15, 2014 Events

An Urban Outfitters Balloon Dog Ornament (SOLD OUT)

An Urban Outfitters Balloon Dog Ornament (SOLD OUT)

The art world has mostly checked out for the holidays, and so have we. Time for holiday parties! Events range from reindeer sweater-casual to sexy-Santa-chic.

Also, don’t miss last chances to check out giant retrospectives you may have forgotten about this season, like Chris Ofili, Marisol, and Robert Gober.

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International Center of Photography (ICP)

1133 Avenue of the Americas
7 PM Website

Frack Off!

Past temporarily lowering gas prices and easing the burden of having to come up with more eco-friendly fuel alternatives right-this-second, you can also thank fracking for releasing tons and tons of carcinogens into people’s neighborhoods. 500,000 wells in the USA.

Hear qualified opinions from documentary photographer Nina Berman (Noor); Kate Hudson, environmental attorney and Watershed Program Director, Riverkeeper; and Anthony Ingraffea, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Cornell University. Moderator: Adam Harrison Levy.

$15 General Admission
$10 Students & ICP Members

The Vazquez

93 Forrest Street
Bushwick / Ridgewood

Let’s Dance: a benefit for Norte Maar

If Norte Maar’s dance party benefit is anything like Beat Nite, then this is the Bushwick art party you don’t wanna miss. Support the center of Bushwick, ten years running. Attire: club chic.

Tickets: $20 / $25 at the door



New York Public Library: Stephen A. Schwarzman Building

5th Ave at 42nd St
6-8 PMWebsite

The Heart Is Not a Metaphor, Artist Dialogue

Time’s running out to see the big fall retrospectives, not least of which is MoMA’s much-praised Robert Gober show, which closes January 18th. This is probably your last chance you get to see this body of work for years, and most critics agree that you should. Gober talks with MoMA curator Ann Temkin.


447 West 17th Street (blue tiled building)


Holiday Party for artcritical and The Review Panel

Party like an art critic! hosts what it calls “an artcritical spin on carol singing”, a group reading of excerpts from “The Critic as Artist” Oscar Wilde. Runtime is expected to be about 20 minutes.



New Museum

235 Bowery
3:30 PMWebsite

Tour and Talk: Charlotta Kotik on “Chris Ofili: Night and Day”

In other shows you should plan on getting your ass to in or around the holiday season, Chris Ofili’s “Night and Day” closes at the New Museum on January 25th. Brooklyn Museum curator Charlotta Kotik (organizer of “Sensation”, the show with Ofili’s famed elephant shit painting) runs the tour.


El Museo del Barrio

1230 5th Avenue
12 PM - 5:30 PMWebsite

Super Sabado: Parranda! / Marisol Retrospective

If even the business-and-celebrity-oriented New York Observer is paying attention to an El Museo del Barrio show, then this is a diamond. In yet another important retrospective not to be missed, check out MARISOL: Sculptures and Works on Paper, which closes on January 10th. The postwar Parisian-Venezuelan feminist gained early acclaim in the New York art world in the 1960s before moving to Italy. She indiscriminately pulls influences from folk art, pop, Latin and Pre-Columbian art.

On Saturday, you can also catch Super Sabado: Parranda!, a family-friendly day of holiday activities at the museum. Being childless, we’ll skip that part, but otherwise we’d probably take the kids. It’s free.





34 Avenue A, 3rd floor
6-10 PMWebsite

BHQFU End of Semester Show, curated by BHQF

A show of work from this semester already includes an impressive roster based on the teachers: Andrew Norman Wilson, Aily Nash, Sean Patrick Carney, Jarrett Earnest, Elizabeth Jaeger, Ana Božičević, Sophia Le Fraga, James Brittingham, and Nicole Wittenberg. That’s already a show worth seeing.

The event will include a special guest DJ. Is it Dev Hynes again?!?!? There’s only one way to find out.

The show’s on view through January 4th.



509 Atlantic Avenue (Entrance at the corner of 3rd Avenue)
5:00 pmWebsite

Phill Niblock, Music and Film, Six Hours

Four days before Christmas, hardcore experimental composers do not fucking quit. Close out the year with what looks to be an intense, possibly six-hour-long performance by experimental video/computer/film/sound artist of “minimalistic drone” tones, Phill Niblock. According to the press release, the sounds are inspired by New York 1960’s visual and performative minimalism. The man was born in 1933, so that has some meaning.

Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway, 3rd floor
2 PMWebsite

Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra

An unbelievable volume of foot traffic goes through the Brooklyn Museum on Target Saturdays– and not only do people pack the place, but they dress up for it. If you want to hear jingle bells by an orchestra this season as much as we do, then get your tickets NOW.

General admission $18; Members $11.49

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