This Week’s Must-see Art Events: Haunted House, House on a Back

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on February 24, 2015 Events

Alex Da Corte, Die Hexe

Alex Da Corte, Die Hexe, at Luxembourg & Dayan

Shovel yourself out of the snow because this week will be full of reasons to thaw out your brain and soul. Phil Collins’s latest film, about a fictionalized Glasgow, has its New York premiere at MoMA, Jaimie Warren reimagines Freddy Krueger and Michael Jackson’s friendship at Higher Pictures, and Alex Da Corte mixes his own dark, folkloric set designs with works by Robert Gober, Mike Kelley, Bjarne Melgaard, and Haim Steinbach at Luxembourg & Dayan’s posh townhouse gallery. Plenty of reasons to keep busy with the weird side of art.

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11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Tuesday, February 23, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. (Tickets: $12.00 for adults, $8.00 for children); Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 4:00 p.m.Website

Phil Collins: Tomorrow Is Always Too Long

Phil Collins’s latest film, Tomorrow Is Always Too Long, will have its New York premiere at MoMA during Documentary Fortnight, the museum’s annual non-fiction film festival. Nonfiction, though an ideal category for Collins, doesn’t adequately describe the artist’s research-driven heartbreakers. Marxism Today (2010), screened at the New Museum’s 2011 ode to Eastern Europe, Ostalgia, shows interviews with Germans who miss the country’s days under socialist rule; due to the passage of time, their memories sometimes seem fictitious, especially when mixed with dry archival footage. In Tomorrow Is Always Too Long, Collins turns his doubting lens on Glasgow’s future, as seen through an imaginary public-access station.


Higher Pictures

980 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Website

Jaimie Warren: You Are Not Alone

What happens when you ask your friends to dress up like TV and film characters of the eighties and sing songs with you? You enter the mind of Jaimie Warren, which builds campy worlds out of reverence for these characters. This show consists of one video, “You Are Not Alone,” 2014, in which she plays Michael Jackson in a recasting of a 16th, 17th century genealogical painting. In her version, Michael Jackson meets Freddy Krueger and other horror movie icons. Expect a more positive outcome than offered by Nightmare on Elm Street.


Luxembourg & Dayan

64 East 77th Street
New York, NY 10075
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Website

Alex Da Corte: Die Hexe

Halloween has come early to the Upper East Side. That description isn’t meant to trivialize Die Hexe, Alex Da Corte’s scenic transformation of Luxembourg & Dayan; the press release writers themselves liken the transformation to a cross between a “dollhouse and a haunted house.” Expect Da Corte-designed sets throughout the gallery interspersed with artworks by Robert Gober, Mike Kelley, Bjarne Melgaard, and Haim Steinbach. Based on Da Corte’s skillful, historical-minded set designs for Easternsports (2014), a collaborative film installation with artist Jayson Musson and musician Dev Hynes, his transformation should provide depth beyond its visual appeal.


Flux Factory

39-31 29th Street
Long Island City, New York 11101
7:00 p.m. Website

Counterfeiting for Cash

Scams are everywhere. This Friday, they’re coming to Flux Factory in a gallery show devoted to exploring counterfeits and forgeries. The whole thing sounds scary, as the gallery plans to unleash the counterfeits on sites (read: people) they mean to exploit: Craigslist, the dark web, antique shops and of course, the art market. Apparently the show will include a tour of the “counterfeit egg industry.” Oooh.

Broc Blegen, Cassidy Toner, Eric Doeringer, Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos, Joshua Liebowitz, Kathryn Sclavi and Christine Zapata, Robert Levy, Sean Benjamin, Tega Brain, Tessa Rex, and Valentina Medda



535 West 22nd Street
New York, NY 10011
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; performance at 7:00 p.m.Website

Anton van Dalen: The Avenue A Cut-Out Theatre

Without knowing much about Anton van Dalen, I dragged Paddy out to P.P.O.W. to see the artist’s current show. His painting of a chicken staring out at the viewer from its position in front of an Apple monitor seduced me. Needless to say, we may have stumbled into one of the more important historical exhibitions of the year; van Dalen’s paintings take personal elements from living in the East Village (from the 70’s through to today) to create whimsical, critical scenes of this rapidly changing neighborhood. People are turned into pizza-heads, restaurants are turned into red-tinted hell holes, and five yellow chicks wear car costumes without wheels. (I don’t actually have a clue what the chicks are about.) On Saturday, the artist will present his Avenue A Cut-Out Theatre, a performance about the East Village, all told through the assistance of props van Dalen carries around in his “apartment,” which he carries around on his shoulders like a backpack. Do not miss this.


1030 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Website

Malcolm Levy: Other Frames

Support Canada! Support digital artists! Attend Malcolm Levy’s opening! In Other Frames, Levy will exhibit glossy lightbox prints and digital videos tracking his experiences in different cities around the globe. We expect a sharp-looking, abstract travelogue.

Yale Law School

127 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Website

The Legal Medium

If you’re feeling the need to head out of the city to do something smart and arty, Yale’s law school is hosting a day-long conference devoted to artists who are breaking, evading, and pushing legal boundaries. Speakers will include Amy Adler, Sophie Arkette, Jack Balkin, Jonah Bokaer, Mary Ellen Carroll, Joshua Decter, Keller Easterling, Liam Gillick, Kenny Goldsmith, Barbara Hoffman, Tehching Hsieh, David Joselit, Sergio Muñoz Sarmiento, Doris Sommer & Laura Wexler.

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