This Week’s Must-see Art Events: IRL Computer Geeks and Digital Feminists

by Katie Waddell on March 31, 2015 · 1 comment Events

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The art world must have speculative fiction on the brain. The week starts with a discussion of the art of 2050 and continues with art about the seen and unseen (“the unknown” is a pervasive theme this week). There’s also a lot having to do with data: the good, the bad, and the ugly—depending on how you feel about infographics.

Makes sense. The future is pretty much here.

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Sik Gaek

49-11 Roosevelt Ave
Woodside, NY 11377
7:00 PMWebsite

Dinner Without an Agenda with Laurel Ptak

What will be different about art in the year 2050? Technology? Materials? Motives? Will it be the art of the zombie apocalypse??? Curator-educator Laurel Ptak really wants to know, and the Open A.I.R. Artists Services Program—the Queens Museum’s artist-focused programming and professional development initiative—is inviting you to talk it out with her over dinner. In addition to Greek food and face time with Ptak, you also get to meet nine other artists selected based on responses they submitted online.

There’s no admission for the event, and appetizers are on Open A.I.R., but expect to go Dutch for dinner and drinks.


Anthology Film Archives

32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003
7:00 PMWebsite

The Motherhood Archives: A Film Screening

Irene Lusztig spent five years assembling over 100 educational, industrial, and medical training films pertaining to pregnancy and childbirth. “The Motherhood Archives” is a selection of that footage, meticulously edited into a narrative about efforts to control and prescribe maternal behaviors. Part montage, part tribute to 1970s filmmaking (compete with long takes of women engaged in nonsensical group exercise),“The Motherhood Archives” explores the still-complicated ambivalence many women feel about the expectation to have children.

The screening is part of Anthology Film Archive’s That Obscure Object of Desire series, a sequence of programs exploring artists’ emotional responses to tangible objects.

After the screening, stick around for a discussion with the artist and Sarah Resnick, editor of Triple Canopy (Triple Canopy published a multimedia essay version of Lusztig’s archive in their “It Speaks of Others” issue last year).


The New School, Eugene Lang College

66 West 11th Street
New York, NY 10011
7:00 PMWebsite

Feminist Encounters with Wikipedia Panel Discussion

Yes! More feminism!

Tuesday’s panel discussion comes fast on the heels of this month’s global Art + Feminist Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, an event that drew about 1,500 participants around the world. (Hooray!) Wikipedia’s editor base is approximately 87-percent male, so it comes as no surprise that women, and women’s accomplishments, are grossly underrepresented in the open-platform archive. Lecturers from around the country will discuss the upshots of the digital intervention, along with questions about digital labor and sustainability.

Panelists: Anne Balsamo, Dean of School of Media Studies at The New School for Public Engagement; Marcea Decker, Master’s Candidate in Parsons The New School for Design’s MS Design and Urban Ecologies program; Dorothy Howard, former Wikipedian-in-Residence at the Metropolitan New York Library Council and co-organizer of Art+Feminism campaign; Antoinette LaFarge, Professor of Art in Digital Media at University of California, Irvine; Veronica Paredes (moderator), Lecturer at School of Media Studies and PhD Candidate in Media Arts+Practice at University of Southern California.



The AC Institute

547 West 27th Street #210
New York, New York 10001
6:00 PMWebsite

Three Openings at the AC Institute: Julie Shiels, Christine Mackey, & Crichton Atkinson

If you want to get all your exhibition-hopping done in one fell swoop, head over to the AC Institute for a three-for-one opening. This Thursday, they’ll have solo shows featuring objects that aren’t there (Shiels), totally inaccurate maps (Mackey), and unnerving, kaleidoscopic video interpretations of an ancient myth (Crichton Atkinson). In other words, fun for the whole family.

Baxter St at the Camera Club of New York

126 Baxter St
New York, NY 10013
6:00 PMWebsite

Patricia Voulgaris // Hidden in Plain Sight

Photoshop is magic, and Patricia Voulgaris is a photo-collage magician. She takes pictures of objects and people in a studio setting, integrates the language of bad computer graphics and abstracted Trapper Keeper-like designs, and seamlessly knits them together. Her work is colorful, glitchy, and flawlessly wonky.


Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY 11238
11:00 AMWebsite

Basquiat: The Unknown Notebooks

If you have a snoopy side (think Harriet the Spy, not Peanuts), an artist’s journal offers a world of insight into the miscellaneous musings of a stranger. Basquiat’s notebooks are especially promising. They’re allegedly filled with poetry fragments, sketches, and personal observations from a self-taught, Brooklyn-born artist with manifold interests. It’s like the curators are letting everyone in on the juiciest of art secrets.


22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, New York 11101
8:00 PMWebsite

Simon Denny: The Inventor's Dilemma / Opening Party with Genius

Simon Denny works with the worst materials imaginable: the trinkets and marketing aids of global capitalist culture. His solo exhibition at PS1 imitates an industry trade show, full of glossy posters, corporate packaging, and consumer goods. All of the custom-produced paraphernalia conveys ideas in a visual language that’s at once repulsive and reassuringly familiar.

For the opening party, he’s collaborating with Genius, an online annotation database, to live-annotate his work to date. A panel of expert annotators will “battle” (we kid you not) to enter content. Proving that we truly do live in the golden age of geeks.


Songs for Presidents

1673 Gates Avenue
Ridgewood, New York 11385
7:00 PMWebsite

Shanna Maurizi: Dark Space

Shanna Maurizi makes work about encounters between the natural and manufactured world. The dark space at the heart of her solo show is an actual dark space: a vast, watery cave in the Slovenian forest. *Cue eerie poignant film score.*


11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
12:00 PMWebsite

A Sort of Joy (Thousands of Exhausted Things)

The Office For Creative Research (OCR), in collaboration with Elevator Repair Service (ERS), is putting on a “a live performance that uses information from MoMA’s collection database as the source material for its script, exploring the Museum’s past and present exhibitions.”

So Saturday’s event is either a (hopefully) radical new take on museum education, produced by a multidisciplinary mash-up of collectives, or MoMA is really milking its administrators and janitorial staff for all they’re worth.

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Eli Ping exposed March 31, 2015 at 5:07 pm

Eli Ping Exposed

Yeah, it’s a good thing That, that “Bad Guy” Eli Ping (Weinberg) who Is really a Cocaine /Heroin/ Date Rape Drug Dealer- and Not an Art dealer.
is Not mentioned on this List. Because this Kid- Eli Ping (Weinberg) is Fraud. And a money launder who deals in Cocaine /Heroin/ Date rape Drugs, and drugs up and Rapes women in the New york art circle.

See a Photo of him Knotting out below on his own Poison he sells, we’ll he use’s the NY art circle as a Scam front & Fraud to sell
his junk & Poison to his “Victims” too.

The Kid Eli Ping is “Bad News” in the NY art circle…
SO-BEWARE! of this Cocaine /Heroin/ Date Rape Drug dealing Peddler,Rapist and money laundering scam artist-“LOWLIFE” Eli Ping In the NY art circle everyone!

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