Roll through Bushwick and experience artisanal cheese doodles, mobile vintage clothing stores, and bars as far as the eye can see. It’s Bushwick Open Studios this weekend, which means the most democratic of all New York art events will inevitably be paired with lots local culture. We’ll publish a separate post dedicated to those events shortly, but in the meantime we’ve got a bunch of show recommendations that have nothing to do with BOS: Indulge your penchant for nostalgia with a rock and roll puppet show set in the late 60’s. Explore the world of mobile phone art. Brace yourself for a multichannel immersive video game experience. Even without BOS, there’s no free time in our schedules. There shouldn’t be any in yours either.
Cue Art Foundation137 W 25th Street
6:30 PM to 8:30 PMWebsite
The Artist Studio Affordability Project: Can artists afford to stay in NYC? "If it's not work it must be PLAY"
What can artists do to hold onto their workspaces in New York when the price of real estate is rising rapidly? The Artist Studio Affordability Project (A.S.A.P.) has some ideas. Attend their workshop at CUE to learn about some of their activism, particularly as it pertains to the small business survival act, a bill that gives renters a little bit more power when negotiating new
The Kitchen512 West 19th Street
7:00 PM Website
Dan Graham: Don't Trust Anyone Over 30
Live rock-and roll-puppet show—need we say more? Yes! This plays imagines that a character named Neil Sky is voted president of the United States and moves the White House to Camp David. His first action has all Senators and Congressman relocated to a “concentration camp” where they are forced to take LSD with their drinking supply. The Kitchen describes the show as akin to a historical recreation of the late 60’s, told by muppets and produced by the children and grandchildren of hippie fathers or grandfathers.
Secret Project Robot Art Experiment389 Melrose Street
Brooklyn, NY 11237
7:00 PM - 12:00 AM Website
Colin Self: Elation
Performance artist Colin Self is releasing an hour-long USB album of the collaborative operatic series “ELATION.” The launch party features a free guided walk in which the album will be available to stream— so make sure to bring headphones, a web-connected device, and comfortable shoes. There will also be performances from Raul De Nieves (known for his anything-but-comfortable shoes) and the prolific duo FlucT, among others.
Babycastles137 West 14th Street
New York, New York
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Website
AP<P>ART (Closing Reception)
Art made on smartphones by Iranian (and other) artists. Put on your Futurist cap and imagine what the world will look like when mobile Internet use outweighs desktop and laptop usage. Or you can go to this mobile-inspired exhibition, curated by Morehshin Allahyari and Myriam Vanneschi, before it closes. Last chance, technophiles.
Artists include: Morehshin Allahyari, Anthony Antonellis, Amirali Ghasemi, Mohsen Hazrati, Anahita Hekmat, Claudia Mate, Kimmo Modig, Mani Nilchiani, Eva Papamargariti, Yoshi Sodeoka, and Angela Washko
Recess41 Grand Street
New York, New York
6:00pm - 8:00pmWebsite
Institute for New Feeling: Seek
Institute for New Feeling is an artist collective that mashes up the vocabulary of New-Age self-help culture with Normcore aesthetics to bring something like an art-spa to different venues. Their new project “Seek,” which we’ll see unveiled at Thursday’s reception, appropriates search engines as tools for self-discovery—though you’ll also need the aid of a “technician” to experience any of benefits. (We promise you, they aren’t Scientologists.) If you want to get your “reading,” it’s recommended you schedule an appointment.
Moving targetBushwick wide
Friday June 05-07Website
Bushwick Open Studios
Let’s face it: If you’re an artist and live in Bushwick or Ridgewood, most of your weekend is going to be taken up by this event. If you’re a curator or an art professional of any sort, you’ll be there too. The event is a total crapshoot, so good luck. We’ll be publishing a separate listing of BOS related events shortly, but in the meantime, know that you’ll want to schedule some time for this.
TBA7:00 PM. Tickets essential: $50 each. Website
Hyperallergic presents Lost Lectures Two
Last year Hyperallergic drew in an astounding 800 people to watch six speakers give 15- to 20- minute presentations. Among them were Choire Sicha of The Awl and musical sensation Blood Orange (aka Dev Hynes). This year, they’re promising artist Diana Al-Hadid and Blonde Redhead. The event location hasn’t been announced yet—it’s always a secret up to the day of—but they promise it won’t be more than 40 minutes by public transportation from Union Square.
Postmasters Gallery54 Franklin Street
New York, New York
5:30 PM to 8:00 PMWebsite
Eddo Stern: Vietnam Romance
Vietnam Romance is a video game and multiscreen projection-mapped installation by Eddo Stern that looks at the fictionalized history of the Vietnam War through the lens of entertainment. It’s both a “computer generated panoramic tour through a Fantastical Vietnam created on the fly from online data scraped from tourist information sites, google maps, Ebay war memorabilia listings, top of the charts music archives, and a Vietnam movie database of characters, actors and extras.” Play along in the gallery or simply enjoy the work as a generative animation.