This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Brooklyn Is America Too

by Michael Anthony Farley and Corinna Kirsch on June 29, 2015 · 1 comment Events

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You might see this at Dirty Looks on Tuesday night.

This weekend, take some time for America. Go to the beach. Or a mountain. Or a cornfield or something. Eat gross food and watch fireworks. But before you do all that, get your cultural fill during the week. From Shakespeare on the Bowery, queer film screenings, a “virtual fashion show,” and two simultaneous exhibitions at 1329 Willoughby Avenue on Friday night—there are plenty of non-pyrotechnic activities leading up to the nation’s birthday.


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Bridget Donahue

99 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
7:00 p.m.Website

Mark von Schlegell and Sophie von Olfers present Hamlet

Fuck waiting in line all day trying to nab a ticket to Shakespeare in the Park when you can see Hamlet at Bridget Donahue’s gallery in the LES.


White Columns

320 West 13th St (Enter on Horatio St)
New York, New York 10014
8:00 p.m.Website

Dirty Looks: On Location 2015 Sam Ashby and Ginger Brooks Takahashi

Like a watching someone’s home video series set to a stonewashed acid soundtrack (maybe), Sam Ashby’s films made during the 2014 Fire Island Artist Residency will play with a live synth soundtrack by Ginger Brooks Takahashi.

$10 suggested donation

Garis & Hahn

263 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Website

Yale MFA Painting and Printmaking Graduates 2015

It’s a whole lot of painting by Yale’s graduating class. Catch these recent students here before you start seeing them in shows all over the LES in the fall.

Artists: Henry Chapman, Brandon Coley Cox, Katherine Davis, Maria De Los Angeles, Sarah Faux, Sean Fitzgerald, Marcela Florido, H. Friedman, Patrick Groth, Camille Hoffman, Fox Hysen, Marisa Manso, Johanna Povirk-Znoy, Luke Rogers, Tschabalala Self, Martha Tuttle, Sam Vernon, David Walsh, William Warden, Kyle Williams, and Luyi Xu

Higher Pictures

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

Photography Sees the Surface

This show gets a nod because curator Aspen Mays is a super-talented photographer (I once bid on her work at an auction in Chicago at Roots & Culture and I *almost* won it), so I’m down to see who she’s selected as choice photographers, both past and present.

Artists:  Ben Alper, Molly Brandt, Ellen Carey, Lynne Cohen, Linda Connor, AnnieLaurie Erickson, Ben Fain, Jackie Furtado, Nick George, Ann Hamilton, Peter Happel Christian, Whitney Hubbs, Lowey & Puiseux, Jessica Mallios, Man Ray, Casey McGonagle, Eileen Mueller, John Opera, Gina Osterloh, Justin James Reed, Meghann Riepenhoff, Melanie Schiff, Adam Schreiber, Frederick Sommer, Sonja Thomsen, Minor White, Jeff Whetstone, and Anonymous.


Fridman Gallery

287 Spring St
New York, New York 10013
7:30 p.m. Website

Stephen Vitiello, Leah Beeferman

Stephen Vitiello is so punk rock. So is Leah Beeferman. They released a 7” record together of atmospheric noise/sound on indie label Textual Records. A preview of what to expect from their performance on Thursday can be found here.


260 Johnson Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11206
8:00 p.m.Website

The Coven Magazine Issue No. 4 + PAOM Virtual Fashion Show

What the hey is a virtual fashion show? I sure hope it’s like this unofficial Barbie fashion show game…with a booming soundtrack! Anyway, celebrate the release of Coven with some art, zines, and DJs because it’s practically the holiday weekend.

Arts + Leisure

1571 Lexington Avenue
New York, NY 10029
7:00 - 10:00 p.m.Website

Jennifer Sullivan: House Cat

There will be kooky, pink cat paintings and broken piggy banks that look like chopped-off, manicured fingernails above a cat flap on a wooden door. For those who appreciate a bountiful, rhythmic application of color and materials—and, of course, for the cat lurvers.



1329 Willoughby Ave 2A
Brooklyn, NY
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Website

Closing Reception for Spooky Laughter at a Distance Transmitter

The artists in this show take a comical approach to “uncanny connectivity” or what Einstein referred to as “spooky action at distance.” There might be a lot of theory and quantum physics behind the curatorial intent here, but the work itself is pretty fun. Ben Pederson’s rainbow-hued mobiles connect various art-making strategies and seemingly random objects into psychedelic kitsch (in a good way). Jennifer Grimyser’s photographs are a bit like still lifes and a bit like flatbed scans of collages—indexing objects and images of objects in an impossibly collapsed field of depth. It’s harder to see how Todd Kelly’s saccharine-hued, cartoony paintings relate to theoretical physics, but there is something about them that is definitely spooky.

Tiger Strikes Asteroid

1329 Willoughby Ave
Brooklyn, NY
6.00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Website

Made in USA / Some Parts Imported

In the same building at the same time, curators Naomi Reis with Heidi Lau bring together ten foreign-born artists who live and work in the United States. The show offers personal, identity-informed perspectives on issues like globalization and the value of labor. The exhibition features work by Nicole Awai, Jenny Cho, Ignacio González-Lang, Christopher K. Ho, Daisuke Kiyomiya, Heidi Lau, Esperanza Mayobre, Mónica Palma Narváez, Armita Raafat, and Arthur Simms.

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