We have entered the sticky doldrums of New York in August. But although plenty of galleries are taking it slow this month, artists and institutions are creatively adapting their practices to beloved Summer pastimes—from a cookout at the Abrons Arts Center tomorrow to a nice, refreshing dip (in a mud pit) at The Palms Friday night. But if air conditioning is your thing, head to a cool, dark movie theater on Wednesday night for video art from the likes of Petra Cortright and Fake Injury Party. Unlike most CGI-filled Summer blockbusters, this is a benefit for the Bruce High Quality Foundation University. If all this weeknight relaxation has you ready to head back to the world of galleries by the time the weekend rolls around, check out solo shows from Joshua Caleb Weibley at Transfer and perpetual AFC favorite Jaimie Warren at American Medium. Stay hydrated, New York.
Abrons Art Center466 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Website
HOT MEET: Beverly's NYC
HOT MEET continues! The series of cook-outs (don’t worry, they’re veg-friendly too) invites participants to informally chat with invited artists over barbecue and drinks in the Abrons Arts Center’s backyard. Past MEETs have brought art fans face-to-face and plate-to-plate with Jaimie Warren and Erin Markey. Tomorrow, the team behind Beverly’s NYC is partnering to bring free papusas and something called a spiked tropical punch along with a huge group of artists. Beverly’s is great. It’s either a bar that doubles as an art gallery or an art gallery that doubles as a bar—its neon-lit Essex Street digs kind of look like one big, super-trendy installation with rotating curatorial content. Tomorrow, Beverly’s is bringing a big contingent of artists to Abrons: RJ Supa, Stina Puotinen, Alison Kuo, Stephen McClintock, Kubi Nnamdie, Lee Vanderpool, Dan Conway, Andrea McGinty, Katherine Aungier, Colin Tom, Dani Zorzy, and Steve Myketian.
Silent Barn603 Bushwick Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11206
7:00 p.m. Website
Another Protest Song: Karaoke With a Message
Consider this your activist pep rally. Sing loud and proud at a night of protest karaoke, organized by the Interference Archive. Anything from Public Enemy to Bob Dylan can be game. Don’t have a go-to protest song yet? Here’s a list of possibilities.
Nitehawk Cinema136 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
7:30 p.m. Website
The Future Is Whatever
Want to know what the next wave of video art will look like? It’s already landed. Attend this screening with over a dozen videos from emerging and semi-established artists. Proceeds from this screening ($15 per person) will benefit the Bruce High Quality Foundation University.
Artists include: James Bayard, Al Bedell, BFFA3AE, Allison Brainard, Sean J Patrick Carney, Jen Catron and Paul Outlaw, Sam Cooke, Petra Cortright, Leah Dixon, Ben Dowell, Fake Injury Party, Nandi Loaf, Emily McMaster, Dominique Palladino, Birgit Rathsmann, Siebren Versteeg, and May Waver.
Part of Nitehawk Cinema’s Art Seen programming.
Brooklyn MuseumElizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, 4th Floor
200 Eastern Parkway
Creating Evidence: Art and LGBTQ Rights
It’s difficult to be out in South Africa. That treatment extends past the country’s citizens, laws, and religions; it’s systemic even to its language. For example, IsiXhosa, a language spoken by over 20 percent of the South African population, only has negative words to describe the LGBTQ community. But there are artists like Zanele Muholi, whose photographs of LGBTQ citizens in South Africa try attempt to combat negative stereotypes through giving those who are out greater visibility. That’s just one tactic; there are others. Hear about other ways to “create evidence” on Thursday night with Malika Zouhali-Worrall, director of Call Me Kuchu; André St. Clair, a Jamaican born interdisciplinary artist; and Steven G. Fullwood, founder of the Black Gay and Lesbian Archive.
Joseph Gross Gallery548 West 28th Street
New York, New York 10001
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Saturday: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.; Sunday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Website
Bad Dads VI -The Annual Wes Anderson Art Show
This is a Wes Anderson fan-art pop-up show; for two nights, gaze upon art referencing any and all Anderson films. Perhaps there will be paintings of furry creatures, vinyl records, and an assortment of men and women wearing odd hats? Perhaps you want to go because Anderson was your favorite in high school? Perhaps the truth is that he is now the cult-favorite of everyone who went to a liberal-arts college and currently resides in Fort Greene? Over 58,000 people have given an RSVP on the event’s Facebook page—and tickets are sold out. But have no fear, if you have money, there’s people selling off their tickets on Facebook! Scalping is illegal, y’all.
Hood Gallery1397 Myrtle Ave.
Sorry Archive, the publishing and exhibitions platform conceptualized as a mischievous alter-ego is hosting one of the strangest art openings of the week in the dark alley behind Hood Gallery. What will happen here? It is a surprise. But apparently select guests might receive a bindle at some point throughout the night, containing work from one of the many artists participating in the event. What is a bindle, you might ask? It’s one of those sacks on a stick that caricatures of hobos carry over their shoulders. But with art inside. Don’t most train-hoppers who find their way to Bushwick usually just have a backpack full of 40s, a cracked iPhone, and a pitbull on a rope leash?
Adam Tyson, Andrea Arrubla, Andrea McGinty, B Thom Stevenson, boys, Chris Oh, Deb Berman, Derick Wycherly, Frank Castanien, Frank Traynor, Isadora Frisby, Jeffrey Dalessandro, June West, Kyle Clairmont Jacques, Libby Rothfeld, Matej Vakula and Ashley Clark, Miao Jiaxin, Michael Merck, Mitch Charbonneau, Nicole Reber, Oscar Bedford, Reade Bryan, Robert Grand, Sean J Patrick Carney, Sophie Whitin, Stephen Zerbe, Tina Kohlmann, Tom Koehler, Will Rahilly, and Wyatt Burns
1-89 Beach 96th StreetQueens, NY 11693
From the creator of Rockaway Taco comes the Palms, home to a mud pit, an art gallery, $5,000 imported palm trees. Though the Palms had a soft launch weeks ago, it’s not until Friday that the mud pit will be ready. Yes, you can get muddy with your friends and it’s totally normal. Here’s how Gothamist describes it:
Frank Traynor’s mud bath—which is less a spa treatment and more a “hang out with your buddies in a thick pit of mud”-type of thing—sounds especially worth the wait. It’ll cost $7 to get neck deep into the gloppy stuff for 15 minutes (four people can fit in the pit at a time, Traynor told me), then you all retire to an adjoining space to a) let the mud dry and stiffen all over your body, and b) drink some of his just-made seltzer.
Prediction: From Brooklyn to the Rockaways, a caravan of grooming-aware Williamsburgers will fill the highway with their Volvos every weekend, in order to receive the muddy spa treatment.
TRANSFER1030 Metropolitan Ave
7:00 p.m - 11:00 p.m.Website
Joshua Caleb Weibley: Cruft
Weibley tackles the planetary crisis of e-waste using old-school corporate graphic design rendered in pen-on-paper. The artist hand-reproduces comically outdated industry-standard O’Reilly Media “animal” guides to coding languages and programming—which, in retrospect, are somewhat ironically emblazoned with silhouettes of the very wildlife now threatened by the industry’s obsession with obsolescence. Weibley’s cold, meticulous drawings—not unlike old dot matrix prints—are mathematical and calculating, but still a little imperfect and strangely human. His process adds another layer to a series that looks like it flirts with post-net art’s nostalgia for late-twentieth century tech aesthetics but is conceptually driven by a political critique of the industry’s rampant, irresponsible cycle of consumption and waste. Next time you’re tempted by an upgrade, think of the sea turtles!
American Medium424 Gates Avenue
6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.Website
Jaimie Warren: Somebody to Love
The last time we saw artist-performer-masterfully creative person Jaimie Warren put on a gallery exhibition, she dressed up as Freddy Krueger and smashed up paintings and ripped off a guy’s head inside the gallery’s office. And then Freddy Krueger found a friend in Stevie Wonder. Sunday’s opening promises a Renaissance/Freddie Mercury tribute made in collaboration with high-school students. Will there be a live performance, and maybe some singing? We very much hope so.