This Week’s Must See Events: Speculative Future to Reflect on iPhone

by Paddy Johnson on May 16, 2016 Events

Try making sense of that headline without a key. It refers to Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin’s panel discussion at the Queens Museum this Sunday, in which she invites a panel of experts to look back on our current time from the point of view of a person who found an iPhone 100 years in the future.

As per usual, there’s lots to see and do this week. Monday kicks off with a dinner and panel discussion organized by William Powhida and Jennifer Dalton on affordable housing in an luxury apartment. That’s tonight, and tickets are sold out, but hope springs eternal. RSVP now and see what comes of it.

Tuesday, at Light Industry, we’ll all have the opportunity to view John Berger’s Ways of Seeing on color shifted 16 mm film. For reference, I’ve posted the first video of his four part series, which is in perfect condition.  Now you can compare and contrast!

Saturday, we host the AFC Workshops: 21st Century Survival for Artists. Sign up now! And finally, we’re excited to see all the MFA graduate shows that will open this week—namely those by Cornell, Hunter, and ICP-Bard. Those of us who want to stay current need to attend these events. We gotta keep up with the kids!

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Disclosed upon RSVP

6:00 PM to 8:00 PMWebsite

A Dinner with Housing Policy Experts a MONTH2MONTH

A discussion on public housing policy in New York City in a luxury apartment with guests Neil deMause from the Village Voice, Adeola Enigbokan, artist and housing activist and Heidi Schmidt, director of Government Relation, Dept. Homeless Services. The event’s already sold out, but the RSVP form is still open, so hey maybe you’ll get lucky. RSVP essential.

Organized by William Powhida and Jennifer Dalton.


Light Industry

155 Freeman Street

Amie Siegel: Ways of Seeing

Ways of Seeing, John Berger, Michael Dibb, and David Gladwell, 1972, 117 mins
Color-shifted 16mm print courtesy of Harvard Film Archive
Presented by Amie Siegel

John Berger’s “Ways of Seeing”, a book and a four part BBC series might be the best known critical work in western art history canon. It examines the subject of context, reproduction, gender roles and advertising and is worth looking at least once every couple of years because it remains so relevant.

This particular screening shows a color-shifted 16mm print of the films thanks to the Harvard Film Archive. Presenter Amie Siegela asks whether the print is a “Duchampian ready-made—an uncanny creation of an “original” in the context of infinite copies?”. These questions seem a bit inconsequential, though I guess they hue to the subject at hand. My advice: Go to see the series. Regard the rest with the skepticism Berger would want of us.


320 West 13th Street
Wed May 18, 7:00 PMWebsite

White Columns 2016 Benefit Exhibition + Auction

A look at Whitney Column’s programming over the years reveals more than its fair share of alternative programming, ranging from a cat exhibition to a books and catalogues retrospective and more. Support this. More than 100 works by artists have been donated to support this 46 year old organization. Tickets for the evening can be purchased by reaching out to


Hunter College

205 Hudson Street
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMWebsite

Hunter College MFA Thesis Exhibition, Part II

As it happens I visited some of the Hunter students in this graduating year two years ago, and the work seemed promising then. After a couple of years of dedicated study, I’m sure it’s only gotten better. Add to this that we recently included Elektra KB in our show Geographically Indeterminate Fantasies, and from our perspective there’s basically no excuse to miss this show.

Participating artists include: Christopher Aque, Chajana denHarder, Derek Fordjour, Elektra KB, Andy Macasil, Rachel Schragis, Zorawar Sidhu, Sarah Slappey, Jonathan Tracy, Mathew Tucker

Caelum Gallery

526 West 26th Street
6:00 PM to 9:00 PMWebsite

Something Came Over Me, 2016 Cornell University MFA Group Exhibition

It’s MFA exhibition time! See the work of this year’s crop of MFA grads at Cornell University and get ahead of the curve.

Carolyn Benedict Fraser, Madeleine Cichy, Diana Clarke, Stephanie Clark, Frances Gallardo, Jesse Kreuzer, Ann Lee, Jerry Lim, Annie Raccuglia, Na Chainkua Reindorf, Clayton Skidmore, Luca Spano

Asya Geisberg Gallery

537B West 23rd Street
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMWebsite

Elysian Redux

Well, it was only a matter of time before someone mounted an exhibition exploring the popularity of a 1980’s aesthetic. We’re glad Asya Geisberg, a gallery we’ve lauded recently for its strong programming, is doing it! Expect a good looking show, but also a smart one. Also under the microscope: the renewed interest in sincerity. Irony is dead, yo.

Leah Guadagnoli, Rachel Higgins, Ad Minoliti, Dominique Pétrin, Ben Sanders, Shane Walsh


Babycastles Gallery

137 West 14th Street
6:30 PMWebsite

PowerPointless An Evening of Mumblecore .PPT Presentations

Oh, now here’s a clever concept show: PowerPointless asked six artists to create powerpoint presentations as a work of art. Will these artists be able to use a program typically employed “to make the most banal corporate and academic presentations” in a more creative way? Our guess is yes. We’re basing this speculation mostly on our enjoyment of the concept and the understanding that most powerpoint use is terrible. (The bar for achievement here is actually pretty low.)

We’re not overly familiar with the participating artist list, which means there’s a lot to discover here. We can’t wait.

Participating artists include: Michael Anzuoni, Rebecca Beauchamp, Helen Galioto + Faviola Lopez, Jenson Leonard, Laura Warman, Special America (Claire Donato + Jeff T. Johnson)

24–20 Jackson Avenue

6:00 PM to 9:00 PMWebsite

ICP-Bard MFA Studios

Unfortunately, with the exception of a few artists I managed to google, I’m not overly familiar with the work of the 19 artists who will open their creative workspaces at ICP-Bard Studios to the public this Friday. From that preliminary research I can tell you to expect 80’s inspired still lives, manipulated archival photographic portraits, and intimate installations.

But also, as we mentioned elsewhere, these MFA shows are important to attend. It’s impossible to spot strong emerging talent if you don’t.

Participating artists: Sasha Bush, Matthew Cohen, Marla Hernandez, Gülsüm Kavuncu, Ivana Larrosa, Minny Lee, Allyson Lupovich, Sam Margevicius, Groana Melendez, Bia Monteiro, Hyungjo Moon, Martha Naranjo Sandoval, Matthew Papa, Verónica Puche, Emile Rubino, Katrina Lillian Sorrentino, Melchior de Tinguy, Cristina Velásquez, Nechama Winston


Ortega y Gasset Projects

363 3rd Avenue
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Repeat Pressure Until

An all woman show that explores gender and testing the limits of ideas through repetition. Even a brief look at the participating artist list suggests this show will be one to watch this year. Dana Hoey, Moyra Davey, Hilary Harnischfeger and Carolyn Salas—all great, thoughtful artists—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Curated by Sheilah Wilson.

Participating artists: Catherine Cartwright, Moyra Davey, Stacy Fisher, Hilary Harnischfeger, Pati Hill, Dana Hoey, Vera Iliatova, Hein Koh, Dani Leventhal, Carolyn Salas, Kim Waldron, Carmen Winant




20 Jay Street, suite 309c
10:30 AM - 5 PMWebsite

The AFC Workshops: 21st Century Survival for Artists

Space is limited, so reserve your spot now!

From URL to IRL, how does an artist stake out their territory in the 21st Century? By teaming up with peer-run initiatives outside the scope of traditional institutions to skillshare and collaborate. Enter, the Art F City Workshops, a series of courses led by artists, educators and art-world insiders designed to give artists the tools they need to get ahead. From learning how to make an online exhibition to figuring out a digital archiving plan for your artworks, these workshops will not only give attendees the skills they need to work in more digital mediums but help them to manage their art online and off.

Participants are required to bring their own laptops and power sources.


Saturday, May 21 (10AM-6PM)

  • Best Practices: Digital Art Storage with Anthony Antonellis (10:30 AM – 12:00 PM)
  • Grant Applications, the TL;DR Overview with Eleanor Whitney (1:30 PM – 3:00 PM)
  • How to Make Pro Art GIFs with Faith Holland (3:30 PM – 6:00 PM)


Queens Museum

New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
2:00 PM to 3:00 PMWebsite

Queens International 2016 Performances

A series of performances that include a vocalist’s interpretation of Louis Armstrong songs, a queer collaboration in which one artist will attempt to copy another’s gestures, words and ideas with the use of a projector, and a panel discussion that seeks to look back on our current time from the speculated future. (A iphone found 100 years in the future will be the prompt.)

We’re most interested in the panel discussion by Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin, which requires participants to think creatively, but all of them sound pretty good. Participants include: Sam Vernon with Abby Dobson (Armstrong performance), Angela Dufresne with Kerry Downey (overhead projector performance), and Xiaoshi Vivian Vivian Qin (panel discussion).

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