This Week’s Must-See Art Events: F.A.G.’s Strange Genitals & More

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on October 31, 2016 Events

Tokyo artist Megumi Igarashi (aka Rokudenashiko) ended up in court after digital scans of her own vagina were deemed obscene. She’s one of many artists included in AFC’s exhibition Strange Genitals, which opens during DUMBO’s First Thursday Gallery Walk.

If ever there was a week for art nerds, this is it. It begins Tuesday with a screening of artist made music-videos Otion Front Studio and a show of meticulously assembled abstract paper works by Jessica Dickinson and Alison Knowles at James Fuentes. Paper nerds and music nerds unite. By Friday, gallery goers will be heading to Transfer Gallery to witness a room full of projectors showcasing a playlist of works by a dozen or more new media artists.  New Media nerds rejoice.

In between all this nerdery, there are also quite a few exhibitions promising a good time, not the least of which being our very own Strange Genitals, which opens this Thursday at AICAD. Following this, is the always provocative Marilyn Minter at the Brooklyn Museum come Friday and Jennifer Catron and Paul Outlaw’s performance looking at how the relationship between gravity and politics leads to the break-down of thought. Catron and Outlaw promise an “assembly of libations” after their performance, so don’t make any plans for Sunday

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The Glove

885 Lexington Ave
Brooklyn, NY
8:00 p.m.Website

Bernard Herman Presents Halloween at the Glove

What better way to celebrate Halloween than at a party hosted by some of our favorite macabre performance artists? In addition to the shows, there will be DJ sets from Semita Serpens & Edward Chimera and a costume contest. The categories for that include Disney villain, Undead Immortal, A Mess, Dog, and Evil Fairy. Cover is $8, but you get in free if you “Total body paint, show up as a frog, invisible.” We also see a photo of Ric Royer on the flier, but there’s no mention of what he’ll be up to. Likely something weird.

Artists: The Coincidental Hour, Eve Essex, Orlando Estrada, Kayla Guthrie, Bobo, I Am Marina Abramović, Dean Cercone


Otion Front Studio

1196 Myrtle Ave
Brooklyn, NY
8:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.Website

Total Request Alive

Guest curator Bethany “Sick Din” Dinsick will be screening a selection of artist-made music videos. There’s even one I (Michael) shot on a phone a few years ago at ABMB. This should a fun show.

Artists: Adrienne White, Alli Coates, Am Schmidt, Anne Sherwood Pundyk, Diego Conteras, Elsa Brown, Gabriella Garcia, Lexie Mountain, Janet Castel, Jim Tuite, Melissa Johnson, Michael Farley, Miles Pflanz, Sarah Friedland, Stephen Franco, Will Rahilly



630 Greenwich Street
New York, NY
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.Website

Alex Da Corte: A Man Full of Trouble

Alex Da Corte grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, somewhat in outer orbit of the 1700s pub A Man Full of Trouble, which is described as the “heart” of the city’s historic district. Behind the tavern, an archaeological excavation of a pit full of Revolutionary shit and trash has provided a portal for investigations of the era. All of this inspires Da Corte’s latest solo show at Maccarone. What the hell will this look like? We’re not sure, but Da Corte’s work is always so seductive and smart. Suburbia-meets-1700s-poop-meets-neon? Sounds promising.

James Fuentes

55 Delancey Street
New York, NY
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Website

Jessica Dickinson and Alison Knowles

For the process lovers in the audience here’s an exhibition of abstract art made with paper. Jessica Dickinson focuses on seemingly mundane moments such as a flicker of light seen under a door or beaming behind a curtain to inspire her collaged paper work. Alison Knowles wraps mundane objects like a shoe or a bean in paper-like materials (flax, cotton, etc.)

There’s almost no way to make this stuff sound interesting a casual viewer—you have to really care about abstraction and process for it to be meaningful. But for those who do care, this is a show not to miss. There aren’t very many artists whose work is so carefully and meticulously assembled, so for that alone it’s worth the visit.


The Kitchen

512 West 19th Street
New York, NY
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Website

Sondra Perry: Resident Evil

Oooooh, a new Sondra Perry installation! This work uses the Alien movie franchise to ask how people with power when their subjects become unpredictable and inhabit societal norms with the purpose of destroying them. All that’s a bit oblique, but we know the piece will address the subject of race and once we see the video installation more will become clear. Her previous work “Lineage for Multiple-Monitor Workstation” isn’t easily summed up either, but it’s a smart look at race in this country and worth a look if you haven’t seen it already.


AICAD/New York Studio Residency Program

20 Jay Street, Suite M10
Brooklyn, NY
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Website

F.A.G. Presents: Strange Genitals

We’re excited to open the latest project from Art F City’s semi-nomadic Fine Art Gallery (F.A.G.): Strange Genitals, presented at AICAD.  

This November, realize that we have more than two options.
From bathroom bills to transvaginal ultrasounds, our private parts are increasingly the topic of public debate, usually with the aim of reinforcing control of a binary. But genitalia shouldn’t be legislated into two prescribed boxes. Genitalia is weird, and it should be fun. We’ve noticed artists embracing new forms, prosthesis, and ways of representing the uglies we bump.

From Saul Chernick’s vagina mounds to Sophia Park’s cock cages, and Jonathan Monaghan’s machine sex—virtually no genitalia goes untouched or unexamined. And, in this survey, that’s exactly as it should be.

ARTISTS: Jared Buckhiester, Saul Chernick, Sejong Cho, Theresa Chromati, Carol Cole, June Culp, Phaan Howng, Megumi Igarashi, Jonathan Monaghan, Cupid Ojala, Ga Hee Park, Sophia Park, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Jessica Stoller, Jessica Wilson



20 Jay Street
Brooklyn, NY
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Website

DUMBO First Thursday Gallery Walk

In addition to Strange Genitals, there are about a million art openings in DUMBO Thursday night. Seriously, it’s c

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A.I.R. GALLERY (155 Plymouth Street)
Ivy Dachman: Recent Paintings
Louise McCagg: Past Sculpture Present Drawing
Mary Sweeney: In The Nature Of

Art in General (145 Plymouth Street)
Ieva Epnere: Sea of Living Memories

Brooklyn Bridge Park, Community Room (99 Plymouth Street)
Hilary Lorenz: Birding

Creativebloch Gallery (145 Front Street, #17)
*Eclectricity Evolution
*Closing Reception*

LIGHT YEAR (Pearl Street Triangle)
LIGHT YEAR 19: “Advances and Retreats”: Jaanika Peerna, Monika Bravo, Heather M. O’Brien, Hamra Abbas, Andrew and Thomas Huang
*Special Event*

Gallery GAIA (79 Hudson Avenue)
Carla Stout: Get back to the Garden
*Opening Reception*

Janet Borden, Inc. (91 Water Street)
Martin Parr: Real Food
*Opening Reception*

Odette England: Excavations

MINY Media Center by IFP (30 John Street)
John Ensor Parker: Sojourner
*Opening Reception*

Museum Quality (59 Pearl Street)
Liu Fei: Zipped
*Opening Reception*

New York Studio School, Sculpture Studios (20 Jay Street, #307)
Tangible Place
*Opening Reception*

New York Foundation for the Arts (20 Jay Street, #740)
Borderless: In Residence
Golnar Adili, Roxa Smith, Kimia Kline, Sonya Blesofsky, eteam – Franziska Lamprecht and Hajoe Modereggere, Faith Holland, Chin Chih Yang, Hadi Nasiri, Joseph Keckler, Elana Katz
*Opening Reception*

Ray Gallery (55 Washington Street, #721)
Anna Daniell: A sculpture to be written into a story
*Opening Reception*

Scott Eder Gallery (18 Bridge Street, Suite 2-i)
Kim Jung Gi and Steve McCurry: Mccurry, September 11, 2001

Triangle NYC (20 Jay Street, #318)
Triangle Fall Open Studios
*Special Event*

United Photo Industries (16 Main Street, #B)
Viktor Koen: BESTIARY: Bizarre Myths & Chimerical Fancies
*Opening Reception*

Usagi NY (163 Plymouth Street)
Pier Paolo Bandindi: From One to A Thousand Million


Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, NY
11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Website

Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty

Ever since we saw the Marilyn Minter “Pretty/Dirty” show in Denver last year, we’ve been anticipating the show’s arrival in New York. Known for her glammed up photorealist images of tongues, feet, bush, and just about anything else that can be fetishized, the show is bound to push the buttons of at least a few viewers—even though the work itself is mostly kid-safe. The reason for this has to do with Minter’s uncanny ability to simultaneously seduce and repel the viewer. The work is so effective at this, we described Minter as the visual equivalent of “Windowlicker”, an album by the electronic artist Aphex Twin recognized for its same uncomfortable qualities. The tension created by both artists insights a kind of fascination with the subject that makes it difficult to put down. You can’t see the show enough. And in our case, you’ll even see the same show at multiple venues in different cities.

The Current Museum of Art

60 Sullivan Street
New York, NY
6:00 p.m. -10:00 p.m.Website

TRANSFER Download  

If we’re understanding this description properly, curator Kelani Nichole’s TRANSFER gallery takeover of The Current Museum of Art sounds like it is a totally bonkers, holodeck-style install. “A layered salon-style exhibition format” is “INSTALLED AS A SERIES OF HYPERLINKED SOLO EXHIBITIONS” and promises to be fully immersive. Basically, viewers can cycle through a playlist with works from different artists. These range from GIFs to VR environments, all projection-mapped to transform the gallery from one solo installation to the next.

Considering the all-star lineup of artists here, this is like more than a dozen must-see exhibitions in one night: AES+F, LaTurbo Avedon, Claudia Hart, Rollin Leonard, Rosa Menkman, Lorna Mills, Harvey Moon, Eva Papamargariti, Sabrina Ratte, Rick Silva and Nicolas Sassoon, Phillip David Stearns, Daniel Temkin


284 Seigel Street
Brooklyn, NY
7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Website

Future Histories (One Night Stand: Common People)

A two person show bringing together art that references historical movements and materials to construct a vision of future art. Nicholas Cueva makes abstracted portraits, still lives and expressionist compositions through the use of art tropes. Robin Kang makes tapestries by manually weaving into the output of a digital jacquard loom—the pieces reference ancient woven tapestries. The pairing sounds like a good match, so we’re excited to see what the show looks like in person.

Curated by Common People.


Hunter East Harlem Gallery

2180 3rd Ave at 119th Street
New York, NY
5:00 p.m. Website


Oh man. Jennifer Catron & Paul Outlaw are attempting to do the impossible—”unravel the current mysteries of our political state, both in its impotency and its power (or lack there of).” To do this, their performance will explore how the relationship between gravity and politics leads to the break-down of thought. Awesome. We’ve definitely noticed that the way many politicians talk resembles those who have recently suffered from a fall.

The promo image for this shows Outlaw in a throne and Catron by his side, so we expect there will be some examination of class. We hope there’s a chicken too.


Simon Preston Gallery

301 Broome St
New York, NY
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m,Website

Terence Gower: Havana Case Study

The mid 20th Century was a much more optimistic time in the architectural world. Compare, for example, embassy design. Despite Cold War tensions, the modernist embassies of yesteryear feel like inviting museum/resorts compared to the bunker-like structures of today. The artist Terence Gower is particularly interested in the curious case of the US Embassy in Havana, a particularly loaded site given the severed relations between the States and Cuba. The structure has a peculiar balcony jutting out of the ambassador’s quarters, and Gower has recreated that strange piece of architecture as a sculpture, among other works.

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