This Week’s Must See Events: Elevator GIFs and Dystopias

by Paddy Johnson on May 30, 2017 · 1 comment Events


We’re looking at a pretty light week for events coming out of Memorial Day weekend. The good news here is that while there maybe fewer openings and talks to attend there’s no shortage of quality. Start your week today by visiting the SVA Computer Art thesis show and leave time on Wednesday for a performance by M6 of Meredeth Monk compositions. Thursday we’ll be heading out to the Museum of Moving Image to check out their new GIF commissions and panel discussion and Friday we’re heading to 470 Vanderbilt for an all woman art show. Saturday Cary Hulbert will take a stab at predicting the future at Ortega y Gasset Projects and Sunday we’ve got a day of music by John Zorn at the Jewish Museum.

Long story short, for a light week, we’ve got plenty to do. We expect to see you around!

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SVA Chelsea

601 West 26th Street
New York, NY
6:00 PM Website

SVA MFA Computer Art Thesis Exhibition, "Fluid Horizons"

An opportunity to see computer art by some of the city’s freshest talent. Don’t expect the art to be fully resolved—they are students after all—but this is a good way to see what’s coming down the pipe. Recommended.

Curated by India Lombardi-Bello, administrative assistant, and Milos Paripovic, systems administrator,



509 Atlantic Ave
Brooklyn, NY
8:00 PM, Tickets 20 in advance, $25 at the door.Website

[GENERATE] The M6: Meredith Monk’s Third Generation

A group of six vocalists dedicating to performing more rarely heard compositions by Meredith Monk will perform a collection of solo and group works. Those include selections from Monk’s “Our Lady of Late” (1973) for solo voice and wine glass, “New York Requiem” (1993) written for Tom Bogdan during the AIDS crisis, and Monk’s seminal “Dolmen Music”.

This seems like a performance to attend. The six vocalists were chosen from hundreds of applicants around the world in 2006 to participate in a professional training workshop by Monk at Carnegie Hall. In 2007 the group officially formed and decided to continue studying and performing her work. In short, these guys are no slouches. 10 years of performance and study is bound to make them worth seeing.

Sasha Bogdanowitsch – Voice
Sidney Chen – Voice
Emily Eagen – Voice
Holly Nadal – Voice, Piano
Toby Newman – Voice
Peter Sciscioli – Voice
TBA – Cello


Museum of the Moving Image

36-01 35 Ave
Queens, NY
7:00 PMWebsite

The GIF Elevator discussion and opening reception

Elevators have long been a favorite place for museums and non-profits to park their art. From Art in General’s audio art in the elevator to 21c’s art in hotel elevators, these transitional spaces benefit from time-based art that does not require long contemplation.

And so, it makes perfect sense for the Museum of Moving Image to commission a series of animated GIFs for their elevator. To mark the opening of The GIF Elevator,  the Museum and GIPHY Arts present a panel discussion with participating artists Matt DiVito, Lorna Mills, and Rafia Santana, who will discuss their practices. Also up for discussion—the history of the GIF with the Museum’s Curator of Digital Media Jason Eppink and GIPHY Community Curator Ari Spool.


470 Vanderbilt

470 Vanderbilt Ave
New York, NY
6-8 pm Website

"Bigger, Bolder, Better"

Another show inspired by the Women’s March last January. Curators Jaynie Crimmins, Christina Massey, Etty Yaniv bring together work by fifteen women artists whose work uses “fragmentation, repetition, distinct use of daily materials, and labor intensive processes.” Each is creating site specific installations, in a kind of transitional space between the street and the interior of the 470 Vanderbilt building. We’re not exactly sure what this means, but we’re looking forward to finding out, particularly due to the artist list. It includes some incredibly active artists both on Facebook and in the gallery. In our experience that tends to signal smarter than average art making.

Participating Artists: Nancy Baker, Lorrie Fredette, Dana Kane, Niki Ledrer, Susan Luss, Ellie Murphy, Mia Pearlman, Jaanika Peerna, Elizabeth Riley, Alyse Rosner, Carol Salmanson, Suzan Shutan, Jen Wrobalewski, Jaynie Crimmins, Christina Massey, Etty Yani



56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY
6 PM - 9 PMWebsite

Otherwise, you don't see me

Marxist philosophy will always have a special place in the art world. For this show, artists attempt to push back against the beliefs they attribute to a cultural elite seeking to establish their own values as accepted cultural norms. From the sounds of it, the participating artists are largely reacting to identity and how data can be used to oppress. Worthy subjects for exploration, particularly given that the Trump administration is totally racist and corrupt.

Featuring works by:
Andrea Arrubla, Deborah Castillo, Scherezade Garcia, Mona Saeed Kamal, Baseera Khan, Sarah Maple, and Hồng-Ân Trương + Hương Ngô.

Text contributions:
Christen Clifford, Nicole Goodwin, and Rindon Johnson.

Curated by
Rachel Steinberg


Knockdown Center

52-19 Flushing Ave
Queens, NY
1:00 PM to 7:00 PMWebsite

Blonde Art Books Presents: The Fifth Annual BABZ Fair

Honestly, we can’t keep up with all the artist book fairs. It feels like there’s one every weekend. And yet, we remain interested in them!

BABZ Fair (formerly known at the Bushwick Art Book & Zine Fair) takes place this weekend and will feature small press art and poetry publishers, individual artist projects and a program of performance, readings, and workshops. We approve.

Ortega y Gasset Projects

363 Third Ave
Brooklyn, NY
6-9 pmWebsite

Cary Hulbert: The Prophet in The Skirt

There’s probably nobody in our lefty art circles who thinks the world is heading in the right direction, but few of us have gone to any length to imagine a future world. That’s where Cary Hulbert’s The Prophet comes in. The installation asks visitors to wear a set of headphones and then gives them what appears to be a personalized fortune gone wrong. There are actually 25 generic scenarios a visitor could listen to, randomly selected by Hulbert’s software.


The Jewish Museum

1109 5th Ave at 92nd Street
New York, NY
12:00 PM to 4:00 PMWebsite

Paris Capital of the 19th Century / New York Capital of the 20th Century

Tickets to see John Zorn perform typically start in the $50-$60 range and head north from there. So, it’s nice to see the museums keeping it real—you can see him play at the Jewish Museum for the price of admission.

John Zorn and poet Kenneth Goldsmith will offer an afternoon of musical collaborations inspired by Walter Benjamin’s masterpiece, The Arcades Project. The piece accompanies the exhibition The Arcades: Contemporary Art and Walter Benjamin

Compositions will be performed by:  JACK Quartet, Peter Evans, Mark Feldman, Erik Friedlander, Ches Smith, Michael Nicolas, David Fulmer and John Zorn himself.

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