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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Let’s Keep Gentrifiers Out of Our Museums

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on November 16, 2015
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This Tuesday, New York artists, activists and renters head out to protest the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit at The Brooklyn Museum. The summit will be where some of the city’s biggest real estate moguls convene to discuss how they can best raise rents so high that it will push working and middle class residents out of the city. It’s essential to attend this protest and will almost certainly be very, very fun. There will be a satirical performance/protest of the Brooklyn Museum’s latest “exhibition”, Double Crossing Brooklyn plus Reverend Billy Talent will perform.  

Other events on the horizon: Tonight Justene Williams promises complicit spectatorship, with her installation made of cardboard and paper sets and crazy costumed performers. If you miss it tonight, not to worry: she’ll perform it every day at noon for the rest of the week.  For those who love to hear about architecture, Bjarke Ingels will discuss how he and his firm B.I.G. are transforming New York at Cooper Hewitt Tuesday night. Expect to hear about ideas of play. And finally, apartment gallery shows are the rage: we’ve listed two openings this Friday, one in the Upper East Side and another in—you guessed it —Bushwick. Get out and see these shows.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: The Creative Time Summit, Juliana Huxtable, and Cyborg Squirrels

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on November 9, 2015
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This weekend, everyone will be (or should be) attending The Creative Time Summit in Bed-Stuy. Leading up to the all-day events this weekend, however, are a handful of promising openings. Monday, check out massive, rarely-seen works from abstract painter Friedal Dzubas in Midtown. Thursday, a Jeff Koons show at Gagosian attempts some metaphysical alchemy, and Friday morning, Juliana Huxtable’s new MoMA commission opens. Friday night we couldn’t be more excited for solo shows by Alex Ebstein and Meriem Bennani at Cuevas Tilleard Projects and SIGNAL, respectively.

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Is Claire Bishop Mired in Citational Modernism?

by Rea McNamara on November 5, 2015
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Going to lectures where the speakers workshop their book on you sucks. This was the case last Wednesday evening, when a crowd of artists, students and academics packed an OCAD auditorium for “Déjà Vu: Contemporary Art and the Ghosts of Modernity”, a free public lecture by art historian Claire Bishop.

From what I could gather during the lecture, Bishop believes we’re stuck in a rut she describes as ’“reformatted modernism”. The self-invented term refers to a historicist strain of contemporary art, where our downloadable obsessions with Eames chairs, van der Rohe skyscrapers and archival forms of display (think slide projectors) have rendered Modernist references in art that are all image and no function.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: None of Them are Poverty-Themed Raves

by Michael Anthony Farley and Rea McNamara on November 2, 2015
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Don’t get us started on that “Bronx is Burning” rave. (That’s for another post.) This week, as many of us are still cleaning off the paint and glitter from last weekend’s Halloween costume, there’s thankfully a mix of screenings, openings and performances to help ease you back into your regular schedule. Tonight, Ben Coonley organizes a group screening of artists’ first “hard-fought” 3D works at Brooklyn’s Microscope. Then there’s the opportunity to shake the spirits of the past, whether it be Tuesday’s Duane Linklater CUNY talk on museum’s colonialist legacies or Wednesday’s opening at Robert Blumenthal of an ambitious installation from Derek Fordjour evoking childhood-era psychic spaces.

Meanwhile, the rest of the week offers heavy fluxus drone (Thursday, Yoshi Wada) and an online journal launch (Friday, Bard’s aCCeSSions). The weekend promises new directions (Saturday, MoMa’s New Photography opening) and guilty pleasures (Michael’s, specifically, with Sunday’s Jessica Stockholder opening at a Greenpoint storefront space).

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Spooooky Edition

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on October 26, 2015
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Halloween is here! The art world’s favorite holiday. If you aren’t busy working on a last minute costume, head to American Medium Tuesday night to see AFC’s friend Brenna Murphy and pick up her new book, Domain~Lattice. Wednesday night, go to the New Museum’s insanely fun Halloween party.  Then on Thursday, head to Bortolami, where Tom Burr’s installations and photographs serve as a haunted house channeling the ghosts of Chelsea’s gayer, sleazier past. But really, the scariest thing in New York City this week is the NSFW flyer for Nolan Hendrickson’s Halloween, uh, opening at Ramiken Crucible. 

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This Week’s Must See Art Events: We’re Throwing a Post-Apocalyptic Dance Party

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on October 19, 2015
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Tuesday night, we’re throwing a revolutionary dance party at Brooklyn’s Lovegun to celebrate our Fall Fundraiser. The world is a pretty dystopian place—and we need you to join the resistance. We’ll be collecting donations at the door; offering fabulous raffle prizes; and enjoying performances, DJ sets, and more post-apocalypstick than you can possibly scrub off your collar from Trey La Trash, Molly Rhinestones, Orlando Estrada and Ellen Degenerate.

But enough about us—if you survive tomorrow night’s apocalypse, you’re in for a week of solo shows opening, lectures from the likes of Ta-Nehisi Coates, open studios at the fantastic Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, and several nights to see the weirdest beauty pageant imaginable from Psychic Readings Company. The week ends with an epic four exhibitions closing in Bushwick just after Sunday brunch time. 

See? Art F City is always helping you navigate the treacherous wastelands of 2015. Won’t you help us survive?

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This Week’s Must See Events: A Weekend of Gowanus Open Studios

by Paddy Johnson on October 12, 2015
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This week in events is all Gowanus Open Studios. We’ve got the Beat Nite Gallery Crawl Friday, the open studios Saturday and Sunday, and the pulp and paper printing madness on Saturday. It’s going to be a fun weekend!

There’s lots to do this week too, but our big pick for the week is Walid Raad’s solo show at MoMA. His work deals with art and conflict in the Middle East, and given the disaster that’s taking over that part of the world, the timing couldn’t be better. It opens today.

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This Week’s Must-see Art Events: Superstar Pee

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on October 5, 2015
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Plan to spend at least part of your time at major exhibition openings in New York this week. This Wednesday the New Museum opens their Jim Shaw exhibition, an artist who has been referred to as the posterboy for “junk shop sublime”. (He incorporates a lot of second hand work into his sculptures and installations.) Come Sunday the quinquennial survey show everyone loves to hate—Greater New York—opens at MoMA PS1. No artist list has been released, but we’re sure this show will be better than the last if for no other reason than the bar was set so low. Critic Christian Viveros-Faune, when complaining of the pains the 2010 show took to be politically correct hilariously concluded, “No matter—black Jesus floating down from on high with a strap-on would not improve this disaster of an assembly one iota.” We’re hoping an artist has made that work for this exhibition.

The rest of the week’s events include a talk by artist, writer, lawyer and teacher Sergio Munoz Sarmiento which will focus on property through the lens of the law and art and Taner Ceylan’s opening of hyper-realistic borderline gay porn paintings. The most promising opening, though, is a solo show of work by Brigid Berlin, a Warhol Superstar who once boasted about a daily routine that involved throwing her coat off on the floor, dropping her pants and pissing. Can’t wait to see what’s in that show!

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Transmodern Festival is Hard to Define but Easy to Love

by Michael Anthony Farley on September 30, 2015
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Baltimore’s 12th annual Transmodern Festival starts tomorrow with arts programming all over the Westside of Downtown. Everyone loves Transmodern, even if (or perhaps because) no one really knows what it’s all about.

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This Week’s Must-see Art Events: Dick Pics, GIFs, and Psychic TV

by Michael Anthony Farley and Rea McNamara on September 28, 2015
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With a few exceptions, such as Lorna Mills’ At Play in the Field of the Lord opening Saturday at TRANSFER, there doesn’t seem to be an overwhelming number of great shows opening this week. Which is kind of nice, actually. Take some time get the most out of art instead of rushing around to see it all. Tomorrow night, head to James Concannon’s book launch and leisurely leaf through his collection of dick pics. Attend a lecture or take a tour with Visual AIDS and reminisce about the 80s. Head to a discussion about feminist art at Artists Space on Friday. And Saturday, spend six hours listening to experimental music and watching performances from Psychic TV and other genre-bending artists. If that hasn’t expanded your mind enough, head to MoMA on Sunday for a documentary about the surreal album art of Storm Thorgerson. After a few busy weeks, isn’t it nice to sit with art and relax?

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