A year after the close of the American Civil War, America’s first homegrown musical, “The Black Crook,” premiered in New York. That timing probably has a lot to do with why the Broadway-style musical has come to be seen as American as apple pie. But it also now begs the question: Why aren’t there more singing Lincolns? For that, there’s Courtesy the Artists to fill the void. Made up of Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade from the performance group My Barbarian, Courtesy the Artists channeled the same type of zany, yet critical theatrics the group’s known for.
While Bushwick Open Studios inspired some pretty harsh criticism on this blog, we did leave the galleries with plenty to recommend. We saw shows at the NEWD Art Show, Interstate Projects, and English Kills.
Open Engagement, the conference for social practice art-makers opened ran for three days last weekend. The busiest day, Sunday, included presentations by Sara Reisman, Edgar Arceneaux with Kevin Krapf, Jay Erker, Piero Passacantando, Aliya Bonar, and Deana Haggag with Ginevra Shay.
Ana Casas Broda’s photographs of her young boys suckling on her breasts spark quite a bit of discussion. Her work is part of a larger show on motherhood called Home Truths at The Museum of Contemporary Photography. Also discussed: William J. O’Brien at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.