While the Guerrilla Girls are in London chastising Europe’s man-centric art world, we’re happy to report an all-too-rare week in New York that’s dominated by awesome female artists. Tuesday night Esther Ruiz is unveiling an installation at BAM, and the much-missed queer space Spectrum gets resurrected as The Dreamhouse in Ridgewood, with performances from Juliana Huxtable and more. Thursday night at Anna Zorina Gallery, Nadine Faraj’s solo show celebrates going topless as an act of political defiance, and Friday Robin Kang’s weavings at OUTLET demonstrate that textiles are still relevant to tech.
Spectacle Theater in Williamsburg is having a banner weekend, with a Friday night documentary about gender-redefining icon Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and a Saturday night screening of an experimental feminist revenge flick from Kat Hunt.
We returned to Open Space’s Artist-Run Art Fair at Artscape in Baltimore. Michael: About fifteen feet into the garage, I was struck by the impression that the scrappy Artist-Run Art Fair had suddenly started to look much more like… an art fair. Paddy: So, the elephant in the room: “The White Guilt Confessional Booth”.
Thankfully, the next few days aren’t as stressfully-packed with events as Frieze Week was. But we’ve picked out a handful of options if you’re still hankering to see some art. Tuesday night, Matt Bolinger’s solo show opens at Zurcher Gallery, featuring cinematic paintings of Middle-American life. Wednesday, rising art-star Kour Pour opens a new exhibition at Feuer/Mesler that looks to be a new direction for the painter. Thursday is a big night for fans of drawing: David Nolan Gallery has a Jorinde Voigt show and The Drawing Center is offering a Josef Albers-inspired workshop.
The weekend is when things get weirder. Christopher K. Ho’s solo exhibition at Present Company looks at aging, “art dads”, religion, and more Friday night. At the same time, Invisible Exports is opening Frida Smoked, a group show about women artists and their cigarettes. Saturday, Rhizome’s annual Seven on Seven conference will present collaborations between tech insiders and artists and Underdonk will open an ambitious group show of tiny sculptures from dozens of artists. Borna Sammak’s solo show also opens at American Medium that night. But Sunday sounds like it will be the most fun—Hyperalleric has organized a walking tour of artist’s graves in Green-Wood cemetery, so go enjoy the partially-sunny outdoors after a rainy weekend.
Art-fair haters rejoice! The Armory Week Fairs are upon us, but there is art to see and events to attend that don’t require traveling through the halls of a convention center. Take the launch of Lorna Mills’ monthly GIF presentation on the electronic billboards of Times Square as part of Times Square Arts, or the opening of the Artist’s Institute’s new uptown home, which will kick off its six month season focused on the inimitable Hilton Als. Both take place outside of an art fair booth and in the real world!
Looking to escape the fairs this weekend? Flux Factory launches the Fung Wah Biennial, presenting the work of artists on the Chinatown bus routes. This Saturday, the destination is Boston, so if you’re looking for a post-Armory ride, this might be the ticket. (But act quick: as of writing, ten tickets are left.)
This weekend’s must-see events include a lot of AFC’s friends and favs, from Friday’s discussion on hacktivism as part of Joyce Yu-Jean Lee’s project FIREWALL Internet Cafe to fundraiser events featuring the work of AFC’s own Matthew Leifheit and F.A.G. Bar artist Macon Reed on Saturday and Sunday, respectively. But during the week, do check out solo shows from Leanne Shapton (Tuesday) and Sherrie Levine (Wednesday). Thursday’s all about dystopia, with sci-fi cityscapes by Romain Erkiletlian and found hyper-generic product packaging from Maryam Jafri. Hack on, New York.
These eerily seductive/hypnotic GIFs are a preview of Ben Dowell’s video piece “2008 Lamborghini Gallardo (One Mind).” There’s something oddly satisfying about the sleekness of the car’s design and finish contrasting with the humanity of the hand-held camera. As a viewer, I feel voyeuristically complicit in the desire to gaze upon (or possess) the design object, and I don’t even drive!
The full-length video will be screening at Pure Potentiality, which opens this Sunday at 110 Ludlow Street from 7-9. True to the trend we’ve spotted of Lower East Side exhibitions contextualizing art with theatrical staging, the work will be presented in a fictional New Age guru’s live/work apartment. Artists will appropriately be showing work that’s meditative or references self-help. Pure Potentiality is curated by Andrea McGinty, who impressed us with her ambiguously cheery mash-ups of positive mantras and humidifiers last month.
In addition to Ben Dowell, the show features work by Katherine Aungier, Al Bedell, Elizabeth Ferry, Konsta Ojala, Jennifer McDermott, Nicole Reber, Misael Soto, Aaron Steffes, and Esther Ruiz whose sculptures I also reviewed last month and feature neon and very-new-age-friendly crystals.
Brooklyn-based Esther Ruiz waxes philosophical on art history, sci-fi, and mythology in her neon-filled solo exhibition The Whole is Other than the Sum of its Parts, now on view at Baltimore’s Platform Gallery.