Not much connects the Lower East Side’s current crop of summer shows, except maybe for a shared inclination towards some (much-needed) weirdness. 47 Canal brings a seaweed-covered TV to DTR, while those looking for their fix of visual hallucinogenics should head to Lisa Cooley’s Eric’s Trip. UNTITLED’s The Husk, meanwhile, has the creepiest thing you’ll see all summer in the form of Josh Kline’s disembodied FedEx worker heads.
A 21 year old guy kicked a cat, really hard, and caught it on video. Now he’s been arrested. Good. Poor kitty! [ANIMAL New York]
Marianne Boesky is opening a new space on Clinton Street in the Lower East Side, just ahead of the new condo wave. There goes the whole, entire neighborhood. [Bowery Boogie]
As we reported yesterday, the Rent Guidelines Board voted on whether or not to consider a rent freeze on rent-regulated apartments, while tenants yelled at the owners on the board. They came out with a compromise, a 0-3% increase for apartments with a one year lease and a .5 to 4.5 increase for 2 year leases and a 0-10 percent allowance for subletters. Following votes will determine the outcome. [Paddy Johnson, WNYC]
Speaking of protests, the Village Voice has photos from last night’s rally for Occupy protester Cecily McMillan, who faces up to seven years in prison for elbowing a police officer. She says it was an accident and has photo documentation of bruising from that police officer. [Village Voice]
The Met costume center named after Anna Wintour officially opened last night with an introduction from Michelle Obama. [The New York Times]
Who are the most expensive female women artists? Artnet tells you. (I would not have guessed Beatriz Milhazes at number 9). [Artnet]
There is now an LIC Art Bus, that will transport art lovers between Socrates Sculpture Park, The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter, and MoMA PS1. [Hyperallergic]
Adrianne Jeffries dubbs the gold-backed bitcoin a “disaster waiting to happen”. [The Verge]
Always on the move, galleries in the Lower East Side continue to play musical chairs. The latest in the shuffle is taking place at 133 Orchard Street, formerly home to On Stellar Rays. Brand new gallery Julie Meneret Contemporary Art will officially take over the storefront space with its first exhibition this November.
Three editors trekked out to see the first fall shows in the LES. They came back with plenty of banter about some of the season’s best shows so far—at Thierry Goldberg, Invisible-Exports, and CANADA, respectively.