It’s been about 35 years since we were first promised a viable, commercial virtual reality headset. The time for that promise to be fulfilled seems to be upon us with major technology companies going all in on the research and infrastructure that will be necessary to make it happen both as a technology and a product.
NEW INC, the New Museum’s ambitious effort to fuse artist residencies, coworking spaces and business incubators into one singular program, has had two years to become a fully-formed innovation. It’s tough to say whether that’s happened yet, but the latest “Public Beta” (on through July 31st, part 2 will run from August 4-7th) is certainly different than any exhibition going right now and indicates that what’s to come could be a weird and original niche between several disciplinary worlds.
I wonder what the crew of A&E’s guilty pleasure Hoarders would say about the New Museum’s recently opened exhibition The Keeper. With four floors of artists’ obsessions, the collecting impulse on view is more manic and compulsive than merely an academic archival interest. In fact, the exhibition looks a lot like the aftermath of a Hoarders Anonymous meeting.
Before attending the group exhibition, I expected the show might too easily and predictably engage with the current archival trend in contemporary art. I’m so glad I was wrong–I wasn’t looking forward to donning white gloves to paw through precisely organized archival boxes.
It’s a light week for galleries that’s heavy on screenings. That’s just life in the middle of July. But fear not, these screenings are good. We’ve got some demented digital video art from Jacob Ciocci and a MoMA retrospective that promises to shed some light on modern New York. Two excellent online galleries have joined forces to go IRL and there’s a boom box party at the Brooklyn Museum.
The Lowline, a controversial project that plans to create a bizarre underground park in the Lower East Side, has gained its first official approvals from City Hall. For its detractors, the park represents another step towards gentrification. For its supporters, the park is a way of opening up public space in a dense area of the city. For Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, its “some crazy, smoking-dope stuff.” She likes it. [Curbed]
Activists in Boyle Heights, a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood in Los Angeles, want the art galleries to pack up and get out. The organizers view the gallery owners as pawns in “planners and politicians and developers” efforts to “art wash” gentrification. Some gallery owners are upset, while others are attempting to join in the dialogue. We’ll keep an eye on this story as it develops. [LA Weekly]
A 91-year-old woman was arrested at the Neues Museum Nürnberg on Thursday. Charges of vandalism were related to the fact that she “solved” a crossword puzzle that was part of a work by the Fluxus-artist Arthur Köpcke. Something tells us the Fluxus people would like this story. [artnet News]
The New Museum’s newest show, The Keeper, is an attempt to explore why we collect things. It’s packed, floor-to-ceiling with 4,000 objects from two dozen collections. It opens next Wednesday. The Times talks to the curators about this unusual show. [New York Times]
Check out the convoluted history of the McDonald’s “I’m Lovin’ it” jingle. It’s fascinating that even people that worked on the campaign at a high-level don’t seem to know for sure who wrote it. [Pitchfork]
Hyperallergic breaks down some OKCupid data. Among the findings: liberal artists don’t think orgasms are the most important part of sex. It’s all about the journey, not the destination. [Hyperallergic]
We know surprisingly little about NYC’s rat population. For instance, it’s estimated that there are somewhere between two and 32 million rats in the city. We’re just not sure. Researchers have begun to chip and surveil them, hoping to get a better understanding of how they operate. The end goal is to find more effective methods of control. [Motherboard]
Currently featured as part of the New Museum’s First Look: New Art Online series, Miao Ying’s “Chinternet Plus” takes on Chinese web censorship, corporate aesthetics, and propaganda with the power of .net art.
Is recent art history repeating itself? An increasingly long roster of new all-women group exhibitions and their corresponding press seem to suggest so. From blue-chip stalwarts Hauser Wirth & Schimmel and Saatchi to smaller project and artist-run spaces to last night’s Marc Straus opening If Only Bella Abzug Were Here, are all-female group shows an indication of a permanent commitment to gender equality in the art world or is it just another doomed-to-disappear trend?
Within a 48 hour news cycle, Los Angeles-based band/romantic duo YACHT announced a private sex tape they made was leaked, then said they were going to take ownership and release the tape on their own website, and now it appears the whole situation was just an elaborate X-Files-esque alien sex hoax to promote their new music video. We have a lot of respect for singer Claire Evans — she contributed a great reading list to our Geographically Indeterminate Fantasies show — and the band has a history of trolling clickbait journalism. But given how prevalent revenge porn is online, was it gross for them to pose as victims and prey on our sympathies? Or was this fictionalized narrative no different from what’s seen on the Kardashians? [Pitchfork, Jezebel]
Last night’s results of Christie’s contemporary auction was a reassuring one for the New York art market. The sale totalled $318 million, with over 87% of the lots sold. Reserves were kept low, gaining praise from the auctioneer for being “tight, curated and profitable.” A highlight of the auction records set for artists like Mike Kelley and Agnes Martin was a Basquiat top lot (the 1982 work, “Untitled”) selling for $57.3 million (it was originally estimated at more than $40 million). [The Baer Faxt, The Art Newspaper]
The Trustees, Massachusetts’ conservation nonprofit, has announced a two-year public art initiative that will kick off this summer with commissioned outdoor installations by Jeppe Hein and Sam Durant. [Boston Globe]
Intersectional feminist dialogues went into overload over bell hook’s gripes with Beyonce’s Lemonade. There’s a smart critique in here about Beyonce’s visual album being a commodification of the black female experience. But that’s kind of a “well, duh” point, and I [Rea] can’t help but feel as if hook is kind of Camille Paglia in her second wave dismissal of pop culture, not to mention low-key transphobic in judging black femme feminists. [bell hooks institute, Janet Mock’s Facebook]
The New Museum will be expanding its Bowery footprint. The museum announced yesterday it has raised $43 million towards a $80 capital campaign to renovate it 231 Bowery neighbor and connect it to its current building at 235 Bowery. [New York Times]
Carolina A. Miranda thinks the new Eva Hesse documentary is the full-blown biography the ambitious artist has long deserved. [Los Angeles Times]
An art loving mechanic in France has scored a Renoir for $700. [artnet News]
On the occasion of their pop-up show of cheap multiples at Printed Matter, members of Colab reflect back on their groundbreaking artist-led projects from the 1980s, including the Times Square Show. [Hyperallergic]
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.