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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Artists Take Over Your Landline

by Michael Anthony Farley on June 12, 2017
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Every summer there’s a gallery that finds an occasion to launch a cat show, and this season is no different. Start the week off at Con Artist Collective, which will host a show demonstrating artists love for kitties. Consider that show a warm up for what’s to come. Thursday in Gowanus, we’ll see what happens when artists are given access to a treasure trove discarded electronics. We can’t wait. On Friday, head out to this week’s latest artist zine festival and wrap the week up Sunday with the 25 anniversary of Queens Pride at the Queens Museum. It’s a one day pop-up exhibition looking at the history of the event and bound to be both informative and joyful.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Sports, Space and Sandwiches

by Emily Colucci Rea McNamara on May 31, 2016
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Even after a lazy and steamy Memorial Day, the art world shows no signs of slowing down for the summer. Returning rested, refreshed and ready to go, this week is flush with performances from Itziar Barrio’s The Perils of Obedience to András Böröcz’s satire of artist’s practices, Leitz & Fuchs Escape Through the Chimney, to Cayla Lockwood’s tasty Free*Sandwiches and the inimitable Yvonne Rainier at The Kitchen. If live performance isn’t your style, this week also boast openings like the sporty Children’s Museum of Arts’ Game On! and Sardine’s starry-eyed Space Oddity. 

And since it’s June, kick off Pride month with Visual AIDS’ First Saturday panel Women, Art, AIDS and Activism at the Brooklyn Museum and Natalie White For Equal Rights at WhiteBox. Who knows? Maybe you’ll feel radical enough to follow White on her two-week march down to D.C. starting July 8. 

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Yes, Pulse is Totally Worth a Visit

by Michael Anthony Farley on March 5, 2016
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Pulse continues its trend of refining itself into a better and better fair. With both well-executed booths from dealers and commissioned projects, it’s getting easier to overlook all the mediocre fair fare.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Save Yourself for the Weekend

by Paddy Johnson and Michael Anthony Farley on January 25, 2016
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This might seem like a slow week of screenings and talks, but it’s probably best to save your energy for the weekend anyway. There is a lot to do.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Resisting Christmas is Futile

by Michael Anthony Farley and Rea McNamara on December 21, 2015
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As expected, there’s not much happening this week, with the exception of this Friday being the warmest 25th we’ve likely experienced in our lifetime. Worrying about rising global temperatures possibly segues nicely into Monday’s talk supporting an exhibition of Alberto Korda photography capturing Fidel Castro’s 1959 and 1960 US visits, given the recent thawing of US-Cuban foreign relations. Winter solstice on Tuesday inspires Magali Duzant’s live-streaming sunsets at Local Project Artist Space and a chance to get those artist-made gifts wrapped at the second edition of Aura Rosenberg and Cara Benedetto’s Wrapping Room at Shoot The Lobster. The expected slowdown really begins mid-week, but we got you covered with a Manoel de Oliviera MoMA screening, this week’s only opening (The Jew As The Other at Abrazo Interno) and a couple closings. Post-Christmas, we’re excited about Sunday’s Art School Acid Dropout, promising a drink-and-draw of comedy performers.

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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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A New Generation of Art for a New Generation of HIV

by Whitney Kimball on December 18, 2014
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“Every day is International AIDS Day,” AA Bronson tweeted during a recent week of AIDS-related memorial and art events. Depending on the reader, the tweet could be interpreted as a show of solidarity, or a dig at the nature of tragedy memorials. Typically these things do less to “remind” us of the event, than they do bend into a shape prescribed by an organization.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events: A Week of AIDS Remembrance

by Whitney Kimball on December 1, 2014
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Visual AIDS sweeps the world, a punk show comes to Brooklyn, Charles Atlas comes to Times Square, and economists review the art economy– among many of this week’s must-see art events.

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