Must-See Art Events: Jog Your Way to Art Butter

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on September 23, 2013 Events

Scene from PopSoda's "Feel the Churn!' taking place this Thursday. Courtesy the Rauschenberg Foundation.

After a busy September, with weeks of mega-openings, and then this weekend’s New York Art Book Fair and the Phatt-B conference, we’re happy to announce that the month is wrapping up at a pretty normal rate. We have now returned to code taupe, after a prolonged code red.

There’s still plenty to do. This week, we’ve got openings by Jo Baer, a talk by Roberta Smith, and a screening by Liz Magic Laser. You can make butter by working out with PopSoda. Throughout the weekend, there’s the DUMBO Arts Festival. Now go forth and see art, just not at warp speed.

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New York Academy of Art

111 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013
6:30 PM to 7:30 PMWebsite

Professional Practices Lecture Series: Art Criticism Today with Roberta Smith

Listen to one of New York’s most respected art critics, Roberta Smith, talk on the perennial topic of art criticism today. She only talks a couple times a year in New York, so this is a lecture to hit.



ICI Curatorial Hub

401 Broadway, Suite 1620
New York, NY 10013
6:30 PM to 8:30 PMWebsite

Dark Trajectories: Politics of the Outside ICI Curatorial Hub Talk

The ICI Library is the permanent home of the Cleopatra’s Library and host to their book launch and reading.  The anthology Dark Trajectories: Politics of the Outside is a series of philosophical texts concerned with an anti-theoretical bent in contemporary politics. Serious stuff, guys. Iranian philosopher Reza Negarestani will give a lecture entitled “The Labour of the Inhuman (Augmented Rationality and its Cognitive Technologies).”

535 West 22nd Street, 5th foor

New York, NY 10011
6:30 PMWebsite

Liz Magic Laser: "News Cycles," screening and artist talk

EAI’s going to host an artist talk with Liz Magic Laser and a screening of her videos in which she identifies and creates work in response to specific audiences. The work often employs the use of polling and focus groups; in 2012, CNN-commissioned Laser to make a video about polls during the 2012 presidential election. That’ll be on view Tuesday night, alongside abbreviated versions of “I Feel Your Pain,” Laser’s monumental, and much-loved performance at 2011’s Performa; and “The Armory Show Focus Group” (2013), which features AFC’s Paddy Johnson. [Admission $ 7.00 / Students $ 5.00  Free for EAI Members]


The Metropolitan Museum of Art

1000 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10028
Opening on Wednesday September 25, 2013, from 10:00 AM to 5:30 PMWebsite

Balthus Cats and Girls—Paintings and Provocations

Feminists! People with a soul! Get mad at yet another male-only show this fall, and one that so neatly wraps up the male gaze in girly accoutrements like kitty cats. Or, enjoy all the Freudian slips among the up-skirts. Up to you.

Gagosian Gallery

976 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMWebsite

Balthus: The Last Studies

More of the same as the above, and more fuel to fire this season’s complaints about the paucity of shows by female artists in museums and blue-chip galleries.

Van de Weghe Fine Art

1018 Madison Avenue
New York, NY 10075
Opening Wednesday September 25, 2013, from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PMWebsite

Jo Baer

Poor Jo Baer. She’s in museum collections the world over, yet remains a less ballyhooed Minimalist than all those hard-edged boys. There’s no good reason for that, and we hope this retrospective will help change the tide of opinion. Organized in conjunction with the octogenarian artist’s son, Josh Baer (of the Baer Faxt), we bet this show’ll be thorough, based on Baer’s firsthand knowledge.


The Drawing Center

35 Wooster Street
New York, NY 10013
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMWebsite

Alexis Rockman: Drawings from Life of Pi

Ang Lee’s The Life of Pi started with art and it was Alexis Rockmann’s watercolors of imagined seascapes and creatures of the deep, that provided the visual inspiration for Lee’s 2012 film. Now his drawings are the focus of The Drawing Center’s latest exhibition. Expect to see dozens of watercolors representing the life aquatic. An exhibition for the Jacques Cousteau in us all.

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Space

455 West 19th Street
New York, NY 10011
Performances from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PMWebsite

PopSoda: "Feel The Churn!" Curated by Machine Project

Tear that aerobics class up while attending a butter-making workshop. It’s all part of a year-long project by Los Angeles-based artist collective Machine Project, premiering this Thursday at the Rauschenberg Foundation. Running with the name PopSoda, “Feel the Churn!” classes run September 26th-29th and promise to “spread the physical delight of artisan practices with a participatory audience, combining food science with music, exercise, performance, and community.”  This remind anyone else of Let’s Paint TV?

Tickets are $10 each, click here reserve.


9/26 Morning 8:30am: Session #1

9/26 Evening 7:30pm: Session #2

9/27 Morning 8:30am: Session #3

9/27 Evening 7:30pm: Session #4 (Featuring Dr. Eric Finzi)

9/28 Mid Morning 10am: Session #5 (Featuring pancakes!)

9/28 Evening 6pm: Session #6 (Featuring Cherie Lily


Outpost Artist Resource

1665 Norman Street
Ridgewood, NY 11385
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Color Line: Liz Atzberger, Robert Otto Epstein, Rico Gatson, Ben Godward, Alex Lee Harris, Bjoern Meyer-Ebrecht, Brooke Moyse, Ellie Murphy, Ursula Schneider, Patrick Todd, Siebren Versteeg and Zahayke Zahayke. Curated by Rico Gatson.

We haven’t been able to find a press release for this show online, but it would change our reasons for seeing this show regardless; it’s a collection of excellent mid-career artists who have yet to receive their full dues. Time for this to change.

Various sites in DUMBO

45 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Friday 6 PM to 9 PM; Saturday noon to 9 PM; Sunday noon to 6 PM.Website

DUMBO Arts Festival

As DUMBO rents rise, artists are moving out of the neighborhood, so it will be interesting to see how this festival evolves. Typically more inclusive than a mere studio crawl, the festival includes live music, street acts, and carousel rides. They also award three cash prizes of $1,000 each to artists who have opened their studios for the duration of the festival, and a grand prize of a free DUMBO studio for a year. That’s a pretty big deal, so we’re curious to see who will take home the prize. We’ll also be the first ones to know: AFC’s Paddy Johnson is on the jury this year.


Anthology Film Archives

32 Second Avenue
New York, NY 10003

Films to Look At: A Tour of Phil Niblock's Film Work

Phil Niblock turns 80 next week and Anthology Film Archives isn’t fucking around with that milestone. They’ve organized an entire festival in his name. Screenings run throughout the weekend, and track his career chronologically. The first, which takes place at 7 pm on Saturday September 28th, explore a series of non-verbal theater and museum installations and performances that Niblock produced at the turn of the 60’s. Only the last three “Environoments” still exist in their complete versions, and the organization will be projecting each, as 16mm film images, simultaneously and side-by-side. Combined running time: 1 hour. Total running time: 3 hours.

Smack Mellon Gallery

92 Plymouth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Performances: 3 PM, 7 PM; Opening: 5 - 8 PMWebsite

Shana Moulton: "Morphing Essence Syndrome"

Everyone’s favorite new age, hypochondriac alter-ego, “Cynthia” will perform twice on Saturday night, as part of Shana Moulton’s opening and exhibition premiering her new body of video work. All will feature Cynthia and will be set in an ordinary, techno-fantasy world.



New York Transit Museum

Atlantic Avenue on Boerum place between State Street and Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11201
11 AM to 5 PMWebsite

Bus Festival

Grab a seat on the MTA’s vintage bus fleet this Sunday and get ready to buy some serious bus paraphernalia from the museum.


22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
3 PM - 5 PM, The VW Dome Talks; 12 PM - 6 PM, Marathon ScreeningWebsite

"Image Employment: Overtime"

This Sunday, MoMA PS1 will host a marathon screening of all the videos featured in its current exhibition, “Image Employment.” In addition to the screening, the museum will host a mini-conference of sorts, with an afternoon of talks by artists in the show, including Lucy Raven and Michael Bell Smith, and the show’s curators Aily Nash and Andrew Norman Wilson. For those of you who’ll need to escape the VW Dome at some point, don’t worry; a lunch break has been scheduled.

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