This Week’s Must See Events: This is What Liberation Feels Like™

by Paddy Johnson and Whitney Kimball on September 16, 2014 Events


Readykeulous by Ridykeulous: This is What Liberation Feels Like™

If you thought the barrage of openings was over think again. We’re now into week three of opening season. And luckily there’s some good shows on the horizon. Those who are into military inspired Bauhaus drawings, will be pleased to learn that the Drawing Center opens an Alexander ‘Xanti’ Schawinsky this Thursday. Those who are into memes and digital aesthetics have a discussion at PRATT to attend this Friday with, among other star curators, Christiane Paul (The Whitney) and Boris Groys (everywhere). And finally, this Friday the ICA opens a multilingual opera by Alex de Corte and Jayson Musson we’re more than curious about. Musson will be playing his famed youtube persona Hennessy Youngman, so we can’t wait to see what he does with de Corte.

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Higher Pictures

980 Madison Avenue
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMWebsite

K8 Hardy, Fashionfashion, 2002-2006

K8 Hardy worked as a stylist’s assistant from 2002-2006. Apparently, the job was not a total wash, since the experience inspired “Fashionfashion,” her series of large scale zines of herself in subversively grotesque fashion poses. Hardy went on to put on a mock runway show at the Whitney Biennial in 2012, so in the end, the artist beat the fashion industry.

You can’t buy the zines anymore, but you can see them in an exhibition of “Fashionfashion” at Higher Pictures.

Hunter College MFA Campus

205 Hudson Street Gallery
(Entrance on Canal, between Hudson and Greenwich)
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMWebsite

Another Place: The C12 Exhibition

Eight Hunter College MFA alumn come together for a show at Hunter’s new location on Canal. Each have practices that redefine space. Given the number of solid artists Hunter produces each year—and the level of talent that is included in this show—we recommend it.

Artists: Ryan Lauderdale, Rodrigo Lobos Huber, Emmy Catedral, Ryan McNamara, Cybele Lyle, Denise Schatz, Jules de Balincourt, Carolyn Salas

Curated by Lindsay Aveilhé, Sophia Alexandrov, Samantha Best



460 Union Street
Open Thursday September 18-Sunday September 21, 12:00 - 6:00 PMWebsite

Dear Derrick Featuring Andrew Guenther

Andrew Guenther is a painting nerd, but he’s always been something of a music nerd as well. It makes sense then, that this short run show of works by Guenther would accompany the music release of “The Jamie Project”, a music compilation by Dear Derrick. Those songs are a tribute to the woman who inspired him to continue making music and are described as a “smooth feel-good tale of when a thug falls in love.”

The Drawing Center

35 Wooster Street
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMWebsite

Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War

Okay, this looks like the best show ever. The imagination and technical skill in Alexander ‘Xanti’ Schawinsky’s Bauhaus drawings is almost awe inducing. Only a few images have been uploaded on the site, but it’s enough to give a sense of what’s in store: A pencil drawing of a house that doubles as a portrait, a boat that wears wind for a beard, and a military station in the shape of a storm trooper headgear. It’s incredibly inventive work and we can’t wait to see it. Curated by Brett Littman


Pratt Institute

Engineering 307
200 Willoughby Avenue
1-3 pmWebsite

Questioning Aesthetics: New Trends in Aesthetics: Aesthetic Computing, Digitization, and Data Visualization

This series of panel discussions runs through two days, but there’s only one talk we’re focused on. “Aesthetic Computing, Digitization, and Data Visualization” with panelists Christiane Paul (Whitney Museum), Boris Groys (NYU), Amber Frid-Jimenez (Emily Carr), Christopher Sula (Pratt) is an absolute must-see panel. Four years, Groys gave a talk at SVA that outlined the idea that “social media and the internet is the new arena for the avant garde’s production of “weak signs and low visibility”; the masses creating their own work for minuscule audiences in the 21st Century vs consuming the spectacles created by mass media in the 20th.” Certainly those ideas would be relevant to this panel. Christiane Paul, an adjunct curator for the New Museum and a digital media expert would certainly have some opinions on those ideas too. We’ve never seen a more articulate speaker in the digital arts than Paul, so we can’t wait to see what happens on this panel.


118 South 36th street
6:30 PM - 9:00 PMWebsite

Readykeulous by Ridykeulous: This is What Liberation Feels Like™ and and “Jayson Musson and Alex Da Corte”

There are two paths to art world success. Play it safe on your slow climb up the professional ladder; or, throw the ladder in a blazing fire, because fuck the rules. The second option seems to be the one chosen by artists in the new Ridykeulous show, wherein artists Nicole Eisenman and A.L. Steiner continue curating around queer art world critique, fueled by humor and rage. Expect a big fat F U to the art world, from the art world’s most fearless: Kathy Acker, Abe Ajay, Mike Albo, Artists Poster Committee (Frazier Dougherty, Jon Hendricks, Irving Petlin), Sadie Benning, Kathe Burkhart, Nao Bustamante, Jibz Cameron, Leidy Churchman, Zackary Drucker, Nicole Eisenman, Tracey Emin, Daniel Feinberg, Louise Fishman, Glen Fogel, Hollis Frampton, Dawn Frasch, Simon Fujiwara, Gary Gissler, Guerilla Art Action Group (G.A.A.G.), Harmony Hammond, Kathleen Hanna & Toby Vail, K8 Hardy, I.U.D., Donald Judd, Zoe Leonard, Ali Liebegott, Lucy Lippard, Catherine Lord, Bernadette Mayer, Allyson Mitchell & Deirdre Logue, Eileen Myles, Chuck Nanney, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Laura Parnes, William Powhida , Adrian Piper, Ridykeulous, Carolee Schneeman, Jack Smith, Nancy Spero, Nicola Tyson, Kara Walker, and David Wojnarowicz.

Speaking of savvy art world critics: Jayson Musson, aka Hennessy Youngman, teams up with longtime friend Alex Da Corte to create and co-star in a multilingual soap opera, written by Musson and directed by Da Corte. Their work is completely different– we don’t see much of a connection between handy art world digs and sleek, painterly assemblage– but it’s a good opportunity to celebrate two of the bigger stars Philly has recently produced. Here’s to more of those.


Nars Foundation

201 46th Street, 4th floor
Brooklyn, NY
3:00 PM to 6:00 PMWebsite

Nars Foundation Open Studios

Check out the NARS Foundation Open Studios in Sunset Park this Saturday. There’s a range of talent there, but there’s always a couple of studios worth the trip. And of course, it gives people a chance to talk with the artists about their process, intent and all that other good stuff. Those are the kinds of conversations that never get old.

Fall 2014 NARS Open Studios
Niamul Bari, Jennifer Grimyser, Katya Grokhovsky, Ronald Hall, Noël St. John Harnden, Chaegang Jeon, Rachel Klinghoffer, Sandra Lapage, Antonia Dias Leite, Cristian I. Mejia, Tracy Miller, Amanda Millet-Sorsa, Kristine Moran, Carolina Paz, Carlos Pileggi, Mark John Smith, Kate Stone, Karolina Sulich, Masaki Takizawa, Lindsay Hanna Taylor, Claudia Weber, Matt Whitman, Halley Zien

Lower East Side

North East Corner of Bowery and Rivington
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM Website

Coloring in the Street

Join AFC Photographer and artist Christian this weekend at his lower east side coloring table. Why? Because you can make Andy Warhol’s face any color you want. If that doesn’t do it for you, he’s got Oprah, Karl Lagerfeld, and a bunch of other celebrities worth a crayon squiggle or two.

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