This Week’s Must-see Art Events: Happy Communist Manifesto Anniversary!

by Corinna Kirsch on February 17, 2015 Events

Joshua Abelow Untitled("Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, 'Wildboden in the Snow,' 1924"), 2015

Joshua Abelow, “Untitled: Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, ‘Wildboden in the Snow,’ 1924,” 2015

This week, we’re seeing a bunch of digital events outside of the usual haunts. Post-Internet darling Harm van der Dorpel will bring new work to Bed-Stuy’s American Medium, Aram Bartholl will show us all how to make athletic-looking smartphone headbands, and Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto will be celebrated with vodka, potatoes, and art at an apartment gallery in Queens.

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56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, New York 11206
7:00 p.m. Website

Muse Fuse: Laurel Ptak

If you know Laurel Ptak as the brains behind the now defunct blog “I Heart Photograph,” that’s so 2008. Currently, Ptak serves as the director of the Triangle Arts Association residency program in New York, where she’s in the process of revamping the 30-year-old program. NURTUREart Director Marco Antonini will lead a conversation with Laurel on the future of residencies and communities in the digital age.



137 West 14th Street
New York, New York 10011
6:00 p.m.Website

Aram Bartholl: Point of View

A heads up to all makers and cheapskates: Bartholl will be giving a tutorial on how to turn your smartphone into a DIY GoPro. Watch this video and see how dozens of people have made videos on their forehead. If you’re not amused, feel free to go ahead and splurge on a $1,000-plus camera. We’ll take the cheap, homespun model.


247365 Brooklyn

131 Huntington Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
7:00 p.m.Website

Situational Comedy: Brad Philips, Raphael Lyon, Joshua Abelow

For art that will tickle your funny bone, there’s the wildly comic writings and paintings of Joshua Abelow, the melancholic puns of Brad Philips, and the “Nerd Lesson in Entropy” of R. Lyon. Stand up for comedy—go to this show.

American Medium

424 Gates Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11216
6:00 p.m.Website

Harm van den Dorpel: Just-in-Time

For Post-Internet artist Harm van den Dorpel’s solo show at American Medium, he asked a friend and fellow artist to talk about his sculptures and collages. The stream-of-thought press release happens to be one of the strangest, yet informative I’ve encountered. Some excerpts:

“Harm has chosen me to write about his work because I seem like someone who hates the art world, a post-artist, someone who has decided to give up. I’m trying to gauge if he wants me to tear his practice apart. I’m trying to figure out what that would mean. Is it BDSM?”

“Harm van den Dorpel’s work is about language, process and infrastructure. When he makes images they are about other images. They’re like lol what is an image anyways.”

“I don’t really get Harm’s work.”

“Harm has a Wikipedia page. Harm is 33-34 years of age. Wikipedia calls him a ‘conceptual artist’. What the fuck does that mean in 2015?”



Valerina Gallerina

60-21 69th Ave. Apt 1
Ridgewood, NY, 11385
7:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.; video screening at 9:00 p.m.Website


When I lived in Chicago I used to visit apartment galleries all the time (I also used to run two of them), but in New York, there are hardly any. I miss them.

I miss the casual, let’s-just-make-this-work attitude of putting on shows. You can put a sculpture in a bathtub for no other reason than it fits there. You can use that old white TV/DVD combo and nobody will call you out for being cheap. Anything goes. It’s just about showing your work to your peers, outside of your studio mates. And having a party, of course.

This Saturday, ValeRina Gallerina (motto: “Liberté, Egalité, Beyoncé”), a Ridgewood-based “egalitarian” apartment gallery will be showing a range of artists in an exhibition marking the anniversary of The Communist Manifesto‘s first publication. Most importantly, vodka and potatoes will be served along with the art. That’s the Bolshevik spirit!

Featuring artists:

Ryan Chin, Christhian Diaz, Rina Goldfield, Leslie Martinez, Darcy Rosenberger, Saki Sato, Valerie Skakun, Greg Skiano, Masha Vlasova, Joshua Weibley, Qin Zhu, Ye Qin Zhu

Marlborough Chelsea and Marlborough Broome (both locations)

Marlborough Chelsea, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; Marlborough Broome, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. Website

Andrew Kuo and Scott Reeder: It Gets Beta

Plan on gallery-hopping to Marlborough’s two-part exhibition for Andrew Kuo and Scott Reeder. One of the few Manhattan-based events in this week’s “Must-see Art Events,” It Gets Beta receives a nod from us out of sheer curiosity. Specifically, what the heck are Kuo and Reeder going to do with “Thinkers,” a mini-nightclub they built specifically for their exhibition at Marlborough Broome Street? Up in Chelsea, we’ll see new chart-paintings by Kuo and new pasta paintings and neon works by Reeder.


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