This Week’s Must-See Art Events: So Many Romantic Loners

by The AFC Staff on April 15, 2015 Events

Still from "Don't Make Me Over/We People Who Are Darker Than Blue" by Kalup Linzy. Here Linzy is doing what he does best: playing the romantic loner.

Still from “Don’t Make Me Over/We People Who Are Darker Than Blue” by Kalup Linzy. Here’s Linzy doing what he does best: playing the romantic loner.

This week, the art world plays punk teen-fantasy dress-up: feminist CD-ROMs, soap-opera karaoke, protest discussions, and DIY costumes. Whee!

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Garis & Hahn

263 Bowery
New York, NY 10002
Performance begins at 7:30 p.m. sharp and lasts for 15 minutesWebsite

"Art Job, My Lullaby”

Kalup Linzy has been making his own brand of song-and-dance, soap-opera, and drag performances for well over a decade. For his solo exhibition at Garis & Hahn, Art.Jobs.Lullabies, Linzy will debut a new bit as Kaye, a “romantic loner,” who’ll be singing original and karaoke versions with one “Mike Jackson” accompanying him on electric guitar. Based on photos and videos we’ve seen, Kaye looks like Prince. Well, there you go—not a bad way to spend fifteen minutes.

The Drawing Center

35 Wooster Street
New York, New York 10013
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Website

Five Openings at the Drawing Center: Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris, Natalie Frank, Open Sessions 3, Abdelkader Benchamma, and Rachel Goodyear

Thursday’s a big night for the Drawing Center. They’re hosting an opening reception for four exhibitions, and one not-to-be-forgotten wall drawing. It’s going to cover a lot of two-dimensional territory, from Beaux-Arts de Paris portraits to Brothers Grimm fairytales, an astrological vortex in graphite, artist-curated Open Sessions 3, and animations.

(Above: One of Natalie Frank’s surreal fairytale scenes.)

New Museum

235 Bowery
New York, New York 10002
7:00 p.m. Website

The Theresa Duncan CD-ROMs

Rhizome and the New Museum teamed up to re-introduce three nearly-lost CD-ROM games to the public. They’re unveiling Theresa Duncan’s restored Chop Suey (1995), Smarty (1996), and Zero Zero (1997) to the public this Thursday, and they’re asking a panel of notable presenters to consider these games, designed for young girls aged 7-12, in the context of feminist gaming history. (We wrote about Theresa Duncan’s work several months ago, when Rhizome was putting on a Kickstarter.) Presenters include Dragan Espenschied, Digital Conservator at Rhizome; Lia Gangitano, Founder of Participant Inc.; Rachel Simone Weil, Founder of FEMICOM museum; and Jenn Frank, noted games critic.

MAD Museum

2 Columbus Circle
New York, NY 10019
7:30 p.m. Website

A Flaccid Domesticity with Colin Self, Jordan Isadore, and Whoop Dee Doo

Like one of Stephon’s SNL nightclubs, New York’s hottest pan-disciplinary performance is “A Flaccid Domesticity,” and this event has EVERYTHING: dancers sporting garbage bag ruffles, a sampling instrument that sounds like suburbia, soft sculpture everything, and Whoop Dee Doo. What’s a Whoop Dee Doo? It’s that thing where a bunch of performance artists and actors make a live kid’s show and it’s weird in the best possible way.


Radiator Arts

10-61 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, New York 11106
6:00 p.m. Website

You Are On Indian Land

An exhibition of work by North American-Indian and First Nations artists—the artspeaky press release doesn’t quite do the artists justice, so if you’re looking for a preview, we suggest you take a closer look at Postcommodity, an artist’s collective of four showing in the exhibition. They make conceptually dense installation work that’s heavy on moving image and sound.

Artists: Nicholas Galanin, Edgar Heap of Birds, Marcus Amerman, and artist collective Postcommodity (Raven Chacon, Cristóbal Martínez, Kade L. Twist and Nathan Young)


Brooklyn Museum

200 Eastern Parkway
Brooklyn, New York 11238
2:00 p.m. Website

Artists Roundtable: Art, Activism, and the Black Body

With its Kehinde Wiley retrospective, the Brooklyn Museum is no stranger to artwork that candidly address racial politics and the black body. (For a recap, see Jillian Steinhauer’s essay on Hyperallergic, which breaks down the range of art opinions surrounding the exhibition.) Going beyond just the arts, Saturday’s panel will bring up how artists and museums alike have a stake in social protest.
Panelists: Dread Scott, Rashaad Newsome, Tatyana Fazlalizadeh, and Damon Davis


Regina Rex

221 Madison Street
New York, New York 10002
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Website

Maker’s Mark

Not sure what the press release means, exactly—it involves ephemerality versus materiality, interpellation versus interpolation—but it’s about the Internet. We like Regina Rex’s new space—and their alleyway “gallery”—and the artists in this show, so we’re going.

Michael Bell-Smith, Erika Ceruzzi, Juan Gomez, Henry Gunderson, Jeanette Hayes, Sofia Leiby, Adam Parker Smith, Eric Shaw, and John Zinsser

(Above: Adam Parker Smith, “Jolly Giant,” 2015.)

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