9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11
Exhibition: Raghubir Singh at the Met Breuer
Over the course of his four-decade career, Indian photographer Raghubir Singh (1942–1999) engineered a style of color street photography that stood, in his own words, “on the Ganges side of modernism.” A version of that quote lends its name to this retrospective, which features 85 of Singh’s vivid photographs. The show traces the entirety of Singh’s career, from his early days as a photojournalist to his last works, from the late 1990s, many of which were unpublished. Singh’s photographs will be paired with works by his colleagues and friends, as well as examples of Indian court paintings that inspired his use of bold hues.
Met Breuer, 945 Madison Avenue, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12
Exhibition: Ai Weiwei at Various Locations
Ai Weiwei’s latest public-art project, Good Fences Make Good Neighbors, lands in New York’s five boroughs this week. Put on by the Public Art Fund, this ambitious project will feature large-scale works on view in Central Park and Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens, while some 200 unique banners will be hung on lampposts throughout the city. Its centerpiece will be in Manhattan’s Washington Square Park, where a tall fence structure will appear under the park’s arch. Additionally, some advertising spaces in the city will now serve as a home for documentary photos from Ai’s research at refugee camps. The project, whose name was inspired by Robert Frost’s poem “Mending Wall” builds on the urban infrastructure of the city to prompt the consideration of how fences play into the division of our environment.
Various locations, consult Public Art Fund website for addresses and times
Opening: Gilbert & George at Lehmann Maupin
To commemorate the 50th anniversary of Gilbert & George’s formation, Lehmann Maupin is staging a hearty exhibition of recent work by the iconic duo, with pieces spread out over both of the gallery’s New York spaces, in Chelsea and the Lower East Side. The exhibition presents 35 large new paintings made over the last two years, most showing the duo decked out in symbolic beards made out of everything from beer foam to barbed wire. The title of the exhibition? “The Beard Pictures,” naturally.
Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street and 201 Chrystie Street, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Judith Bernstein at the Drawing Center
For a show aptly titled “Cabinet of Horrors,” Judith Bernstein will consider Donald Trump’s presidency in an 18-work series commissioned by the Drawing Center. The works on paper evoke Bernstein’s anger over Trump’s policies; many include text that recalls Trump’s own childlike insults. (One features a spirit rising out of a canister with a swastika on it. Underneath it is “TRUMP GENIE OUT OF THE BOTTLE.”) Selections of Bernstein’s earliest political drawings, from 1969, as well as works from 1995, will be on view to contextualize her new series.
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, 6–8 p.m.
Screening: “Nocturnal Dream Shows” at Triple Canopy
In 1971, the Cockettes, a group of avant-garde drag performers, made Tricia’s Wedding, a 33-minute film that parodied the wedding of Tricia Nixon, former President Richard Nixon’s daughter, at the White House. In the outlandish satire, a traditional wedding ceremony spirals into debauchery when Eartha Kitt adds some LSD to the punch bowl. As if the concept weren’t already bitter enough, Tricia’s Wedding was released on the same day as Nixon’s marriage. The film screens this week at Triple Canopy, where it will be followed by a talk with scholar and artist Malik Gaines and Museum of Modern Art associate curator Thomas J. Lax, who will address the legacy of the film and its politics.
Triple Canopy, 264 Canal Street, 3W, 7–8:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13
Opening: Michael Wang at Foxy Production
For his third solo exhibition at Foxy Production, Michael Wang charted the selling-off of steel from the World Trade Center following the September 11 attacks. In the years since 2001, scrap steel from the buildings has found its way to locations as far flung as Malaysia and China. Wang researched the alloy, and then sourced and repurposed portions of the steel, in the process creating work that recalls canonical Minimalist sculpture, with a level of meaning perhaps deepened by the narrative of the materials themselves.
Foxy Production, 2 East Broadway #200, 6–8 p.m.
Performance: Abigail DeVille at Whitney Museum
“The world is all messed up,” Martin Luther King, Jr. said in a speech in 1968. “The nation is sick. . . . But I know, somehow, that only when it is dark enough can you see the stars.” For her Whitney Museum installation, which takes that speech as a point of departure, Abigail DeVille has devised her own series of kinetic sculptures that tackle current crises facing society. (The museum is putting on the installation in tandem with its current “Calder: Hypermobility” show.) The work, titled Empire State Works in Progress, will involve a film created by Charlotte Brathwaite. This Friday, DeVille’s sculptures will be activated for a performance called The Invisible Project, which mirrors a state where “running, walking, or existing while black could cost you your life,” according to an artist statement.
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, performance at 8 p.m., consult Whitney Museum website for viewing times for installation. Tickets $18/$25
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14
Opening: Douglas Huebler at Paula Cooper Gallery
This exhibition of early pieces by Douglas Huebler charts the artist’s work as he shifted from Minimalism to Conceptualism. Included in the exhibition will be sculptures, wall reliefs, and paintings dating from between 1963 and 1968, before Huebler moved on to using photography to record the American landscape. For students of Conceptualism, the show is a must: Huebler’s early experiments with written statements documenting objects and phenomena—(Snow Proposal), 1967, for example—will be on view here.
Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 West 21st Street, 5–7 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 15
Conference: “WTF Do We Do Now?” at Pioneer Works
This week, Pioneer Works will host “WTF Do We Do Now?,” a one-day town hall–style conference conceived in collaboration with Creative Time and the activist-artist group the Yes Men. The conference will gather artists, activists, and members of the community, and will touch on such topics as racism, climate change, violence, and gender equality.
“We spent 20 years in one world and suddenly we’re in a different world where the same ideas don’t apply,” Jacques Servin, a cofounder of the Yes Men, told ARTnews earlier this year. The conference will attempt to remedy that by coming up with some new political ideas. Guest speakers will include political scientist Frances Fox Piven, filmmaker Andrew Freiband, and Avram Finkelstein, the cofounder of the Silence=Death campaign. The event is free with registration and open to the public, with beer and food provided.
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
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