Not Only, But Also: Eleventy Billion Gallery Openings

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10/30/2008 2:30 PM |

The L‘s Patricia Milder has curated some suggestions for your Thursday night gallery-crawl!

Sure, I admit gallery openings aren’t the best environments for seriously considering artworks. But on nights like tonight when so many doors in Chelsea are open until at least 8pm, there’s no more entertaining way to start out (or end, if you’re tired as hell by Thursday, like me) your evening. And let’s face it, it’s the end of the month and cash is low, so zero cost for stopping by and a few free beers are more than welcome.

If you can only make it to one show tonight, I have to recommend checking out Rodney McMillian at The Kitchen. McMillian makes really fabulous, highly politically charged installations by painting on unprimed canvas, and using materials such as discarded mattresses, filing cabinets, and chairs. I’m really looking forward to seeing one of McMillian’s performances (tonight at 7pm) for the first time. They are said to be something like a nonlinear, pop-culture infused revisiting of political movements from history. The inspiration for this particular show (installation, performance, and also sound art — not music — accompaniment) is Cormac McCarthy’s post-apocalyptic novel The Road. This is layered, as McMillian’s work always is, with allusions to the points at which religious belief systems, politics and current events overlap: entertaining, but certainly not escapist.

I also very highly recommend getting familiar with Tomma Abts’ abstract
paintings and Stan Douglas’ photography and video, both opening at
David Zwirner.

Below is a short list of galleries all in close proximity to each
other, having receptions tonight from 6pm-8pm. Go ahead, attend all

Rodney McMillian
Performance at 7pm
The Kitchen
512 West 19th St

Tomma Abts & Stan Douglas
David Zwirner
525 & 533 W 19th St

Enrique Metinides
Josée Bienvenu Gallery
529 West 20th St

Ali Banisadr
Leslie Tonkonow
535 West 22nd St

Stephen Westfall
Lennon, Weinberg, Inc.
514 W 25th St

Arian Huang
Walter Randel Gallery
287 Tenth Ave