Is Manhattan where it’s at, or is it losing its edge? You be the judge! This week, we’ve divvied up art events by the East River, with all-Brooklyn art events to come.
Tuesday, August 7th
Performance: The Clocktower, August Open House
For the Clocktower’s open house, seasoned sound and installation artist Matthew Ostrowski debuts “The Host,” a sort of “orchestra” of computer-controlled rotary phones. This will be followed by a preview for the upcoming opera “Apollo’s Accidental Answer,” by Bushwick-based artists in residence Ashcan Orchestra. Often using makeshift instruments (which have ranged from bells to lightbulbs to TVs), that should complement the installation well.
108 Leonard Street, 13th Floor, 6-8 PM. No admission after 7.
Opening: Storefront for Art and Architecture, The Post-Olympic City
Thanks to the Olympics, Beijing now has a national water park, but Greece’s gymnastic stadium has been decaying alongside the Parthenon since 2004. As Olympic hosts outdo each other, so does the aftermath, which is probably why filmmaker Gary Hustwit, maker of such films as “Helvetica” and “Objectified,” has been documenting such places with photographer Jon Pack. This exhibition will display their photographs and research materials.
97 Kenmare Street, 7-9 PM
Wednesday, August 8th
Performance: Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, Total Styrene: Breakdown
Stressed? Try fiddling around with some packing peanuts. On Wednesday night, go to Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery for what looks like a packing peanut styrene crunchfestextravaganza, artists Michael Mahalchick’s and Lizzie Scott’s performance “Total Styrene: Breakdown.”
54 Ludlow Street, 7-9 PM
Opening and party: W.i.P., Con Artist Group Show
PAAAARRRTTYYY. The “esteemed and subversive” L.E.S. collective Con Artist, known mostly for street art-style painting and merch, will be holding a DJed party in Soho. There will be drinks, an after party til 4 AM, and also some art.
Work in Progress, 34 Vandam Street, 8pm – 11pm. Lost Mirror’s party and afterparty 11pm – 4am with DJs and a sponsored bar
Lecture: American Folk Art Museum, Compass: Folk Art in Four Directions
Folk Art Museum Senior Curator Stacy C. Hollander will give a lecture alongside the current Folk Art Museum show at the Seaport Museum. The show, installed in the four galleries at Schermerhorn Row, respond to that area’s history as a trading hub; the two museums’ partnership is already bringing some of that life back to the Seaport.
2 Lincoln Center, Columbus Avenue at 66th Street, 6 PM
Saturday, August 11th
For readers out in the Hamptons (hello?), check out a show of paintings by José Lerma and Eddie Martinez. We expect high impact from Lerma’s expansive Twombly-like drawing Martinez’s expressionistic Guston-like painting.
79 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 6-8 pm