This Week’s Art Events: Miami Fun Week!

12/03/2012 3:13 PM |

GIFRIENDS, Bushwick (Gif courtesy of giftedtogether.com)
  • GIFRIENDS, “Bushwick” (Gif courtesy of giftedtogether.com)

Most of the art world will be at Art Basel Miami Beach this weekend, which means the rest of are stuck up here with only the art and the artists. So. excited.

Today, December 3rd

Protest: Day of Action, Cooper Union

From noon to 6 today, Cooper Union students will be staging a “Day of Action” against the administration’s decision to start charging admission to new students.
The administration has claimed that it’s been left no choice, having to reduce over $20 million in annual operating deficits by 2018, and $37,500 tuition scholarships it’s granted students each year. Students have pointed to the new $111 million building as the culprit. They’ll be protesting this afternoon. We care because this isn’t just about Cooper kids— the school has, til now, been one of the very few examples of a free higher education in this country.
12-6 PM, 41 Cooper Square

Wednesday, December 5th

Opening: MULTIPLES: Radical Printmaking, Bluestockings

The activist bookshop Bluestockings opens a group show of radical prints. It’ll include work by Josh MacPhee, who memorably scrapped his Creative Time Summit talk this year to ask for an open conversation about the academic and cultural boycott against Israel.
7 PM, 172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington

Thursday, December 6th

Opening: 10th A.I.R. Biennial, A.I.R. Gallery

We’re glad to see this DUMBO art spaces back on its feet after the hurricane. The by-women for-women gallery holds its tenth biennial, curated by Ingrid Schaffner, Philly’s I.C.A. senior curator. If you can only make it to one show at A.I.R. this year, this should be it.
111 Front Street, Suite 228

Opening: death of a president and other stories, Orchard Windows Gallery

Orchard Windows Gallery Owner Dino Eli once enraged local parents by making a show of porno paintings visible from the street (he’s across from a school).
He does stuff like that; a more recent show involved sex, body paint, and canvas, a la the Paint With Your Dick Christmas kit. The latest is called “death of a president and other stories.” I dunno what that’ll entail, but given the aforementioned history, I doubt it will be boring.
6-9pm, 37 Orchard Street, Lower East Side

Friday, December 7th

Opening: From Point A to Point B, AMO Studios

GIFRIENDS are four friends who like to make GIFs together. Scrolling through their site is a little like looking at a friend group’s Polaroids. They have pretty good 3D shots (I like “Matt throwing tootsie rolls“) and Bushwick shots on the site (above). Here, they’ll be showing travel GIFs, centered around the artist’s point of view, in “From Point A to Point B,” which seems like a fitting title for a GIF show.
8-11PM, AMO Studio, 55 Waterbury St. Brooklyn

Saturday, December 8th

Fundraiser: Art For Change Auction, Art For Change

Hunter College readers might wanna stop by the nearby Art For Change’s art auction. Not that college students have money to burn, but the volunteer-run organization is only trying to hit $2,000, so your $20 ticket will go a long way. That gets you a free drink, food, and music, and it goes to support children’s workshops and a summer arts festival. Sounds like a good investment.
7-11PM, 1699 Lexington Avenue, Lower Level, Harlem