With last week’s art fairs, we’ve had enough of Manhattan to last us til April. Enough with those guys. This week is (almost) all Brooklyn.
Tuesday, March 12th
Talk: Chim↑Pom, ABC NO RIO
If you don’t do punk shows but still want a good excuse to see ABC NO RIO before it’s gone, here’s a really great opportunity. They’re bringing in Ryuta Ushiro, the co-founder of the popular Japanese activist collective Chim↑Pom, for a screening and talk. Presumably, he’ll discuss the group’s martial arts performances KI-AI 100 (100 Cheers), which took place at one of the hardest-hit sites of the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster. The performance has spurred the formation of nuclear resistance groups around the country; plus, it was a hit last year at PS1.
Free, 7 PM, 156 Rivington Street, Manhattan
Salon: Tonje Bøe Birkeland and Mircea Nicolae, International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)
You may be wondering why New York needs to many spotlight so many foreign artists these days. For one thing, starving non-profits find support from more generous governments in exchange for exposure for their artists. For another, art gets stale without new blood, and people seem to have a thing for outer Europe these days. We can hope to see something a little different on Tuesday, from photographers Tonje Bøe Birkeland and Mircea Nicolae, who will present his project Romanian Kiosk Company: a documentary examination of the last fifty years in the Romanian city of Bucharest, which was shown in the 2011 Venice Biennale.
1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
Wednesday, March 13th
Talk: Muse Fuse: Martha Schwendener, NURTUREArt
NURTUREArt’s monthly salon features an impressive variety of art world luminaries, foremost among them, our own Art Fag City editors Paddy Johnson and Will Brand.
This month’s guest needs no introduction; Village Voice critic Martha Schwendener has been rallying critics on the Brooklyn Rail and in panels, writing, working with Occupy, and basically all-around ass-kicking. [Editor’s note: On Wednesday, she’ll rise to even more prominent ranks.]
7 PM, 56 Bogart, Brooklyn
Thursday, March 14th
Opening: Some Things, Beginnings
Dutch artist Helmut Smits makes nutty discoveries and puts them on display. This includes objects like “A Plastic Plant Acting Like a Real One by Losing Its Leaves” or “Nine to Five,” a thermometer timer switch set from 9:00 to 5:00 PM. As the press release aptly sums up, “[Smits] celebrates seemingly quick observations of objects, situations and environments, and then gives them back to you, as if they were gifts.” Silly Danes.
7-10, 110 Meserole Ave, Brooklyn
Friday, March 15th
Opening: stripped.striated.poured, Storefront Bushwick
Carrie Yamaoka has been making vague, photographic resin-coated panels for many years, and with some degree of success. In 2004, Roberta Smith spoke very highly of the work, likening these to Robert Ryman’s delicate white surfaces, and traditional Japanese ceramic glazes. She wrote: “However you parse them, her efforts intimate a rejuvenation of Minimalism, spurred by new materials, more refined techniques and fresh ideas.”
6-9 PM, 16 Wilson Avenue, Brooklyn
Saturday, March 16th
Opening Party: Rochelle Feinstein, Higher Pictures
Rochelle Feinstein makes art-about-art with an unusually critical, socially-conscious edge. Her paintings, which deconstruct the language of painting—and language in general—have warranted a two-part show at Higher Pictures and On Stellar Rays. Both are similarly discerning galleries, so it should be doubly worth a visit.
Opening Party, 8-10 PM, 980 Madison Avenue