Monday, August 13, 2012

This Week's Must-See Art Events and Openings

Posted By on Mon, Aug 13, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, Barcelona. Image for The Post-Olympic City. Photo courtesy Jon Pack
  • Piscina Municipal de Montjuïc, Barcelona. Image for "The Post-Olympic City." Photo courtesy Jon Pack

Another week, another fresh load of art events. We've got a bundle of experimental films, experimental sounds, group shows, and an Artstech meetup.

Tuesday, August 14th

Panel discussion: Storefront for Art and Architecture, The Post-Olympic City

Filmmaker Gary Hustwit ("Objectified," "Helvetica") and photographer Jon Pack will give a panel discussion on their current show "The Post-Olympic City." Just like it sounds, the two have been documenting cities in the aftermath of the games. Not to ride this too hard, but if Hustwit can make a feature-length film about a font interesting, this should be good. AFC's Leighann Morris thinks so.

7-9 PM, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Chinatown/LES: 97 Kenmare Street.

Arts Tech Meetup: Eyebeam, Slow Tech

Arts Tech Meetup tomorrow at Eyebeam. For the uninitiated, this is where arts tech cool kids give presentations on tech innovations, and this week it's on "slow tech philosophies," finding time to unplug...blah blah blah. You may not need a presentation to bring you up to speed on this, but there will be wine.

7-10 PM, Presentations run 7:30-8:30. 540 West 21st street. $10

Screening: Anthology Film Archives, Maya Deren Theater, Vision Quest

For experimental film lovers, Nicole Klagsbrun holds a screening for the current group show "Vision Quest." The films sound a lot like the title. Anticipate "sensory deprivation, hallucinations, deep interests, self reflection, philosophical understanding, meditation on life, magical powers". In addition to work by a handful of emerging artists, this will include subculture classics from 1950s LA, Kenneth Anger's Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome and Curtis Harrington's The Wormwood Star.

7-9 PM. Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Ave.

Sound performance/installation: The Clocktower, DroneScape

Nova drones! We have no idea how they work, but experimental electronic kits placed throughout the Clocktower will harness the awesome power of sound and light to forge a "unique auditory and visual environment." Beware: if this video and past performances at the Clocktower are any indication, this will be really fucking loud.

Doors open 6 p.m. No admittance after 7 p.m. Free. 108 Leonard Street, 13th Floor, New York, Bring a photo ID. RSVP to

Thursday, August 16th

Opening: The Hole, Houseface

Another celebrity show at the Hole. Musician Adam Green will be opening a show of cartoon imagery, along with his feature-length film. Who knows— maybe the art'll be okay.

7-9 PM. The Hole, 312 Bowery.

Screening: Churner and Churner, Two films by Jaime Davidovich

In the late 1970s, Jaime Davidovich was amongst a small group of people pushing the idea of artist-run cable TV programming. He hosted his program weekly, The Live! Show, in the late 70s and early 80s, a tradition which continues today with programs like E.S.P. TV. Churner and Churner will be screening one episode of The Live! Show, as well as his short film Outreach (1978), a parody of a museum panel discussion. Based on the volume of self-indulgent panel talks today, that film should resonate.

6:30, 205 10th Avenue

Opening: Freight + Volume, THE DOUBLE DIRTY DOZEN (& FRIENDS)

After the screening at Churner and Churner, stop by Freight + Volume to see a massive group show, including artists on our emerging watchlist like Max Razdow and Erik Den Breejen. The show of "rabble rousers" (mostly figurative painters) is sort of billed as an ungovernables-style thumb at the art world. Eyeroll. It should be worth going for the fifty artists included, though strike two: it’s conspicuously low on women.

6-9 PM, 530 W. 24th St.

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