As our planet drifts farther and farther from the sun, it leaves our island city a barren wasteland of salted sludge. All good things must DIE. So we’re squeezing out every last bit of fun we can before we hunker down for nine more months of art fairs; this week, we’ve got mostly-Brooklyn events, with a lot of emerging artists and a Flux Factory Death Match.
Tonight, August 20th
Opening: Pratt MFA Show, Look at Me Now
Still excited about Pussy Riot? Then come check out the pussy power in your own backyard as Pratt art history students curate an all-female group show of MFA artists, “Look at Me Now.”
6 - 9 PM, Pratt, 200 Willoughby Ave
Wednesday, August 22nd
FLUX DEATH MATCH: Flux Factory, Is Small Big Enough?
In its ongoing effort to bring online debates to RL, Flux Factory has ordered four architects, designers, city planners—Mike Lydon, Anne Frederick, Aurash Khawarzad, and Quilian Riano—to smack down upon the subject of urban planning in a presidential-style debate! Commenters are invited to grow some balls and express their dissatisfaction in person, as livetweeting and audience participation is key. We will relish this.
8 - 10 PM, Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City
Summer Screen: McCarren Park, Raising Arizona
Do you wanna go see “Raising Arizona”? Yes? Yes. See you Wednesday.
Doors open at 6, music starts at 6:30, movie starts at sundown. McCarren Park, North 12th and Bedford, Williamsburg
Thursday, August 23rd
Opening: Kunsthalle Galapagos, Creative Nonfiction
If you wanna know what’s going on in the emerging scene, go see “Creative Nonfiction” at Kunsthalle Galapagos. The show has cred, if that matters: it includes a few artists, like Jack Henry, who are really hot right now, and several alumni of the Bronx Museum’s AIM (Artists in the Marketplace) program for emerging artists, like Julia Oldham, Liene Bosquê, and Hannah Smith Allen. We’re also going because it’s co-curated by former L Mag arts editor Benjamin Sutton.
6-8 PM, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn
Friday, August 24th
Performance: Forever & Today, Studio On The Street: Liz Magic Laser
For her residency, Liz Magic Laser has transformed Forever & Today into a “situation room.” Over the past year, her video and performance work in Performa, The Kitchen, and Derek Eller Gallery has been fresh, biting, and powerful— each one with something new to add.
6 - 8 PM, Forever & Today, 141 Division street
Opening: Flux Factory, Terribilis Tubus
If you can’t make it to the Flux Factory Death Match this week, then you have another chance with a group show of four Glasgow-based sculptors: Hirofumi Suda, Risa Tsunegi, Rory O’Connor, and Theodoros Stamatogiannis. If you do make it to the Death Match, then even better— these artists’ interest in architectural interventions should complement the urban planning debate nicely.
6-9 PM. Flux Factory, 39-31 29th Street, Long Island City
DEADLINES: Artist and curator residency applications due
Thanks to NurtureArt’s opportunities calendar, we’re reminded that a bunch of application deadlines for artist residencies are coming up around August 30th. LMCC’s Swing Space Program offers about five months of a free studio (meh), the KulttuuriKauppila program in Finland charges a total rent of about $500 per month (sounds great if you have some money saved), and the Luminary Residency Program in St. Louis grants one week to six months of a studio space and discounted workshops (yay). See NurtureArt’s website for more.
Thu, August 30, 12am — Fri, August 31, 12am