Monday, September 10, 2012

This Week's Must-See Art Events and Openings

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It’s a good week for art events everywhere. This week, we’ve got a new media show, BAM's emerging arts festival, a house party, and OWS returns.

Go See: Adam Cvijanovic: Natural History, Postmasters Gallery

This opened a few days ago, but it looks cool. Adam Cvijanovic has transformed Postmasters into a reconfiguration of the Natural History Museum’s Hall of North American Animals with panoramic murals.
Tuesday - Saturday, 11-6. 459 West 19th Street (at 10th Avenue), Chelsea

Wednesday, September 12th

Opening: Next Wave Festival, Brooklyn Academy of Music
BAM’s annual Next Wave festival returns, giving some exposure to groundbreaking underground and emerging artists. The artists included this year often talk about objecthood with objects, like Tatiana Berg’s paintings-as-portable sculpture, or respond to architectural framework, like Daniel Arsham’s rubbings and cutaway walls. For better or for worse, the work says a lot about the moment: light rule-bending, within a discussion about materiality, is something artists are engaging.
6 - 8 PM, BAM, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Peter Jay Sharp Building

Opening: 8 Artists Making Sculpture: The 5th Annual Registry Exhibition, BRIC
BRIC hosts its own version of New Wave, showcasing the work of eight emerging sculptors.
Guest curator, writer, and blogger Jamie Sterns is also someone to watch, according to Artinfo’s ranking system. As the person behind this summer’s “Bad Girls of 2012” at Interstate Projects, she probably is. I like her blog.
12 - 6 PM, BRIC Rotunda Gallery, 33 Clinton Street, Brooklyn

Thursday, September 13th

Opening: Bright Lights After Armageddon, Pablo’s Birthday
A group show of artists who work with the net and new media—Michael Bell-Smith, Travess Smalley, Rafaël Rozendaal, Anne de Vries—are in a group show which posits that “the day after Armageddon may be much brighter than the day before.” This seems fitting for 2012, but also for a show of new media artists who are finally (hopefully) starting to get mainstream recognition.
7 pm - 9 PM, 25 Cleveland Place, Soho

Friday, September 14th

Opening: Occupy Your BFF, Momenta Art
Momenta Art will open its space to OWS for events and discussions as the first Zuccotti Park protests hit their one-year anniversary. The Village Voice reports that while the economy hasn’t gotten much better in the intervening year, OWSers have been working hard to smooth out the kinks: They brought OWS’s horizontal power structure to the Berlin Biennial; the movement now has spokespeople; and the four-hour meetings are getting places. All we have to do now is show up.
6 - 9 PM, Momenta Art, 56 Bogart Street

Opening: Close Your Eyes, Causey Contemporary
A show of atmospheric carbon smoke and graphite drawings look like they’re out of focus. And yet, they’re not.
6 - 9 PM, 92 Wythe Avenue

Opening: Lightness of Being, Present Company
A group of artists are “expanding the post-studio mantra” in this show at the fairly new Greenpoint gallery. The press release points to Francis Alÿs as an influence, and a year after his big PS1 show, it should be exciting to see the ideas bubbling up in real time.
6 - 11 PM, 101 North 13th Street

Party: Andrew Ohanesian: The House Party, The Boiler, Pierogi
Get your freak institutional critique on at the Boiler, where Andrew Ohanesian has constructed the inside of a suburban home, where we’ll party til it’s wrecked. wOOt
7 - 10 PM, 191 North 14th Street

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