It’s a much-anticipated art week. There is much art to anticipate. The New York Art Book Fair will blow our wallets; the Dumbo Arts Festival will blow our minds; Occupy Wall Street will blow our sense of complacence; VICE will blow...well, you get the idea.
Tonight, Monday, September 24th
Opening: To be a Lady: forty-five women in the arts, 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery
Yes, there have been great women artists, as Jason Andrew has set out to prove in this show of forty-five artists “who happen to be women.” Is it still necessary to make this point? Actually, yes. It’s evidenced by this year’s tendency toward dude-heavy group shows and a continued reluctance to associate with feminism— as has been addressed by Mira Schor, who’s in the show. Andrew’s variety points to a range of strong women from all corners of the art world, from icons like Alice Neel and Jay DeFeo to more recent envelope-pushers like Austin Thomas and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge.
6-8 PM, 1285 Avenue of the Americas, between 51st & 52nd Streets
Thursday, September 27, 2012
Screening: The VICE Guide to the Mexican Elections, Abron Arts Center
Wooo. The Abron Arts Center will be screening the VICE Guide to the Mexican Elections. If you’ve seen the other VICE guides, like the VICE Guide to Karachi or the VICE Guide to North Korea, you know this is gonna be good. Kinda like Jackass, but with totalitarian governments.
7 PM, 466 Grand Street, Manhattan. FREE
Exhibition Talk: Materializing “Six Years,” The Brooklyn Museum
Speaking of awesome women: the Brooklyn Museum has put together an exhibition based on activist feminist art critic Lucy Lippard’s book Six Years. “Six Years” focuses on the emergence of conceptual art in the late 60s, in which artists began questioning the importance of the physical object. It’s a good time for the show; the object is back. On Thursday, Lippard will be speaking with artists Robert Barry, Jennifer Bartlett, Luis Camnitzer, and Martha Wilson, all of whom have work in the show.
We’d especially like to hear them talk about Occupy Museums. Lippard was a cofounder of the Art Workers Coalition (AWC), a group of artists who fought to enstate Free Fridays, which came up last year when Occupy Museums protested MoMA’s “Target” Free Fridays.
6:30, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor. Free with museum admission. Make advance reservations at firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday, September 29th
Opening: Brian Hubble, Kirsten Stoltmann, SUGAR
As an answer to conceptual art’s de- and rematerialization at the Brooklyn Museum, check out work by Brian Hubble and Kirsten Stoltmann, conceptual artists who work with materiality.
6 - 8 PM, 449 Troutman Street, #3-5, bell #21, Bushwick
Opening: Scott Lawrence: Monochrome, NURTUREArt
And as an antidote to conceptual art, check out Scott Lawrence’s first solo show. He’s in a movement of sculptors who are having fun with formalism; his dress shirts-on-canvas or minimalist long johns fall “somewhere between high-minded formalism and dive-bar joke.”
7-9 PM, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn
The Art Book Fair returns! Printed Matter throws one of the best events of the year, packing PS1 to the gills with nerds, artists, and artist books. Budget wisely; if they’re doing the zine tent again, you can easily go broke before setting foot inside.
Lucy Lippard will also be a keynote speaker here, along with artist Paul Chan.
Preview: Thursday, September 27, 6—9pm
Friday, September 28, 12—7pm
Saturday, September 29, 11am—9pm
Sunday, September 30, 11am—7pm
PS1, 4601 21st Street, Long Island City
Once again, AndrewAndrew’s already got us really pumped for the Dumbo Arts Fest. In addition to open studios and exhibitions, there will be more projection mapping technology as artists like the Budapest collective Glowing Bulbs will work their magic on the Manhattan Bridge Anchorage each night from 8 PM - midnight. And if that doesn’t sell ya, there’s gonna be a Twitter cookie raffle.
Art, Meetings, Potlucks, and a Hackathon: Occupy Stuff
You don’t have to get arrested, you don’t have to sleep outside, and you don’t have to stand in line at an information desk to figure out what’s going on. Basically, we’re completely out of excuses to keep skipping Occupy meetings.
Tonight, Monday, September 24th: Open action meeting, Occupy Museums, Momenta Art
Momenta has opened its space for six weeks of Occupy-related events and meetings in “Occupy Your BFF.” BFF stands for the Bloomberg Family Foundation, a privately-run charity founded by Mayor Bloomberg, which has reportedly drained the city of revenue by funnelling hundreds of millions of dollars into offshore tax havens.
Tonight, stop by for the open action meeting, held by Occupy Museums. If you don’t feel that Occupy represents you, then here’s an opportunity to change that.
For events throughout the month, check out Occupy Museums' website.
6 PM, Momenta, 56 Bogart Street
Friday, September 28th
Artists, designers, researchers, developers, and hackers are invited to share and discuss ways to visualize research which is being done through the movement.
10 AM - midnight, The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue
Opening: Nothing to See Here
That night kicks off a four-day group show of photographers who’ve been independently documenting the Occupy movement.
7 PM, A Gathering of The Tribes, 285 East Third Street, Floor 2
Screening: Monday night movies and potluck
Next Monday, we’ll be attending a potluck and short film screening, followed by a discussion about the role of media in the Occupy Movement.