Monday, October 8, 2012

This Week's Must-See Art Events and Openings

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An example of the New Aesthetic from the New Aesthetic blog. (Photo courtesy of
  • Freddy Mercury at the London Olympics, used as an example of the New Aesthetic on the New Aesthetic blog. (Photo courtesy of

It’s a week for comebacks— for some, undue, and others we actually missed. The New Aesthetic, Baby X, and Roger Moore all make a fresh appearances. On the upside, we get to see all of the rest of the James Bonds, too.

Wednesday, October 10th

Talk: Will Brand, NURTUREArt
Art Fag City editor and regular L Mag contributor Will Brand will be giving a talk on October 10th at NURTUREart. We get to bask in his infinite wisdom all the time, and now you can, too. If you’ve liked anything from AFC in the past couple years (including guest essays, artist projects, etc), he probably had something to do with it.
7 PM, 56 Bogart Street, Bushwick

Thursday, October 11th

Performance: Zachary Fabri, Marrow in the Morrows, Third Streaming

Unlike most, Fabri’s enigmatic public performances intend to poke us a little bit more in the heart than in the head.
7 — 9pm, 10 greene street, second floor, Manhattan

Talk: Stories From the New Aesthetic, the New Museum

Last year, the internet figured out that art and design have begun to take on a digital aesthetic. They called it “The New Aesthetic.” That’s nothing new, but we’d like to hear New Aesthetic-label-creator James Bridle’s narrative of how it developed; he’ll discuss all that along with Joanne McNeil, the editor of Rhizome, and Aaron Straup Cope, the Senior Engineer at the Smithsonian Institution’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
7PM, The New Museum, 235 Bowery

Banquet: SPIT BANQUET, 1:1

It sounds like it’s about spit. The event description defines spit, tells us it can be “expelled freely,” and promises references to both Pasolini and Dionysius. And only a few short months after rat feast! Let’s keep this party going.
7 - 10 PM, 121 Essex Street, 2nd floor, Lower East Side

Friday, Friday, October 12th

Party: The Bronx Museum’s 40th Anniversary

The Bronx Museum’s having its 40th anniversary blow-out. It’ll feature a film, video, and documentary screenings and a long list of musical performers, ranging from DJ Lightbolt (aka artist and AIM Program alum Nicky Enright) to The Ghanaian Rhythmic Drummers. Not only should this be one of the social events of the season, but, as I mentioned last week, this museum stopped charging admission this spring. This event is an opportunity to give back.
7:30- midnight 1040 Grand Concourse, the Bronx

Saturday, October 13th

Opening: Raising Baby X: The First Year, Microscope Gallery

It’s been a whole year since Marni Kotak birthed her artwork Baby X, and frankly, we’re disappointed with its output. It’s failed to develop over the course of the year, sticking with performance art mainstays like nudity, pooping its pants, object permanence...that kind of thing. We’ll go to the show, but this kid had better step. it. up.
6-9pm, Microscope Gallery, 4 Charles Place, Bushwick

And if you have some time, there are a lot of great museum shows. Here’s what’s new:

Wade Guyton, The Whitney Museum
I’m expressing reservations about an early retrospective for a collector favorite and yet another show of spots and stripes, but Roberta Smith gave this a rave review. She also gave Hirst’s spots a pass, so that comes with reservations, too.
945 Madison Avenue

Regarding Warhol, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Opinions vary, but most critics aren’t happy about the curating. A show intended to reflect Warhol’s influence misses the point by limiting its examples to sixty blockbuster artists. But for that reason, it’s something to talk about.
1000 Fifth Avenue (at 82nd Street)

A Disagreeable Object, Sculpture Center

This show highlights new uses of surrealist strategies and includes Matthew Ronay, Sarah Lucas, Pamela Rosenkranz, Michael E. Smith, and more. From the looks of the artist list, it’ll be a rough sketch of what’s going on in New York sculpture scene; from an even more superficial view, it’ll be dry— like, literally, wiry and crumbly-looking. Hard times.
44-19 Purves Street Long Island City

Picasso Black and White, Guggenheim
Last week, the Guggenheim opened its show of Picasso paintings, which are in black and white.
1071 Fifth Avenue

50 Years of James Bond, MoMA

This month, MoMA will be screening every single Bond film, ever. Even the ones with Daniel Craig. Here’s this week’s schedule:

Tonight, Monday, 8:00 PM: Live and Let Die
Wednesday, 4:30 PM: The Man With the Golden Gun
Wednesday, 8:00 PM: The Spy Who Loved Me
Thursday, 4:30: Moonraker
Thursday, 8:00PM: For Your Eyes Only
Friday, 4:00 PM: Octopussy
Friday, 7:00 PM: A View To a Kill
Saturday, 1:15 PM: The Living Daylights
Saturday, 4:30 PM: License to Kill
Saturday, 5:30 PM: Tomorrow Never Dies
Saturday, 8:00 PM: Goldeneye

11 West 53rd Street

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