This week: a net art show, a bunch of talks, benefits, and a ton of openings in Chelsea and the Lower East Side on Thursday.
Tuesday, October 16th
Talk: Taking Custody: The Double Life of the Artist Mother, SVA Theater
Who runs this mother? Painter and art writer Sharon Butler moderates a talk between SVA alumni and working artist mothers Katherine Bernhardt, Rachel Papo, Amy Stein, and professor Danica Phelps.
7pm, 333 West 23rd Street
Thursday, October 18th
Opening: Collect the WWWorld: The Artist as Archivist in the Internet Age, 319 Scholes
As part of an ongoing travelling project, curator and critic Domenico Quaranta examines how artists archiving images online impacts their practice, tracing its roots back to sixties conceptual art. I hate to say this, but it also includes a handful of the most visible (yuck) net artists working today, like Kari Altmann, JODI, Eva and Franco Mattes, Ryan Trecartin, Ryder Ripps, etc etc.
7 - 10 PM, 319 Scholes Street, BK
Panel: A reflection on dOCUMENTA (13), Artists Space
Who wants to pay eight bucks to hear philosopher Avital Ronell’s notes on Documenta 13, especially following the five million articles people read on the subject back in June?
Not me. But additional commentary will be provided by Lawrence Weiner, so that’s a reason.
7pm, 55 Walker Street, $8
Opening: TRAVESS SMALLEY, envoy enterprises
Travess Smalley, of the internet, opens a show of paintings made of clay. From the photo attached to the event, he seems to smear the clay in a sort of evenly-dispersed, systematic way that still looks kind of digital.
6 - 8 PM, 131 Chrystie street
Opening: Techne Revelation: IPaint on my iPad Series by Sheila Elias, Mayson Gallery
It’s exactly what it sounds like. Elias’s paintings don’t look like the finger smudgings of David Hockney, but more like pinching a digital ball of sculpey. We’re not sure if that alone is enough to sustain a show, but we’ll find out.
6 - 8 PM, 254 Broome Street
Benefit Party: The Filmmakers’ Co-op Fall Benefit, Participant, Inc.
What could be better than a silent auction for Filmmaker’s Co-op, the largest archive and distributor of independent and avant-garde films in the world? Absolutely nothing, so you have to go. The party will take place at Participant Inc, a gallery known for its ability to make fine soirees fine and will include performances byAngela McCluskey (of the Wild Colonials), Paul Cantelon (who composed the score for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, among many other films); and four screenings from classic experimental filmmakers, from Charles Henri Ford to Barbara Rubin. To top it off, it’s DJ’ed by Scott Kiernan of E.S.P. TV.
7-11pm, 253 E Houston street, LES. $20
Opening: Heap Gives Up, Beginnings
Last week, Corinna Kirsch wondered why the hell anybody wants to open a new gallery in Williamsburg in 2012. People are still doing it, as evidenced with the new Brooklyn gallery “Beginnings’” second opening this week. “Heap Gives Up” will feature assemblage sculpture and collage by Brooklyn-based artist Leif Low-beer and SF-based artist Leigh Wells.
7—10pm, 110 Meserole Ave, Williamsburg/Greenpoint
Openings: Between 19th and 31st Street in Chelsea
There are a ton of openings in Chelsea this Thursday. Generally, they look like extremely conservative painting and photography shows; Chuck Close at Pace (25th st) and Eberhard Havekost at Anton Kern (20th st) are on the more cutting-edge end on the spectrum. Meh.
Once again, the Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts will hold open studios for its members. Unlike many residency programs, EFA rewards experimentation or work that requires some time investment on the part of the viewer. Recent alums include Rhizome founder Mark Tribe and sculptor Sarah Oppenheimer.
6-10pm, 323 West 39th Street, 3rd Floor
Friday, October 19th
Conversation: Teenage, Artists Space
What are the kids up to? Beach Blanket Bingo!
In anticipation of the release of their 2013 documentary Teenage, writer Jon Savage and filmmaker Matt Wolf will give a talk at Artists Space. It’s a four-year collaboration on a film adaptation to Savage’s 2007 book Teenage: The Creation of Youth Culture, about the rise of the teen as a targeted consumer.
7 PM, 55 Walker Street. $5
Saturday, October 20
Scavenger Hunt: Downtown Manhattan and Gowanus
apexart and Cabinet have teamed up to make a scavenger hunt for you. It’ll take participants around Downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, reintroducing them to overlooked works of public art. The first team to arrive at apexart with the most photographs at these places wins a prize. Said prizes are not too shabby: tickets to performances at BAM, The Flea, HERE, Issue Project Room, La MaMa, New York Live Arts, and Roulette, a New Museum membership, a year subscription to Cabinet magazine, and more!
$5 buys admission for two people. So go, Johnny Quest! If this photo is any indication, you’ll need a slicker.
1 - 6 PM, Location: Start at Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn; End at apexart, 291 Church Street, Manhattan