If feel guilty about going back to art events while Sandy relief is still essential, at least many of this week's events will benefit the cause.
Monday, November 5th
Talk: Walter Annenberg Annual Lecture: Sarah Sze, MoMA
For the annual Annenberg Lecture, Whitney Museum director Adam Weinberg will talk with artist Sarah Sze, whose galactic arrangements of household items will represent the U.S. at the Venice Biennale this year.
7 PM, 945 Madison avenue, at 75 street, free, rsvp
Tuesday, November 6th
Party: Election Viewing Circus and Sandy Benefit, City Reliquary
Thanks to the Williamsburg artifacts museum City Reliquary, you can watch the election while benefitting Sandy relief. They'll donate all proceeds from the $5 door charge, which gets you a free beer and entry to an election viewing party "circus." It'll be MC'ed by Matt Levy, DJ'ed by DJs Stacheroni and Tinseltown, and entertained with sideshow performances by Donny Vomit. And of course, there will be booze and a live MSNBC feed. We won't feel much like partying if Romney wins, but we'll want a drink either way.
7 PM until it's called, 370 Metropolitan Ave
Wednesday, November 7th
Opening: klaer, uglee callamari, Ramiken Crucible
Ugo Rondinone seems like a good fit for a group show with Esther Kläs and Matteo Callegari. Rondinone's arguably one of the fathers of the life-affirming magical realism genre (which is a thing). Some of the more primitive-style sculpture seems to worship nature and light; others, like his famed "HELL, YES!" sign from the New Museum’s facade, seem just to say "Hallelujah!" to no one in particular. Similarly, Esther Kläs's sculpture has been described as "monolithic," and Matteo Callegari's abstract painting has a raw, process-based feel.
6-8PM, 389 Grand Street at Norfolk
As Brooklynites are well aware, many of DUMBO's waterfront businesses and art spaces were damaged heavily last week. The fundraiser at Galapagos Art Space will help support many of those spaces, including:
Galapagos Art Space
One Girl Cookies
Aegir Board Works
66 Water Street
7 Old Fulton
Rabbit Hole Studios
And in addition to just pulling together in tough times, they've added some incentives: a 2 hour private party at Jane's Carousel, Nets and Yankees tickets, a personal vintage shopping trip, and more.
6-10 PM, Galapagos Art Space, 16 Main Street
Friday, November 9th
Opening: Ann Schaumburger, Judy Cooper, and Naho Taruishi, A.I.R. Gallery
We're glad to hear that the DUMBO Gallery A.I.R. seems to have weathered the storm. They've rescheduled their three openings this week for Friday. That includes photographer Judy Cooper's portraits of A.I.R.'s founders, who, in 1972, became the first to open a gallery by and for women.
6-9 PM, 111 Front Street, #228
Friday, November 9th and Saturday the 10th
Open Studios: Pratt and Brooklyn College MFA Programs
If your not-so-distant goals include getting an MFA, then this weekend is a good time to weigh your options. Pratt and Brooklyn College's MFA programs will be holding open studios.
Brooklyn College: Boylan Hall, 2900 Bedford Ave, 4th and 5th floors
Friday 11/09 from 6-10 pm
Saturday 11/10 from 1-6 pm
Pratt: 200 Willoughby Avenue and 248 Flushing Avenue
Friday, 11/09 from 5-9 pm
Saturday, 11/10 from 12-6 pm
Sunday, November 11th
Opening: LIVE FREE AND DIE, Parade Ground
We're excited to see a show of emerging artists at this new Lower East Side gallery Parade Ground. "LIVE FREE AND DIE" is an apocalyptic-sounding anti-election group show, which may be desired after tomorrow.
7-9 PM, 187 E Broadway
Benefit: NURTUREart, The Charles Bank Gallery
Good news: the Bushwick non-profit art hub and gallery NURTUREart has rescheduled its benefit due to the hurricane, so you can still get tickets! While we know most people are giving to Sandy relief, your support is vital here, too: the Brooklyn non-profit depends on the event to operate throughout the year.
VIP Preview from 5-7
party from 7-9
The Charles Bank Gallery, 196 Bowery
In case you were planning on attending the Art Fag City Wienerfest and Fundraiser this Sunday, the event has been rescheduled for December 16th. We’ve added a Smack Mellon donation to our general admission tickets, so you can eat wieners and help the organization rebuild their studios.
Check out Time Out's list for more of this week's benefits, including concerts, open mics, and a pop culture trivia night.