This week, we’re stuffing our stockings with local art. We’ll also be stopping by the Guggenheim for an artist’s talk and checking out a few Brooklyn openings this weekend.
Monday, November 26th
Hurricane Sandy Benefit Auction: The Kitchen
With up to $500,000 estimated in losses from a theater full of expensive lighting and sound equipment in the first floor of the Chelsea location, the performance non-profit the Kitchen might have been one of Hurricane Sandy’s hardest-hit art spaces. You can help by buying a ticket to their benefit auction, which we’d recommend anyway, because their shows are great.
7 PM, 512 West 19th Street
Tuesday, November 27th
Reopening: Glenn Ligon: Neon, Luhring Augustine
Chelsea giant Luhring Augustine reopens its show after Hurricane Sandy, of Glenn Ligon’s neon signs.
531 West 24th Street, Chelsea
Opening: FAPE’s Lee Kimche McGrath Original Print Collection, Sperone Westwater
If you feel like mingling with the elites (and hey, why the hell not) go see the American Embassies’ print collection at Sperone Westwater. It’s a rare chance to see work by a range of nineteen American artists, including John Baldessari, Mary Lee and Louisiana Bendolph, Roy Lichtenstein.
6-8 PM. 257 Bowery, between Houston and Stanton
Wednesday, November 28th
Holiday Shopping and Party: Paper Monument Rings in the Holidays, P!
Get plastered with our friends at Paper Monument this Wednesday and then buy your friends a stocking stuffer or two. What’s Christmas without some fireside conversation about Sculpture in the Expanded Field?
334 Broome Street, Lower East Side
Holiday Shopping: 2012 Juried Affordable Art Exhibition, ACNY
Make a local artist’s holiday this year by picking up an artwork at the not-for-profit organization Art Connects New York. It’s holding a juried exhibition for thirteen mostly-emerging artists, whose work is all priced $500 or less for the holidays.
Opens 7 - 9 PM, 220 36th Street, B-515, Brooklyn
Artist Talk: R.H. Quaytman, Guggenheim
Last week, Paddy Johnson recommended this talk by R.H.Quaytman at the Guggenheim because Quaytman’s work (which she has divided into chapters since 2001) is best understood in context, whether it’s that of history, of the viewer, or of her work itself. Her talk on Wednesday should provide some of that.
6:30 PM, 1071 5th Avenue. $10, $7 members, FREE students with valid ID. Reserve a ticket.
Friday, November 30th
Opening: The Quantum Effect, The Active Space
A group show in Bushwick will explore the relationship between beauty, the known, and the unknown. Magical realism seems to be a common interest lately, notably, last year's "Spirit Level" at Gladstone, "Vision Quest" at Nicole Klagsbrun, and the recent "Trisha Donnelly: Artist's Choice" at MoMA. I'm excited to see where Bushwick takes this (hopefully, weirder), and it'll be an opportunity to see work by a large group of artists in the neighborhood.
7 - 10 PM, 566 Johnson Ave
Opening: die weiße Schweinehund, et al Projects
The feeling of seeing porn in the woods is the theme of Devin Dunhill Clapp’s show of paintings at et al projects. That means skulls with drips for eyes. Awesome.
et al is fresh off the boat from Harlem, so now’s as good a time as any to check out the new addition to 56 Bogart.
6- 8PM, 56 Bogart, 2nd floor
Saturday, December 1st
Opening: You Are What You Eat, 0.00156 acres
Mark Menjivar photographs the inside of American refrigerators. In doing so, he hopes the work will make us contemplate how we care for our bodies, for others and the land.
114 Smith Street, Boerum Hill, Brooklyn