Before we head out for the holidays, we’ve still got some thrilling art events in store. Performances! Holiday parties! Openings! Benefits! If 2012 still leaves you feeling artistically unfulfilled, then you’ve still got one more shot at getting some closure.
Wednesday, December 17th
Benefit: Flux Factory’s Not-So-Silent Auction, Flux Factory
Come support one of the city’s hardest-working nonprofit art platforms and residency programs at Flux Factory’s not-so-silent auction. If you have a stake in the New York art community, then this is a must; as it gets harder and harder to make artwork, we need all the Flux Factories we can get. This year, they’ll be honoring artist Martha Wilson and Shelley Rubin for her work with A Blade of Grass.
Cocktails begin at 7 PM. 79 Walker Street, 6th floor, NYC
Performance: Psychopompe, The Kitchen
What do you call a performance retooling Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein with 1930’s avant-garde cinema, ancient mythology, and ambient noise music? Psychopompe. Cool!
This is gonna be good, you guys. The piece by French painter/visual artist Camille Henrot and musician Joakim was originally made for the Pompidou, and this will be its New York premiere.
8 PM, $15, 512 West 19th Street
Opening: Dirty Windows, toomer labzda
Emerging painters Jean-Baptiste Bernadet and Patrick Brennan paint colorful abstract gestures evoking dirty windows. If you’re a fan of the wipes, the blots, and the calligraphic smears, then this is a show for you.
6-8 PM, 100 Forsyth street
Opening: American Daydream, Recession Art
I’m stopping by Recession Art this week because the upcoming show promises a long list of emerging artists. The title “American Daydream,” intends to contrast the American Dream with the American reality. Whether the work will live up to our hopes? We’ll find out.
6 PM, 9 Clinton Street
Thursday, December 20th
Holiday party/ opening: The Holiday Show, Studio 10
For a safe bet, stop by a duo show of Brooklyn fixtures, Mike Ballou and Matt Freedman. Studio ten, we’re told, will become a sculpture-cave, in which “Creatures of questionable birth wander over the snow drifted floors and mysterious mumblings and squeaks come from all corners.” o0o.
Both make light-hearted, clunky sculpture (Ballou was responsible for that cow’s head on top of Diner a few years ago, for instance) and campy film and performance, all of which, points to a solid holiday event.
7-9pm 56 Bogart Street, Bushwick
Performance: The Half Straddle Songbook, New Museum
The hyper cute, neo-feminist group Half Straddle’s play “In the Pony Palace/FOOTBALL” got rave reviews last year, including from Benjamin Sutton here at the L. See what all the fuss was about this Thursday at the New Museum, as they present a concert of original songs.
$12, 7 PM, 235 Bowery
Sunday, December 23rd
Holiday Party: Storefront Bushwick
Bushwick artists in the holiday spirits will wanna stop by the now one-year-old gallery Storefront for a holiday party. We’ve been excited about their recent programming, the latest being a show of work by Tatiana Berg and Evan Nesbit. We’ll be coming back for Adam Parker Smith's after the New Year.
4-6 PM, 16 Wilson Avenue, Bushwick