President’s Day gets even better with a look at what the week has in store: a screening of emerging film, a panel related to the New Museum’s new exhibition, and openings all over. This week also led us to googling “The Golden Age of Porn.” Details below.
Tuesday, February 19th
Opening: Alan Uglow, David Zwirner
Art world fixture/dissident writer and curator Bob Nickas organizes an exhibition of abstract paintings by Alan Uglow, who passed away in 2011. Critics have commended Uglow’s layered, surface-oriented paintings for their sensitive subtlety; you have to see them in person.
6 — 8 PM, 519 West 19th Street
Wednesday, February 20th
Screening: New Jewish and Israeli Films, Anthology Film Archives
Take a chance on eight emerging filmmakers you won’t find on the festival circuit with the New Filmmakers screening series. (It’s a crap shoot, but we think it’s worth it). We’re not crazy about the feature, but we're likely to find something we like in the seven short films. And check out the full calendar, with various nightly screenings of avant-garde film.
First Short Film Program at 6:00, Second Short Film Program at 7:15, Feature Presentation at 8:45. 6 PM, 32 Second Avenue, Manhattan
Thursday, February 21st
Openings are all over Chelsea. A few worth noting: Vera Iliatova at Monya Rowe Gallery, Miroslaw Balka at Gladstone Gallery, Dana Hoey, Dirk Skreber at Friedrich Petzel Gallery (consider yourself warned about Skreber with this review, but Hoey is solid), Gavin Turk "L'Amour Fou" at David Nolan Gallery, and for the masochists in the crowd, Jim Dine at Pace Gallery.
Friday, February 22nd
Opening: I Know It When I See It, Martos Gallery
Aura Rosenberg painted porn’s Golden Age, the late 60s to mid 80s when porn briefly merged with mainstream culture. Think Deep Throat. The show also has something to do with sexual astrology and Freud’s Sexual Enlightenment of Children. Performance included.
6-8 PM, Performance at 7. 540 W 29th Street, Manhattan
Saturday, February 23rd
Panel: Hans Ulrich Obrist and Massimiliano Gioni in conversation, New Museum
Where did the art world go wrong? Newbies like myself wouldn’t know, but we can glimpse the olden days in the New Museum’s current show on the year 1993. New Museum curator Massimiliano Gioni will speak with Hans Ulricht-Obrist about his viewer-executed DIY exhibition “Do It,” which was conceived in 1993. ICI director Kate Fowle moderates.
$8, 235 Bowery, 3pm, Soho
Inside Voices, Parallel Art Space
I’m excited for what could be Parallel Art Space’s best show yet. The premise is simple—interiors—and while this may not sound particularly compelling, we’re interested in the shrewd transformations this show promises. Katie Bell, for instance, makes construction materials and housewares look weightless, sweeping up anything from drywall to washcloths. Also, check out Robert Otto Epstein’s knitting chart drawings. If nothing else, they’re just beautiful.
Upstairs, Regina Rex opens a group painting and sculpture show SQUIRTS. Down the road, Sugar opens Slippery When Wet, of Liv Mette Larsen’s egg tempera renderings of floors and Gwendolyn Skaggs’ slip cast molds of the Virgin Mary.
Regina Rex and Parallel: 6 pm — 9 pm 17-17 Troutman
Sugar: 5-7PM 449 Troutman St. #3-5, third fl. buzz #21
Go see: Lyndsy Welgos at Rawson Projects
DIS Mag fags should check out Lyndsy Welgos’ second show at Rawson Projects. She’s mastered a light touch in digitally modified photographs of classical sculpture. It’s hard to tell if the result is substance or aesthetic, but it feels like the beginning of something.
Open Saturday and Sunday from 1 — 7 pm and by appointment. 223 Franklin Street, Brooklyn