Between tonight’s sex talk at The Kitchen and this weekend’s hack-a-thon in Bushwick, we’re marking our calendars for every single art event this week. We know. We’re surprised, too.
Monday, February 26th
Panel: What Was The Date?, The Kitchen
Here’s one for our readers! The digital magazine The New Inquiry has brought together some of New York’s best sex thinkers to discuss love and technology, through OKCupid, Grindr, LezFindr, Blendr, Snapchat, Vine, sexting, texting, and hopefully sex. For a preview of that dialogue, see Max Fox’s essay on Grindr. NI editor Adrian Chen, of Gawker, moderates.
7 PM, 512 West 19th Street, Manhattan
Tuesday, February 26th
Opening: YONIC [A Study In Queer Femininity], 25 East Gallery
After meeting curator G. Scott Raffield at a recent round of studio visits, our arts editor Paddy Johnson was convinced that this show would be worth a trip. That’s good enough for me, but there’s also the intrigue of “attempts to question pervasive yet unknown femininity omnipresent in current culture.” And if you like cruising the MFA scene for fresh talent, it’s an MFA Parsons show.
6 PM, 25 East 13th Street, 5th fl., Manhattan
Thursday, February 28
Book Launch & Discussion: Disturbances, Artists Space Books & Talks
This talk will give us a primer on bioactivism in the hands of artists. Critic Brian Holmes speaks about the collective Critical Art Ensemble (CAE), which has spent forty years conducting tech and biological experiments in a conceptual art context, often in order to critique government rule. Performances have entailed mimicking a germ warfare experiment from the 1950s, which ended up in the FBI’s widely-contested bioterrorism charges against CAE co-founder Steve Kurtz. CAE members will be joined by like-minded artists Trevor Paglen (of the space time capsule) and Natalie Jeremijenko.
7pm, 55 Walker Street, Manhattan
Friday, March 1st
Reading group: Ben Smith on “The Selfish Gene,” P!
What do Buzzfeed and evolutionary biology have in common? A lot, actually. Ben Smith (Editor-in-chief, BuzzFeed) leads a discussion on Richard Dawkins’ 1976 book “The Selfish Gene.” In it (which you’re encouraged to read ahead), Dawkins argues that evolution is driven by genes, rather than organisms; relatedly, he coined the idea of the “meme,” a concept in which Smith is America’s leading expert.
6:30—8:30pm, 334 Broome St, Manhattan
Saturday, March 2nd
Art Hack Day: God Mode, 319 Scholes
This Thursday begins art hack week at 319 Scholes, where hackers will collaborate on projects exploring the idea of invincibility. The possibilities are “virtually limitless,” ha, ha, ha.
Anyway, you’re encouraged to drop in on them throughout the week, but the exhibition and party happens Saturday night.
7 PM, 319 Scholes Street, Bushwick
Opening: Philip Guston, “A Centennial Exhibition,” McKee Gallery
Let the record show that I totally called this centennial exhibition of Philip Guston paintings in last year’s art trends. Not that that’s a huge leap, given that he’s about as innovative to painting as John Cage was to sound, but still. He’ll have a good year thanks to his 100th birthday. The time of the opening is not yet confirmed, but the show itself should be worth a trip.
745 Fifth Ave., 4th Fl.