Re-recommendations of a few yet-running summer shows to check out before summer 'officially'—alack!—comes to a close.
NORTE MAAR: DANCE AT SOCRATES
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, through August 31st
Norte Maar's group of talented performers have been at it for nearly a full month now, but you still have time to catch rehearsals and performances alike. As we've mentioned before, the resident dancers and choreographers involved in this formidable endeavor have been creating spectacles in the sculpture park with particular sorts of site-specificity. Watch the performers work through gestures, motions and movements during their daily rehearsals Mondays through Fridays, then come back on Saturday afternoons for full, final shows, during which outside dance companies will also be part of the mix. Last week's shows were a joy to behold and take in, as you can see above.
SUBLIMING VESSEL: THE DRAWINGS OF MATTHEW BARNEY
The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Ave., through September 2nd
Ruminating on Barney's rather materially sprawling, deeply mythopoetic oeuvre might lead one to think of writhings, torques, emissions, musculatures, remnants, structures, struggles, feats—and a whole lot of then-somes, not to mention prodigious amounts of petroleum jelly. And maybe animal hides. At any rate, his work brings to mind certain menacings and massivities, spatial or otherwise, that make the Morgan Library & Museum seem an unlikely setting for his mixed media creations. For precisely this reason, this exhibition of drawings and assemblage-like storyboards—as well as a new DRAWING RESTRAINT performance and its visual yields—is all the more epically intriguing.
EXPO 1: NEW YORK
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City, through September 2nd
As some of our leaders and legislators attempt to deal with environmental concerns such as climate change and threatened ecologies while others persist with their damagingly stalwart oppositions to such efforts, MoMA PS1 has elected to make these issues and the many manners and modes of addressing them—if not, indeed, dealing with them—the basis of a "festival-as-institution" exhibition, a massive initiative billed as EXPO 1. It features collaborative works, group shows, solo endeavors, and a great many opportunities to engage in educational workshops and presentations at various venues. Some of these works and interventions might provide fodder for optimism; others, perhaps, quite the opposite. Either way, eventual solutions, should they exist, will likely necessitate a lot of creativity, so it's possible that some great ones are on display for just a few more days in Queens.
Brian Morris Gallery, 163 Chrystie St., through September 7th
An estival group show through and through, Endless Summer, curated by Gary Petersen, takes both lackadaisical vibes and hung-loose conceptual cues from its cinematic eponym—a wonderful and formative movie, especially for beach bums like us—to bring together works by fifteen artists whose divergences in media and style are resolved via common subjects of praise: "all things buoyant and summery." Pay the gallery a visit in search of your own perfectly lined wave. And if you've never seen the movie, then do so, haulie!
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