Must-See Art Events: Finales Week

01/21/2013 1:35 PM |

Screen shot from Olaf Breunings Home, Part One

  • Screen shot from Olaf Breuning’s “Home,” Part One

As many shows and artist projects reach their apex, many seem to have saved the best for last. This week, we’ll witness Flux Factory’s last Death Match, the Artist’s Institute’s final Haim Steinbach event, and the complete trilogy of Olaf Breuning’s “Home.”

Tuesday, January 22nd

On View: Olaf Breuning’s “Home”, Metro Pictures

After about eight years, Olaf Breuning recently finished his three-part series “Home,” 30-minute home video-style shorts. The story seems particularly fitting for a gallery setting; a character in reptilian contact lenses consumes the world with no inner compass, filtering sights and the people through his own fantasies. It’s funny, it’s true, and it’s impossible to explain, just watch part one. All three parts will be on view for one week at Metro Pictures.
(gallery hours) 519 West 24th Street, Chelsea

Tuesday, January 22nd

Goes on view: Saya Woolfak: Chimera, Third Streaming

Woolfak presents a second part of her show “Emphatics” at the Montclair Art Museum, where she’s made an elaborate myth and then presented her characters through what looks like a sociological demonstration. It looks a lot more market-friendly since Coco Fusco’s 1992 version, but most things are. We’ll wait til we see the show.
Reception: Thursday, January 31, 2013
Performance: Thursday, March 7th
10 Greene Street, second floor. Soho

Thursday, January 24th

Final Death Match: Arts Funding: Follow the $$$, Flux Factory

Flux Factory’s saved the most relevant topic for the last of its action-packed debates (comes with fog machines and smack-downs). It’s about arts funding. Get ready to see this thrown down by activist and artist (and last year’s Creative Time Summit speaker) Steve Lambert, argue with playwright, performer, and journalist Alexis Clements, and A Blade of Grass’ executive director Deborah Fischer. They know their stuff; A Blade of Grass in particular aims to create a more socially responsible funding system through granting, and has been hosting such conversations publicly all year.
29-27 41st Avenue, Long Island City

Thursday, January 24th – Sunday, January 27th

Book Fair: Editions/Artists’ Books, The Altman Building

For those of us who love art but can’t get any, the artist’s book fair is a great option. $15 gets you admission to over 50 exhibitors. Emerging printmakers may want to stop by, as exhibitors like the Lower East Side Printshop and Booklyn are also great resource centers.
Thursday to Saturday 11 AM to 7 PM
Sunday Noon to 5:30 PM, General Admission: $15. 125 West 18th Street, between Sixth and Seventh Avenue

Sunday, January 27th

Event: Show and Tell, The Artist’s Institute

To conclude their six month long season of Haim Steinbach shows, the Artist’s Institute presents “Show and Tell,” an exercise based on one of Steinbach’s teachings at UCSD. Over the course of six-hours, forty-six artists will bring in objects and tell us about them. Art level: intermediate.
12-6 PM, 163 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side