Beat Nite’s Back! And More Must-See Art Events

02/12/2013 10:26 AM |

Untitled (Conrans I), Art Club 2000. Image for the New Museums 1993. Photo courtesy of

  • “Untitled (Conran’s I),” Art Club 2000. Image for the New Museum’s “1993.” Photo courtesy of

This week, dive into Bushwick. Let the openings wash over you as you plunge into the bi-annual gallery crawl/neighborhood party that is Beat Nite.

Also, there will be an indie video game festival at the Museum of Moving Image and an exhibition about the year 1993 at the New Museum. This week’s for you, Brooklyn.

Wednesday, February 13th

Conference: College Art Association, Hilton New York

A massive academic art conference abounds with art world luminaries. Do you burn for “Cultivating Nature as Art: Dialogues on the Rustic Garden in the Long Eighteenth Century and the Contemporary Practice of Organic Art in the Landscape Post-1960”? Probably not, but some of these sound good even if you’re in art world academia: “Gender Politics in the Workplace” and “Art Criticism in Social Media” (12:30 PM- 2 PM) and “Reframing Post-Black” (2:30 PM-5 PM) this week. Personally, I’m looking forward to “Meta-Mentors: How to Make a Living as an Artist, With or Without a Dealer” (12:30 PM- 2PM) because I won’t be getting any fluff from tough broad/straight talker Magda Sawon, and it’ll introduce me to Chicago-based artist Michelle Grabner, who’s curating the Whitney Biennial next year.
(sessions between 9:30 AM- 5 PM) Hilton New York, 1335 Avenue of the Americas

Valentine’s Day: Thursday, February 14th

Opening: 1993, The New Museum

The year 1993 turns twenty, the New Museum looks back with an exhibition.
235 Bowery

Opening: Wait For Me at the Bottom of the Pool, Boo-Hooray

I’m guessing Jack Smith would encourage you to get laid on Valentine’s Day, but if that’s not happening, then go to his show opening party. Boo-Hooray is now showing his ephemera, like posters, photos, letters, collages. You have to RSVP for the opening party.
6-9 PM, 265 Canal St, 6th Floor

Friday, February 15th

Gallery crawl: Beat Nite, Bushwick

Beat Nite returns! Norte Maar hosts, Hyperallergic sponsors, and Julian Jimarez-Howard curates the neighborhood-wide gallery crawl. This time, 10 galleries will be open, so the more ambitious among us may just be able to do the whole marathon. Featuring relatively new galleries Aux Proj the Parlour and the new store Lowbrow Artique. Head to the after party at Bizarre, 12 Jefferson Street.
6-10 PM, Bushwick (map)

Openings: 27th Street

27th Street galleries Derek Eller, Wallspace, Foxy Production, Jeff Bailey, and Winkleman all have openings. Three out of four are painting.
6-8 PM, 27th street between 10th and 11th

Saturday, February 16th

Opening: The Hole and the Lump, Interstate Projects

Interstate Projects may not be on the list for Beat Nite, but come back for Berlin sculptor Rachel de Joode’s first show in the U.S. Her lumpy meditative sculpture contemplates contemplates inside and outside space.
66 Knickerbocker Ave

This Weekend

Indie video game festival: Christopher Knowles, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise

Christopher Knowles is an autistic visual artist and poet, whose measured and inquisitive poetry is probably best known for its use by Robert Wilson in operas such as Einstein on the Beach. Knowles will be performing at Gavin Brown along with his exhibition, which appears to be drawings.
4-6 PM, 620 Greenwich Street

Opening: Chinese Democracy and the Last Day on Earth, Postmaster’s

Postmasters rings in the Chinese New Year with a show about Chinese dictatorship and death. In his videos, Federico Solmi covers a 3D game environment with Ralph Steadman-like painted skins, setting the stage for an onslaught of violence which “ends in a bloody takeover of the Times Square.” And the stills are beautiful.
6-8 PM, 459 West 19th Street (at 10th Avenue)