Biographical retrospectives from someone who ought to be all of our best friend, a group show based on childhood cartoons, a bit of queer mapping––this is an art weekend you don’t want to miss, NYC. Hop up on it. Hop upon it. Hoppa pawn it!
Thursday April 18, 2013
Marianne Boesky Gallery 64th Street – “Out of Memory” group show opening – 6-8pm
Let’s kick things off with a group show, shall we? This curated exhibition in all media aims to mine what it means to be an artist in the era of internet overload, when brands, products, free expression and anti-commerce stream into each other faster than you can say “squeeze me.” Stop in and check how these artists managed survival in the internet age.
Ramis Barquet Gallery – “Sexual Evolution” opening – 6:30-8:30pm
To begin the project of “Sexual Evolution,” artist Debby Hymowitz sat down with her female models and interviewed them about their sex lives. The result is “Sexual Evolution,” a series of portraits that evoke Hollywood pin-ups and feature women inked with the names of their past sexual partners. Stop by and see if your name (or your boyfriend’s) shows up in the show.
DC Moore Gallery – “The Pittsburgh Poem” opening – 6-8pm
From 6-8, celebrated photographer Duane Michals will sign copies of his new book The Pittsburgh Poem and the catalogue from his currently-running show “The Painted Photograph.” Stop by before the signing to catch the exhibition, which marks Michals’ first foray into hand-painted tintypes.
Friday April 19, 2013
Take a step back to more innocent days with “Hanna-Barbarians,” a group show featuring work from twenty artists based on their favortie cartoons. Sneak peeks of the work are showing now at http://www.myplasticblog.com/, including a work from Philip Lumbang, whose Awesome Bear alone makes this work the ticket fee (the ticket fee, we should mention, is zero dollars).
After creating their Registry of Artists and Curators––an online venue for artists to register and get discovered by independent curators––NURTUREart has put it to good use. “Cashing Out” focuses on the inequalities in our economic system and the possibilities offered by others and features artists culled from the Registry. Check it out and see how they stack up with the fancy folks with official representation.
Ever wondered what that strange color behind your eyelids is? Well, those innovative (morose?) Germans have a word for it: Eigengrau. This two-person exhibition from artists Lauren Seiden and Frank Webster explores this grau with minimalist paintings and photographs. A great substitute if you didn’t get enough shuteye.
Saturday April 20, 2013
Holding down this week’s cement spot is “Where We Stand,” a new work created entirely from cement and materials drawn from the New York coastline after the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Not to be too literal-minded here, but we’d say that this work’s got staying power.
This week’s most interesting artist biorgaphy goes to Zilia Sánchez, who grew up in Cuba before moving to New York and then relocating to Puerto Rico, working along the way as a scenic designer for a guerilla theater group, an editor of a radical magazine on the Nuyorican experience, a teacher, and an artist––to name just a few. Now Artists Space presents a retrospective of her work. We suggest you get there.
A dance, video and performance piece about “personal history and changing relationships.” The press release also suggests a bit of “queer mapping” thrown into the mix. Couldn’t pin down quite what that means, but color us excited for this sure-to-be-dynamic mix of dance and live video installation.