This week, Marcel Duchamp lands at Gagosian, a Syrian family’s dinner table is the subject of an exhibition, art book shops are making deals, Flux Factory is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and more.
Syrian Refugee Realities in the Gallery
When: Opens Wednesday, July 30
Where: International Studio & Curatorial Program (1040 Metropolitan Ave, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
As civil war rages in Syria, scores of families have been displaced and forced to move across the country. With Escape Routes and Waiting Rooms, a Syrian family’s dinner table accompanies tents modeled on those in one of the largest Syrian refugee camps. The exhibition focuses on those forced to uproot their lives, highlighting their family histories and their fears of uncertain futures.—CV
In and Out of Context
When: Reception July 30, 6-8pm, continues through September 14
Where: Lower East Side Printshop (306 West 37th Street, 6th Floor, Garment District, NY)
The Lower East Side Printshop is borrowing Hallie Ringle from The Studio Museum Harlem to curate their latest show. For In and Out of Context Ringle assembles a show all about disconnection, both literal through divided images, and figuratively through disembodied objects and materials. The show brings together a range of printmakers from a wide variety of backgrounds, including El Salvador native Daniel Vasquez, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, and formerly-Bangkok-based Bundith Phunsombatlert. —AT
Homecoming at Flux
When: Friday, August 1, 6–9pm
Where: Flux Factory (39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens)
Flux Factory celebrates its 20th anniversary with Homecoming, an exhibition of archival material and newly commissioned works:
After two evictions, a move to Queens, hundreds of residents, a long overdue no-pet-policy, one shipwreck, two shantytowns, decades of beauty, wonderment, making the impossible happen, and only one stabbing, Flux is turning 20 and we want you to celebrate with us. Expect time capsules, a Going Places Doing Stuff revival (in three acts), weather patterns, the entirety of Public Broad Fluxing, a new and improved kinetic sound sculpture door bell, and a few carte-blanches.
5th Annual David Zwirner Pop-Up Bookstore
When: Ends Friday, August 1
Where: David Zwirner Gallery (525 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Everyone loves a book sale. Get your hands on new publications, posters, DVDs, and signed artist catalogues at David Zwirner’s fifth annual pop-up bookstore. If that doesn’t satisfy you, drop by Printed Matter or 192 books (both having book sales) on your way back.
When: Closing Friday, August 1
Where: Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (620 Greenwich Street, West Village, Manhattan)
British artists and filmmakers Nick Relph and Oliver Payne tackle obsolescence in their latest exhibition, Ash’s Stash, originally staged at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2007. The exhibition, fitted with plinths and shelves reminiscent of a boutique store, presents a selection of formally desired commodities: Reebok trainers, Nokia mobiles, cassette players, an early Apple computer. In the show’s press release, the artists free associate on the themes of desire and nostalgia:
All this stuff takes a peculiar route to the landfill. From hip to wack and back. People are searching for things on eBay before they think to check if they are still being made. The vast majority of the contents of all thrift stores is ‘crap that was popular about Four or Five years ago’. Ed Hardy, Guitar Hero, Twilight. Nobody has any idea how to price the VHS tapes.
Žilvinas Kempinas’s Scarecrow
When: Sunday, August 3
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, Queens)
Spend an afternoon outdoors this weekend at Socrates Sculpture Park, where its largest installation yet ends its three-month run this Sunday. Stretching 250 feet long and 13 feet high, the structure covers the field in a string of stainless steel and mirrored poles, the entire installation responding in motion and sound to its natural surroundings.—CV
Marcel Duchamp at Gogo
When: Through Friday, August 8
Where: Gagosian Gallery (980 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
The provocateur, chess player, and artist Marcel Duchamp’s readymades, including the infamous “Fountain” (1917), were editioned and re-published during the 1960s by Arturo Schwarz. Now Gagosian Gallery visitors can view an exhibition bringing together the editioned versions of “Fountain,” “Bicycle Wheel” (1913), and “Hat Rack”(1917). Presumably there are collectors who can’t wait to own a Duchamp edition, an odd desire since the artist’s anti-art readymades aimed to de-deify the figure of the artist. Guess that didn’t work.
May Stevens: Fight the Power
When: Through Friday, August 22
Where: Ryan Lee Gallery (515 West 26th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
May Stevens’s powerful paintings illumininate America’s underbelly of violence and bigotry. Fight the Power brings together drawings from Stevens’s Big Daddy series (1967–1975), the artist’s response to the Vietnam War. Also on display is the artist’s portrait of Malcolm X, made from memory three years after she attended the civil rights leader’s funeral in 1965.
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With contributions by Alexandra Taylor and Claire Voon