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What to Do This Weekend: Williamsburg Gallery Night, Man Bartlett, Su Friedrich, Seven on Seven

Can’t figure out how to fill up your culture diet this weekend? We’ve got your back, with Williamsburg Gallery Night going down tonight and Man Bartlett’s 140 hour-long Berlin performance streaming all weekend, plus Su Friedrich’s MICROSCOPE Gallery opening and the Seven on Seven art-tech collaborative event on Saturday.

Williamsburg Every 2:ND Fridays

Williamsburg gallery map (image via wgabrooklyn.org) (click to enlarge)

Starting at 6 pm tonight is the May version of Williamsburg’s Every 2:ND Fridays, a gallery night event featuring openings at art spaces all over the neighborhood. Participating galleries include Hyperallergic favorites Pierogi, Causey Contemporary and Like the Spice. For a full list of openings, check out the Every 2:ND Fridays homepage.

This outing also features an AT&T-sponsored contest: the gallery-goer who uploads the most photos from their evening to the event’s Facebook page will win an HTC Inspire 4G smartphone. Check out a useful map at left. Hyperallergic will definitely be out and about during the gallery festivities.

Where: All over Williamsburg, Brooklyn

When: Friday May 13, 6 to 9 pm

Stream Man Bartlett’s #140hBerlin

Still from Man Bartlett's “#140hBerlin” feed

Performance artist and Twitter maven Man Bartlett is off to Berlin this weekend for his #140hBerlin performance, an event that appropriates the form of Joseph Beuys’ iconic “I Like America and America Likes Me” (1974) and turns it on its head. Instead of Beuys wrapping himself in felt and spending 8 hours over the course of 3 days with a wild coyote trapped in an art gallery, Bartlett will spend 140 hours straight in a gallery space with a bald eagle, wrapping himself in an American flag.

This send-up of American patriotism and critique of the current “artistic paradise” of Berlin is streaming online for the full duration of the performance, so check it out on the project’s website. At the time of writing, Man Bartlett was seen frolicking in his flag while playing with two friendly golden retriever dogs.

Where: On the internet

When: May 12 – 18

Seven on Seven @ New Museum

The second outing of a collaboration between Aol and Rhizome, Seven on Seven pairs 7 visual artists with 7 “technologists,” meaning developers, programmers and new media figures. The teams of two will spend a single day each working on a collaborative project that bridges the worlds of art and technology. At an event this Saturday afternoon at the New Museum, the teams will unveil their creations to the world.

Tickets are still available, though pretty expensive even at the base artist/student discount level ($75). Still, we can’t help but think that this crossover is pretty cool. Among the participating artists are Camille Utterback, Rashaad Newsome and Michael Bell-Smith while the technologist side has 4Chan founder Chris Poole, writer and tech entrepreneur Andy Baio and computer chip designer Jeri Ellsworth. Check out the event’s site for a full list and more details.

Where: The New Museum (235 Bowery Street, Manhattan)

When: Saturday May 14, 2:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Su Friedrich @ MICROSCOPE Gallery

Stills by Su Friedrich (image via microscopegallery.com)

Saturday night marks the opening of Su Friedrich’s re:working at MICROSCOPE Gallery (4 Charles Place in Bushwick). The exhibition marks the gallery debut of the independent filmmaker and features filmstrip prints, digital collage, work notebooks, photographs and videos. The gallery describes Friedrich’s work:

Friedrich began as a photographer, and the early black and whites photos in the show reveal a developed eye already exploring the issues of sexual identity, Catholicism, the tensions between documentary & fiction and other themes she continues to deal with today.

Where: MICROSCOPE Gallery (4 Charles Place, Bushwick)

When: Opening May 14 from 6 to 9 pm; exhibition runs May 14 to June 8

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