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Art Rx

by Hrag Vartanian on March 1, 2012

This week, it’s time to prepare for the New York art fairs! Well, not quite yet. Take deep breaths, it hasn’t started yet.

Until that frenzy begins we suggest you sit down, read this list and consider doing something more cerebral to cleanse your mind. The doctor suggests two art tours in Brooklyn, a quirk -nnial known as the Brucennial, a Dr. Seuss retrospective, another one by Edward Gorey, screenings by Chantel Akerman, a panel with editors who “occupy” and a talk with artist Amar Kanwar.

A work by illustrator and writer Edward Gorey, who is having a large exhibition at Columbia University.

 Some Brooklyn Museum Tours

When: Thursday, March 1, 6pm and 7pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Park, Brooklyn)

Tonight, the bodacious borough of Brooklyn’s premiere museum has two tours on tap that sound like fun. ”Unconventional Women from Ancient Egypt to Twenty-First-Century Brooklyn” (6pm) sounds like a fun to explore a collection you may have seen many times before and artist Shura Chernozatonskaya leads a tour (7pm) of her colorful site-specific painting installation that is part of the Raw/Cooked series.

 The Bruces Will See You Now

When: Opens Thursday, March 1
Where: 159 Bleecker (159 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

I personally think the Bruces are over but the Brucennial is just a salon show that makes looking at art fun, even if the opening night lines make us all want to throw up a little. This isn’t a Whitney Biennial alternative, it’s more of a fun opportunity to have a party. Ok, if truth be known it is really a of a scene and if they get all the labels with the artists’ names up I’ll be impressed. Enjoy.

 A Whimsical Retrospective

When: Friday, March 3, 10:00AM-7:00PM
Where: Animazing Fine Art (54 Greene Street, Soho, Manhattan)

Animazing Fine Art, in association with the National Education Association’s 16th Annual Read Across America, will host a retrospective exhibition of Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) who would have turned 108 this year. The exhibition will include original illustrations, drawings, paints and sculpture from Dr. Seuss’s terrific legacy — and all in time for the new Seuss-y Hollywood film! This will be a family friendly affair with scheduled readings and presentations organized by the NEA. —DE

 Occupy the Page

When: Monday, March 5, 7:30pm
Where: New School, Kaplan Hall ( 66 West 12th St, Room 510, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

12th Street journal hosts a discussion with various editors involved with the Occupy Wall Street movement. Participants are Arun Gupta of the Indypendent, Sarah Leonard of Dissent, and Nathan Schneider of Waging Nonviolence and occupywriters.com.The moderator is Theodore Kerr of 12th Street journal.

 A Conversation with Amar Kanwar

When: Tuesday, March 6, 6:30PM
Where: The Guggenheim Museum (1071 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

Artist Amar Kanwar will present an overview of his past work followed by a Q&A. Known for his video, installation and mixed media practice, Kanwar has grappled with complex geopolitical issues such as the recent military dictatorship of Burma. —DE

 New York in the 1970s as seen by Chantel Akerman

When: Tuesday March 6, 6:00-9:00PM, and the second part will be screened Friday, March 9, 6:00-9:00PM.
Where: Hunter’s Lang Recital Hall, Room 424 Hunter North Building (695 Park Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan)

Screening of News from Home (1976) by Chantel Akerman. The film will be introduced by Julio Grinblatt, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Art  and co-curator of Notations: The Cage Effect Today an exhibition currently on view at Hunter College. Following the film, Ivone Margulies, author of Nothing Happens: Chantal Akerman’s Hyperrealist Everyday, will lead a Q&A.

Three days later Akerman will screen The Captive (2000), her free adaptation of Marcel Proust’s The Prisoner. A Q&A will follow with Film and Media Professor Ivone Margulies, author of Nothing Happens: Chantal Akerman’s Hyperrealist Everyday, and Combined Media Professor Constance De Jong. —DE

 For the Love of Gorey

When: Wednesday, March 7, 6pm
Where: Columbia University’s Butler Library (Room 523, 535 West 114th Street, Morningside Heights, Manhattan)

Columbia University’s Rare Book and Manuscript Library presents a major exhibition of works by the idiosyncratic feline-loving illustrator and writer Edward Gorey drawn from the 700+ Gorey works donated by architectural historian Andrew Alpern in 2010. The show begins March 5 but on March 7 there is special panel on this curious artist featuring three experts.

 Art Fair Mania Begins!!!!!!!!!!

When: March 8 to 11
Where: A whole lotta places …

Expect a guide soon because there’s a whole lot to see during the New York art fairs. There’s the Armory, Volta, Fountain, Moving Image, The Independent, Scope, Pulse … the list goes on and on … stay tuned!

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With listings by Don Edler

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