This week, the doctor told us to improve our diets, so we’re on a mission to select only the best shows and events to attend this week. It’s New York, so that isn’t very hard, but we made sure to include a short history of Thai contemporary art, a retrospective of F.A.T. Labs, a 77 artist group show on the Lower East Side, the new geodesic dome in the Rockaways, and lots more.
A Brief History of Thai Contemporary Art
When: Wednesday, March 27, 6 pm
Where: Tally Beck Contemporary (42 Rivington Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
In conjunction with their current show, Golden Grain: Thai Artist Songwoot Kaewvisit’s Solo Exhibition, Tally Beck will give a brief talk with a slideshow to provide background on Thai art history, artists and styles. If you know a lot about Southeast Asia art, maybe now is a good time to get up to speed.
When: Thursday, March 28, 6pm
Where: Anna Kustera Gallery (520 West 21st Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
An exhibition of contemporary art ceramics is more rare than you might think, so when we spotted this show we couldn’t wait to check out work by Bushwick veteran Andrew Cornell Robinson, whose work is being paired with paintings by Doron Langberg and Kyle Coniglio. Robinson combines humor, history, and sculptural forms and remakes ceramics — which many people still associate with traditional housewares — into a very contemporary medium.
Histories, Art, and Transformations
When: Thursday, March 28, 7pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway at Washington Ave, Prospect Park, Brooklyn)
Hyperallergic’s very own Editor-in-Chief, Hrag Vartanian, will moderate a talk at the Brooklyn Museum with Marela Zacarias, the current exhibitor in the museum’s Raw/Cooked series showcasing under-the-radar Brooklyn artists, and Valerie Hegarty, who’s exhibition Alternative Histories will be opening at the museum in May. Discussion will focus on each artists’ desire to reference and remix history and the different aesthetic solutions they’ve used to reach a contemporary audience. —AW
Thanks for the Show
When: Friday, March 29, 6pm
Where: Lu Magnus Gallery (55 Hester Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
A rising talent himself, artist Adam Parker Smith has decided to turn his attention to curating a new group show, Thanks, featuring an impressive list of 77 artists. Our instinct suggests this will be a worthwhile visit. Btw, here’s the context for the show:
Two weeks prior to its opening, the artists were informed of the exhibition. Only then were they let in on the true concept and scope of the exhibition. Presented with the choice — if the artist agreed, they would be included in Thanks; if they refused to give permission, works were to be returned immediately. However, all invited artists agreed to participate in Thanks.
A Geodesic Dome in the Rockaways
When: Friday, March 29
Where: VW Dome 2 in the Rockaways (Rockaway Beach, between Beach 94th St. and Beach 95th St. at Shore Front Parkway, Rockaway, Queens)
The “official” opening of MoMA PS1’s VW Dome 2 is this weekend. The temporary geodesic dome in the Rockaways will serve as a center for culture and education, and it serve as a venue for lectures and conversations, rotating art exhibitions, film and video screenings, performances, and community events. Programming will be undertaken in partnership with local organizations in the Rockaways and Queens County. We can’t wait to see what type of ideas will bubble up during the dome’s sojourn in the Rockaways.
As If We’d Miss It
When: Friday, March 29, 6pm
Where: Jeff Bailey Gallery (625 West 27th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Through the use of strong color and subtle lighting the paintings of Joshua Marsh reveal or hint at simple objects. These objects are usually depicted in few colors and feel as though they are isolated through the artist’s own fascination with the painted surface and interpretations of still life painting. These highly concentrated studies of each object somehow illicit thoughts of the object being both absent and present at the same time, creating a peculiar image for the viewer. —KP
40th Anniversary Exhibition at A.I.R. Gallery
When: Closing Saturday, March 30
Where: A.I.R. Gallery (111 Front Street #228, Dumbo, Brooklyn)
It’s the last chance to check out A.I.R. Gallery’s anniversary exhibition, 40/40 A Double Vision, closing on March 30. The exhibition pairs A.I.R.’s long-standing New York fellowship artists with up-and-coming women artists, presenting a view of the gallery’s evolution from past to future. While the old pecking-order of male-centric institutions and canons may have toppled, many challenges remain for female artists and A.I.R. continues to be a seminal force in advocating women’s rights and artistic merit. A wide range of materials, subjects, styles and disciplines is to be expected by the 40 artists exhibiting work. —AW
A Strong Cocktail of Art & Tech
When: Monday, April 1, 7pm
Where: Eyebeam (540 West 21st Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Have you ever wondered about that group of artists, hackers, engineers, scientists, and lawyers called F.A.T. Lab and what they might be doing these days? Well if you have then look no further. From April 1–20 F.A.T. GOLD: Five Years of Free Art & Technology will be celebrating five years of collaborative creativity with a smorgasbord exhibition featuring video, software, net art, installation, and performance. Founded by Evan Roth and James Powderly in 2007, the group has grown into a creative pool of talent unparalleled in the emerging field of where the arts converge with new technologies. —JDS
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With listings by Kyle Petreycik, JD Siazon, and Arianne Wack