Art Rx


This week will be one of Hyperallergic’s biggest weeks yet. Our large Lost Lectures event on Friday is going to feature six speakers (including a special guest we will announce later today) and a video art program. It will be an invigorating evening that invites guests to explore the realms of dance, music, science, and art.

But the city that never sleeps certainly doesn’t stop for one event, so we also have a useful list of other things to do and see in NYC this week — take your pick.

 Jeff Koons on Sculpture

When: Thursday, April 24, 6pm (first-come, first-served)
Where: The Frick Collection (1 East 70th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

Jeff Koons shares his views on the tradition of small scale bronzes, in conjunction with the Frick Collection’s Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection exhibit. The event is free, but seats are strictly first-come, first-serve.

 Who Can Talk About Performance Art?

When: Thursday, April 24, 6:30pm (Free with RSVP)
Where: Judson Memorial Church (55 Washington Square South, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

When Performa invited me to take part in this panel, I was excited to join Claire Bishop, RoseLee Goldberg, Adrian Heathfield, John Rockwell, and David Velasco, to discuss what it means to write about performance art and some of the challenges we see for writers. What does a critic writing about performance art really need to know? How much is performance history essential to the critic? How about a knowledge of art history? I hope we find out.

 The Lost Lectures

When: Friday, April 25, 7:30pm ($25, $30 after Tuesday, April 22 at noon)
Where: TBA Secret location

This is it, the biggest event Hyperallergic has ever helped organized, and the list of speakers and video artists represents the diversity of our publication and the richness of the world around us. We’re always looking for ways to make meeting people, discussing ideas, and exploring new things exciting and fun, and this event is sure to live up to that promise. Open your mind, and come explore The Lost Lectures. The venue will be announced via email to ticket holders two days before the event. And stay tuned for our special guest announcement later today.

 The Found Footage Festival

When: Friday, April 25–Sunday, April 27
Where: Various Locations

Organized by Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher, The Found Footage Festival showcases videos found at garage sales, thrift stores, and dumpsters around the country. Hilarious, intriguing, and sometimes disturbing, the Found Footage Festival is certainly never boring. Whilst on tour in NYC, screenings will be held at BAM Rose Cinemas, the Anthology Film Archives, and the Alamo Drafthouse.

 ISCP Open Studios

When: Friday, April 25–Sunday, April 27
Where: International Studio and Curatorial Program (1040 Metropolitan Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

The ISCP’s Open Studios is a three-day exhibit of work by 36 international resident artists and curators, who will be available to chat with visitors eager to learn about their work. The quality of ISCP participants is normally quite high and the friendly atmosphere means you’re sure to feel welcome.

The Brooklyn Zine Fest (via
The Brooklyn Zine Fest (via

 Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014

When: Saturday, April 26–Sunday, April 27, 11am-6pm
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn)

Featuring over 150 writers, artists, and publishers, Brooklyn Zine Fest 2014 is guaranteed to appeal to collectors and newcomers alike. Free to attend, the festival will also include a number of talks that should be on your radar, including Queer and Trans* Zinesters (4/26), Collecting Zines (4/27), and Anonymity (4/27). Now if they only had a session on how to archive your zines.

 The Big Lebowski Brunch Screening

When: Saturday, April 26 ($11)
Where: Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

The Big Lebowski (1998) is the ultimate movie for art geeks. Inspired by the work of Raymond Chandler, and littered with art spoofs (the ‘Nihilists’ are likened to Kraftwerk, and Julianne Moore based her character on artist Carolee Schneemann), the film is now a well established cult classic, despite performing poorly upon its initial release. Go enjoy it on the big screen!

 Walking in the Air: Art Criticism in Europe

When: Sunday, April 27, 3–7:30pm (RVSP Required)
Where: Cervantes Institute (211 East 49th Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

What is the state of art criticism in Europe? Organized by AICA International and EUNIC New York, this panel has invited critics from four European countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Spain, Finland) to discuss the state of their field, the challenges it faces, and whether the newspaper art critics of Europe are being faced with the same dwindling prospects that their North American colleagues are confronting.

 Arts Labor and Wages

When: Sunday, April 27, 5–6pm
Where: Radio Bushwick (22 Wyckoff Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Arts in Bushwick’s (AiB) second panel discussion, Arts Labor & Workers’ Rights in Today’s Job Market, is moderated by Alexis Clements and features Jillian Steinhauer — two familiar names to Hyperallergic readers. It is the organization’s latest discussion about an issue that impacts everyone, and it will explore “the pros and cons of labor unions, and discuss ways individuals and organizations can level the playing field in the arts and creative professions.” Juicy.

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