Art Rx

Detail from Andy Warhol’s “13 Most Wanted Men” (1964) (via

Warhol lands in Queens, Bochner at Manhattan’s Jewish Museum, and a Monet “Water Lilies” painting is on view for the first time since 1923. Did we also mention Hyperallergic is hosting its first-ever poetry reading on Saturday? Here are our picks for the week.

 A Discussion with the Architects of the National 9/11 Memorial Museum

When: Tuesday, April 29, 5–7pm
Where: The New School’s Alvin Johnson/ J.M. Kaplan Hall (66 West 12th Street, Union Square, Manhattan)

Partners from architecture firm Davis Brody Bond discuss the design and building of the 9/11 Memorial Museum, slated to open next month. The discussion and subsequent Q&A will focus on “the four principles that guided the architects work: memory, authenticity, scale and emotion, and explore the larger global context of memorials and museums built or planned on the sites of traumatic events.”

 Chinese Media Censorship

A parody of Jeff Widener’s iconic image of the “Tank Man” which went viral on Chinese social media network Weibo this time last year. The tanks in the image were replaced with Florentijn Hofman’s rubber duck artwork. (via

When: Wednesday, April 30, 6:30pm (RVSP)
Where: The Center for Humanities (365 Fifth Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan)

Scholars Ying Zu (author of Two Billion Eyes, a book on Chinese television) and Jason Q. Hg (author of Blocked on Weibo) explore the intricacies of China’s media censorship, examining how writers and journalists are regularly co-opted in the accomplishment of the state’s censorship goals.

 Mel Bochner: Strong Language

When: Opens Friday, May 2
Where: Jewish Museum (1109 5th Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)


 Benedict J. Fernandez — The ’60s: Decade of Change

Benedict J. Fernandez, “Solidarity march honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. after his assassination. Memphis, Tennessee, April 6, 1968” (1968) (© Benedict J. Fernandez, via

When: Opens Friday, May 2, 6–9pm
Where: Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtlandt Avenue, South Bronx, Bronx)

The Bronx Documentary Center is hosting an exhibition of Benedict J. Fernandez’s photographic work from the 1960s. Perhaps best known for his images of the civil rights movement (including many iconic snaps of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his family), Fernandez is widely considered an unappreciated master of his medium, despite the fact that is work is included in such major collections as the Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian.

 Kickstarter Block Party

When: Saturday, May 3, 12–6pm
Where: Kickstarter HQ (58 Kent Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn)

Come “rain or shine,” Kickstarter’s block party will feature food, games, art, demos, tours, and musical performances by various users of the fundraising site. Sounds like this one’s going to be a blast.

 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair

When: Through Sunday, September 7
Where: The Queens Museum (New York City Building, Flushing Meadows/Corona Park, Queens)

Installed a week before the opening of the 1964 World’s Fair, Andy Warhol’s mural “13 Most Wanted Men” raised “objections at the highest level” and was unceremoniously censored with silver spray paint. The jury is still out as to who was responsible and why. The prevailing theory is that fair organizer Nelson Rockefeller (then the governor of New York) was concerned that the piece would offend his electorate. Warhol went on to reprint segments of the work, which are exhibited in the Queens Museum’s latest exhibition, alongside a wealth of archival material.

 Open Studios at the Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation

When: Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, 2-6pm
Where: The Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation (20 Jay Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Eighteen artists are opening their studios to visitors this weekend, and you can check out the full list of participating artists online.

 Hyperallergic Poetry Reading Series

When: Saturday, May 3, 7:30–9:30pm
Where: Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Shop (126A Front Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn)

Join us for the first ever Hyperallergic Poetry Reading at Berl’s Brooklyn Poetry Bookstore in DUMBO. Our inaugural readers are Joanna Fuhrman, Dan Magers, Debora Kuan, and Ana Božičević. The readers will be introduced by Hyperallergic poetry editor Joe Pan. Refreshments will be served!

 The Hugette Clark Auction

When: Friday, May 2–Tuesday, May 6 (various times, check site for details)
Where: Christie’s (20 Rockefeller Plaza, Midtown, Manhattan)

Included in Christie’s sale of works from the estate of heiress Hugette Clark is Claude Monet’s 1905 water lilies painting “Nymphéas,” which has not been exhibited in public since 1926. Works from the sale are on display at Christie’s from May 2nd to May 6th.

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