Art Rx

Paweł Althamer, “Queen Mother of Reality” (2014) at Socrates Sculpture Park (via

You might be art’d out, but that’s why we’ve include a park, a Gowanus exhibition, an elevator-sized museum, and music at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (among other things) — to give you a post–art fair buzz.

 Digital Art, Money, and Independence

When: Tuesday, May 13, 5:30–8pm (free/register online)
Where: Steven A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library (455 Fifth Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan)

Moderated by Isabel Walcott Draves (founder of LISA, a community of tech artists and popular event series), the Digital Art, Money, and Independence panel will explore the relationship between digital art and commerce:

Does a profit motive kill the experimental, independent nature of today’s digital art? Are artists still creating their best work when a consumer brand is funding their output, or when they are considering marketability in a gallery or collections setting? Which is a better measure of independence to a digital artist, unbridled creativity or financial stability?

Those taking part in the panel are Addie Wagenknecht, Amy Whitaker, Barry Threw, Justin Bolognino, and Kyle McDonald.


 Current Gowanus

When: Opens Thursday, May 15, 4–8pm (pay as you wish)
Where: The Gowanus Loft (61 9th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn)

The third exhibition to be curated by art journalist Benjamin Sutton, Current Gowanus promises to “showcase the breadth and depth of visual art being made in Gowanus today.” A full schedule of accompanying events kicks off from May 16. Sutton will be hosting a tour of the exhibition on Saturday, May 17, at 4pm. Hyperallergic is the media partner for the event.

 Mmuseumm Opening Ceremony

When: Thursday, May 15, 7pm
Where: Cortlandt Alley (between Franklin Street & White Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)

Self described as “the newest (and smallest) museum in New York City,” Mmuseumm is based in a defunct freight elevator shaftway in Cortlandt Alley, downtown Manhattan. Now entering its third season with over 20 upcoming exhibitions, we recommend keeping up to date with Mmuseumm via their Twitter and Instagram accounts. (And see Hyperallergic’s previous coverage of it here.)

The Patti Cadby Birch Court (aka the Moroccan Court) at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (via

 Moroccan Court Music Series: Amir Vahab and Yvette Ghoughassian

When: Friday, May 16, 6–7pm (free with museum admission)
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gallery 456 (1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

Musicians Amir Vaheb and Yvette Ghoughassian present an hourlong program of music blending Persian and Turkish elements. Held in the Patti Cadby Birch Court — the Metropolitan Museum’s gallery of Moroccan late Medieval design — Vaheb and Ghoughassian’s set will feature an array of Middle Eastern instruments, including the tar, tambour, barbat, ney, and daf. A wonderful way to unwind on a Friday evening.

 Digital Invisibles

When: Saturday, May 17, 4–7pm
Where: Storefront for Art and Architecture (97 Kenmare Street, Soho, Manhattan)

Digital Invisibles “focuses on exposing the digital gaps in architecture,” particularly in regards to projects that have been dismissed or forgotten about. Organized by Arielle Assouline-Lichten, the event will begin with discussions on the “invisibility” of women and minorities in the architectural sector, and then comes a Wikipedia editing session, which is part of the greater effort to bring visibility to talents and projects that have gone undocumented.

 Out of Alternatives

When: Sunday, May 18, 11–5pm
Where: Artists Space Books & Talks (55 Walker Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)

You may think “alternative spaces” may be more inclusive, but Out of Alternatives is going to explore “obstacles and inequalities which have persisted since the rise of the alternative space.” Organized by Common Practice New York, there are too many participants to list! Members of W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) will make an appearance as well as students from CCS Bard.

 Socrates Sculpture Park 2014 Season

When: Now!
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, Queens)

The Socrates Sculpture Park is simply a wonderful thing. Beautiful location, free events (weekend yoga and tai chi sessions, summer film screenings, even kayaking), and this year’s season includes works by Paweł Althamer, Žilvinas Kempinas, Meschac Gaba, and many more. And if you haven’t ventured out to Long Island City, there’s now the free LIC Art Bus, so you really have no excuse.


When: Sunday, May 18, 2pm ($11 or free with museum admission)
Where: Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens)

A photographer (David Hemmings) watches a man and a woman converse in a London Park. He takes their photograph. The woman (Vanessa Redgrave) is furious. Studying the stills at his studio, the photographer begins to suspect that he may have unwittingly documented a murder. Eschewing a traditional narrative, Hemmings’s character is frequently side-tracked, and the film follows him as he meanders through the carefree and hedonistic world that was “swinging London.” Blow-Up (1966) features cameos from an extraordinary array of musicians and British personalities, including The Yard Birds (with then members Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck), Michael Palin, and Janet Street-Porter.

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