Art Rx

Maria Lassnig,
Maria Lassnig, “Selbstporträt expressiv” (1945), oil on canvas (via

This week, you can discover the family history of a Goya masterpiece at the Metropolitan Museum, listen to the creator of the House of Cards TV series talk about politics, or snag a wonderful work of art at WagMag’s benefit. And remember that this week is your last chance to see the great Maria Lassnig show at MoMA PS1 — don’t say we didn’t worn you!

 Ursula Von Rydingsvard & Brett Graham

When: Tuesday, May 20, 6:30pm
Where: International Studio and Curatorial Program (1040 Metropolitan Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

As part of their regular Brooklyn Commons discussion series in which the ISCP pairs one of their residents with a Brooklyn-based artist, sculptors Ursula Von Rydingsvard and Brett Graham examine “monumental sculpture informed by cultural and personal history.” The event is free, though seating is limited.

 The Roosevelts Meet the Underwoods: A Conversation Between Ken Burns & Baeu Williman

When: Tuesday, May 20, 7:30pm ($25)
Where: The Paley Center for Media (25 West 52nd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

Documentarian Ken Burns and Beau Williman, the creator of Netflix’s House of Cards, discuss the public’s perception of politics and leadership. Specifically focusing on the Roosevelts (the subject of Burns’ next documentary) and the Underwoods (the protagonists of House of Cards), the pair will discuss the art of political compromise and the strengths and weaknesses of leaders.

 Tony Oursler / Vox Vernacular

Tony Oursler, "Pastel Hierarchy" (2012) (via
Tony Oursler, “Pastel Hierarchy” (2012) (via

When: Wednesday, May 21, 6–8pm (first come, first served. Doors open 5:30pm)
Where: Steven A. Schwarzman Building, New York Public Library (455 Fifth Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan)

To coincide with the publication of Vox Vernacular — a compilation of fifty transcripts from Tony Oursler’s video works — the New York Public Library is hosting a “dynamic live reading” by ten of Oursler’s collaborators, including Tony Conrad, Joe Gibbons, and Holly Stanton.

Adding valuable context are scholarly essays explaining Oursler’s creative process and full-color illustrations of his videos. Among other revelations, these transcripts show that Oursler is not merely a video artist, but a writer as well. The vernacular language that Oursler employs is written to be spoken by “electronic entities” and carries a sort of musical cadence that makes his text surprisingly lyrical.

 Goya & the Altamira Family — Exhibition Tour

Goya's "Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga" (aka "Boy in Red") (1784–1792) (via LWYang's Flickstream)
Goya’s “Manuel Osorio Manrique de Zuñiga” (aka “Boy in Red”) (1784–1792) (via LWYang’s Flickstream)

When: Thursday, May 22, 10:30–11:30am
Where: Gallery 624, The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

Curator’s Xavier F. Salomon and Peter Jay Sharp lead a tour of Goya and the Altamira Family, the first ever exhibition to bring together four of Goya’s portraits of the Altamira family, including the much loved “Boy in Red,” a painting of the Count and Countess of Altamira’s son, who is depicted with his pet magpie.

 Whitney ISP: Common Spaces

When: Friday, May 23, 5–8pm
Where: The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Common Spaces, an exhibition of work by participants of the Whitney’s Independent Study Program investigates the status of public space today:

At a time when public space is increasingly subject to control by private interests and authoritarian forms of state power, discourses about “the commons” have simultaneously arisen to rethink how resources are held and used in common. The exhibition surveys diverse artistic practices that question and challenge the unequal distribution of space in the present, while also invoking instances in which it is effectively shared.

 DIY Permaculture at Flux Factory

When: Friday, May 23, 7–9pm
Where: Flux Factory (39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens)

The second of two free permaculture workshops, Flux Factory will teach visitors how to build a nutrient film technique hydroponic system. I also had no idea what that is, so I googled it and read the Wikipedia page. Essentially it’s an excellent way to grow herbs and leafy greens with a minimum of space. Pretty neat.

 Maria Lassnig

When: Closes Sunday, May 25 MoMA PS1 just let us know that the show has been extended to Sept. 7!
Where: MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens)

Critically ignored for decades, Maria Lassnig‘s paintings are grotesque, discomforting, hilarious, and ravishing to behold. Sadly, the artist passed away during the exhibition’s run at the age of 94. MoMA PS1’s exhibition contains a number of works never before exhibited in the U.S. A wonderfully curated survey, you’d be doing yourself a huge disservice by missing it. You can also read an excellent review by Thomas Micchelli for Hyperallergic Weekend.

 Wagmag 2014 Benefit

logoWhen: Tuesday, May 27, 7–9pm (Tickets start at $20)
Where: Kunsthalle Galapagos (16 Main Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn)

A 501c (3) nonprofit, Wagmag is the only guide wholly dedicated to Brooklyn-based art events and activities. Tickets for Wagmag’s 2014 benefit start at $20, though if you’re willing to pitch in a little more for a raffle ticket ($200-350) you’ll receive an artwork donated by one of 100 Brooklyn based galleries. Everybody wins!

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