Art Rx

Jacolby Satterwhite, “Transit,” Video Still from "Reifying Desire 6" (2014), HD digital video, color, 3-D animation (via
Jacolby Satterwhite, “Transit,” Video Still from “Reifying Desire 6” (2014), HD digital video, color, 3-D animation (via

This week, we’re gearing up for the 2014 Bushwick Open Studios, but there’s also lots of other stuff you should know about, including a modern American lit exhibit at the Morgan, Pre-Raphaelite art of the Metropolitan Museum, and a special screening of Metropolis that includes live music. Here’s your guide to must-dos this week.

 An Evening with Jacolby Satterwhite & Art21

When: Wednesday, May 28, 7pm ($13)
Where: BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)

Dressed in outlandish clothes whilst dancing and voguing his way through elaborate 3D digital worlds, artist Jacolby Satterwhite conflates the utopianism of the digital age with references to his own personal history and family. Included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, Satterwhite is now the subject of an Art21 documentary. BAM is hosting a screening of Satterwhite’s works (co-presented by Art21) followed by a Q&A between the artist and poet Andrew Durbin.

 Bushwick Open Studios

When: Friday, May 30–Sunday, June 1
Where: Various

There’s so much going on over the Bushwick Open Studios weekend that we can’t possible list it all here. But don’t fret! Hyperallergic will be publishing a comprehensive BOS guide tomorrow.

 Gatsby to Garp: Modern Masterpieces from the Carter Burden Collection

Francis Cugat’s cover design for F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” (1925) (via

When: Through Sunday, September 7
Where: Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan)

Starting in the early 1970s, former New York City Councilman Carter Burden (1942–1996) assembled an incredible collection of modern American literature. In 1997, Burden’s family donated over 12,000 volumes to the museum where the collector had served as a trustee. The Morgan Library & Museum‘s latest exhibition features letters, proofs, manuscripts, first editions, and other ephemera from Carter’s collection. Featured authors include William Faulkner, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Allen Ginsberg, Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Toni Morrison, Gertrude Stein, and John Steinbeck.


 The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art & Design

When: Through Sunday, October 26
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, beloved in Britain now, but mostly scorned by their contemporaries, sought a return to the aesthetic of the Italian Quattrocento (hence the group’s name). The Met is going to tackle this movement with The Pre-Raphaelite Legacy: British Art & Design,which includes over 30 pieces by William Morris, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Edward Burne-Jones, and others. In my experience, people either LOVE the Pre-Raphaelites or hate them.

 Metropolis with Live score

When: Saturday, May 31, 11.15 am ($16)
Where: Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Arguably the most famous silent film in the world, and a pioneer of the science-fiction genre, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis (1927) was, upon it’s release, the most expensive film ever made. Lang would later express dissatisfaction with the film, largely as a result of the Nazi’s celebration of the film. Nitehawk cinema is hosting a brunch screening with a live score by Black Lodge. For the film aficionados amongst you, Nitehawk will be screening the 2010 restoration version.

 BHQF’s Build Your Own University

When: Closes Saturday, May 31
Where: Bruce High Quality Foundation (34 Avenue A, Alphabet City, Manhattan)

The Bruce High Quality Foundation’s university includes classes on reality TV (tonight!), ink drawing, and email composition. Essentially, all the highly technical and physically demanding skills that are required of any professional artist today. The accompanying exhibition ends Saturday. Check out the remaining classes here, and I’ll be taking part in a “Chatroom” moderated discussion on Thursday, May 29, 7–9pm [Topic: Creating A (More) Sustainable Art World].

 The 80s: Past + Present

When: Closes Saturday, May 31
Where: Bleecker Street Arts Club (305 Bleecker Street, West Village, Manhattan)

Curated by collector Keith Miller, The 80s: Past + Present includes work by renowned street artists CRASH, Tom Slaughter, Ronnie Cutrone, Scott Kilgour, and Michael De Feo. A must see for anyone interested in the early graffiti and street art scene.

Liz Glynn, "Ransom Room (detail) (2014) (via
Liz Glynn, “Ransom Room (detail) (2014) (via

 Liz Glynn’s Ransom Room

When: Opens Monday, June 2
Where: Sculpture Center (44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, Queens)

Liz Glynn’s Ransom Room (2014) derives from the chronicles of Inca Emperor Atahualpa, who when held prisoner by the Spanish conquistadors, offered to fill an entire room with gold and silver. The so called ‘ransom’ inadvertently expedited the Emperor’s execution, effectively leading to the end of the Inca empire. For Ransom Room, Glynn has created wax ‘surrogates’ for the lost gold objects. As described in the exhibition’s press release:

… visitors will find SculptureCenter’s ground floor rear gallery re-sized to a 17 x 22 foot stucco room staged as a storied palace in Cuzco with a replica of a fountain, cement corn stalks punctuated with golden maize, and the walls lined with wax panels. Over several weeks, wax objects- vessels, cups, plates-will accumulate, having been cast and hand carried from various studio locations in New York until the room is filled. During the final week of the exhibition, the collected objects will then be melted down into ingots and eventually displayed on pallets.

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