Art Rx

The LIC Bike Parade, organized by the Socrates Sculpture Park, Long Island City, Queens (via

This week, we make sure you know about a hair braiding workshop (social practice!), a discussion of artistic property (own!), a feminist media conference (represent!), and much more.

 Nontsikelelo Mutiti: Ruka (To braid/to knit/to weave)

NontsikeleloMutiti_RecessSession-1When: Opens Tuesday, June 3
Where: Recess (41 Grand Street, Soho, Manhattan)

Artist Nontsikelelo Mutiti will play the roles of “artist, designer, and researcher to a space for the study and practice of hair braiding.” Working with family and hair braiding professionals, Mutiti will develop an archive of material and ephemera related to hair braiding salons, creating an immersive installation in the process. The show’s press release includes details for further film screenings as well as a community braiding workshop.

 They Can’t Represent Us! Reinventing Democracy from Greece to Occupy

When: Wednesday, June 4, 6:30–8:30pm
Where: Bluestockings (172 Allen Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Join authors Marina Sitrin and Dario Azzellini for a discussion of their new book, They Can’t Represent Us!, a look at recent revolts in the US, Greece, Argentina, and Venezuela (rise up!). Using Occupy Wall Street as a starting point, the book brings together the voices from recent revolts in a bid to examine the rise of “dynamic movements of democratic participation … across the globe.”

 The Social Life of Artistic Property

When: Wednesday, June 4, 6:30–8pm (RSVP Required)
Where: CUE Art Foundation (137 West 25th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Moderated by ArtHome Founder Esther Robinson, Pablo Helguera, Michael Mandiberg, Amy Whitaker, William Powhida, and Caroline Woolard discuss their self-published volume, The Social Life of Artistic Property. The book is the result of a two and a half year examination of experiments in group living and proposals for the future of artistic property (buy the book!). The event is free, but be sure to RSVP in advance.


When: Opens June 6, 6-9pm
Where: The Gowanus Loft (61 9th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn)

Traces, a group show in Gowanus, promises to probe some major issues (heady alert!):

Have we become more robotic? Less intimate, passionate, and more logical, neoliberal, pragmatic? Our generation grew up with the internet, and there is no question that our digital selves have pervaded our physical selves, but what does that mean for the future?

Curated by four recent graduates, the show includes the work of twenty artists. There’s little hint of what to expect on the show’s website — like “While a singular premise guiding Western science is its commitment to a fundamental opposition between spirit and matter, our existence becomes less tangible as we increasingly lead our lives in intangible spaces.” (existentialism?) — though you can browse participating artists here.

 Midnight Screening of The Shining

When: Friday, June 6, 12am ($14)
Where: IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

The film Stephen King loathed and the rest of us admired (broadly speaking), Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining (1980) is a masterclass in heightened tension (nightmares!). Having stripped most of the supernatural elements from King’s novel, Kubrick directed his emphasis on the psychological aspects of the story. The director infamously exhausted and frustrated his cast to get the most out of them (the “here’s Johnny” scene took three days to film – another sequence took a year to perfect). Kubrick’s preference for long, lingering sequences, and dispassionate camera angles, compliment the source material perfectly. Be afraid.

 2014 WAM! NYC Conference

When: Saturday June 7, 9-5pm (RSVP Required)
Where: Barnard College (West 117th Street, Morningside Heights, Manhattan)

2014 marks the fifth year of WAM’s (Women, Action & the Media) NYC feminist media conference. Hyperallergic‘s Senior Editor Jillian Steinhauer (WOOHOO!) is a panelist alongside a long list of participants, including Janet Mock, Zerlina Maxwell, Kiera Feldman, and Dior Vargas.

Topics for this year’s panels include long-form journalism in the digital age, making it as a woman of color in the media, art and activism, publishing, multimedia storytelling, having difficult conversations in feminism, and social media strategy.

 LIC Bike Parade

When: Saturday, June 7, 11am-5pm
Where: Various (Starts Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens)

Who doesn’t like a parade? (Love ’em!) Socrates Sculpture Park is inviting families to take part in the Long Island City Bike Parade, and the best part is it is led by the LIC High School marching band. The day will start with workshops, helmet fittings, repair sessions, and even a bike swap. A full itinerary of events is online.

 Sonic Delights: Francisco López / Taylor Deupree & Stephen Vitiello

When: Wednesday, June 4, 8p ($10/$8 members+ students)
Where: Issue Project Room (22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn 11201)

Sound artists and experimental musicians Francisco López, Stephen Vitiello, and Taylor Deupree are presenting an expansive exhibition of sound art throughout the summer in Westchester County, but this Wednesday they are offering an advanced taste of the show to those who can’t make it upstate. López’s multi-channel sound system shows, which involve blindfolding his audience, are personal and immersive, and this marks his first appearance in New York in two years. For their performance, Deupree and Vitiello will play a set previewing their forthcoming album inspired by their residency at Robert Rauschenberg’s estate. —CV

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With contribution by Claire Voon

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