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This week, the annual Museum Mile Festival kicks off, the Guggenheim screens Futurist films, funky turns 40, an abstract tribute to artist Leo Rabkin takes place in Brooklyn, Rico Gatson’s solo show at Studio 10 looks great, and lots more.
Museum Mile Festival
When: Starts Tuesday, June 10, 5:45pm
Where: Various locations along Fifth Avenue (between 82nd and 105th Streets, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
Founded in 1978 in response to New York City’s fiscal crisis, the Museum Mile Festival unites such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum, the Jewish Museum, and the El Museo del Barrio. The ‘mile’ stretches the length of Fifth Avenue between 82nd to 105th Street. Festivities kick off with an opening ceremony at the Museum of the City of New York. A full schedule of events can be found online.
Joshua Decter: Art is a Problem
When: Tuesday, June 10, 7pm
Where: 192 Books (190 Tenth Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Join writer and art historian Joshua Decter as he discusses what he views as art’s paradoxical condition: “That art problematizes, and is intrinsically a problem.” Decter is joined by artist Judith Barry, and Ken Saylor, a founding principal of Saylor + Sirola, a New York City-based architecture, art and design consultancy.
Swoon’s Submerged Collaborations
When: Thursday, June 12, 6:30–9:30pm ($15)
Where: The Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)
Exhibited in the Brooklyn Museum’s rotunda gallery, Swoon’s (Caledonia Curry) installation, Submerged Motherlands, is inspired by the destruction of Doggerland (the land mass that connected Great Britain and Europe some 8000 years ago) as well as by the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy. The work consists of a sculptural tree, boats, rafts, drawings, and cut out foliage. This Thursday, the museum will host ‘Submerged Collaborations‘, an evening of events centered around Swoon’s installation. Commencing with a screening of Flood Tide, (a collaboration between Swoon and Todd Chandler), and a discussion between Swoon and her regular collaborators, the evening ends with a series of musical performances by Mirah, Marshall LaCount (of the bands XXXPRSNXXX and Dark Dark Dark), Todd Chandler, the band North America, and violinist Chloe Swantner.
Rico Gatson: When She Speaks
When: Friday, June 13, 7–9pm
Where: Studio 10 (56 Bogart Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)
The centerpiece of Rico Gatson’s upcoming exhibition at Studio 10 is When She Speaks, a reworking of a video clip in which Kathleen Cleaver addresses a crowd at the funeral of fellow Black Panther Bobby Hutton. As described in the show’s press release:
… Gatson makes space for poignancy and peace to be received beyond language to transcend grief. Black spaces are used in the video as formal elements that provide the viewer a moment of rest and contemplation. The focus is directed from the image to the voice vacillating back and forth. The circuitous presentation, coupled with the occasional fragmentation of Cleaver’s voice, invokes a rhythmic pattern. The tone and cadence of her voice becomes as important as her message.
Futurism Film Screenings at the Guggenheim
When: Friday, June 13, 1pm, 2pm, 2:05pm
Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1071 Fifth Ave, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
The Guggenheim is screening three films in conjunction with its exhibition Italian Futurism, 1909–1944 this Friday. First up is Anton Giolio Bragaglia’s “Thaïs,” the tragic tale of a Slavic countess who seduces her best friend’s husband. Also on view is André Deed’s “The Mechanical Man,” exploring the cult of the machine through the terrorizing actions of a giant robot on a city, and Pippo Oriani’s “Velocità,” a more experimental take on Futurist cinema. —Claire Voon
Tribute to Leo Rabkin From American Abstract Artists
When: Saturday, June 14, 6–9pm
Where: Sideshow Gallery (319 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Sideshow is hosting a tribute to artist Leo Rabkin in association with AAA (American Abstract Artists). Rabkin’s work will exhibited alongside works by over seventy artists, including works by Balcomb Greene, Joanne Mattera, Cordy Ryman, Don Voisine, and many others. A full brochure will also be available at the show with an essay by Susan C. Larsen.
Showgirls: It Doesn’t Suck (Maybe)
When: Saturday, June 14, 7pm (Free with museum admission)
Where: Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
Critically panned upon its release, and consistently voted one of the worst films ever made, Paul Verhoeven’s Showgirls (1995) has enjoyed a renaissance as a cult favorite. The film follows dancer Nomi Malone (Elizabeth Berkley) as she seeks fame and fortune in Las Vegas. What follows is a descent into strip clubs, revue shows, violence, and betrayal. Film critic Adam Nayman, author of It Doesn’t Suck: Showgirls (2014) will introduce a screening at the Museum of the Moving Image. I can’t wait to hear why we should watch it.
Richard Prince at Gagosian
When: Closes Saturday, June 14
Where: Gagosian Gallery (980 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
The series that kicked off a five year legal saga. Richard Prince’s Canal Zone series, appropriated from a series of photographs by artist Patrick Cariou, are on display at Gagosian Gallery’s Madison Avenue space until this Saturday. Referring specifically to the piece “Graduation” (2008) in the press release, Prince makes his views on appropriation crystal clear:
When I pasted the guitar onto the first Rasta … that was my way in. It was my CONTRIBUTION. It was like a new fig leaf … I thought the Rasta and the oversized collaged guitar looked like it belonged. It looked as if I knew what I was doing. The two images fused and “married” into one new image and made up a whole new story.
Of course, photography isn’t allowed at the gallery, because we all know that once appropriationists get rich they are all about protecting their own intellectual property.
Funk Turns 40
When: Closing Saturday, June 14
Where: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Lenox Avenue, at 135th Street, Harlem, Manhattan)
This week, the online Museum of Uncut Funk packs up its traveling celebration of the history of positive black cartoon characters. The living, breathing FUNKEMPORIUM reflects on 40 years of popular black Saturday morning cartoons and their cultural impact on the younger generation. —Alexandra Taylor
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With contributions by Alexandra Taylor and Claire Voon