Art Rx

Saturday, June 21, will mark the tenth Summer Solstice celebration by Socrates Sculpture Park. (via

This week is all about alternatives. So, if you can’t make it to the feminist reading of the New York Times at the Brooklyn Museum, then try to make the discussion about internet comments at the Housing Works Bookstore in Nolita. And if you can’t do either of those, then how about listening to Glenn Greenwald discuss state surveillance or taking in the summer solstice celebration at Socrates Sculpture Park?

Life’s too short not to consider at least one alternative.

 Pablo Helguera: On the Future of Art

When: Wednesday, June 18, 6:30pm ($8)
Where: Guggenheim Museum (1071 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

As part of the exhibition Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today, multidisciplinary artist Pablo Helguera will re-present “On the Future of Art” (1969), a series of talks by the renowned Guggenheim curator Edward Fry. Splicing in his own stories between extracts from Fry’s lectures, Helguera will focus on Guggenheim archivist Ward Jackson and his investigation into the Chuquicamata mine owned by the Guggenheim brothers in northern Chile.

 Leaps Into the Void: Shamanism, Meditation, Transcendence, Oblivion

Sky Kim, “Untitled” (2013), watercolor on paper, 42 x 90 in (via

When: Opens Wednesday, June 18
Where: Garis & Hahn (263 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

In this group show, five international artists explore the meaning of meditation and transcendence in both Eastern and Western belief systems through a range of mixed media works. Their investigations seem extensive, with the artists influenced by studies of zen philosophy, altered states of mind, the power of repetition, shamanism, and more. CV

 Say It To My Face: Confronting the Comments Section

When: Wednesday, June 18, 7pm
Where: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby Street, Nolita, Manhattan)

The first rule of writing on the internet is to expect that someone will respond with a comment that they would NEVER say to your face. The second rule of writing on the internet is to never acknowledge the comment that someone would NEVER say to your face.

Tyler Coates and Jolie Kerr join writers Mikala Bierma, Jessica Coen, Foster Kamer, Miles Klee, Maris Kreizman, Andrew Krucoff, Tom Ley, Alex Pareene, Erin Gloria Ryan, Beejoli Shah, and Cole Stryker to discuss the “meanest, dumbest, most ridiculous online comments that strangers (or friends!) have published about them.”

For one night, join this de facto support group!

 Quality of Life

Aliza Nisembaum
Aliza Nisembaum, “Cesli, Virginia, and Sofia” (2013), oil on linen, 40 x 30 in (via

When: Opens Thursday, June 19
Where: BOSI Contemporary (48 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Bosi Contemporary’s latest exhibition, Quality of Life, features artists Daniel Bejar, Ethan Breckenridge, Claudia Cortinez + Carlos Vela-Prado, Aliza Nisenbaum, and Reka Reisinger (all past recipients of the Rema Hort Mann Foundation Emerging Artist Grant). The exhibition’s press release sounds juicy:

Whether spurred by the unyielding American mandate—to live better, to prosper and succeed, or driven by a spiritual inclination towards a more enlightened state, the concept of “quality” is a rubric used to measure something intangible. Delving into issues of nationalistic propaganda, personal identity and false idolatry, the artists explore what it means to be human.

 The NYTimes Feminist Reading Group

When: Thursday, June 19, 7pm (free with museum admission)
Where: The Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)

This sounds absolutely brilliant. A participatory performance, Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden’s The New York Times Feminist Reading Group invites guests to discuss events in the day’s issue of theTimes from a feminist perspective. Kennedy and Linden plan to collect annotated copies of the New York Times from their performances and publish them as the The New York Times Feminist Yearbook around the end of 2014.

 Summer Solstice at Socrates Sculpture Park

When: Saturday, June 21, 5pm–dusk
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, Queens)

To mark the summer solstice, Socrates Sculpture Park is hosting an evening of workshops and performances. Get your face painted or kick back with a picnic and watch a special solstice performance by Urban Shaman Mama Donna. As with all the programming at Socrates, the event is totally free, and you can find all the details online.

 Glen Greenwald: Ed Snowden, the NSA, and the US Surveillance State

When: Monday, June 23, 7:30pm ($12)
Where: Zankel Hall (881 Seventh Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan)

Renowned for his series of reports based on disclosures by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, journalist Glenn Greenwald discusses recent reporting on state surveillance and national security issues. Tickets for the event are likely to go quickly (if they haven’t already), so snap one up if you can.

Clarissa Tossin
Clarissa Tossin, “Unmapping the World” (2011), ink on tracing paper (via

 Bringing the World into the World

When: Through Sunday, October 12
Where: Queens Museum (Flushing Meadows, Corona Park, Queens)

Bringing the World into the World opens this week, a summer group show built around the Queens Museum’s largest object — the Panorama of New York built by Robert Moses for the 1964–65 World’s Fair. The exhibit revisits the awe of what still remains the world’s most comprehensive model of an urban environment, while engaging with questions of surveillance, mass media, and city planning raised by artists whose work is being exhibited beside the famed object. AT

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With contributions by Alexandra Taylor and Claire Voon

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