Sigmar Polke (German, 1941–2010). Untitled. c. 1975. Gelatin silver print, 7 1/16 x 9 7/16″ (18 x 23.9 cm). Acquired through the generosity of Edgar Wachenheim III and Ronald S. Lauder. (© 2014 Estate of Sigmar Polke/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn)
Sigmar Polke, “Untitled” (c.1975), gelatin silver print, 7 1/16 x 9 7/16″ (18 x 23.9 cm), acquired through the generosity of Edgar Wachenheim III and Ronald S. Lauder (© 2014 Estate of Sigmar Polke/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY/VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn)

This week is all about transporting yourself. If you want to explore some psychedelic shamanism, then I suggest you attend the MoMA PopRally Sigmar Polke event this Wednesday nightIf you want to get away for the weekend, then check out Hyperallergic’s great day trip to the Hamptons. But if you’d rather stay in the five boroughs, there’s still so much, including a hip-hop show at Gavin Brown Enterprises, experimental short films at Lisa Cooley Gallery, and an Ai Weiwei program at the Brooklyn Museum.

 Family Style

When: Opens Tuesday, July 22, 6–9pm
Where: Formerly Pocket Utopia (191 Henry Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Family Style bills itself as “a collective, collaborative artist-driven project.” With over fifty listed participants, we have no idea what to expect, though the show’s press release advises guests to “keep your eyes peeled for upcoming Family Style parties, gatherings and events.” The exhibition’s Tumblr page can be found here.

 MoMA PopRally: Decoding Alibis

When: Wednesday, July 23, 7–10pm ($15)
Where: Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

Join PopRally for Decoding Alibis, an interactive evening exploring the retrospective Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963–2010. As media sponsor, Hyperallergic has brought together five special guests to illuminate different aspects of Polke’s work, including a cultural historian, a hallucinogen expert, a conservator, a magician, and a palm reader. Admission includes a cocktail reception and DJ set. Best of all, guests can explore the evening’s offerings at their own leisure. Get your ticket here. See you there!

 Art Off the Wall: According to What?

When: Thursday, July 24, 6:30–9:30pm ($18)
Where: Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)

The Brooklyn Museum is hosting an evening of activities and performances as part of the exhibition Ai Weiwei: According to What? Open this Thursday till 9:30pm, the exhibition will be supplemented with range of events including a calligraphy workshop, a talk by curator Sharon Matt Atkins, and a spoken-word multimedia performance by artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai. You certainly won’t run out of things to do.

 Experimental Shorts Program on the LES

When: Thursday, July 24, 7–10pm
Where: Lisa Cooley Gallery (107 Norfolk Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Lisa Cooley presents a two-part screening of experimental short films, focusing on a selection of videos from the 1960s and 1970s. Presented in conjunction with the gallery’s current exhibition Eric’s Trip, the films are explorational dives into our perceptions of light, color, and consciousness. Featured filmmakers include Jeremy Blake, Michael Snow, Jud Yalkut, and Paul Sharits. —CV

 The Bigger Picture: Works from the 1990s

When: Closes Friday, August 1
Where: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (521 West 21st Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Tanya Bonakdar gallery celebrates its twentieth anniversary with a group show featuring its roster of artists. The Bigger Picture, a title which also refers to a work by Haim Steinbach, features works by Mat Collishaw, Phil Collins, Gillian Wearing, and Susan Philipsz. The exhibition starts before you even enter the gallery, with Sarah Sze’s “Untitled (Thessaloniki)”, a collection of objects including clothes pegs, cups, and pens, laid out on the sidewalk. A must-see for anyone interested in the art of the 1990s.

Participants in last year's Hyperallergic trip to the Hamptons. (photo by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic)
Participants in last year’s Hyperallergic trip to the Hamptons (photo by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic)

 Summer Hamptons Getaway

When: Saturday, July 26, 8:30am–11pm ($150)
Where: Various (Bus departs from Union Square, Manhattan at 8:30am)

Our second sponsor event of the week (yep, we’re a busy bunch) is our Summer Hamptons Getaway. Join the Hyperallergic team for a day of tours, talks, and drinks at Art Southampton and the Parrish Art Museum. Our art-filled day will end with dinner and cocktails at the Southampton Social Club. Tickets include roundtrip bus transportation from Union Square, and you can purchase them online.

 Born in the Bronx: The Early Days of Hip-Hop

When: Closes Saturday, July 26
Where: Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (620 Greenwich Street, West Village, Manhattan)

Curated by Johan Kugelberg and organized by Boo-Hooray, Born in the Bronx brings together a selection of archival material celebrating hip-hop’s early pioneers, including Afrika Bambaataa, Buddy Esquire, Wild Style director Charlie Ahearn, and photographer Joe Conzo. Kugelberg donated his collection of hip-hop ephemera to Cornell in 2007, resulting in the Cornell Hip Hop Collection — now the largest archive of hip-hop materials in the world.

Installation view, ‘Born in the Bronx: Afrika Bambaataa, Buddy Esquire, Charlie Ahearn’s Wild Style, and Joe Conzo’ (via

 Rubins: Our Friend Fluid Metal

When: Continues through Saturday, September 13
Where: Gagosian Gallery (522 West 21st Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Last week saw the opening of Nancy Rubins’s first major exhibition of sculptural work in New York since her Public Art Fund commission “Big PleasurePoint” at Lincoln Center in 2006. Taking aluminum that’s been reconstructed from military planes, Rubins engages with material that’s reminiscent of one of her most cited influences, John Chamberlain, and whose physical history speaks to changing social and economic trends. Like so much of her sculptural work, the show’s larger pieces work on a dynamic and gravity-defying scale that leaves the viewer in awe of the careful mechanics keeping everything in place. —AT

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With contributions by Alix Taylor and Claire Voon

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