This week, New York continues to celebrate the fall season, and nothing is slowing down. Here are some key suggestions. Check out the epoch-charting East Village Eye at Printed Matter, Chashama’s open studios in Sunset Park, the BRIC Biennial in downtown Brooklyn, social justice at the Brooklyn Museum, not to mention your last chance to see the important Martin Wong graffiti and street art collection at the City Museum of New York … and that’s not all.
East Village Eye – Mags, Shirts, and Mini-Symposium
When: Thursday, September 18, 6–8pm (FREE)
Where: Printed Matter (195 Tenth Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Between 1979–1987, there were 72 issues of East Village Eye, a groundbreaking publication that charted the confluence of art, hip-hop, and music in downtown New York. Printed Matter will be selling Eye memorabilia (back issues, T-shirts, etc) as well as hosting a free symposium, “How Hip Hop Came Downtown.” Speakers include the Eye‘s editor Leonard Abrams, art historian Yasmin Ramirez, writer Michael Holman (the first to use the term “hip hop” in print), and the legendary Fab 5 Freddy. Get there early and grab a seat!
John Lurie: There Are Things You Don’t Know About
When: Thursday, September 18, 6–8pm
Where: Cavin-Morris Gallery (210 Eleventh Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Musician-cum-artist John Lurie has a knack for colorful imagery that explores the artist’s surreal mind. He’s best know for the fact that one of his paintings became a major meme in Russia, “Bear Surprise,” but in general his sense of space, like his use of color, tends towards flatness. His love of simplicity is attractive; expect a dreamy quality in his new show that opens this week.
Chashama 2014 Open Studios
When: Friday, September 19, 6–10pm & Saturday, September 20, 3–9pm
Where: Buildings A and B (140 58th Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn)
Chashama manages 125 artist studios, around 80 of which are located in Sunset Park. This weekend the doors are open for visitors to meet local artists and peruse studios. Tours are available, or you could go solo. Check out the Chashama site for further details.
BRIC Biennial Opening Reception
When: Friday, September 19, 7–9pm (FREE)
Where: BRIC House (647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
The first ever BRIC Biennial, dubbed “the Downtown Edition,” focuses on showcasing emerging and mid-career artists working in the Brooklyn neighborhood. The exhibition runs through to mid-December, so keep an eye out on BRIC’s website for special events, all of which are free.
Field Day Festival 2014
When: Saturday, September 20 & Sunday, September 21, 12–5pm
Where: Various (Bedford-Stuyvesant, Harlem, Hunts Point)
The Laundromat Project presents its second annual Field Day Festival, a celebration of the arts in Bed-Stuy, Harlem, and Hunts Point. Artist-led walks will focus on the unique histories and qualities of each neighborhood, and there are also a host of activities and workshops. In case you’re wondering, The Laundromat Project derives its name from its mission to host art projects in everyday spaces, including, you’ve guessed it — laundromats.
Unshackled: Women Speak Out On Mass Incarceration and Reproductive Justice
When: Saturday, September 20, 2pm (Free with museum admission)
Where: The Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)
Part of the States of Denial: The Illegal Incarceration of Women, Children, and People of Color series, “Unshackled” is an afternoon discussion and spoken word session by formerly incarcerated women. The long line up of speakers includes Professor Dana-Ain-Davis (Queens College), Farah Diaz-Tello, Esq., (National Advocates for Pregnant Women), Sharmaine Smith (Incarcerated Mothers Committee, Coalition for Women Prisoners), and Sharon White-Harrigan (Director, Housing Plus Solutions).
City as Canvas
When: Ends Sunday, September 21
Where: Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
City as Canvas is the first exhibition of artist Martin Wong’s graffiti art collection. Comprised of over 150 pieces, City as Canvas includes work by artists such as Keith Haring, Lady Pink, and Futura 2000, many of whom Wong befriended while working at Pearl Paint (which closed last April). Wong donated his collection to the Museum of the City of New York in 1994, five years before his death. This exhibition, a window into graffiti art’s early years, is long overdue.
The Godfather Double Feature
When: Sunday, September 21, 2pm ($15, advance tickets recommended)
Where: Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers (2548 Central Park Avenue, Yonkers, New York)
My father made him an offer he couldn’t refuse.
What can we possibly say about The Godfather that you haven’t already heard before? The point is, there’s a double bill. Two of the greatest films ever made, back to back on the big screen. Patrons of the Alamo Drafthouse can place food and drink orders prior to the screening (a necessity since the total running time comes to about 375 minutes). Now that’s an offer you can’t refuse.