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Pierogi is a Williamsburg, Brooklyn art gallery and one of its longest-running traditions turns 20 this week: Brooklyn Gravity Racers.
Featuring four distinctive categories (“The Speed Award,” “The Heavyweight Division Award,” “The Aesthetic Award,” “The ‘What Were You Thinking’ Award”), artists and the general public are invited to submit their miniature gravity racers for three nights of head-to-head match-ups, culminating in a race between finalists on Friday, September 19.
The racers are on view September 13–21 (Thursday through Sunday, 12–6pm), but the real action happens in the evenings. Renowned artists including Fred Tomaselli, Dawn Clements, Peter Fox, Greg Barsamian, David Kramer, Ati Maier, and Tom Burckhardt, among others, have made their vehicular contributions to the event. Races take place at the Pierogi Boiler space on 191 North 14th Street beginning at 7pm.
Of the hundreds of racers, here are some that caught my eye:
Poussin and the Dance is a valiant attempt to break into Poussin’s staunchly academic oeuvre and provide a relatable point of entry, highlighting the exciting elements of revelry and movement despite impenetrable and unemotional rendering.
Anarchist illustrator N.O. Bonzo produces decentralized media in a highly bureaucratic cultural landscape. Their illustrations, murals, and literature emerge in unexpected places, from the streets of Portland, Oregon, to the far ends of Reddit and Twitter, addressing relations of labor and identity in the workplace and on the streets. Growth and care are central themes…
This exhibition explores how images of the human body were used to provoke profound physical and emotional responses in viewers from the 15th through 18th centuries.
With scavenged materials, Amanda Maciel Antunes constructs a motherland.
Where are the directors taking the stage to acknowledge workers’ demands today?
The collaborative handmade paper- and printmaking center at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts publishes new works by Liz Collins and Sarah McEneaney.
There is a debate whether the memory of Little Syria should be seized upon to tell truthful and positive stories about Arabs in the US, or whether any conflation between its history and contemporary politics is inappropriate.
The profile includes works by Egon Schiele, Amedeo Modigliani, Peter Paul Rubens, and a prehistoric Venus of Willendorf figurine.
These horrifying dolls definitely won’t murder you in your sleep.