This week, 265 artists take part in Greenpoint Open Studios, there’s an art world comedy being filmed in Williamsburg, Cy Twombly opens at the Morgan, Artists Space considers the intersection of art and books, and it’s your last chance to see the Latin American art show at the Guggenheim. And, of course, that’s not all.
Paul Pope and The Rise of Aurora West
When: Tuesday, September 30, 7pm
Where: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby Street, Soho, Manhattan)
The Rise of Aurora West is the second book in Paul Pope’s Battling Boy series, written with co-author JT Petty. Tonight, Pope and Petty join Hyperallergic senior editor Jillian Steinhauer for a conversation about their work. Comics artist Paul Pope is best known for such titles as Heavy Liquid and Batman: Year 100 (and we reviewed his Escapo this summer), while Petty is perhaps best known for his work on the video game Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell. Pope and Petty will be sharing a slideshow of illustrations and behind-the-scenes work. A must for comics fans.
Under the Same Sun: Art from Latin America Today
When: Ends Wednesday, October 1
Where: Guggenheim Museum (1071 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
Under the Same Sun investigates the “shared realities” expressed by contemporary Latin American artists, including “colonial and modern histories, repressive governments, economic crises, and social inequality.” With exhibition themes such as “Tropicologies” and “Modernism and its Failures,” the show (curated by Pablo León de la Barra) sounds somewhat overwrought, though it should present an excellent opportunity to compare the concerns of artists working throughout the region. In an essay about the show for Hyperallergic, Julie Schwietert Collazo wrote, “It’s a lot to wrap your head around, especially with the show on view in a space that’s long been criticized for precluding the visitor’s ability to step back and contemplate all there is to see.”
Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil
When: Through Sunday, January 25
Where: Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan)
The Morgan Library’s exhibition brings together Cy Twombly’s monumental painting “Treatise on the Veil (Second Version)” (1970) with its preparatory drawings, all on loan from the Menil Collection in Houston. The painting, which is just under 33 feet long, hasn’t been exhibited in New York for over thirty years. As stated on the Morgan’s website:
… the painting marks a pivotal moment in the career of one of the most important artists to emerge in the wake of Abstract Expressionism. Inspired by a musical piece, Treatise on the Veil is a meditation on time and space. The preparatory drawings, which combine pencil, crayon, collage, tape, measurements, and other inscriptions, offer a fascinating window into the artist’s creative process.
The Grossmalerman Show!
When: Through Wednesday, October 29
Where: Pierogi Boiler (191 North 14th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Hyperallergic contributor Guy Richards Smith is back as his buffoonish, “vodka soaked” alter ego, Jonathan Grossmalerman. Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, the Pierogi gallery is hosting a stage set for The Grossmalerman Show! Filmed regularly before a live audience, the sitcom-style series follows the exploits of the contemporary artist as he struggles to prepare for his next exhibition. Gallery-goers are welcome to visit the stage at Pierogi’s satellite space, The Boiler. The show is directed by Joshua Light, best known as the creator of the Joshua Light Show and whose television credits include Seinfeld and The Max Headroom Show.
The Library Vaccine
When: Through Sunday, November 9
Where: Artists Space (38 Greene Street, Soho, Manhattan) and Artists Space Books & Talks (55 Walker Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)
Artist Space’s latest exhibition, The Library Vaccine, is a contemplation of the intersection between art and books, in particular the tension between book-as-text and book-as-object. The show’s title derives from a text by the author and curator Edit deAk. DeAk referred to artists’ books as “the library vaccine, a healing agent formed from the very disease they cure.” Among the works on display are the book cover collages of Kenneth Halliwell and Joe Orton. The couple famously stole and reappropriated the content of their local library books in London, earning jail time for “malicious damage.” The perfect exhibition for those who didn’t get their fill at the New York Art Book Fair.
Greenpoint Open Studios
When: Friday, October 3, to Sunday, October 5
Greenpoint has been home to a vibrant art community for over a decade, and if it doesn’t get the press of Bushwick, that’s mainly because the Greenpoint scene is more laid back and chill. Spend a day on the tree-lined streets of this Polish/hipster enclave exploring studio spaces for 265 artists. As a bonus, there are lots of bars and restaurants (not to mention galleries and bookshops) to keep you occupied. Hyperallergic is the media sponsor for the event. (map)
The Photography of Ernesto Bazan
When: Saturday, October 4, 6–9pm
Where: Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtlandt Avenue, South Bronx, Bronx)
Award-winning photographer Ernesto Bazan presents work from three of his major projects: Bazan Cuba, Al Campo, and Isla, all produced during his fourteen years living in Cuba. Hosted by the Bronx Documentary Center, Bazan will be introduced by David Gonzalez, co-editor of the New York Times‘ Lens photography blog.
The Natural History Museum
When: Ends Saturday, October 4
Where: The Queens Museum (New York City Building, Flushing Meadows/Corona Park, Queens)
An ongoing project by the arts collective Not an Alternative, the Natural History Museum politicizes the presentation of nature, and thus includes “the social and political forces that … are left out of traditional natural history museums.” The project’s final day includes two closing panels, “Anthropocene, Capitalocene,” a focused take on capitalism’s appropriation of nature, and “Counter-Power for Climate Justice,” an examination of the burdens of impact and responsibility on and for the environment.