This week, a forgotten graffiti documentary, Bushwick bursting with international art, classic zombies, restoring color to ancient sculptures, and more.
Stations of the Elevated
When: Through Thursday, October 23 ($14)
Where: BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
Manfred Kircheimer’s 1981 documentary Stations of the Elevated cast a spotlight on New York’s graffiti scene. Impressed by the designs on the side of subway trains in the Bronx, Kircheimer gradually familiarized himself with the early exponents of graffiti art. Essentially ignored upon its release, the documentary is not as well known as Wild Style (1983) or Style Wars (1983), both of which also examined the burgeoning hip hop and graffiti art scenes. Stations of the Elevated was recently remastered and screened at this year’s BamCinemaFest. It’s now on view for three more days thanks to popular demand. Check it out on the big screen while you can.
When: Thursday, October 23–Sunday, October 26
Where: Various sites around Bushwick
A four-day extravaganza, Exchange Rates (also known as the “Bushwick Expo”) is an international expo of artwork and galleries in Bushwick. With such a dizzying number of events and participants, be sure to check out Hyperallergic’s concise guide on Thursday.
When: Friday, October 24, 6–10pm
Organized in tandem with Exchange Rates is the eleventh Beat Nite, a late-night opening of Bushwick-based galleries and spaces. Organized by nonprofit Norte Maar, the evening spotlights the neighborhood’s ever-growing arts community. You can download a map of participating galleries here. After perusing Bushwick’s art offerings, gallerygoers can unwind at the afterparty, which kicks off at the Vazquez from 10pm.
Tamara Gonzales: Winter is Coming
When: Opens Friday, October 24, 6–8pm
Where: Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery (54 Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
Tamara Gonzales’s first exhibition with the Klaus Von Nichtssagend Gallery, Winter is Coming, consists of several new paintings and sculptures. Not much is revealed in the show’s press release other than an intriguing description of the artist’s working process:
Geometric configurations are stenciled with spray paint through stretches of lace applied to the surface of the canvases and then pulled away, leaving layers of pattern and color. The resulting compositions verge on figurative imagery whilst retaining an associative language of material and color.
Shaun of the Dead
When: Saturday, October 25, 2pm
Where: Mid-Manhattan Library (455 Fifth Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan)
Billed as a “zombie rom com,” Shaun of the Dead features Simon Pegg as Shaun, an electronics store employee who unwittingly finds himself at the center of a zombie apocalypse. The first of three collaborations between Pegg, actor Nick Frost, and director Edgar Wright, the film was a huge critical and commercial success in the UK. A delight for movie and pop culture fans, Wright’s directorial preference for rapid and visually inventive edits imbues the entire film with an infectious energy. A perfect film for a Saturday afternoon.
Halloween Harvest Festival
When: Saturday, October 25, 11am–3pm
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens)
Join Socrates Sculpture Park for an afternoon of Halloween activities. Take part in a costume- or art-marking workshop, join the Queens Action Council for harvest cooking demos, or listen to Urban Libraries Unite as they read aloud a range of Hyakumonogatari (Japanese ghost stories). The Hell’s Gate Philharmonic will be performing live between 1 and 2pm. Songs include “Old McDonald Had a Crypt” and “Zombie Cha, Cha Party.” Sounds awesome.
Charles Gaines: Gridwork, 1974–1989
When: Closes Sunday, October 26
Where: The Studio Museum in Harlem (144 West 125th Street, Harlem, Manhattan)
You have until Sunday to visit the first museum survey of Charles Gaines’s work. A leading figure of Conceptualism, Gaines is best known for his visual manifestations of systems, languages, and rule-based constructions. As stated on the exhibition’s website:
Considered against the backdrop of the Black Arts Movement of the 1970s and the rise of multiculturalism in the 1980s, the works in Charles Gaines: Gridwork 1974–1989 are radical gestures. Eschewing overt discussion of race, they take a detached approach to identity that exemplifies Gaines’s determination to transcend the conversations of his time and create new paths in artistic innovation.
Francesco Vezzoli: Teatro Romano
When: Opens Sunday, October 26
Where: MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens)
Opening this Sunday, Francesco Vezzoli’s new exhibition at MoMA PS1 examines ancient Greek and Roman polychromy. The result of a collaboration with archaeologists and conservators, Teatro Romano consists of five ancient Roman busts painted by Vezzoli as they are thought to have originally appeared. The exhibit promises to “restore to contemporary imagination the decorated surfaces that have faded away over nearly two thousand years.”