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This week, Hans Haacke is back on the scene and better than ever, we’re leading a discussion about alternative economies in the art world, there’s an artistic excavation in Queens, talk of riot, conspiracy, or rebellion in Brooklyn, and much more.
When: Through Saturday, November 22
Where: Paula Cooper Gallery (521 West 21st Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Paula Cooper Gallery’s latest exhibition brings together a selection of work produced throughout Hans Haacke‘s career. Highlights include “The Business Behind Art Knows the Art of the Koch Brothers” (2014), a response to the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s two new fountains, and “Gift Horse” (2013), a maquette of the artist’s award-winning proposal for Trafalgar Square’s Fourth Plinth (due to go on public display in March 2015). The former comprises of three framed photographs from which oversized $100 bills spew out across the gallery’s floor. The Met’s new fountains were the result of a $65 million donation by David Koch, a Met trustee and a funder of climate change–denying organizations (check out Hyperallergic’s recent protest coverage here).
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
When: Through Thursday, November 4, 3pm & 7:15pm ($13)
Where: Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, West Village, Manhattan)
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920) is considered to be one of the most influential silent films ever made. An exemplar of German Expressionism, the film is best known for its angular, jutting sets designed by Hermann Warm and created by painters Walter Reimann and Walter Röhrig. For a limited time, Film Forum is screening a recent restoration by the Friedrich Murnau Foundation, touted as “the most complete version ever exhibited in this country.” Check it out on the big screen while you can.
Crossing Brooklyn ArtTalk: Alternative Economics
When: Tuesday, November 4, 7–9pm (RSVP required)
Where: Kickstarter (58 Kent Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
New York is expensive, and although the art market is booming, sales tend to benefit the art world 1% more than anybody else. In the first of three ArtTalks to be held in tandem with the Brooklyn Museum’s Crossing Brooklyn exhibition, Hyperallergic will ask artists how they economically sustain their practice while exploring new avenues outside the traditional market. Join us for a discussion about alternative economies with artists Linda Goode Bryant, McKendree Key, William Powhida, and Caroline Woolard at Kickstarter’s Greenpoint headquarters. Tickets are free, but need to be reserved via eventbrite.com.
Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films
When: Thursday, November 6, to Saturday, November 8, 7:30pm (tickets start at $25)
Where: BAM Howard Gilman Opera House (30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
Curated by the Andy Warhol Museum, Exposed: Songs for Unseen Warhol Films brings 15 of the artist’s never-before-seen films to the big screen. All have been digitally restored, and will be accompanied by live performances from musicians including Bradford Cox (Deerhunter, Atlas Sound), Martin Rev (Suicide), and Eleanor Friedberger (The Fiery Furnaces) — all of whom represent “a musical trajectory from the post-Velvet Underground 70s to today.”
And the Villagers Never Liked You Anyway
When: Opens Friday, November 7, 6–9pm
Where: Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens)
And the Villagers Never Liked you Anyway is an archeological excavation of a 10′ x 10′ bed of dirt. Yes, you read that correctly. In an intriguing, though maddeningly opaque press release, the Sorry Archive states that the whole process will be overseen by a Dr. Ulf Hueber. But what’s under the surface? It sounds like visitors are in for a theoretical examination of curation and history:
Exhibitions are historical sites: they reveal with varying degrees of transparency the events and personalities that produced them. A wide range of curatorial perspectives are situated here within the same set of physical constraints. The objects that emerge are not emblems. They are substances articulated over time and forced into tight quarters, and their materiality cannot be ignored.
ISCP Fall Open Studios 2014
When: Saturday, November 8, to Sunday, November 8
Where: International Studio and Curatorial Program (1040 Metropolitan Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
This weekend, the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) shines a light on the work of the 34 artists and curators currently enrolled in its program. Aside from open studios, there’s also New York Stories: Twenty Years of ISCP, an exhibition featuring the work of 17 ISCP alumni. Be sure to check out the opening reception, taking place this Friday between 6–9pm.
Riot, Conspiracy, or Rebellion: The Pontiac Brothers Slideshow
When: Sunday, November 9, 4–6pm
Where: Interference Archive (131 8th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn)
This Sunday, Dr. Toussaint Losier, assistant professor in African Americans and the Law at the W.E.B. Du Bois Department of Afro-American Studies at University of Massachusetts-Amherst, will present a 35mm slide show originally created to raise public consciousness and support for the Pontiac Brothers, a group of men accused of murdering three white guards during the Pontiac State Penitentiary Riot of 1978. The trial of the men was a disaster for the prison since it publicized the appalling conditions of the facility. Dr Losier’s presentation promises to explore how reactions to the Pontiac revolt “reverberate[s] through organizing into the present day.”
The Aldrich’s 50th-Anniversary Benefit Auction
When: Monday, November 10, 6:30–9pm (tickets start at $175)
Where: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery (521 West 21st Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Hosted by the Tanya Bonakdar gallery, Monday’s benefit auction celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, one of the few non-collecting, independent institutions in the United States. The sale will include works by Robert Longo, Olafur Eliasson, Anne Hamilton, Elizabeth Peyton, and Jack Whitten.
This week, LA’s new Academy Museum, the intersections of anti-Blackness and anti-fatness, a largely unknown 19th century Black theater in NYC, sign language interpreters, and more.
Titian’s paintings are masterpieces, with all the complications of the term.
Through “Historic Site,” an 8-foot-tall plaque and Historic Sight, a year-long rotating exhibition in Pittsburgh, the Black Cube Fellows investigate how history is constructed, remembered, and retold.
Lawson’s images, and the ways that she has discussed her process, seem to be actively reproducing the kind of big-dick energy power dynamics of White male artists who also claim mastery over their subject matter.
Jenkins’s new short film, the centerpiece of a MoMI exhibit on The Underground Railroad, uses his signature techniques to confront the viewer.
Romanticism to Ruin: Two Lost Works of Sullivan and Wright memorializes Chicago’s Garrick Theatre and Buffalo’s Larkin Building, which were razed to build a parking lot and a truck stop.