Snowmageddon never arrived in NYC — what a slacker storm — so you’re probably a little let down and trying to figure out what to do to fend off cabin fever for the rest of the week. We got you covered.
Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark
When: Wednesday, January 28, 6:30pm ($25/$15 students)
Where: Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue, East Harlem, Manhattan)
Anyone can immediately see the romance and allure of the Empire State Building. Perhaps the most iconic skyscraper of the 20th century, the beloved building will be the subject of a talk by architectural historian John Tauranac, who will share his research on the development of the skyscraper as a form and its role in the history of the city.
On Money & Debt
When: Wednesday, January 28, 7pm
Where: Housing Works (126 Crosby Street, Nolita, Manhattan)
The Billfold is hosting a storytelling event about money and debt. Seeking to do away with the belief that talking about money is uncomfortable, the event will feature writers from Jezebel, Hairpin, BuzzFeed, Men’s Journal, and the author of Pound Foolish, to share their personal stories and help break a major taboo in our culture.
When: Thursday, January 29, 7–9pm
Where: Air Circulation (160 Randolph Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)
This show assembles a group of artists whose art challenges the viewer’s perception. Space collapses, materials look like other materials, gesture is scrutinized and transformed. In short, each work is infused with just a little bit of magic.
If the beguiling and sumptuous image of Jessica LaBatte’s “Imitators” (2010) is anything to go by, this should be a real treat. Other participating artists include Thomas Albdorf, Dave Hardy, Danielle Mysliwiec, and Aaron Williams.
Art History Happy Hour
When: Thursday, January 29, 7pm (Free with museum admission)
Where: Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)
The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies (abbreviated rather brilliantly as SASS) and the Brooklyn Brainery have teamed up to produce the Art History Happy Hour, an evening of eclectic and “unserious” art historical games and lectures. Details are scant, but promised lectures include “Drinking Vessels & the Drinks that Filled Them,” “Art History of Intoxication,” and “Beer and Wine Labels Throughout History.” And if that isn’t enough, there’s also a cash bar.
Eyebeam’s 2015 Showcase
When: Thursday, January 29, 6–8pm
Where: Gallery 216 (111 Front Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn)
Every year, Eyebeam allows artists, technologists, and others to produce innovative projects that test the boundaries of art/tech. The showcase is a great way to learn where the ideas of tomorrow are percolating. Featured this year are projects by Allison Burtch, Atul Varma & Chloe Varelidi, Ingrid Burrington, James Bridle, Joanne McNeil, Marisa Olson, MSHR, Nancy Nowacek, Not An Alternative, and Torkwase Dyson.
Night at the Museum
When: Saturday, January 31, 8pm–12am ($10 advance/ $12 day-of)
Where: MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens)
Yes, that’s the staff of MoMA PS1 Photoshopped into the poster for Night at the Museum (the first one or the sequel? who can tell anymore). It does get one thing right: a late-night exploration of MoMA PS1 is infinitely more fun than watching a bad movie at home. Open till midnight, this is your chance to catch up on the museum’s latest offerings. Current exhibitions include Francesco Vezzoli: Teatro Romano and Bob and Roberta Smith: Art Amnesty.
Endangered by the Moving Image: The Criminalization of Black and Brown Bodies
When: Sunday, February 1, 2–5pm ($12/ $9 concession)
Where: Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
For “Endangered by the Moving Image,” the Museum of the Moving Image has brought together a panel of cultural commentators to discuss media depictions of African Americans. With other speakers still to be announced, confirmed panelists include author Jelani Cobb, film professor Mia Mask, and musician Greg Tate. Looking at both television and film, “Endangered by the Moving Image” will begin with a discussion of D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation (1915), in which the KKK were depicted as a force for good, and black characters were portrayed by white actors in blackface.
17th Annual Postcards from the Edge
When: Preview part Friday, January 30, 2015, 6–8 pm; sale continues Saturday, January 31 (10–6pm) and Sunday, February 1 (12–4pm)
Where: Luhring Augustine Gallery (531 West 24th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
This fundraiser is organized by Visual AIDS, and it will be hosted by the Luhring Augustine gallery for a second year. Admission is $5, and patrons will have the opportunity to purchase postcard-size pieces from both new and established artists for $85 each. Part of the excitement is that artists’ names are hidden so you won’t necessarily know who you’re getting. Last year artists included Ed Ruscha, Glenn Ligon, Janet Cardiff, John Baldessari, Kiki Smith, Robert Longo, Bill Viola, Catherine Opie, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Fred Wilson, and Zarina. —Vic Vaiana