This week, the New Museum Triennial opens, there’s a performance and music night at Panoply, a digital book talk at Columbia, Flux counterfeits cash, Michael Snow has a group show, and more.
When: Wednesday, February 25, 7–9pm (Free)
Where: BRIC House (647 Fulton Street, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
This exhibition, curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, vice president of contemporary art at BRIC, presents the work of contemporary artists who working with mapping and cartography in a wide variety of mediums, from sculpture to manipulated historical documents. These present-day pieces are juxtaposed with maps of Brooklyn from the collection of the Brooklyn Historical Society. Highlights of the exhibition include a large-scale map by Jennifer Maravillas, pieced together from flyers, scraps, and litter sourced from every block in the borough of Brooklyn, and Jan Rothuizen’s retracing of 17th-century Dutch exploration routes. —Kemy Lin
The 2015 New Museum Triennial
When: Opens Wednesday, February 25
Where: New Museum (345 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
Every three years, we travel to the New Museum to see what they think is important to focus on. Every time it’s something else. It’s never the epoch-charting event we’d like it to be, but it is interesting nonetheless.
This year, the curatorial combo is composed of Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin, which means it will probably be very digital, diverse on the surface, and with a lot going on. The list is global, but the tone (judging by the press materials) far feels very MFA-approved. Can’t wait to see it, though, since Cornell has proved to be an interesting curator with a lot to say. You can be sure we’ll be covering this.
The Freedom Garden & How to DIY
When: Thursday, February 26, 8–11pm
Where: Panoply Performance Laboratory (104 Meserole Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
The periodic shuttering of venue doors in Brooklyn, coinciding with the tide of rising rents plowing through the city, has left artists hungry for strategies to build stable communities. The members of the Freedom Garden, a former venue reincarnated as a label, talk about possibilities for DIY endeavors outside of traditional spaces in this talk at Panoply, which will be followed by musical performances. —Vic Vaiana
The Future of the (Digital) Book
When: Thursday, February 26, 6–8:30pm
Where: Columbia University, Butler Library (535 West 114th Street, Morningside Heights, Manhattan)
How does the proliferation of screens in our daily lives affect the way in which we consume books? Diana Taylor, who teaches Latin American and Performance Studies at NYU, and Alexei Taylor, an interactive designer, will come together in this panel discussion to address the overarching questions that concern the future of “the (digital) scholarly book.” Using digital books as case studies, the two will touch on the rising influence of technologists like coders and digital designers, the role of social media, and our evolving notions of what it means to be a scholar.—Kemy Lin
Counterfeiting for Cash
When: Opens Friday, February 27, 7pm
Where: Flux Factory (39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens)
Flux Factory’s latest exhibition, Counterfeiting for Cash, promises to “confront notions of authorship and authenticity.” Twelve artists including Eric Doeringer, Robert Levy, and Esmeralda Kosmatopoulos have been commissioned to produce works responding to the show’s theme:
[Flux Factory] will function as a hub for these counterfeits, as they are inserted into the systems they will exploit: Craigslist, the dark web, antique shops, the art market, and major universities; or manipulate value we take for granted: branding, ubiquitous chachkies, eggs, and the value of a quarter. These artworks will go far beyond the gallery, and touch the lives of investors, collectors, shoppers and eaters. This exhibition is a window into a real world where nothing is what it seems, and the motives of the makers are dubious, confounding, and irreverent.
Michael Snow: A Group Show
When: Opens Friday, February 27
Where: Jack Shainman Gallery (524 West 24th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Michael Snow, an experimental filmmaker who helped pioneer structuralist cinema during the 1960s, particularly in his landmark film Wavelengths (1967), has a new solo show. Obliquely called A Group Show, it will include his work from across various disciplines, perhaps highlighting the multiplicity of Snow’s ouevre. —Vic Vaiana
Rex Finds an Egg! Egg! Egg!
When: Saturday, February 28, 11am
Where: The Community Bookstore (143 Seventh Avenue, Park Slope, Brooklyn)
Steven Weinberg has been penning a regular comic for Hyperallergic for about a year now. He has proven he can find contemplation in almost anything — and his watercolor washes make anything they portray a pleasure to look at, too.
Lest you think Steven is only a comic artist (though there’s nothing wrong with that), he’s also a children’s book author and illustrator. This is your chance to discover another side of the very talented man who offers us a window into his Catskills lifestyle. His latest book is about a “rambunctious T. Rex who journeys across the prehistoric landscape to save the thing he loves most.” Awwww.
New American Sculpture
When: Opens Saturday, February 28, 5–8pm
Where: Five Myles (558 St Johns Place, Crown Heights, Brooklyn)
Curated by Dexter Wimberly, New American Sculpture brings together the work of nine contemporary sculptors, including Clive Murphy, Lindsay Dye, and Hugh Hayden. The exhibition’s press release isn’t particularly illuminating (in summary, the work is new and challenging), but the few press images we’ve seen look intriguing, so it’s on our list.
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With contributions by Kemy Lin and Vic Vaiana