It’s here again, and the art volk will be descending on New York for Armory Week. We published our concise guide to all 13 fairs last night, but the art world doesn’t stop for fairs. There is a feminist zine show, artists destroying their works, a discussion on curationism, studios visits with Japanese artists in New York, and more.
Art Fair Week
When: Tuesday, March 3–Sunday, March 8
You love it, you hate it, but it still helps the engine of the art market run — yes, it’s the art fairs. My advice is to chill, be selective of what you see, and take your time. Rushing to see all 13 fairs is not pretty (and quite exhausting), so take a look at our comprehensive listings, and then go see those that suit your taste (the ones I’m going to hit first are the Armory, Independent, Art on Paper, and Spring/Break).
Everything’s Coming Up Profits!
When: Wednesday, March 4, 8pm
Where: Spectacle (124 South 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Steve Young, the co-author of Everything’s Coming Up Profits! The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals, presents a screening of in-house musicals produced by companies such as Kellogg’s, Purina, Citgo, and GE. Described as a blend of “Broadway theatrics, post-war optimism, and sales motivation,” industrial musicals were promotional and instructional videos produced for company employees and salesmen. Judging from the trailer, the screening should be both informative and utterly bizarre.
Spoon & Tamago Studio Visits
When: Opens Thursday, March 5, 7–9pm
Where: hpgrp gallery (529 West 20th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
The international blog Spoon & Tamago has been visiting the studios of Japanese artists based in New York, documenting their spaces in an extended web series. This exhibition will include signature and event-exclusive pieces by the artists. The exhibit will also feature a tribute to a Japanese legend, the late Kenji Ekuan. —Vic Vaiana
You Can Call Me F
When: Opens Thursday, March 5, 6–8pm
Where: The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Working with scientific collaborators Tal Danino, a biologist at MIT, and Patrick Hickey, artist Anicka Yi will transform The Kitchen’s gallery into “a forensic site in which the artist aligns society’s growing paranoia around contagion and hygiene (both public and private) with the enduring patriarchal fear of feminism and potency of female networks.” Yi, who employs scents (often arrestingly pungent, like the smell of “Divorce”) in her pieces will use the visual and methodological language of science to govern her handling of biological information from 100 women. —Kemy Lin
Destroy, she said
When: Opens Friday, March 6, 7–10pm
Where: Pierogi Boiler (191 North 14th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Curators Saul Anton and Ethan Spigland have issued an unconventional challenge to artists: they have invited artists to destroy one of their own preexisting works and then develop a way for the act of destruction to be exhibited in a gallery setting. Anton and Spigland are interested in the impulse toward destruction in contemporary art; they hope to expose the changing conditions of art’s materiality and permanence in the digital age. Featured artists include Bob and Roberta Smith who, as part of their installation at MoMA PS1 titled Art Amnesty, have invited visitors to sign a pledge to “never make art again” and dispose of their unwanted artwork. —Kemy Lin
Curationism: How Curating Took Over the Art World and Everything Else
When: Friday, March 6th, 2015, 7pm (Free, RVSP required)
Where: Cabinet Magazine Event Space (300 Nevins Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn)
A talk to promote David Balzer’s forthcoming book explores curation’s resurgence in and outside of the art world. The talk will feature Balzer, as well as Ben Davis, Orit Gat, David Everitt Howe, and Zoë Salditch, discussing how curation shapes the way we interact with art and the economy, and whether or not curation has reached a point of cultural saturation. —Vic Vaiana
Second Annual NYC Feminist Zine Fest
When: Saturday, March 7, 12–6pm (Free)
Where: Barnard Hall (3009 Broadway, Morningside Heights, Manhattan)
Forty zine-makers and artists of all genders who identify as feminists will share their work through workshops and readings. What does feminist zine-making encompass? As Emma Karin of Pretty Dirty Press, who will be at the fest, explains:
All zines made by women (bodied/identified) are inherently feminist. Zine making, whether it’s an informational zine or a perzine [personal zine], involves the exchange of ideas and experiences of women. By putting our histories out into the world, by refusing to keep to ourselves, by creating communities, we are creating the world in which we are represented the way we want to be seen.
Free tables are available with advance registration to those who are interested in exhibiting. —Kemy Lin
The Lives of Hamilton Fish
When: Friday, March 6 & Saturday, March 7, 7pm ($12)
Where: ROOT Studios (443 West 18th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Art in General is hosting the debut of Rachel Mason’s latest rock opera, The Lives of Hamilton Fish. Penned as a “cinematic performance,” the opera follows a newspaper editor who becomes obsessed with the coincidental deaths of two men named Hamilton Fish — one a statesman, the other a psychopath. Mason was inspired by the January 15, 1936, edition of the Peekskill Evening Star, which ran an obituary for the aforementioned statesman alongside an article on the impending execution of another Hamilton Fish. For a primer, check out Whitney Kimball‘s recent article on the opera for AFC.
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With contributions by Kemy Lin and Vic Vaiana
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