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Donatello, “St. John the Evangelist” (1408–15), marble, 212 × 91 × 62 cm, Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore, inv. no 2005/113 (© Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore / Antonio Quattrone, courtesy MOBIA)

This week, Donatello has a New York moment, the films of the Forcefield artist collective are in the spotlight, Dread Scott discusses revolution and art while propaganda art is the topic in Bushwick, and more. All this tells me it must be spring.


When: Tuesday, March 17, 7:30pm ($7, box office opens at 7pm)
Where: Light Industry (155 Freeman Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn)

Light Industry will present compilations of videos created by Forcefield, a Rhode Island–based noise band and artist collective active between 1996 and 2002. Forcefield, whose oeuvre included electronic music, eclectic costumes, and video installation, was included in the Whitney Biennial of 2002. As Holland Cotter wrote that year, “The group made quite an impression … with an installation of sculptures that suggested a cross between stocking puppets, Yoruba gelede dancers and intergalactic couture models … The work didn’t look like anything going on in mainstream New York art of the moment.” They were also an important part of the large What Nerve! exhibition of alternative figures in post-1960 US art that premiered at the RISD Museum in Providence, Rhode Island. —Kemy Lin

 Sculpture in the Age of Donatello

When: Thursday, March 19th, 6:30pm (free; first-come, first-served)
Where: Museum of Biblical Art (1865 Broadway, Upper West Side, Manhattan)

Daniel Zolli, guest co-curator of the Museum of Biblical Art’s current exhibition, Sculpture in the Age of Donatello, will give a lecture about his curatorial practice and speak about works in the show. The exhibition includes pieces from the Duomo Museum in Florence that were sculpted in the early 15th century by Renaissance masters like Donatello and Brunelleschi, specifically for the Florence Cathedral (il Duomo). Most of the works have never previously been seen in the US or even outside of Italy, and, surprisingly, no museum in New York City holds a Donatello piece in its permanent collection. —Kemy Lin

Dread Scott performing “On the Impossibility of Freedom in a County Founded on Slavery and Genocide” under the Manhattan Bridge (photo by Hrag Vartanian)

 Some Thoughts on Culture and Revolution

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015, 6:30–8pm (free)
Where: ICI Curatorial Hub (401 Broadway, Suite 1620, Lower Manhattan)

In conversation with Hyperallergic writer Ryan WongDread Scott will discuss art’s revolutionary potential in the context of his recent performance art piece, “On the Impossibility of Freedom in a Country Founded on Slavery and Genocide.” Scott will discuss the major goals of his radical art: to propel history forward by creating an alternative to the sanitized world of art commerce through the use of protest images. —Vic Vaiana

 Gasper & Son

When: Friday, March 20, 8:15pm ($12/$9 concession)
Where: PS 069 (77-02 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights, Queens)

Directed by Jen G. Pywell, Gasper & Son is a documentary film centered on Artistic Neon Inc., one of country’s few remaining neon sign businesses. Opened by Gasper Ingui in 1971, the business is now also run by Ingui’s son, Robbie. The Queens World Film Festival will be hosting a screening this Friday. From the film’s website:

After a tough 5 year apprenticeship and now over 25 years of experience, Robbie reflects on what neon is today, after it’s “hey day” when he began work in the 70s. Running a small business in NYC is tough as it is, but burning fingers while bending glass is the least of Robbie’s worries as he tries to navigate a city engulfed in mass produced and cheaper lighting technologies that threaten his livelihood, the craft of neon sign making and the light it sheds on NYC.

 Mototaka Takano

When: Opens Saturday, March 21, 4–6pm
Where: Williamsburg Art & Historical Center (135 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

For his show at the WAH Center, entitled Painting Northern Snow Scenes for 35 Years, Japanese painter Mototaka Takano will exhibit 23 oil paintings depicting snowy landscapes from Northern Japan. Takano’s paintings, which have been compared to those of the Fauvist painter Maurice de Vlaminck, are thick with heavy, loose brushstrokes that give viewers snapshots of fishing villages, markets, and the rough, tumbling seascape. Takano’s expressive style captures the somberness of life in his native land and the force of man and nature’s collision and coexistence. —Kemy Lin

 Looking at Drawings

When: Continues through Saturday, March 21
Where: Moeller Fine Art (35 E 64th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

This show displays several 19th- and 20th-century works on paper from private collections. The pieces include watercolors, charcoal sketches, and caricatures. By displaying their informal sketchwork, the show explores the creative processes of artists such as Otto Dix and Jean-Baptiste Isabey. —Vic Vaiana

 Jonathan Monaghan: Escape Pod

When: Opens Sunday, March 22, 4–7pm
Where: Bitforms gallery (131 Allen Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Jonathan Monaghan’s work builds surreal computer graphic worlds through the use of commercial software. This show, titled Escape Pod, will feature a video installation of the same name. Building on Monaghan’s visually rich vocabulary of animals and architecture, the piece renders a golden fawn wandering through apocalyptically decadent 3D spaces. —Vic Vaiana

 Propaganda Making Series: Posters, Stickers, and Zines by Computer

When: Sunday, March 22, 5–7pm
Where: The Base (1302 Myrtle Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Technical ability is not a barrier to this workshop focused on sharing skills and practices essential to radical organizing. Participants will be instructed in digital zine and poster design. Contemporary methods of distribution will also be discussed. —Vic Vaiana

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With contributions by Kemy Lin and Vic Vaiana

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Hrag Vartanian

Hrag Vartanian is editor-in-chief and co-founder of Hyperallergic. You can follow him at @hragv.