This week, get in touch with your feminist side with a discussion of women in print and a lecture on Georgia O’Keeffe. Or go for enlightenment, by way of a sacred space at the Queens Museum or an overnight philosophy marathon. Whatever you do, don’t miss a chance for new discoveries at the Brooklyn Zine Fest.
Women in Print
When: Wednesday, April 22, 6–8pm
Where: International Print Center New York (508 West 26th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
For me, panels about women in pretty much anything art-related are a win, but this discussion looks particularly juicy. Featuring artists, curators, and directors/founders of print shops, the conversation will cover a host of topics, perhaps most notably
how the overwhelming global growth in the value of contemporary prints and print shops owe their success to the communities of women who support them. By discussing topics such as the social and technological transformations that inherently call gender into question within printmaking, we can look more deeply into rewriting women into the history of technology.
Tell me again, who run the world?
Georgia O’Keeffe: A Transformative Life
When: Tuesday, April 21, 6:00–7:15pm (free; RSVP required)
Where: New York University (53 Washington Square South, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)
As part of the lecture series of the Center for the Study of Transformative Lives at NYU, writer Roxana Robinson will deliver a talk on legendary American artist Georgia O’Keeffe. Robinson is the author of Georgia O’Keeffe: A Life, a biography of the artist that The New Yorker’s Calvin Tomkins declared “without question the best book written about O’Keeffe.” O’Keeffe lived an exemplary life, and her work, which often focused on nature and the landscape of the American Southwest, shaped modernism. According to Robinson, “O’Keeffe is a model for women everywhere … She showed that a woman could paint what she saw and what she felt, and lead a life that was productive and fulfilling, the life we want.” —Kemy Lin
David Levine on Bruce Nauman
When: Tuesday, April 21, 6:30pm
Where: Dia:Chelsea (535 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
As part of Dia Art Foundation’s Artists on Artists lecture series, David Levine will discuss Bruce Nauman. Both Levine and Nauman grapple with repetition and evolution in their work, often in confined spaces; while Nauman dances around a square in his studio and plays with the configurations of his hands, actors perform a 90-minute play on loop in Levine’s Habit, snorting coke and eating pizza over and over. Though Levine’s work is more theatrical — and perhaps more brutal — than Nauman’s, he certainly draws on the pioneering artist and his generation, which means this talk should be interesting. —KL
When: Opens Thursday, April 23
Where: Gagosian Gallery (980 Madison Ave, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
Cy Twombly’s latest posthumous show at Gagosian Gallery will showcase paintings and sculptures produced by the artist towards the end of his life. Many new works, especially sculptural assemblages, will be making their debut. A show not to be missed by Twombly fans. —Vic Vaiana
When: Thursday, April 23–Saturday, April 25 (free, check site for times)
Where: The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Multimedia artist Emily Sundblad will explore new romantic texts and musical adaptations in open rehearsals at The Kitchen over the course of three days; the space will premiere the completed work later this spring. Sundblad is collaborating with artists Juliana Huxtable, Ken Okiishi, and others for the intriguing-sounding performance-in-progress piece. —VV
Brooklyn Zine Fest
When: Saturday, April 25 & Sunday, April 26, 11am–6pm (free)
Where: Brooklyn Historical Society (128 Pierrepont St, Downtown Brooklyn)
Over 150 artists, writers, and publishers will be represented over the course of the two-day Brooklyn Zine Fest. Now in its fourth year, the festival features a wide range of zine producers, showcasing different publishers on each of the two days. Attendees will have the opportunity to sit in on two discussions, one on food and drink culture in zines, the other on contemporary zine production. —VV
Sacred Space Symposium
When: Saturday, April 25, 1–4pm
Where: Queens Museum (New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Flushing, Queens)
Three members of the Social Practice Queens MFA program have joined forces with natural builders to create a nondenominational, communal sacred space within the Queens Museum. The three artists come from diverse backgrounds and work in different media, and at the museum, they’ll draw on historical precedents and symbols to explore the following questions: “What is a Sacred Space and what elements create it? Are there architectural and stylistic details that help unify multiple traditions?” The discussion will be followed by an open meditation in the structure.—KL
A Night of Philosophy
When: Friday, April 24, 7pm–Saturday, April 25, 7am (free)
Where: Cultural Services of the French Embassy (972 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan) and the Ukrainian Institute of America (2 East 79th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
This 12-hour-long nocturnal happening reaches New York after successful events in London, Paris, and Berlin. The event will feature over 61 philosophers talking on a plethora of subjects. It’s organized jointly by the French Cultural Services and the Ukranian Institute of America, and each organization will host simultaneous events throughout the night in their respective mansion spaces. —VV
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With contributions by Kemy Lin and Vic Vaiana
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