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Andrea Wolf, “Unsolicited Memories, Archival Exercises N.5.” (2015). Wolf’s work will feature in the group show “Luminary,” which opens on Friday (courtesy bfpcreative)

This week, strategize about gentrification, probe the lives of famous artists, reimagine Charlie Chaplin in Greenwich Village, discuss the benefits of failure, and more in a very hot and sunny NYC.

 The Secret Lives of Famous Artists

When: Tuesday, July 14th, 7:30pm (free)
Where: The Bedford (110 Bedford Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

The Society for the Advancement of Social Studies (aka “SASS”) is hosting a free evening of talks dedicated to the secret lives of artists. Admittedly, I’ve selected this event on the basis of its excellent lecture titles: “Poor Little Rich Boy (The Story of Toulouse-Lautrec),” “The Big Fat Secrets of Ancient Greek Artists,” and “Why You Shouldn’t Hate Yoko Ono.” Definitely sounds sassy. Speakers include Samantha Hayden, Carly Silver, and Jamie Hoffman.—Tiernan Morgan

 Fighting Gentrification with Democracy

When: Tuesday, July 14, and Wednesday July 15 (see website for hours and events)
Where: The Living Gallery (1094 Broadway, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

The Brooklyn Laundry Social Club’s two-day takeover of the Living Gallery includes a mapping game based on the group’s efforts to develop cooperative structures for slowing gentrification and, on Tuesday night, a screening of the short documentary The Shifting Faces of Bedford-Stuyvesant followed by a panel discussion in which CUNY School of Law professor Christopher Adams, Annie Sullivan Chin of the NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives, and Brooklyn Gypsies Collective founder Modesto Flako Jimenez will discuss related issues.—Benjamin Sutton

 Apocalypse Chow

When: Tuesday, July 14, 7–10pm (free)
Where: Bed-stuy Community Garden (95 Malcolm X Boulevard, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn)

New York Restoration Project and Flux Factory have teamed up this July to bring “Apocalypse Chow”, part of ongoing arts event series, Nightlife, that invites and explores creative ways to use the sun in both performance and food. Each event in this series will showcase pairings of sun-cooked meals and performances.

They’ve built two solar ovens out of steel oil drums and invited chefs to experiment with solar cooking. For this Tuesday, Flux Factory curators, Carina Kaufman, Danae Lagoy, and Alex Nathanson have invited Zodiac Dinner Club (NOT to be confused with that private dinner frat mentioned here) to present a “tasting of the twelve signs.”

This astrological culinary experience will be accompanied by an interactive solar panel sound performance from artist and electrical engineer, Wesley Marcarelli. —Angela Cruz

(via Facebook)

 Mess-Ups and Do-Overs in Design

When: Thursday, July 16 7–8pm (free)
Where: The Strand’s Rare Book Room (828 Broadway, Union Square, Manhattan)

Everyone makes mistakes, even those at the top of their field. This evening discussion presented by The Type Directors Club and moderated by Ellen Lupton, senior curator at Cooper Hewitt, has three of the leading figures in contemporary design discussing their projects that went wrong, including Pentagram partner Abbott Miller, typeface designer Tobias Frere-Jones, and book designer Peter Mendelsund. Maybe hearing failure from the best can help you feel better about your worst.—Allison Meier

 Come Out & Play

When: Thursday, July 16, to Saturday, July 18
Where: Various venues around Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Governors Island

The annual street game festival “Come Out & Play” returns to NYC with a design masterclass, talks, a developer night, and of course, plenty of games. Friday has night games in Dumbo including Abba Babba created by SVA MFA students where participants compete for citizenship in a fictional utopia, and a massive land grab game crossing Capture the Flag and Risk. The games move to Governors Island on Saturday, featuring multiplayer Badminton and more conceptual absurdities like a hermit race involved laundry baskets.—AM


Christine Sciulli, “Propulsion” (2014) (courtesy bfpcreative)

When: Friday, July 17, 6pm
Where: Temporary Storage Gallery at Brooklyn Fire Proof (119 Ingraham Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Co-curated by Oliver Warden and Hazel Lee Santino for BFP Creative, this eight-person group show features only light-based works that will occupy a completely darkened gallery space.

Exhibitors include Andrea Wolf of REVERSE art space, mixed media artist [dNASAb], and Christine Sciulli (whose work appeared at this year’s SPRING/BREAK Art Show).

Luminary runs for just three weeks and will feature a one-night-only interactive sculpture on opening night.

—Claire Voon

 BHQFU’s Summer Residency Open Studios

When: Friday, July 17, 6–9pm
Where: BHQFU (34 Avenue A, East Village, Manhattan) and FUG (431 East 6th Street, East Village, Manhattan)

Head to BHQFU and its newest space FUG to check out what its eight summer artists-in-residence have been up to in their studios over the course of the last six weeks. This should be fun, as current residents include Havana-born Carlos Martiel, who has worked with Tania Bruguera; Janeye Brown, who has made dirt breathe; and Orlando Estrada, who’s currently “building a strange device which suggests the ability to communicate with intelligent beings in parallel dimensions.” The reception is happening on Friday, but both galleries will be open to the public throughout the weekend.—CV

(via Facebook)

 Sidewalk Stories

When: Sunday, July 19, 2pm & 4:30pm ($14)
Where: BAM Rose Cinemas (30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)

Charles Lane directed and stars in Sidewalk Stories, a nearly-silent re-imagining of Charlie Chaplin’s The Kid shot in black-and-white on the streets of Greenwich Village in the late 1980s. Lane (who will be on hand for a Q&A following the 4:30pm screening) plays a homeless artist who ends up taking care of an abandoned child, mixing mime gags and bleak social realism.—BS

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With contributions by Angela Cruz, Allison Meier, Tiernan Morgan, Benjamin Sutton, and Claire Voon.

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One reply on “ArtRx NYC”

  1. Correction: the Apocalypse Chow event series is under the “Nightlight” banner, not “Nightlife.” Nightlight, as in the soft, solar-powered glow of a collective spirit, not Nightlife, as in a seedy club atmosphere.

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