This week, as the art world heads into August hibernation, it’s your last chance to catch a number of shows before they close. When you finish all that art viewing, shake the seriousness out at an electronic music dance party, a festival celebrating the black soul of Brooklyn, or a Ziggy Stardust–themed roller disco.
The Return of “City Maze”
When: Opens August 12, 5–8pm
Where: Wall Works (39 Bruckner Blvd, Mott Haven, The Bronx)
The second of two consecutive shows dedicated to the work of Fashion Moda (1978–1993), The Return of City Maze is a re-creation of one of the art space’s most popular installations: a cardboard maze installation by Jane Dickson and Crash (aka John Matos, founder of Wall Works), along with a host of other collaborators (including Daze and Judith Supine). As stated in the press release:
City Maze was a place to be entered and explored, undergone and added to like the city itself, a warehouse of possibilities. Designed to engage the local children who came to Fashion Moda to hang out, it was a safe place for kids to go wild, and they did everyday. For those who reflected on it, the Maze was a microcosm of the choices and confusion of the city, a rehearsal space in which to meet challenges and overcome obstacles, a place to leave your mark.
Unfamiliar with the original “City Maze” (1980)? Check out the 1981 Fashion Moda video below (featuring a rap by Fab Five Freddy). —Tiernan Morgan
Last Chance: Aperture ‘Summer Open’
When: Closes Thursday, August 13
Where: Aperture Gallery (547 West 27th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
This year’s annual open-call exhibition at Aperture asks photographers to consider how their realities “echo the outlandish narratives of science fiction.” Chosen from over 500 submissions, the 24 projects represented this year reflect issues ranging from the ubiquity of technology in daily life to real estate development to capitalism and magic. The photographs show us that perhaps real life can be stranger than science fiction. —Arnav Adhikari
Last Chance: Last Andrew Edlin Show in Chelsea
When: Closes Friday, August 14
Where: Andrew Edlin Gallery (134 Tenth Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Andrew Edlin’s space in Chelsea — and the Bellwether Gallery space before it — was always a little awkward: an entryway followed by a hallway, then the proper gallery (which is small). But by the sheer number of shows I’ve seen there, I’ve developed an admitted attachment to it, and Edlin’s final show there puts it one of its best uses. The exhibition features directly-on-the-wall murals by seven artists, including a gorgeously enigmatic installation by Saya Woolfalk up front that stops you in your tracks on the street. But it’s Kevin Sampson’s piece in the back that swiftly steals the show; dense, frenetic, and razor sharp, the work is the most stunningly potent piece of political art I’ve seen in a long time.
Roller Disco with Ziggy Stardust
When: Friday, August 14, 7:30–10pm ($18)
Where: Lefrak Center at Lakeside (171 East Drive, Prospect Park, Brooklyn)
A DJ-ed roller disco dance party every Friday in Prospect Park! Each one features a different theme, from ’70s glitter to ’80s glam, plus dazzling performers, kitschy contests, giveaways, and more. This Friday’s theme: David Bowie’s classic character Ziggy Stardust. Dress accordingly — prizes will be given out for those that sparkle the hardest. —Carolina Drake
Last Chance: Pussy Don’t Fail Me Now
When: Closes Friday, August 14
Where: Cindy Rucker Gallery (141 Attorney Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
This gem of a show features three artists who express their feminism in very different ways. Doreen Garner paints and embellishes found vessels — including an enema — so that they toe the line between beautifully blinged out and monstrous. Sophia Narrett turns the delicacies of embroidery and small-scale sculpture into blunt sexual fantasies. Kenya (Robinson) zeroes in on gender and race, dismantling the unending speeches — and by extension, the unending power — of the white man. The varied approaches make for a surprisingly thoughtful and thought-provoking interplay. These are all artists you’ll want to get to know now and keep an eye on in the future.
MoCADA and the Soul of Brooklyn
When: Opens Saturday, August 15, 1–8pm
Where: MoCADA (Various locations throughout Brooklyn)
The sixth annual MoCADA Soul of Brooklyn Festival will start with an opening day at Herbert Von King Park and continue with a series of concerts — featuring Brooklyn’s The Jeff King Band, Bilal, and NoName Gypsy, to name a few; yoga sessions; workshops, including one by the intriguing Harriet’s Apothecary; a film screening from Black Radical Imagination; fashion shows; and more. It will close on Friday, August 21, with a party at Vodou Bar. If you’re at all interested in the culture of the African Diaspora in Brooklyn, this festival is for you. —Cihan Küçük
Warm Up at MoMA PS1
When: Saturday, August 15, 3–9pm ($18 advance/$20 day-of)
Where: MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens)
With its Warm Up series, MoMA PS1 continues to host some of the best electronic musicians from around the world. This week’s guests are Untold, Vessel, Ninos Du Brasil, Cut Hands, and French Fries b2b Bambounou. If you are into new currents in electronic music, don’t miss it. —CK
When: Through Sunday, August 16
Where: Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtland Avenue, South Bronx, Bronx)
At the Bronx Documentary Center all week, Iranian photographer Kimia Rahgozar is photographing visitors with a large-format camera and Polaroid film as part of her performance. A video camera nearby captures moments before, during, and after the portrait shooting, to show the process of capturing an image. Come get your photo taken and put on the wall. Rahgozar’s images feature moments in youth and parenthood, instances of quiet reflection. Her photographs came out of travels around Iran and abroad. —CD
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With contributions by Arnav Adhikari, Carolina Drake, Cihan Küçük, and Tiernan Morgan
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