This week, you can protest a real estate summit outside the Brooklyn Museum, learn about the history of Chinatown restaurants, catch performance art at Performa, and much more.
When: Tuesday, November 17, 7:30am–6pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)
Over the past week and a half, tension has been brewing over the Brooklyn Real Estate Summit, a gathering that will bring together more than 600 people in the real estate field to discuss such burning questions as “How can investors take advantage of demographic changes?” The problem is that the event is being held at the Brooklyn Museum, an institution with a stated commitment to serving its diverse surrounding communities. Activists and artists have organized a day of action to protest the summit — it kicks off at 7:30am, continues at noon with a press conference, and winds down with a mock exhibition opening at 4pm.
When: Opens Tuesday, November 17
Where: Swiss Institute (18 Wooster Street, Soho, Manhattan)
New York artist Andrea Crespo brings their sci-fi philosophical visions to the Swiss Institute for their first solo institutional exhibition in the US. The show is centered on Crespo’s video “virocrypsis” (2015), a visual manifesto of the artist’s examination of posthuman desire. Using the lexicon of internet art, they explore the multiplicity of contemporary personhood and the heterogeneity of the digital world, and the effects of those things on sexuality. —VR
Help the Interference Archive
When: Friday, November 20, 8–11pm ($20 advance/$25 at door)
Where: Verso Books (20 Jay Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn)
Don’t have $170 million to spend on a Modigliani? You can still take part in a silent auction and support radical activist art — we promise nothing at the Interference Archive benefit will cost nearly as much as the “Nu Couché,” and the money will be supporting a good cause. The Interference Archive is an all-volunteer organization dedicated to preserving the connections between social movements and cultural production. Now’s your chance to bid on socially conscious artwork by the Guerrilla Girls, Pegacorn Press founder Caroline Paquita, sculptor Ann Messner, and plenty others. —GSV
When: Saturday, November 21, 1–2:30pm ($15/$12 concessions)
Where: Departs from the Museum of Chinese in America (215 Centre Street, Little Italy, Manhattan)
This Saturday is your last chance to take a walk with the Museum of Chinese in America before winter drives us all indoors. Coffeehouses to Banquet Halls is a guided stroll through historic Chinatown, with a focus on the importance of restaurants to the livelihood of early Chinese immigrants. The walk will explore the area’s diverse food offerings and the way restaurant entrepreneurship shaped Chinese-American relations. The tour stops at about 10 locations, and while there’s no mention of free samples, one can hope. —VR
Food, Water, and Art
When: Saturday, November 21, 2–4pm (free with RSVP)
Where: Cathedral of Saint John the Divine (1047 Amsterdam Avenue, Morningside Heights, Manhattan)
At the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, the exhibition The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet brings together artists who make food-based community organizing and activism a vital part of their practice. In conjunction with the show, the cathedral will host a talk about the connections between food, water, and art. Organized by artist and activist Frederika Foster, the panel will feature the curators of the current exhibition, Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn, as well as artist Aviva Rahmani, Hyperallergic’s own Benjamin Sutton, and others. Following the talk, the curators will give a guided tour of The Value of Food. —GSV
Last Chance: Performa 15
When: Through Sunday, November 22 (ticket prices vary)
Where: Various locations throughout NYC
Not only is Performa 15 here, it’s already almost over! This is your last week to catch up with the performance art biennial before it winds down. The schedule is so chockfull, it’s a bit daunting, but I recommend combing through the calendar and seeing what catches your eye. Oscar Murillo’s labor-themed performance/installation looks particularly intriguing, as does Laura Lima’s piece involving ornamental chickens.
Studying Social Codes
When: Monday, November, 23, 6:30pm (free with registration)
Where: New York University Institute of Fine Arts (1 East 78 Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
Forty years after her project “MINUCODEs,” the Argentine Fluxus artist Marta Minujín has published a book in collaboration with the Americas Society that collects the footage and documentation associated with the making of the work. In a series of cocktail parties, Minujín invited prominent figures in the New York art, politics, fashion, and business scenes to mingle. Typically critical and immersive, the work revealed and explored social codes. As part of a series of events meant to spread awareness of Latin American Art, the New York University Institute of Fine Arts is hosting a conversation between the artist, Alexander Alberro of Barnard College/Columbia University, and Catherine Morris of the Sackler Center at the Brooklyn Museum. Attendees will receive discounts on the book at the event: members of the Americas Society will get 20%, non-members, 10%. —EWA
When: Continues through Sunday, April 10, 2016
Where: Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens)
Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact is an exhibition of over 120 contemporary artworks that demonstrate “how movies live on in our personal and cultural memories.” Judging from the list of acclaimed artists (Fiona Banner, Jean-Luc Godard, Douglas Gordon, and John Stezaker to name a few), I suspect the show will spotlight the use of appropriation and quotation. The exhibition — which has been organized by scholar Robert M. Rubin — also displays movie ephemera alongside the artworks. The title is a reference to The Walking Dead, in which zombies are referred to as “walkers.” Despite the broad theme, it sounds like a lot of fun. —TM
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With contributions by Elisa Wouk Almino, Tiernan Morgan, Victoria Reis, and Gabriella Santiago-Vancak
Correction: This article originally misstated the date of the Andrea Crespo opening at Swiss Institute and used the incorrect pronoun for the artist. These have been fixed.