This week, salsa dancing in a museum, learn from Martha Rosler about gentrification, talk about endangered languages with Mariam Ghani, explore Museum Mile, and more.
Martha Rosler and Real Estate
When: Opens Tuesday, June 7 (through July 9)
Where: Mitchell-Innes & Nash (534 West 26th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Since Martha Rosler’s If You Lived Here… exhibition series was first shown at the Dia Art Foundation in 1989, the problems of urban poverty and gentrification it addressed have only become more prevalent and pronounced. The autonomous collective the Temporary Office of Urban Disturbances has mounted this historical look back at that three-show series — whose different iterations addressed tenant rights, homelessness, and urbanism — and four town hall-style conversations on related subjects (on June 14, 16, 21, and 23) that, given how touchy New Yorkers tend to be about anything related to gentrification, are sure to be fiery gatherings. —BS
Disrupting the City
When: Saturday June 11, 10:30am
Where: Bam Park, Fulton Street and Felix Street, Downtown, Brooklyn
Explore the rapidly changing streetscape of downtown Brooklyn on a skateboard with this tour that looks at local architecture and its role in “disrupt[ing] our conceptions of how we pass through a street.” After the tour, participants will collaborate on a map-making exercise that reimagines the city. Definitely not a conventional day in the city.
Carmen Herrera at Lisson Closing
When: Closes Saturday, June 11
Where: Lisson Gallery (504 West 24th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Carmen Herrera is a talented artist who looks like she’s enthralled by classic modernist painting, This show, the inaugural exhibition at Lisson Gallery’s new space, is a look at the work she is best known for and those who love their art big, bold, and colorful (and strongly geometric) should run (not walk) to see this before the curtain falls.
Salsa Dancing in the Museum
When: Thursday, June 9 (6–9pm)
Where: Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Park, Brooklyn)
The Brooklyn Museum is free this Thursday night and there are free salsa lessons in the Beaux-Arts court. Do I really have to say any more?
Languages Lost and Found – A Roundtable
When: Saturday, June 11, 1–3 pm
Where: The Queens Museum, New York City Building, Meridian Road, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Summer at the Queens Museum is busy, with its calendar filled with a whole slew of programming. One highlight is this weekend afternoon roundtable on language endangerment and revitalization, with an emphasis on New York’s multicultural environment. Organized by artist Mariam Ghani and linguist Daniel Kaufman, it promises a number of discussions on multilingualism, education, language in the arts, and more, between speakers boasting a variety of linguistic backgrounds and focuses. —CV
Museum Mile Festival
When: Tuesday, June 14 (5:45pm–9pm)
Where: Various locations along Fifth Avenue (between 82nd and 105th Streets, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
Next Tuesday, spend your evening along Museum Mile visiting some of the city’s greatest institutions for free. This year, the festival kicks off at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, making stops at El Museo del Barrio, The New York Academy of Medicine, and the Asia Society, among others. There’ll also be street art activities and other forms of entertainment, including cabaret and musical performances. A complete schedule is available online. —EWA
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With contributions by Elisa Wouk Almino, Benjamin Sutton, and Claire Voon