Sheryl Oring, ‘I Wish to Say’ (photo by dhanraj emanuel Photography)

This week, write a letter to our future president, participate in performance art karaoke, explore the city’s normally off-limits architecture, and visit the 20th annual Gowanus Open Studios.

 A Postcard to the President

When: Tuesday, October 11, 12–2pm
Where: Southern Fountain at Madison Square Park (Midtown, Manhattan)

Drop by the park on your lunch break to contribute to Sheryl Oring’s 12-year-old endeavor to collect messages from Americans to the nation’s presidents. For I Wish to Say, Oring visits various states to set up pop-up desks, where, dressed as a secretary, she invites anyone to sit across from her and dictate whatever they wish to relay to our leaders (she transcribes the messages on a typwriter). Her stop in New York is part of an ongoing tour that continues until Election Day, and it’s a particularly timely one: seeing how much of a shitshow Sunday’s debate was, I’m sure everyone has plenty of thoughts in need of release. —CV

Caroline Woolard, “Tool” (2016), dimensions variable (courtesy the artist)

 A Center for Collaborative Listening and Study

When: Opens Thursday, October 13, 6:30–8pm
Where: The Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Gallery (41 Cooper Square, East Village, Manhattan)

Wound is not just an exhibition; it’s a custom-designed study center devoted to the “the mending of time and attention.” Conceived by artist Caroline Woolard, the center focuses on collaborative, long-term practices of listening and attention. So, artworks are not identified as such but as tools, and training workshops led by artists and other creators teach participants how to use them. When the center isn’t hosting sessions of staring at your digital device or Art / Life Counseling by Linda Montano, it’s meant to be a quiet space for contemplation. —JS

(image courtesy CHEEKY LaSHAE)


When: Thursday, October 13 & Saturday, October 15, 6pm ($25–55)
Where: Sid Gold’s Request Room (165 W 26th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

One piano bar. One mysterious performer named CHEEKY LaSHAE. Lots of karaoke, audience participation, kazoos, thongs, and sparkle. All masterminded by the artist Kenya (Robinson). That’s basically what we know about THAT-THONG-SONG-SING-ALONG, but do you really need anything else? —JS

 Giorgio de Chirico and Giulio Paolini

When: Opens Friday, October 14
Where: Center for Italian Modern Art (421 Broome Street, Soho, Manhattan)

Each academic year, the Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA) dedicates its rooms to an exhibition that compares a modern Italian artist to contemporary ones. This year, CIMA considers Giulio Paolini’s drawings, sculptures, and photographs in light of Giorgio de Chirico’s paintings, which Paolini has referenced as direct inspirations. Both artists explore the metaphysical and appropriate images from classical antiquity in vacant landscapes and lone portraits, demonstrating shared affinities across different mediums and time periods. The exhibition will also be an opportunity to see work by de Chirico that has not traveled to the US in over 40 years. —EWA

 Notes Toward an Indigenous Art World

When: Saturday, October 15, 4:30pm
Where: The New School, Arnold Hall (55 West 13th Street, Room I-202, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

What does a noncolonial museum look like? How does one negotiate the power dynamics of collaborative curation? As part of the Vera List Center’s Indigenous New York program, the public presentation “Indigenous New York, Curatorially Speaking” will feature indigenous artists, curators, scholars, and critics grappling with these and other difficult questions. The findings of a closed curatorial colloquium, held immediately before the event, will be the focus of the public presentation. —BS

Paintings and sculptures by Crys Yin at Gowanus Open Studios 2015 (photo by Benjamin Sutton/Hyperallergic)

 Gowanus Open Studios 2016

When: Saturday, October 15–Sunday, October 16, 12–6pm
Where: Various locations

Now that you’ve had a weekend to rest, it’s time for another open studios event! Head out to the storied Gowanus neighborhood this weekend, where more than 300 artists will throw open their studio doors.

The move of Bushwick Open Studios to October this year may have set some of the Gowanus Open Studios artists and organizers on edge. But in fact, the two events complement each other nicely, not least because Bushwick is heavy on abstraction, while Gowanus favors figuration. Crys Yin, for instance, makes paintings and sculptures informed in equal parts by art history and toilet humor. In her sharp comedy, she shares common  ground with Paul Gagner, who considers the position of the painter with perpetual self-deprecation. Gagner shares a studio with his wife, Maureen Drennan, who takes penetrating, intimate photographs of different communities around the world. Other artists we’re looking forward to visiting this weekend include clitorist Sophia Wallace, psychedelic thread painter Jonathan Cowan, and, one of our perennial favorites, Brian Adam Douglas, who’s working on finishing a series of new paintings in time for the event.

Gowanus has an older creative community than Bushwick — this is the 20th edition of its open studios, to Bushwick’s 10th — but it’s only recently been dealing with the displacement that’s increasingly common around New York City. The artists are holding on, and this weekend is a good opportunity to support them. —JS

The New York State Pavilion, Corona Park, Queens (photo by Allison Meier/Hyperallergic)

 Open House New York

When: Saturday, October 15–Sunday, October 16
Where: Various locations

While sites requiring reservations filled up within seconds, there are plenty of locations offering rare public access in the annual Open House New York this weekend that you can freely stop by. They include 10 cultural locales in a new partnership with ArtNoir, such as the Andrew Freedman Home in the Bronx, the Lewis H. Latimer House Museum in Queens, and Marjorie Eliot’s Parlor for jazz performances in Washington Heights. I’d also recommend walking beneath the retrofuture New York State Pavilion designed by Philip Johnson in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, climbing the tower of Jefferson Market Library in Manhattan, exploring the brutalist beauty of Marcel Breuer’s CUNY Bronx Community College buildings, and learning how to bend light at Lite Brite Neon Studio in Gowanus. —AM

 Climate Justice Propaganda Party

When: Sunday, October 16, 2–6pm
Where: Interference Archive (131 8th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn)

This Sunday, the Interference Archive will hold a propaganda party in collaboration with the Amplifier Foundation, Climate Prints, and People’s Collective Arts. Guests are invited to grab a drink and pick up/swap/share posters, artwork, stickers, and flyers produced by various activist organizations. A perfect accompaniment for those visiting Gowanus Open Studios. —TM

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With contributions by Elisa Wouk Almino, Allison Meier, Tiernan Morgan, Benjamin Sutton, and Claire Voon

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