This week, don’t miss a dance project about AIDS, the launch of a book of artists’ writings, an international gallery exchange in Bushwick, and more.
Dancing Through the AIDS Epidemic
When: Ongoing (prices vary)
Where: Danspace Project (St Mark’s Church, 131 E 10th Street, East Village, Manhattan)
Sometimes it’s tempting to think of the AIDS crisis as a thing of the past, but it’s not: 36.7 million people around the world are living with HIV/AIDS, and here in the US, we’ve barely begun to assess the damage wrought by the epidemic. Danspace Project’s latest Platform series looks at the impact of AIDS on generations of dance artists, taking as its starting point the choreographer John Bernd, “one of the earliest New York choreographers to represent gay sexuality and the disease explicitly in his work” (via the press release). Through performances, workshops, screenings, and a zine project, Platform 2016: Lost and Found will attempt to resurrect Bernd — who died of AIDS in 1988 — and other similarly forgotten “mentors, role models, and muses.” —JS
A Conversation with Critics
When: Wednesday, October 19, 6:30pm
Where: New York Academy of Art (111 Franklin Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)
Art, criticism, art criticism — I’ll be discussing it all on Wednesday night at the New York Academy of Art! Hosted by artist and writer Sharon Louden, the panel will feature me alongside fellow critics Andrianna Campbell, Katy Diamond Hamer, and Julia Wolkoff. The second half of the event is devoted to audience questions, so come prepared. And don’t worry, we’ll be done in time for you to suffer through the final (thank goodness) presidential debate. —JS
An Architectural Instrument
When: Wednesday, October 19–Saturday, October 22
Where: BAM Fisher (321 Ashland Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)
Henry Miller’s novella “The Smile at the Foot of the Ladder” is about a clown attempting to find his identity; Miller frames his character, Auguste, as both a fool and a prophet. Rememberer at BAM takes that strange tale as its inspiration, with its own foolish attempt at climbing to new heights. Members of the band Open House will construct and climb on a styrofoam structure as they play their hourlong set, the squeaking instability accenting their music. —AM
Artists’ Collected Writings
When: Thursday, October 20, 7–9pm
Where: The Kitchen (512 W 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Paper Monument is out with a new book called Social Medium: Artists Writing, 2000–2015, that compiles texts by 75 contemporary artists. The book launch at the Kitchen will include a discussion with five of the contributors — Bill Beckley, Deanna Havas, Nina Katchadourian, Marisa Olson, and Peter Rostovsky — moderated by Jennifer Liese, the editor. Liese, who previously contributed an excellent essay to Paper Monument’s fourth issue on artist statements, is the director of the Writing Center at Rhode Island School of Design, and I trust will steer the conversation clear of artspeak. As for the writings themselves, Eileen Myles has our expectations high: “Watch ‘democracy’ get palped and monitored, challenged and witnessed here.” —EWA
When: Thursday, October 20–Sunday, October 23 (12–6pm Thursday and Sunday, 12–9pm Friday and Saturday)
Where: Venues throughout Bushwick
For its second iteration, the Bushwick–London gallery get-together Exchange Rates — now officially branded a biennial — has expanded its parameters to round up a host of international artist-run spaces and young galleries. For the weekend-long event, 14 Bushwick spaces will play host to projects by 31 galleries and nomadic curatorial endeavors from lands as nearby as Greenpoint and Hoboken, and as far-flung as Bogotá, Newcastle, and Munich. —BS
Luna Park’s Book Launch
When: Saturday, October 22, 6–10pm
Where: 17 Frost Gallery (17 Frost Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
The new book by beloved street art photographer Luna Park is finally out, and the launch party will take place this Saturday, along with the opening of an exhibition devoted to Ad Hoc Art’s 10th anniversary. Luna Park has become one of the best known street art photographers around, and she has captured a decade of New York City scenes for this book. Bonus: I wrote the introduction. —HV
Not Your Typical Chinatown Gallery Talk
When: Saturday, October 22nd, 7–9pm
Where: Decolonize This Place at Artists Space (55 Walker Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)
Co-hosted by Artists Space, Decolonize This Place, and Chinatown Art Brigade, this event promises to continue the brewing conversation about the role of art galleries in gentrification and what the future holds for both the arts community and the Asian American community of Chinatown. There will be surprises. —HV
Digital Colonialism, Dark Goddesses, and 3D Printing
When: Saturday, October 22, 6–10 pm
Where: Transfer Gallery (1030 Metropolitan Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Digital archaeology is a fast-growing field, with many new projects attempting to preserve cultural heritage through 3D printing and other technologies. Morehshin Allahyari adds some very necessary, critical thinking to this trend, reminding us of the power relationships involved when organizations — largely Western ones — try to recreate the artifacts of others. She Who Sees the Unknown will feature Allahyari’s latest body of work, focused on the histories of dark goddesses and female figures of Middle Eastern origin, and representing the start of a new project developed during her residency at Eyebeam. —CV
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With contributions by Elisa Wouk Almino, Allison Meier, Benjamin Sutton, Hrag Vartanian, and Claire Voon
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