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ArtRx NYC

This week, New York City welcomes two comics festival, two print fairs, one internet flea market, and more.

My Barbarian, production image for The Audience is Always Right: How to do the Post-Living Ante-Action Theater (2016), video, sound, color; 80 min. (courtesy the artists and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects)

 A French Comics Festival

When: Wednesday, November 2–Sunday, November 6
Where: Albertine (972 Fifth Ave, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

Albertine, the charming French bookshop located on the ground floor of the Payne Whitney mansion, is holding its third annual festival. This year, Ta-Nehisi Coates is curating the events, which will look at how artists, scholars, and writers have questioned social, cultural, and national identity in both France and the US. The list of events is wide-ranging and impressive, from graphic novelists Kelly Sue DeConnick and Catherine Meurisse discussing how their art forms have moved from the margins to the mainstream, to the Studio Museum’s Thelma Golden moderating a panel on the representation of race in contemporary art. —EWA

(via thekitchen.org)

 Sondra Perry’s Solo Show

When: Opens Wednesday, November 2, 6–8pm
Where: The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

One of the standouts of MoMA PS1’s last Greater New York was Sondra Perry’s “Lineage for a Multiple-Monitor Work-station: Number One” (2015). Featuring members of the artist’s family performing a series of rituals, but interrupted by Perry’s computer monitor manipulations, the work is equal parts heartwarming and cryptic, hitting a resonant note between video art and home videos. I’m very excited to see what Perry gives us in her newest installation, opening this week at the Kitchen, where she’ll dismantle respectability politics with the help of the Alien movies. —JS

 Post-Party Dream State Caucus

When: Thursday, November 3, 6:30pm (free with RSVP to [email protected])
Where: New Museum (235 Bowery, Lower East Side)

Five days before the US presidential election, head to the New Museum and participate in a performance that will make you uncomfortable about the realities and limitations of our version of democracy! The culmination of an eight-year traveling project, My Barbarian’s “Post-Party Dream State Caucus” will involve speeches, anthems, and games, amid which audience members “will explore group identities and cast votes in a hyperbolically absurd caucus format” in an attempt to build some sort of consensus. Sounds infuriating, but also, maybe, cathartic. —JS

 Artists’ Books, Prints, and Editions — Oh My!

When: Thursday, November 3–Sunday, November 6 (E/AB Fair $25, IFPDA $20)
Where: Editions / Artists’ Book Fair at the Tunnel (269 Eleventh Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan); IFPDA Print Fair at Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

(courtesy E/AB Fair)

Now that you’ve had over a month to integrate your NY Art Book Fair purchases into your bookshelves, it’s time to load up on more artists’ books, editions, and prints at this week’s pair of paper art fairs: the International Fine Print Dealers Association’s Print Fair (IFPDA) and the Editions / Artists’ Book Fair (E/AB Fair). The former caters to your more blue-chip tastes, with 86 exhibitors — including Pace Prints, Durham Press, Brooke Alexander, and Parkett Editions — packing into the Park Avenue Armory. The E/AB Fair’s lineup of 40 exhibitors boasts more indie mainstays, including Brooklyn’s A.I.R. Gallery, Booklyn, Kayrock, and Small Editions, as well as more distant participants like Oregon’s Crow’s Shadow Press, Tokyo’s Gallery Jin, and Cape Town’s Warren Editions. —BS

 Buried Lives in Washington Square Park

When: Thursday, November 3, 6:30–8pm
Where: Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

To paraphrase the 1982 film Poltergeist, when New York City relocated its smaller cemeteries, sometimes only the headstones were moved. Numerous dead from Washington Square Park’s former role as a potter’s field are believed to be interred in its ground, and recently, such evidence as an intact tombstone and century-old coffins in brick vaults was discovered. Archaeological consultant Joan H. Geismar, who has been working on the excavations, will discuss this hidden history of Manhattan on Thursday night. As a bonus, you can join Geismar on Saturday at 11am for a walk through the sites in Washington Square Park. —AM

A still from a Richard Nixon campaign ad (1960) (courtesy Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reese)

 Political Advertisements, 1952–2016

When: Friday, November 4, 7pm
Where: SVA Theatre (333 W 23rd Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Yes, it’s the week before the election, so yes, more politics. In what promises to be an eye-opening screening, artists Antoni Muntadas and Marshall Reese will show a curated selection of political TV advertisements from 1952 to the present. The pair has been doing this for the past nine general elections, updating the compilation each time. After the screening, they’ll help you process all that fear mongering and patriotism in a conversation with moderator and journalist Michelle Goldberg. —JS

 A Brooklyn Comics Festival

When: Saturday, November 5, 11am–7pm
Where: Mt. Carmel Gymnasium (12 Havemeyer Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Yes, there are a lot more indie comics festivals these days, but in my opinion, there still aren’t enough. Begun in 2013, Comic Arts Brooklyn (CAB) is a relative newcomer that has carved out something of a niche for itself, as a smaller show whose exhibitors are chosen exclusively by organizer Gabe Fowler (the owner of beloved local comics shop Desert Island). After rumors that he and CAB would take 2016 off, they have in fact returned. With individual artists and small presses selling everything from self-published zines to original art, it should be a financially dangerous but immensely fulfilling way to spend the day. —JS

Seen at the first Internet Yami-Ichi in New York (photo by Claire Voon/Hyperallergic)

 The Internet Flea Market Returns

When: Sunday, November 6, 12–6 pm
Where: Knockdown Center (52–19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens)

It’s a flea market unlike any other. The Internet Yami-Ichi, a place to buy “Internet-ish” things, is returning to the Knockdown Center for its second iteration in New York City. Founded in Tokyo, the market brings together hundreds of vendors selling all kinds of wares you probably don’t really need and will never find anywhere else. We went last year and were tempted to spend our money on all kinds of weird stuff, from an internet encyclopedia in the form of a zine to a $200 hamster selfie wheel. —CV

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

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