Art Rx

This week, our first February prescription has something for those whose masculinity ails them in the form of two shows at the Brooklyn Museum. But don’t forget it’s Black History month, so we also offer up a healthy dose of African and African-American identity. And finally, the Queens International Biennial, which opens this week, will give you a great booster shot of emerging art that should get you through until next Thursday.

Left, Laurel Nakadate's photograph "Lucky Tiger #80"(2009) (via, right, detail of Charles Demuth's "Dancing Sailors" (1917) (via

 Laurel Nakadate LIVE

When: February 2, 2012, 5:30PM
Where: NYU Barney Building, (34 Stuyvesant Street, East Village, New York, 10003)

Coming off of her recent solo show at MOMA PS1, controversial artist Laurel Nakadate will be giving a lecture on her self-obsessed body of work as part of the NYU Department of Art and Art Professions visiting Artists, Critics and Scholars lecture series. She has a strong following of fans so this may be a good way to get the inside scoop on what she’s all about. — DE

 The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975

When: February 3, 2012 6pm-10pm
Where: The Bronx Museum (1040 Grand Concourse, Concourse, The Bronx)

A special edition of First Fridays at the Bronx Museum is featuring the acclaimed 16 mm documentary “The Black Power Mixtape 1967-1975.” Shot by Swedish journalists the footage used in this film had been lost in storage for 30 years until making a splash at the Sundance Film Festival last year. “Black Power Mixtape” examines the evolution of The Black Power Movement in the African American community and diaspora from 1967-1975 and the portrait it paints is more sympathetic than the one the American media portrayed. A collection of archival footage, music and audio inter-cut with modern commentary, this film is a must see. — DE

  Catwalk Iconography

When: Closing Feb. 4, 12-6 pm
Where: The Rosenberg Gallery (NYU Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, East Village, Manhattan)

From tartan and houndstooth to polka dots and leopard spots, the runway is replete with signs and symbols — the catwalk is codified with signs and symbols — illustrating an ever evolving language in the system of dress. IMPRINT NYC: The Evolution of Motifs in Fashion, surveys the history and significance of fashion’s most prolific patterns. — RC

 Last Chance to See Some Cool 3D Imaging

When: Closing February 4
Where: Eyebeam (540 W 21st St, Chelsea, Manhattan)

In the main space at Eyebeam, two installations, “Lumarca” and “Spacepod II” create augmented reality scapes. With “Lumarca,” artist Albert Hwang and Eyebeam Resident Matt Parker collaborated to create a volumetric projection system using a computer, a projector and common materials. “Spacepod II” is a architectural audio installation that takes participants on acoustic journeys through imaginary spaces. Be warned, these are pretty cool. — DE

 Fresh Blood in Queens

When: Opening party February 4, 6–10pm
Where: Queens Museum of Art (New York City Building, Flushing Meadows/Corona Park, Queens)

Our favorite Queens biennial is back! The Fifth Queens International biennial exhibition features the work of 31 artists living or working in Queens. With all the buzz surrounding red-hot Queens neighborhoods like Ridgewood and LIC, it would hard to dismiss a show of this scope. Don’t expect big budget glitz but lower budget heart. We recommend making it to the opening party Saturday night with a video remix screening, DJ and food trucks. — DE

 16mm West African History circa 1985

When: Screening, February 8, 2012, 7pm
Where: Light Industry (155 Freeman Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 11222)

It’s Black History Month, so we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention the special screening of Trinh T. Minh-ha’s 1985 16mm documentary film “Naked Spaces—Living Is Round.” The film explores daily life in six West African countries including Senegal, Mauritania, Togo, Mali, Burkina Faso and Benin. Learn more about the motherland, people. Run time is 135 minutes, Tickets are $7 at the door. — DE

 Talk is Deep

When: Beginning February 8, 6:30pm
Where: The New School’s John Tishman Auditorium (66 West 12th Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

Next week, the Public Art Fund begins their Spring schedule of artist talks at the New School with Roger Hiorns. Hiorns’ work explores the depths of potential transformation within objects, people and urban environments. He is best known for his work “Seizure,” in which he “pumped 75,000 liters of copper sulfate solution into an abandoned South London council flat to create a crystalline growth on the walls, floor, and ceiling.” Now that’s a transformation. — RC

 Are You Man Enough?

When: Masculinity gallery tour is February 9, 6:30 pm; “Question Bridge” on exhibit on the Mezzanine until June 3
Where: For the gallery tour meet in the Rubin Lobby, 1st Floor, Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Park, Brooklyn)

What does it mean to be a man nowadays? At the Brooklyn Museum, there’s a great opportunity to visit two exhibitions that challenge traditional notions of what it means to be male.

Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture, examines identities that men, both gay and straight, are expected to uphold.

Question Bridge: Black Males, presents a video expose of  African-American men breaking down the black male stereotype. — RC

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