Art Rx

This week, we’re all in recovery and laying low but the doctor says you need to get out of the house. We’re cleansing our systems of the New York art fairs and moving onto something new.

The doctor has written you a prescription that involves lots of crocheting, timelines galore, artful dinner conversation, an update on Latin American art, a chat about memes and some heavy-duty critical theory.

Detail of Ward Shelley's "People of the Book" (2012) (via

 Techno Nature

When: Opens Thursday, March 15
Where: Galerie Zurcher (33 Bleecker Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

At Galerie Zurcher, five artists look at the natural world as seen through the window of a digital screen. Dan Hays’ landscape paintings mimic the pixelated effect of low-resolution images from web 1.0, while Leslie Thornton uses kaleidoscopic video effects to render common animals as abstract shapes and colors. —RC

 Crochet, Crochet, Crochet

When: Opens Thursday, March 15
Where: Krause Gallery (149 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

For Olek, everything can be made into something more than what it was before when it’s enveloped in colorful fibers. At the Krause Gallery, Olek is going farther with crochet than she could ever on the streets by incorporating balloons into the mix and effectively making latex the new yarn. A crochet cave is promised and performers decked out in full crocheted costumes. The invite to the opening asks attendees to dress for the occasion. I guess we’ll have to start searching Etsy for our opening night outfits. —RC

 Material Reconstitutions

When: Friday, March 16, 6pm–9pm
Where: Storefront Bushwick (16 Wilson Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Still standing … sort of will feature the work of San Fransisco and Brooklyn based sculptor Kirk Stoller. Stoller uses an eclectic mix of found objects and detritus to build sculptures that appear to be on the brink of collapse. The project space is devoted to Knickerbocker Mini Maw curated by artist Brent Owens, which will feature artist-made objects inspired by Bushwick’s bustling strip of 99 cent stores, fastfood joints and other local shops. —DE

 Would You Like Dinner with Your Art?

When: Friday, March 16, 8-10pm
Where: Muriel Guépin Gallery (Cobble Hill, Brooklyn)

We’re loving that a number of Brooklyn galleries are hosting dinners in their spaces to complement their exhibitions. Like the Spice is already well-known for its robust dinner program and now this Cobble Hill space is doing it. It is Brooklyn after all, which is foodie heaven, and there’s so much good food (and art) to be had.

If you show up then know that the featured artist will be Joanie Lemercier, who will present new light projections, and the evening’s chef is Daniel from neighborhood boîte, Chestnut. It’s BYOB but guests are expected to share, naturally, their favorite elixirs with guests.

 The Legalities of Art, Space

When: Saturday, March 17, 4pm–5pm
Where: SculptureCenter (44-19 Purves St, Long Island City, Queens)

Sculpture Center, in association with Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, presents a panel discussion on issues of public and private space, physical and immaterial, artistic and legal. Current Whitney Biennial favorite LaToya Ruby Frazier, along with three other artists, will be discussing their current work. —DE

 A Latin Perspective

When: Saturday, March 17, 3pm
Where: New Museum (235 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

The New Museum in association with Independent Curators International will host a discussion with critic and curator Rosina Cazali. As former director of the Centro Cultural de España of Guatemala, Cazali will discuss current trends in contemporary art from her personal perspective. This should offer a few good tie-ins with the current Triennial exhibition The Ungovernables. Free with admission to the museum. —DE

 Get Social Media at PS1

When: Sunday, March 18 at 2pm
Where: Artbook at MoMA PS1 and Café ( Long Island City, Queens)

We reviewed this open source book about the world of social media and now you can meet the author (or tweet him, I guess) this Sunday in LIC. Editor Michael Mandiberg will be joined by MemeFactory’s Patrick Davison and artist Brad Troemel to discuss social media art.

 There’s a Timeline for That

When: Closing Sunday, March 18
Where: Pierogi Gallery (177 N 9th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Ward Shelley has never met anything he doesn’t want to transform into an attractive timeline or graph that seductively makes you think it’s history but really isn’t. History of teenagers, Jews, religion, American politics … you name it and Shelley has pondered and drawn it. This is a show you can spend hours in and it would look mighty good in book form too.

 Harold Bloom Speaks!

When: Monday, March 19, 6:30pm
Where: CUNY Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue, Proshansky Auditorium, Garment District, Manhattan), RSVP required 212-817-8215

If critical theory is your thing then you’re going to feel super horny that preeminent literary scholar and critic Harold Bloom, who is Sterling Professor of Humanities at Yale University, is talking this Monday in Manhattan. He’ll be introduced by Sam Tanenhaus, editor of the New York Times Book Review, and the man with a big brain (and conservative tendancies) is expected to “assess not only his impact on the world of literary criticism, but also his vision as a man of letters who has taught us how to think about that one subject that will always challenge our ability to think: art.” For bonus points show up having eaten a “brownie.”

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With listings by Don Edler and Robert Cicetti

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