This week, the doctor’s concerned about your diet. She wants to make sure it’s well-balanced, so she’s recommending a little bit of everything: the alternative, the institutional and the up-and-coming, plus a healthy dose of the digital.
Start off your week learning about video games at MoMA and close it out with a discussion of anonymous internet culture in Greenpoint. In between, you can travel uptown to get your grounding with septuagenarian Frank Stella, head west to say goodbye to Exit Art, and even visit Croatia by way of Carroll Gardens. Definitely pack a granola bar or two for all those train rides.
When: Opening Thursday, May 17, 6–8 pm
Where: Freedman Art (25 E 73rd Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
Frank Stella’s latest showing at Freedman Art proves an artist’s twilight years can be his best. At 76 years old, Stella is still producing a quality of work that rivals any other point in his career. —RC
When: Thursday, May 17, 6 pm, and Friday, May 18, 10 am–5 pm
Where: Theater 3 (The Celeste Bartos Theater), MoMA (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)
Last year’s Corey Arcangel exhibition at the Whitney and the presence of indie video game collective Babycastles at Pulse art fair and MAD are just two examples of the increasing crossover between video games and art. So it’s probably time a museum brought out some experts to discuss and analyze about the phenomenon. MoMA’s all over that, with this day-and-a-half-long forum called “Critical Play — The Game as an Art Form.” And if you’re not crazy about all the talking, show up at lunchtime on Friday for an open game time!
When: Closes Saturday, May 19
Where: Exit Art (475 Tenth Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan)
Beloved alternative art space Exit Art is shutting its doors for good on Saturday, after 30 years of pioneering exhibitions and programs. The current retrospective, Every Exit Is an Entrance, recounts the organization’s history with lots of paraphernalia and some great art, while a closing performance on Saturday night will feature Exit co-founder and artistic director Papo Colo’s “ritual cleansing” of the space. Go and be part of a bittersweet farewell.
When: Closes Saturday, May 19
Where: TNC Gallery (155 First Avenue, East Village, Manhattan)
Featuring the work of 10 artists from across the United States, POW: Pop Now considers the continuing dialogue between fine arts and popular culture. While Lichtenstein and Warhol fed off comic books and soup cans, the artists on display here come from a generation that grew up with distinctly visual brands like MTV and Nintendo. The influence of music videos and video games is hard to miss. —RC
When: Opens Saturday, May 19, 6–8 pm
Where: Dodge Gallery (15 Rivington Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
This heavy-hitting exhibition inspired by 1960s feminist, body-centered performance art features artworks by women that depict women. The show, titled Twisted Sisters, features Ana Mendieta, Nancy Spero, Nina Katchadourian, Mickalene Thomas, Wangechi Mutu, and Marlene Dumas, among many other artists. Need I say more?
When: Opens Monday, May 21, 5–9 pm
Where: Cooper Union (7 East Seventh Street, East Village, Manhattan)
Known for its world-class art program and free tuition (though the school recently announced it will begin charging graduate students, to much outcry), Cooper Union has a long history as a feeder school for Chelsea galleries. Next Monday evening Cooper Union will open its doors to the public for its annual end of the year show. This is a great chance to see really young, really talented artists as well as CU architects and engineers exhibiting their work. —DE
When: Tuesday, May 22, 7 pm
Where: Residency Unlimited (360 Court Street, Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn)
Residency Unlimited will host a screening of four short video works by contemporary Croatian video artists. The space has a strong track record of working with artists and creating high-quality programming. The featured artists include Ana Bilankov, Ana Husman, Damir Ocko and Marko Tadic. —DE
When: Wednesday, May 23, doors at 7 pm, $5 suggested donation
Where: 155 Freeman (155 Freeman Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
Online magazine Triple Canopy has shown a proven penchant for the interesting, the weird, and the semi-obscure. This talk about the culture and politics of anonymity online promises to be more accessible, though no less fascinating. “What is the relationship between the online message board 4chan, the legacy of Internet masquerade, and Occupy Wall Street?” the event description asks. Good question.
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With listings by Robert Cicetti and Don Edler.