The doctor is in, and she’s determined to convince you again this week that New York is a great — if sometimes disgustingly hot — place to be in July. To that end, she’s sending you all around town: to see feminist art and queer cinema in Chelsea, to listen to experimental sound art and think about posthumanism in the West Village, to a reading and a site-specific surprise in Greenpoint. There’s also bulletin-board art and private oil sketches in midtown — and don’t forget the pop-up art bookstore!
When: Opened Wednesday, July 18
Where: Here (145 Sixth Avenue, Soho, Manhattan)
Allison Kaufman makes photographs and videos of the temporary relationships she creates with strangers — dancing with middle-aged divorcees, shaving the face of a man she doesn’t know. Watch as Kaufman explores the gender politics at play in these manufactured situations, as well as questions of intimacy between strangers.
When: Thursday, July 19, 7 pm
Where: Entwine (765 Washington Street, West Village, Manhattan)
This Thursday marks the closing night of the five-week-long project Kinematic Thursdays. Blending video art, sound art and experimental music, the series was curated by Helen Homan Wu of Opalnest, who told Art Cards that she wants to create events that offer “innovative, of-the-moment art that engages, startles, delights and surprises.” This week’s subjects are turntable-ism and “decontextualized musical gestures.”
When: Opens Thursday, July 19, 6–8 pm
Where: Soho 20 (547 W 27th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Anyone who’s read the news in the past — oh, I don’t know, year? — knows that attacks on women’s rights and choices continue fairly unabated around the country. Soho 20, a pioneering feminist art organization from the ’70s (that has since moved to Chelsea), kicks off its late summer show, Backlash, which addresses this hostile political climate. The show features some 200 artworks by men and women, and the opening night party promises a number of performances, including a song titled “Breast Exam.”
When: Opens Thursday, July 19, 6–9 pm
Where: Venus Over Manhattan (980 Madison Avenue, 3rd floor, midtown, Manhattan)
Despite that whole stolen Dalí thing, collector Adam Lindemann’s new space, Venus Over Manhattan, has been off to a good start, with high marks for its opening exhibition. The second outing doesn’t sound bad, either: the gallery has teamed up with downtown, alternative mainstay White Columns to present Bulletin Boards, a show of work made using the drab office staple. “They range between a very literal take on the bulletin board to somebody who, as of right now, is going to turn one into a fish tank,” a gallery rep told Gallerist. Fun!
When: Friday, July 20, 7:30 pm (doors at 7)
Where: 155 Freeman Street (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
Triple Canopy and Siglio Press are presenting a night of in-betweenness: in between language and image, digital and analogue. The event features Amaranth Borsuk, author of an epistolary romance novel that can only be read in “augmented reality,” and Erica Baum, who makes poems by folding the pages of paperbacks.
When: Opens Friday, July 20
Where: The Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue, midtown, Manhattan)
On Friday the Morgan opens another show doing what it does best — revealing a more private, hidden side of a well-known artist. This time Josef Albers gets the treatment, with the museum exhibiting rarely seen oil sketches and studies that promise to offer visitors a glimpse of the abstract artist’s mind and working methods.
When: Opens Saturday, July 21, 7–10 pm
Where: Booklyn Artists Alliance (37 Greenpoint Avenue, 4th floor, Greenpoint, Brooklyn)
This event is many things: a site-specific performance, the opening of a group exhibition and a zine release party. So really, even though you can get the zine and see the show later, you don’t want to miss the Surprise!!! Plus each performance in this series helps inspire the next one, and you never want to pass up a chance at art fame.
When: Saturday, July 21, 7 pm
Where: The Kitchen (512 W 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
As part of Dirty Looks, a self-described “month of queer interventions in New York City,” the Kitchen screens This Is Not a Dream. The documentary charts the path of queer and alternative artists as they began experimenting with film and video in the 1970s and using the new media to challenge mainstream narratives. In includes interviews with Vaginal Davis, Dara Birnbaum, Nao Bustamante, Kalup Linzy and Cole Escola, among others.
When: Sunday, July 22, 6 pm ($10, includes one drink)
Where: Cornelia Street Cafe (29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)
Brooklyn’s Observatory, keeper of all things arty, sciencey and weird, hosts this illustrated lecture at the Cornelia Street Cafe. Titled “Angels, Animals and Cyborgs: Vision of Human Enhancement” and given by writer and researcher Salvador Olguin, the talk will focus on posthumanism, “an attempt to seriously about the possible long-term effects of technology in our society, our bodies and our mind.” Expect Frankenstein, clones, pacemakers, plastic surgery and everything in between.
When: Opens Tuesday, July 24
Where: David Zwirner Gallery (533 W 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
For those of us who are old-fashioned and still love big, beautiful, paper-and-glue art books, David Zwirner opens its summer pop-up bookstore once again. Open through August 3, the store offers artist catalogues and monographs, some of them signed, as well as DVDs, posters, postcards and more. (If you want to do some advance research, you can browse the selection online before you go.) The store will also host a reception on Wednesday night, July 25, to celebrate the launch of curator Jessamyn Fiore’s book 112 Greene Street: The Early Years (1970–1974), which recaps an exhibition of the same name held at David Zwirner last year.