It’s nearly the end of summer, and many people are getting in their vacations and Labor Day trips while they can. But if you’re stuck in New York and feeling a bit low about that, don’t worry; the doctor’s got you covered. Since next week will kick off the marathon of fall openings, this week she’s prescribing a few exhibitions that are closing, including Weegee at the International Center of Photography, Nathalie Djurberg at the New Museum Simon and Taryn Simon at the Museum of Modern Art.
There are also a few openings to hold over the more social art-goers, plus another artsy reason to visit Governors Island and the kickoff of a new artist discussion series. As always, there’s plenty to do. And if you wish you were tanning on the beach or hiking in the woods, the doctor says, just pretend! Or make your own beach! It’s art, after all: use your imagination.
When: Opening reception Thursday, August 30, 5–8 pm
Where: Pratt Department of Digital Arts Gallery (536 Myrtle Ave, 4th floor, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn)
Pratt’s Department of Digital Arts celebrates the opening of its fall 2012 faculty exhibition, which means a chance to see digital art IRL, and even meet some of the creators! Omg. The artists/professors work in a wide range of mediums and styles, including animation, moving-image work, digital prints and more.
When: Friday, August 31, 6 pm
Where: Family Business Gallery (520 West 21st Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Family Business is one of the few Chelsea galleries actually open right now, and for that, we’re grateful. On Friday the gallery will host the culminating event of its latest show, iLike Market (and Market likes me) — a series of performances (and an afterparty downtown) in association with Cluster mag. The night will feature artists advertising their strange, unique wares, or in the gallery’s words, a “joke filled miniature marketing jubilee!”
When: Friday, August 31, 7–10 pm
Where: Glasshouse (246 Union Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Israeli artists Lital Dotan & Eyal Perry recently moved Glasshouse, their gallery/home that they use to explore art and domestic space, from Tel Aviv to Williamsburg, and this week they open their doors to the public. The inaugural performance, titled “Public Safety,” will apparently transform the space into a “participatory performance machine.” We’re not sure what that means, but it sounds intriguing.
When: Opens Friday, August 31, 8–11 pm
Where: The Shirey (47 Thames Street, #105, Bushwick, Brooklyn)
Harsh (or bad) gallery lighting, combined with traditionally stark white walls, can make for unpleasant art-viewing experiences. The Shirey is doing away with the whole mess by having an exhibition of artworks that sparkle and glow! The only sources of light will be ultraviolet lamps and the works themselves. Just don’t spill your opening-party wine or beer.
When: Opens Saturday, September 1
Where: Governors Island (free ferries run all day from the Battery Maritime Building in Manhattan and Pier 6 in Brooklyn)
We’ve already directed you to Governors Island a few times this summer, but if you still haven’t made it, here’s another reason: the fifth annual Governors Island Art Fair kicks off this weekend, and will be open every weekend for the rest of the month. The fair is a sprawling event: more than 100 participating artists and organizations are given rooms with/in which to do whatever they want. You can’t see it all, but we suppose you can try.
When: Closes Sunday, September 2
Where: International Center of Photography (1133 Avenue of the Americas, midtown, Manhattan)
Before there was tabloid photojournalism, there was Weegee. Weegee — or Arthur Fellig, as he was born — shot crime scenes, accidents and dead bodies during his first decade working as a photographer for newspapers and agencies. The ICP has collected those pictures in Weegee: Murder Is My Business. It may sound gruesome, but it was also transformative.
When: Closes Sunday, September 2
Where: New Museum (235 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
When you think of claymation, you might expect something light — a children’s movie, perhaps. But Nathalie Djurberg uses the medium to create disturbing videos of people being humiliated and tortured. Five of her animations are currently on view in the New Museum’s Studio 231, along with more than eighty fantastically creepy bird sculptures. The birds, videos and lighting combine to create a profoundly unsettling experience.
When: Closes Monday, September 3
Where: Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, midtown, Manhattan)
Taryn Simon’s current exhibition at MoMA, A Living Man Declared Dead and Other Chapters I–XVIII, is a fascinating exploration of genealogy and identity. Simon traveled to different parts of the world to document different bloodlines and the stories of those families (including one of rabbits). She presents her findings in large-scale photographic installations that simultaneously evoke scientific research while making you feel something deeply human.
When: Tuesday, September 4, 6:30 pm
Where: International Studio & Curatorial Program (1040 Metropolitan Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
The International Studio & Curatorial Program kicks off a new program next week called Brooklyn Commons, a discussion series that pairs established members of the Brooklyn art community with ISCP residents. The first event brings together acclaimed artist Fred Wilson and Danish art duo benandsebastian to “discuss the politics of display and the re-imagining of the historical narratives of objects.”
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