Art Rx

This week, the doctor wants you to relax. September has already proven itself to be a hectic start to the art season and she’s concerned about your blood pressure. What does she suggest? First, start with some thoughts about your identity online at an #ArtsTech panel, then a discussion about street art being sold at auction houses, and ask yourself a question, “what 100 images would you choose to represent humanity?”

Yes, she knows this is all heady stuff, but it’s important to get you back on the path to recovery. And to ensure you heal, reflect on the history of the Bowery at the New Museum, visit a large show about the last hundred years of American art through the works of American women, and have you wondered about the challenges female museum directors faces … well, there’s a panel for that.

The golden disc that will be shot into the Earth’s orbit as part of Trevor Paglen and Creative Time’s “The Last Picture” (image via

 Handy Art

When: Tuesday, September 18, 7–9 pm
Where: Sculpture Center (44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, Queens)

Historian Alex Kitnick talks about the hand in modern and contemporary art … and we’re not sure what that exactly means, but be assured he will pay “special attention to artworks that were made specifically for the hand rather than those that were crafted by it.” Oh good, I was worried he wouldn’t, but honestly (and snark aside) this sounds interesting.

 Who Are You Online?

When: Tuesday, September 18, 7–10 pm
Where: Eyebeam (540 W 21st Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

The world online is still a hotbed of debate and one of the biggest issues that no one can seem to agree upon is the notion of anonymous vs. “real” identity. Do people have the right to know who you really are? This panel will tackle the topic with a prominent online (and anonymous) personality @museumnerd, media writer Cole Stryker and a media artist Kyle McDonald.

 Street Art at the Auction House

When: Wednesday, September 19, 6:30–8 pm
Where: Doyle New York (175 East 87th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

Join street artists Buff Monster and Adam Cost (aka COST), street art aficionado and tour guide David Meade, and … wait for it … ME! for a panel about street art and its march through the gallery system and more recently the auction house. What does this mean for street art and what impact will it have?

 The Last Pictures … of What?

When: Wednesday, September 19, 7–8:30 pm
Where: Bryant Park (Upper Terrace, Sixth Avenue, between 41st and 42nd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

Artist Trevor Paglen, filmmaker Werner Herzog, and Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Tracy K. Smith will be reading as part of the NY Public Library’s Live from the NYPL series. about cultural artifacts, space exploration, and the legacy of human civilization, and a presentation of the images included in The Last Pictures. What is The Last Pictures? Well, it’s a golden disc of 100 images to be launched into space as an eternal representation of humanity. Honestly, it’s a little pretentious but, then again, it’s the art world.

 The Bowery When

When: Opens Wednesday, September 19 and continues until January 6, 2013.
Where: New Museum (235 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

You may not be able to believe it walking around the Bowery nowadays but that once notorious street was the location for marginal art practices and radical ideas. This archival show will attempt to excavate some of the lost moments from the recent past.

Some of the works in “To Be a Lady,” including (left to right) Louise Bourgeois’s “Life Flower I” (1960) , Irene Rice Pereira’s “Progression of Reds” (c.1946), and Betye Saar’s “Proverb (a bird in the hand…)” (2007) (all images via

 Garbled Vowels

When: Opens Wednesday, September 20, 8–10 pm
Where: Venus Over Manhattan (980 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

The press release for this show by Peter Coffin is silly so we can only assume that collector-cum-gallerist Adam Lindemann has a surprise up his sleeve. Are we curious? Yes.

 Female Museum Directors Talk

When: Monday, September 24, 6:30–8 pm
Where: Museum of the City of New York (1220 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

In the past year, a number of major museum directorships in the New York area have gone to women and there’s a lot to talk about. Join Margarita J. Aguilar, executive director of El Museo del Barrio in New York, Alyson Baker, director of the Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and Claudia Gould, Helen Goldsmith Menschel Director of the Jewish Museum in New York City, to talk about the challenges female museum directors face.

 They Used to Call Them Lady Painters

When: Monday, September 24, 6–8 pm
Where: 1285 Avenue of the Americas (1285 Avenue of the Americas, Midtown, Manhattan)

The history of female artists in America is a bumpy road, but this show hopes to find some commonalities in the work of 45 artists who were born in the last century (including a strong showing of contemporary New York artists). From Louise Nevelson and Alice Neel to Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Jessica Stockholder, this show at the old UBS gallery space on Sixth Avenue should be a treat!

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