Art Rx

After all the post-Sandy, pre-Thanksgiving activity of last week, these next few days are quieter ones in New York. The doctor wants you to relax, enjoy the holidays, and, of course, eat as much as possible. If you’re sticking around the city with friends or hosting family and looking for ways to entertain them — don’t fear, the doctor is here!

Museums are a great holiday-weekend activity, so the doctor recommends a few recently opened exhibitions, including a show of emerging artists at the Studio Museum and a retrospective of painter George Bellows at the Metropolitan Museum. If you want something a little less traditional, check out the Media Circus, a three-day festival about new media and the arts. And there are more Hurricane Sandy benefits, which means more parties at which to enjoy yourself while also helping out. (For those who want to do more than just donate, there are plenty of Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities.)

Happy Turkey Day, y’all! Enjoy the stuffing.

George Bellows, "Stag at Sharkey's"
George Bellows, “Stag at Sharkey’s” (1909), on view in the Metropolitan Museum’s survey of the painter (image via Wikipedia)

 Red Hook Recovery

When: Tuesday, November 20, 6–10 ($10 or more donation required)
Where: White Box (329 Broome Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Food and art nonprofit Slideluck Potshow is hosting this Red Hook benefit at White Box art space. There will be slide shows of work by Red Hook artists and by photographers who documented Hurricane Sandy. There will also be cakeballs and grilled cheese! Mmm — a perfect warm-up for Thanksgiving.

 Wondering Around Wandering

When: Tuesday, November 20, 8 pm–1 am ($25)
Where: Wondering Around Wandering (983 Dean Street, Crown Heights, Brooklyn)

We wrote about this great community art space and gallery in Crown Heights last week, and this week Wondering Around Wandering is closing its doors. Bid it farewell at the Closing Forever Gala, which is also a record release party and includes “complimentary fancy cocktails” — after you pay the $25 ticket price, which goes to Hurricane Sandy relief.

Media Circus

When: Friday, November 23–Sunday, November 25 (day passes $15)
Where: Ellen Stewart Theatre (66 East 4th Street, 2nd floor, East Village, Manhattan)

This three-day festival billed as “an arts/technology extravaganza” focuses on everyone’s favorite topic — new media and the arts. The Media Circus includes interactive installations, live performances, and discussions, many of them happening in different locations and brought together through live streaming. Plus there’s an afternoon segment on Saturday curated by Hyperallergic contributor Ellen Pearlman!

Gowanus Ballroom Benefit

When: Saturday, November 24, 6 pm ($15 or more donation required)
Where: Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn)

Gowanus Ballroom is one of the many beloved alternative art spaces that was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, and this weekend they’re hosting a fundraiser. As befits the amazingness that is Gowanus Ballroom, the night will also be a FlutuArte (a floating open-air gallery project) event, and will feature aerialists, fire and stilts performances, life-size boat installations, and more.

Abigail DeVille, "Whole"
Abigail DeVille, “Whole” (2010), on view in the Studio Museum’s “Fore” exhibition (image via

 Emerging Artists at the Fore

When: Ongoing
Where: Studio Museum Harlem (144 West 125th Street, Harlem, Manhattan)

The recently opened Fore is the fourth exhibition in the Studio Museum’s ongoing series that presents the work of emerging artists. The show features 29 artists of African descent who live and work in the US, and more than half of the pieces have never been exhibited publicly before. That’s a rare and exciting thing from a museum.

 George Bellows

When: Ongoing
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

Look: The Met is hosting a survey of everyone’s favorite boxing painter! No, but seriously, whether you like boxing or not, George Bellows‘s paintings are gritty, striking, and engaging. This is probably good pick for parents or in-laws, too.

Radical Terrain

When: Ongoing
Where: Rubin Museum of Art (150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

If you haven’t caught any of the Rubin Museum’s exhibitions on modernist art from India yet, it’s never too late to jump in. Radical Terrain is the fourth show in the series, focusing on landscape painting and its many forms and meanings in newly independent India.

 Meta-Monumental Garage Sale

When: Ongoing
Where: Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

Martha Rosler has brought her signature garage sale to the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art, its biggest venue yet. Don’t expect any special, artsy version of a tag sale: this is a place to buy junk that’s beloved and used through and through.

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