Art Rx

Honeys, the holidays are coming fast — in fact, some of them are already here: Happy Hanukkah! But the holidays also mean colder weather, and if you’re feeling a little sniffly or sick, the doctor has just the thing. Try the opening of an exhibition devoted to George Maciunas, one of the founders of Fluxus, or, if you’re worried about money and having to buy all those holiday presents, the show How Much Do I Owe You? might do the trick.

There’s also a conversation about art, science, and memory; an artist’s talk by Neil Goldberg; a performance the Studio Museum; a tribute to Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini; and two fundraisers! Winter may be on its way, but the art world stops for nothing.

George Maciunas's passport
George Maciunas’s passport (1972–78), document, 15.2 x 9.6 cm (© Jonas Mekas Visual Arts Center, Vilnius, image via

The Face of Fluxus

When: Opens Tuesday, December 11, 6–8 pm
Where: 41 Cooper Gallery (41 Cooper Square, East Village, Manhattan)

Cooper Union opens an exhibition devoted to one of the school’s most notable alums, George Maciunas. Maciunas was one of the central members of the Fluxus movement, and this show, titled Anything Can Substitute Art, offers a chance to see his early art, his plans for artists’ housing in Soho, and rarely shown Fluxus work.

How Much Do I Owe You?

When: Opens Wednesday, December 12, 7–9 pm
Where: Clock Tower (29-27 41st Avenue, Long Island City, Queens)

Arts organization No Longer Empty is taking over the Clock Tower and former Bank of Manhattan building in Long Island City for this exhibition on everyone’s favorite topic — money! Well, really it’s about “currency, value and exchange,” and, like all of No Longer Empty’s shows, it will be site specific and filled with many artists working across many media.

 Human Landscapes

When: Opens Thursday, December 13, 6–8 pm
Where: Field Projects (526 West 26th Street, #807, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Open call exhibitions can be a bit of a hot mess, but we’re betting on this one, which includes some promising names and was curated by the director and deputy director of New York City’s Percent for Art program. Plus the title, Your Face Is a Landscape, is wonderfully and weirdly evocative, and makes us think about Hyperallergic editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian’s recent essay about the human form in contemporary art.

Art, Science, and Memory

When: Thursday, December 13, 7 pm ($12)
Where: Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)

This conversation between a neuroscientist, an artist, and a choreographer will focus on memory: how much of it is real, and how much constructed? The topic sounds fascinating, and it’s nice to see a museum bringing together different types of speakers rather than the same old scholarly panel.

 Love Letter to NY

When: Thursday, December 13, 7 pm ($5)
Where: School of Visual Arts Amphitheater (209 East 23rd Street, Gramercy, Manhattan)

Neil Goldberg makes photographs and video works that are love letters to New York City: pictures of people’s hair blowing in the subway-tunnel wind, landscapes of the view from subway stations up to the world outside. On Thursday the Camera Club of New York brings him to lecture at SVA, and while we don’t know what about, at the very least you’ll get to see examples of his powerful work.

Neil Goldberg, film still from "Wind Tunnel"
Neil Goldberg, film still from “Wind Tunnel” (2012), single channel video installation, 39 min (image via

 Listening Room

When: Friday, December 14, 7–9 pm ($7)
Where: The Studio Museum in Harlem (144 West 125th Street, Harlem, Manhattan)

The Studio Museum has been receiving high marks for its recently opened exhibition, Fore, featuring 29 emerging artists of African descent working in the US. This weekend the museum hosts the performance component of the show, with events taking place Thursday through Saturday. We’re particularly intrigued by Kevin Beasley’s “Listening Room,” a participatory event exploring “acousmatics,” which are “sound one hears without seeing an originating cause.”

Pier Paolo Pasolini

When: Sunday, December 16, 12–6 pm
Where: MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens)

New York is about to explode in celebration of Italian filmmaker, writer, artist, activist, and intellectual Pier Paolo Pasolini. The Museum of Modern Art’s Pasolini film retrospective kicks off on Thursday, Location One opens an exhibition of portraits and self-portraits on Saturday, and PS1’s Sunday Session this week will be devoted to him, with other artists focusing on his commitment to political and social change.


When: Sunday, December 16, 3–7 pm ($35 for artists, $90 for general public)
Where: Postmasters Gallery (459 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Support our fellow art blog Art Fag City by attending their fundraiser! The prices are a bit steep, but you’ll be supporting two good causes if you go: AFC’s continued existence and Dumbo gallery Smack Mellon, which was hit especially hard by Hurricane Sandy. Plus the night will culminate in the “grand unveiling of the Art Fag City Signature Wiener.” Hard to pass that up.

 Party Like It’s Not a Fundraiser

When: Sunday, December 16, 9 pm ($20 suggested donation)
Where: Santos Party House (96 Lafayette Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)

Speaking of Hurricane Sandy, even though a month and a half has passed, people and organizations are still struggling to get on their feet. This holiday party and fundraiser is like a who’s who of holiday parties and fundraisers: it’s sponsored by Artists Space, Light Industry, Participant Inc., Primary Information, Printed Matter, the Kitchen, Triple Canopy, and White Columns; will feature poet John Giorno, among other performers, as well as curator Matthew Higgs doing a DJ set; and will benefit Primary Information, Printed Matter, and the Kitchen. Nothing cures the Sunday night, back-to-work blues like a great party.

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