Art Rx

January is already nearing its end, and there’s still so much to do! The doctor is making sure you avoid any potential winter blues by filling your prescription with tons to do: openings and discussions and parties, oh my.

We’ve got two recommended exhibitions opening in Chelsea this week, including a retrospective of Dieter Roth at Hauser & Wirth’s cavernous new space, the home of the former Roxy roller rink. Nearby, the Kitchen kicks off a discussion series devoted to interdisciplinary work, while a biking performance takes place at Eyebeam — and don’t forget a Sandy fundraiser at Cristin Tierney Gallery. That’s not the only event of its kind: you can also help save the Gowanus Ballroom at the Idiotarod afterparty. Alternatively, there’s a fourth-anniversary party for #ArtsTech, which should be a good follow-up to a panel discussion pondering open-source culture. (There’s also one on arts funding.) And if a smaller soiree is more your style, or you’re feeling nostalgic, try an artist show and tell — it should make for a good afternoon of stories.

Deborah Kass, "Double Double Yentl (My Elvis)" (1993),  silkscreen on canvas, 72 x 72 inches (image via Paul Kasmin Gallery)
Deborah Kass, “Double Double Yentl (My Elvis)” (1993), silkscreen on canvas, 72 x 72 inches (image via Paul Kasmin Gallery)

 A Lab in the Kitchen

When: Tuesday, January 22, 7 pm
Where: The Kitchen (512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

The Kitchen L.A.B. is a new series that revolves around presenting and discussing interdisciplinary works of art. The lineup for the first is wonderfully diverse: Jacob Kassay, a young artist currently showing work at the Kitchen, will be in discussion with established author and cultural critic Lynne Tillman. Also participating will be dancer and choreographer Ralph Lemon, as well as composer Tristan Perich and Eric Dyer and Maggie Hoffman of the performance group Radiohole. —KP

 The Roths at the Roxy

When: Opens Wednesday, January 23, 6–8 pm
Where: Hauser & Wirth (511 West 18th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Organized with the help of the Dieter Roth Foundation, Dieter Roth. Björn Roth is an exhibition of more than 100 objects by Swiss artist Dieter Roth, some of which are being updated by his son, Björn, and many of which have never been on view in the United States. Among the works being shown is a series of prints that highlights Roth’s manipulation of the medium: prints that break down and are constantly being altered by time itself. This will be the first exhibition in Hauser & Wirth’s new downtown space, at the site of the former Roxy nightclub and roller rink. —KP

 Four Years of #ArtsTech

When: Wednesday, January 23, 7–10 pm ($5)
Where: The Counting Room (44 Berry Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Beloved hashtag/Meetup group/arts discussion and events organization #ArtsTech turns four years old! Help them celebrate with a party featuring artwork, of course, in addition to drink specials, a photobooth, and a DJ.

 Open Source Culture

When: Wednesday, January 23, 7 pm
Where: Housing Works Bookstore Cafe (126 Crosby Street, Noho, Manhattan)

For this event, Housing Works is promising “a frank discussion on the future of art and how to survive when you’re giving it away for free,” which sounds like exactly what we need. The panel features artist Man Bartlett; Halimah Marcus and Benjamin Samuel, editors of Electric Literature; musician Jeff Rosenstock; and will be moderated by Brain Pickings‘ Maria Popova.

 Deborah Kass’s Elvis

When: Opens Thursday, January 24, 6–8 pm
Where: Paul Kasmin Gallery (515 West 27th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Deborah Kass is a fine art iconoclast and provocateur. For My Elvis +, her new exhibition of paintings at Paul Kasmin Gallery, Kass will show work from My Elvis, an earlier series of paintings of Barbara Streisand in the 1983 film Yentl, as well as self-portraits from her famous and still controversial series Warhol Project, in which the artist donned the guise of Warhol, thus drawing special attention to issues of appropriation issues and a myriad of other gender-related and political topics. JDS

Brian House, "Forty-eight to Sixteen," video still (image via
Brian House, “Forty-eight to Sixteen,” video still (image via

 Arts Funding Death Match

When: Thursday, January 24, 8–10 pm
Where: The Clock Tower (29-27 41st Avenue, Long Island City, Queens)

It’s time for the latest and last Flux Factory smackdown: a death match debate over arts funding! “CASH. Where should it come from? Who gets it? And what should they do with it?” Great questions. Attempting to answer them will be Steve Lambert, artist and co-founder of the Center for Artistic Activism; writer and Hyperallergic contributor Alexis Clements; and A Blade of Grass Executive Director Deborah Fisher.

 Biking NYC

When: Saturday, January 26, 5–6 pm
Where: Eyebeam (540 West 21st Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

New York is in the process of becoming a biking city, as more and more people take to their bikes for everything from a joy ride to a daily commute. Artist Brian House rides from Brooklyn to midtown Manhattan every day, and for his piece “Forty-eight to Sixteen,” he documented the journey using sensors for his heart rate, breathing, and the cadence of his pedaling, plus chest-mounted video. He then used the data to create a cello composition that matches up beautifully with the footage. At Eyebeam, three people will perform live along with the video.

Save the Gowanus Ballroom (Again)

When: Saturday, January 26, 6 pm–2 am ($10 before 8 pm; $20 after 8 pm; free with Idiotarod wristband)
Where: Gowanus Ballroom (55 9th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn)

The Gowanus Ballroom was hit really hard by Hurricane Sandy last fall, and they still need your help to recover financially. To that end, the art and performance venue will be throwing another wild party replete with aerialists, fire-wielding entertainers, performers Big Volcano, Sullied Accolades, Morgan O’Kane, and many others. The party will also serve as a capstone to the annual shopping-cart race Idiotarod. Awards will be given, and there will be a “Cart-A-Pult,” a very dangerous-sounding apparatus that apparently flings shopping carts though the air. —JDS

 Show and Tell

When: Sunday, January 27, 12–6 pm
Where: The Artist’s Institute (163 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

To cap off its current season, the Artist’s Institute will summon our inner children by hosting a day of show and tell: more than forty artists will bring in and present objects of their choosing. The event is in the spirit of the institute’s presently featured artist, Haim Steinbach, who, in addition to his artistic practice of arranging objects on shelves, taught a college seminar called “The Object Lesson”; for it, students had to bring in one object each, and the class examined them together, again and again, week after week.

 Artists Helping Artists

When: Monday, January 28, 5–10 pm
Where: Cristin Tierney Gallery (546 West 29th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Days and months have gone by, but the cleanup and recovery continue for tons of people affected by Hurricane Sandy, artists among them. On Monday, the cleverly named group Flood the Art Market will host Artists Helping Artists, a silent auction whose proceeds will go to the NYFA Emergency Relief Fund set up in the aftermath of the storm. Participating artists include Charlie Ahearn, Kathleen Hanna, Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock), and Duke Riley, and many, many more.

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With listings by Kyle Petreycik and JD Siazon

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