Art Rx

Hank Willis Thomas, "Black Power" (2008), lightjet print, 16 x 20 in, included in "Katie Cercone’s Goddess Clap Back" at Cue Art Foundation (via
Hank Willis Thomas, “Black Power” (2008), lightjet print, 16 x 20 in, included in “Katie Cercone’s Goddess Clap Back” at Cue Art Foundation (via

This week marks the launch of three of the doctor’s favorite Brooklyn outdoor moving screening series, in Red Hook, Williamsburg, and Dumbo. And if you can’t get enough, there are so many free outdoor moves in New York in the summer that you could probably see a different one every night.

If you’d rather escape the heat by heading indoors, the doctor recommends two hip-hop themed gallery openings and talks at the Metropolitan, Brooklyn, and Whitney Museums, where the topics are interesting and the air-conditioning is strong. There’s also a performance at the International Center of Photography — and speaking of performance, the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival is still going strong! There’s not much A/C at those venues, though, so be prepared to sweat. It’s worth it, right? All in the name of art.

 Outdoor Summer Movies

When: Tuesday, July 9; Wednesday, July 10; Thursday, July 11; and many other days, at sunset
Where: Valentino Pier (Red Hook, Brooklyn); McCarren Park (Williamsburg); Harbor View Lawn (Brooklyn Bridge Park, Dumbo); and many other locations

One of the best things about New York City in the summer is the incredible abundance of free outdoor movie screenings. What says summer better than a blanket in the park, a beloved film, and maybe some booze? Three of the doctor’s favorite Brooklyn screening series kick off this week: on Tuesday, Red Hook Flicks, which is starting things off with ’80s classic Stand By Me; on Wednesday, Summer Screen (in McCarren Park), launching with ’90s classic (sort of) Can’t Hardly Wait; and on Thursday, Syfy Movies With a View (in Brooklyn Bridge Park), opening with another ’80s classic, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. You can see a comprehensive list of these and most (if not all) other NYC outdoor summer movies here.

Bowl (12th–13th century), from Iran, Rayy, stonepaste, polychrome in-glaze and overglaze painted and gilded on an opaque white glaze (mina'i), 3 1/2 x 8 1/4 in (via
Bowl (12th–13th century), from Iran, Rayy, stonepaste, polychrome in-glaze and overglaze painted and gilded on an opaque white glaze (mina’i), 3 1/2 x 8 1/4 in (via

 Islamic Metalworking

When: Thursday, July 11, 11 am–noon
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

This talk stems from the research and discoveries made prior to the reopening of the Metropolitan Museum’s collection of Islamic art. The current viewable works span the 8th through 19th centuries and include selections from Spain, Uzbekistan, and Iran. Two conservators, Jean-François de Lapérouse and Sarah McGregor, will discuss how Islamic craftsmen expanded upon metalworking inherited from the ancient world. Visitors will be able to examine the highly sophisticated and decorative objects that these artisans produced as well as contemporary conservation methods. —ML

 Hip-Hop Feminism in Art

When: Opens Thursday, July 11, 5–8 pm
Where: Cue Art Foundation (137 West 25th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

This exhibition won Cue Art Foundation’s open call for 2012, and we suspect rightly so. Chosen unanimously by the jurors, the show boasts this excellent title — Katie Cercone’s Goddess Clap Back: Hip-Hop Feminism in Art, which also suggests an excellent premise, and it features a handful of artists we know mixed in with others we’re excited to meet.

 Records of a Hip-Hop Pioneer

When: Opens Thursday, July 11, 6–9 pm
Where: Gavin Brown’s Enterprise (620 Greenwich Street, West Village, Manhattan)

Afrika Bambaataa is a figurehead in the development of hip-hop, known for pioneering break-beat DJing in the 1980s. Accordingly, he also has an incredible record collection, which will soon be headed to the Cornell University Library Hip Hop Collection. But before that, the collection needs to be archived, and Johan Kugelberg, of Boo-Hooray Gallery, and his team will be doing that openly at Gavin Brown through early August. “Visitors are encouraged to stop by, hear some great music and see how the cultural artifacts of this important strand of American history are preserved,” the press release says. That’s an offer we can’t ignore.

 Feminist Dinner Party

When: Thursday, July 11, 6:30 pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)

Anyone who’s visited the Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center for Feminist Art has seen its centerpiece: Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party” (1974–79), which features a trio of tables with original place settings designed by the artist for famous historic women. On Thursday night, Chicago will be at the museum, along with Jane F. Gerhard, author of The Dinner Party: Judy Chicago and the Power of Popular Feminism, 1970–2007. It’s an excellent opportunity to hear firsthand about the creation of the landmark work, and to meet Chicago at the book signing afterwards.

Robert Irwin, "Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light" (1977), at the Whitney Museum of American Art; cloth, metal, and wood, 144 × 1368 × 49 in (© Robert Irwin, photo © Warren Silverman, via
Robert Irwin, “Scrim veil—Black rectangle—Natural light” (1977), at the Whitney Museum of American Art; cloth, metal, and wood, 144 × 1368 × 49 in (© Robert Irwin, photo © Warren Silverman, via

 On Robert Irwin

When: Thursday, July 11, 7 pm ($8)
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art (945 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

Anyone who’s ever read the writing of Lawrence Weschler knows that he’s an incredibly insightful and astute observer of culture, in addition to an excellent storyteller. He’s also a wonderfully animated lecturer, and at the Whitney on Thursday, he’ll discuss the artist Robert Irwin, whose large-scale light installation just opened at the museum, and about whom Weschler has written a book.

 Residue of a Thousand Hugs

When: Friday, July 12, 7 pm
Where: International Center of Photography (1133 Avenue of the Americas, Midtown, Manhattan)

Artist Nayland Blake is one of the 28 artists whose work is included in the current ICP Triennial, A Different Kind of Order (which we reviewed here). His Friday night performance, “The Residue of a Thousand Hugs,” sounds enticing:

Part dress-up session, part confessional, part sideshow-turn, his performance will dally with queer history and visual hysteria, while providing everyone present with a guide to what NOT to wear if you hope to be taken seriously.

 Modern-Day Shakespeare

When: Opens Friday, July 12; various show times
Where: Walter Reade Theatre (165 West 65th Street, Upper West Side, Manhattan)

Argentine director Matías Piñeiro is a feature of The Film Society at Lincoln Center’s showing of Latin American films. Piñeiro, having been selected for Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, cultivates an intimate display of characters oscillating between past and present. In Viola, he presents a seductive ambiance based on Shakepeare’s Twelfth Night, modified for the modern-day viewer. —ML

 A Night of Asian Performance Art in Bushwick

When: Friday, July 12, 9pm
Where: Grace Exhibition Space (840 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

This evening, titled “Climate Change: Language Action Poetry Facilitators – From Asia With Love,” is a great opportunity to see a wide array of performers from across Asia — Gim Gwang Cheol (South Korea), Arai Shin-Ichi (Japan), Yuenjie Maru (Hong Kong), W Christiawan and Mimi Fadmi (Indonesia), and Miao Jiaxin (China) — touch down for the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival. I highly recommend this rare opportunity, but be sure to arrive with an open mind. —HV

Ann Liv Young (via Vimeo)
Ann Liv Young (via Vimeo)

 WTF Will Ann Liv Young Do?

When: Saturday, July 13, 6 pm–12 am
Where: JACK (505 1/2 Waverly Avenue, Clinton Hill, Brooklyn)

If you mention the name of performer Ann Liv Young to New Yorkers or performance fans, you will probably conjure up images of public urination and defecation, dildos, and masturbation (no, really), so the truth is I have no idea what the hell will happen during this evening of performance that also includes work by the Georges, Sabotanic Garden, Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, and Antibody Corporation. Maybe bring a raincoat to be safe? —HV

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With contributions by Marina Lorenzini and Hrag Vartanian

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