Art Rx

Hong Sang-soo, "In Another Country," film still (via
Hong Sang-soo, “In Another Country,” film still (via

This week, New York is fabulous and eclectic as always. There’s public art at City Hall, South Korean film at Socrates Sculpture Park, an animation block party all over Brooklyn — plus it’s the start of summertime restaurant week(s).

It’s also a week of goodbyes: Triple Canopy’s Speculation series, aka the Expo 1 school at MoMA PS1, winds down on Sunday, as does the Brooklyn International Performance Festival. Make sure you head to both before they’re gone.

 Restaurant Week!

When: Monday, July 22–Friday, August 16
Where: Various locations throughout Manhattan

Get a three-course meal around the city for $25 at lunch and $38 at dinner. This event has been a New York tradition since 1992, when it was developed for welcoming the Democratic National Convention. Since then, it has grown to much more than a week, lasting 23 days and involving about 300 restaurants. Enjoy Thai in Soho, French in Hell’s Kitchen, and Mexican on the Upper East Side! —ML

 South Korea in Long Island City

When: Wednesday, July 24, 7 pm
Where: Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens)

Socrates Sculpture Park is one of the best venues for seeing outdoor movies in the city, and its program is notable for being thoughtful and far-flung rather than going the blockbuster route. This Wednesday, the museum screens In Another Country, a South Korean film that Richard Brody called an “an intimate jest of vast wonder” in The New Yorker. The screening will be preceded by a performance by two members of Sounds of Korea and accompanied by Korean food from the Seoul Fusion Eatery.

 Lightness of Being

Artist Olaf Breuning installing his work for Public Art Fund's "Lightness of Being" (via PAF on Instagram)
Artist Olaf Breuning installing his work for Public Art Fund’s “Lightness of Being” (via PAF on Instagram)

When: Opens Thursday, July 25
Where: City Hall Park (Lower Manhattan)

Summertime public art is best when it’s at least a little bit whimsical, something the Public Art Fund no doubt understands. The organization opens its latest group show, Lightness of Being, at City Hall Park on Thursday, filling the green space with artworks that are “at once lighthearted and enigmatic, incorporating an engaging sense of play and wry humor,” according to the press release. There will be contributions by Olaf Breuning, Franz West, Sarah Lucas, David Shrigley, and more. Sounds pitch perfect for late July.

 Animation Block Party

When: Thursday, July 25–Sunday, July 28 (all events are ticketed; prices vary)
Where: Various venues around Brooklyn

What’s not to love about NYC’s annual Animation Block Party, celebrating its 10th anniversary? This is one of the best opportunities around to see smart and innovative animation, and this year it’s only happening in Brooklyn. Selected shorts will screen at different venues on different days — the Music Hall of Williamsburg, Rooftop Films at Greenpoint High School, and BAM — giving you plenty of opportunities to catch them.

Yoram Benz’s short “Fisher” screened at Animation Block Party 2012.

 Last Chance: Specific Objects

When: Closes Friday, July 26
Where: Susan Inglett Gallery (522 W 24th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

This exhibition conceived by David Platzker examines works by artists that Donald Judd referenced in his seminal essay from 1964, “Specific Objects.” (Platzker himself ran a gallery/bookstore space called Specific Object until very recently, when he became a curator at MoMA.) Judd describes a “new” class of artwork, neither painting nor sculpture but objects that engage with real space as opposed to more traditional art forms. Throughout the essay, Judd champions emerging 1960s artists including Yayoi Kusama, Roy Lichtenstein, Claes Oldenburg, and Frank Stella, all of whom have work included in the show. —ML

 The Very First Year

When: Saturday, July 27, noon–10 pm
Where: Eyebeam (540 W 21st Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

The very first year for what, you might ask? Well, it’s the first year since Eyebeam was founded 16 years ago that the nonprofit art and tech center has had more female fellows, residents, and honorary fellows than men. Finally! To celebrate, fellow Laurel Ptak has organized a day of events, among them a New York Times feminist reading group, 3-D printing tutorials, presentations by Eyebeam alumnae over a potluck dinner, and more.

 Final Speculations

When: Saturday, July 28, 3 pm ($10)
Where: MoMA PS1 (22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens)

This event marks the end of Triple Canopy’s Speculations series at MoMA PS1, which has seen artists, theorists, novelists, mathematicians, and Marina Abramović hold forth on many compelling topics relating to the future. Evgeny Morozov, rightly considered to be one of our keener critics-cum-polemicists, is as fitting a thinker as any to bookend the summer-long affair, his unabashedly dim view of our networked and engineered futures surely functioning as an antidote to the exuberance of certain strains of widespread and ill-conceived utopianism. He’ll be joined by David Auerbach and Ben Wizner for what is sure to be a didactic conversation. —MH

 Farewell, Performance Art Festival

Yuenjie Maru performing in the bathroom at Grace Exhibition Space (photo by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic)
Yuenjie Maru performing in the bathroom at Grace Exhibition Space (photo by Hrag Vartanian for Hyperallergic)

When: Sunday, July 22, 8–11 pm
Where: Grace Exhibition Space (840 Broadway, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

It’s been an excellent run, but at the end of this, the Brooklyn International Performance Art Festival will finally come to a close. That means you have six more days: go see some performance art! Here’s the schedule. Here’s our coverage so far. And here’s the info on the closing party, which will also be a bazaar with ephemera for sale.

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With contributions by Mostafa Heddaya and Marina Lorenzini

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