Originally a voicemail project created by artist Mohammad Gorjestani as a tribute to Black and Brown victims of police killings, 1-800 Happy Birthday evolved into a large-scale exhibition at arts nonprofit WORTHLESSSTUDIOS’s Brooklyn warehouse. With the participation of the families of Dujuan Armstrong, Sandra Bland, Philando Castile, Stephon Clark, Fred Cox, Eric Garner, Oscar Grant, Xzavier Hill, Donovon Lynch, Sean Monterrosa, Tony Robinson, and Mario Woods, the show aims to honor the lives of those lost too soon.
Located at 7 Knickerbocker Avenue in Brooklyn, New York, 1-800 Happy Birthday closes on January 16. Join us for a series of free public programs during the exhibition’s last few weeks.
Black Caesar: The Album Release
Thursday, January 5, 6–8pm
Black Caesar is bassist, singer, and composer Russell Hall’s upcoming sophomore album featuring some of the finest artists in New York City.
Stoop Session 6: Joel Ross
Friday, January 6, 7–8:30pm, doors open at 6:15pm
Join us for Stoop Sessions at 1-800 Happy Birthday. With this live jazz concert, we celebrate Black and Brown culture and legacy in America.
Sunday, January 8, 2:30–4pm
As part of 1-800 Happy Birthday, WORTHLESSSTUDIOS is partnering with MINKA Brooklyn, a Black-owned, community-centered, spiritually-driven space for wellness and harmonious living. This partnership is designed to provide healing resources to Black and Brown people, in relation to the sensitive content of the exhibition.
Sunday, January 8, 4–6pm
Healing Walk is a slow and intentional tour of the 1-800 Happy Birthday exhibition with dedicated time for reflection, sharing, and group conversation alongside mental health professionals of color.
Closing Bday Celebration With Blk Book Swap
Sunday, January 15, 1–6pm
Come celebrate closing weekend with Blk Book Swap, an independent book lending initiative and inclusive pop-up event that aims to “get books off of shelves and into readers’ hands.”
For more information, visit worthlessstudios.org.
Memories So Fair and Bright
Kimetha Vanderveen’s paintings are about the interaction of materiality and light, the bond between the palpable and ephemeral world in which we live.
Artists Contemplate Sovereignty in Santa Fe
The Santa Fe Art Institute’s 2024 International Thematic Residency focuses on what sovereignty means for artists from across the world.
When I Am Empty Please Dispose of Me Properly
Ayanna Dozier, Ilana Harris-Babou, Meena Hasan, Lucia Hierro, Catherine Opie, Chuck Ramirez, and Pacifico Silano explore the myths of the American Dream at Brooklyn’s BRIC House.
How Did Early Modern European Craftspeople Pass On Their Knowledge?
A new book about object making critically examines a written history of working with materials.
Dual Portrait of Old Master Rachel Ruysch Holds a Trove of Secrets
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has just acquired the rare painting, which depicts the Dutch artist at work surrounded by her signature flora.
Pratt’s 2023 Fine Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition Is On View in Brooklyn
The two-part exhibition features the work of 41 graduating artists across disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and integrated practices.
Did Van Gogh’s Disdain for the Eiffel Tower Inspire “Starry Night”?
Art historian James Hall argues that van Gogh replaced the Eiffel Tower with a towering cypress tree and its inaugural light shows with the night sky.
Greek Museum Welcomes Dogs For World Stray Animal Day
Furry friends and their pawrents can visit Athens’s National Museum of Contemporary Art for free this weekend.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Presents The Feminine in Abstract Painting
Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag, this group exhibition in NYC explores the feminine through aesthetics, as opposed to identity or gender.
Ai Weiwei Recreates Monet’s “Water Lilies” Using 650,000 LEGOS
It’s the artist’s largest LEGO artwork to date.
Did a Simpsons Episode Predict the Florida “David” Outrage?
The episode, which aired 30 years ago, made a dark prediction about conservative politics in 2023.
NYU Steinhardt Opens 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Taking place at 80WSE Gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village, Part I is on view from late March through April while Part II opens in May.
Coasting the Topography of South Asian Futurisms
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, Sadaf Padder presents an exhibition to offer insight into her curatorial process.
I’m a Florida Drag Queen and I’m Scared
I’m truly at a loss for what to do for work and what kind of life I can expect to live.