Art Rx

Lorraine O'Gray's performances as the character Mlle. Bourgeoise Noire are part of "Radical Presence" (via the Studio Museum on Instagram)
Lorraine O’Gray’s performances as the character Mlle. Bourgeoise Noire are part of “Radical Presence” (via the Studio Museum on Instagram)

This week, the openings continue! Check out a major show of black performance in contemporary art or one devoted to the relationship between printmaking and newspapers. Get to know work by artists you’re unfamiliar with, maybe Phyllis Bramson, Aaron Flint Jamison, or a handful of others. Stroll around North Brooklyn for Greenpoint Gallery Night, or stop by the Garment District to get a personalized PowerSuit. The options are endless.

 Radical Presence/Black Performance

When: Opens Tuesday, September 10
Where: Grey Art Gallery (New York University, 100 Washington Square East, Greenwich Village Manhattan)

Once in a while those shows come along that seem so vital, you can’t believe they haven’t been done before. This is one of them. Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art surveys six decades of performance by 37 African-American artists, and includes documentation and art objects as well as video and live performance. Part I runs at NYU’s Grey Art Gallery through December 7, with part II opening at the Studio Museum in November, and related events will keep you busy all fall.

 Surround Sound

When: Opens Tuesday, September 10
Where: The Cloisters (99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, Inwood, Manhattan)

Opening a year to the date it closed at MoMA PS1, when it last graced New York, Janet Cardiff’s “The Forty Part Motet” moves to more ascetic surroundings: The Cloisters. For many the piece and the space may already be familiar, but that shouldn’t deter you. The new presentation is full of departures for both works: “The Forty Part Motet” stands as the venue’s first showing of contemporary art, while the medieval Cloisters are a definite break from the piece’s usually more neutral staging (and should heighten the emotion). —JP

 News & Prints

When: Opens Wednesday, September 11, 6–8 pm
Where: International Print Center New York (508 West 26th Street, 5th floor, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Newspapers and printmaking have a long and varied relationship, one that the International Print Center New York intends to survey in this exhibition. News/Prints: Printmaking & the Newspaper begins with 16th-century woodblocks printed in German newsbooks and colonial American newspapers and ends with contemporary artists who work with printed mass media, with much in between. Honoré Daumier, Ed Ruscha, Skewville, and Gwenn Thomas are just a handful of the artists included.

 Small Personal Dilemmas

Phyllis Bramson, "A Sea of Pleasure (Merrily They Go Along)" (2011), mixed media and collage on canvas, 54" x 54" (via
Phyllis Bramson, “A Sea of Pleasure (Merrily They Go Along)” (2011), mixed media and collage on canvas, 54″ x 54″ (via

When: Opening reception Thursday, September 12, 6–8 pm
Where: Littlejohn Contemporary (547 West 21st Street, #207, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Paintings by the Chicago artist Phyllis Bramson look like a mash-up of figuration, fantasy, and Chinese pleasure garden paintings, with a dash of surrealism thrown in. Bramson’s curious and compelling works seem to start stories but don’t quite finish them, all of them individually encapsulating the small personal dilemmas that make up this show’s title.

 Get Your PowerSuit

When: Through Thursday, September 12
Where: 266 West 37th Street (Garment District, Manhattan)

Right now in NYC, it’s Fashion Week, an event that doesn’t offer much for the layman. But artist Aliya Bonar has seized the opportunity and set up a boutique in the Garment District, where she’s offering half-hour consultations for PowerSuits. What is a PowerSuit? According to Bonar, “a custom garment or costume piece that activates the wearer to take confident and courageous actions” after a discussion with the maker about the client’s life goals. Suits costs anywhere between $30 and $200. Book an appointment here.

 A Master of Cinematography

When: Thursday, September 12, 6:30 pm; Friday, September 13, 7:45 pm; Sunday, September 15, 4:40 pm
Where: Film Society of Lincoln Center (165 West 65th Street, Upper West Side, Manhattan) & Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, West Village, Manhattan)

For those who adore French cinema, this week offers three rare opportunities to see the work of noted cinematographer Pierre Lhomme with the artist in attendance. On September 12, the Film Society of Lincoln Center hosts An Evening with Pierre Lhomme, screening Jean-Pierre Melville’s masterpiece, the cooly seething Army of Shadows, as well as less-often-seen films Be Seeing You (1968) and Class of Struggle (1969). Lhomme then heads downtown Friday and Sunday to Film Forum for two presentations of Le Joli Mai, Chris Marker and Lhomme’s indelible chronicle of Paris in May 1962. —JP

 Greenpoint Gallery Night

When: Friday, September 13, 6–9 pm
Where: Various Greenpoint galleries (Greenpoint, Brooklyn)

It’s that time again: time to wander around Greenpoint and look at all the awesome stuff on view! To start off the fall seasons, art spaces around Greenpoint have banded together for another gallery night. Highlights include shows about the nature of working in an art collective, at Fowler Project Space, and the nature of the cartoon, at 106 Green. Did we mention we’re a media partner?

 The Experimental Black Aesthetic

A painting by Rushern Baker included in "Pattern Recognition" (via
A painting by Rushern Baker included in “Pattern Recognition” (via

When: Friday, September 13, 6:30–8:30 pm
Where: Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (80 Hanson Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)

For MoCADA’s current show, Pattern Recognition, curator Dexter Wimberly’s dug into the often-overlook field of black abstraction, highlighting five emerging African-American artists who work in and with abstract patterns, materials, and color. In conjunction, the museum will host a Friday night discussion on “Experimentation and the Black Aesthetic.” Evie Shockley, author of the new black, and three contemporary poets will search for and mull over the “black aesthetic” in contemporary art.

 Aaron Flint Jamison

When: Opens Saturday, September 14, 6–8 pm
Where: Artists Space (38 Greene Street, 3rd floor, Soho, Manhattan)

We don’t quite know what to expect from this show, but Aaron Flint Jamison has a great track record: he started the Department of Safety, an arts center that featured music, visual art, and a zine library, in a former police and fire station in Washington; co-founded Yale Union, a contemporary art center and print workshop in Portland, Oregon; and publishes Veneer, an idiosyncratically priced magazine whose subscription includes a bookshelf to hold all the issues when it’s finished. He also makes art objects, some of which will presumably be on view at Artists Space for his first US solo exhibition.

Zach Nader, “family vacation/02” (2013) ink-jet print, 8 x 8” (copyright & courtesy the artist, via
Zach Nader, “family vacation/02” (2013) ink-jet print, 8 x 8” (© and courtesy the artist, via


When: Opens Saturday, September 14, 6–9 pm
Where: Microscope Gallery (4 Charles Place, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Microscope Gallery starts off its fall season with five emerging artists all dealing with technology and sourcing their material from the internet. This is our house / this is our rules / and we can’t stop features artists Zach Nader, who pulls family vacation photos from Flickr, and Jeff Donaldson, who’s printed the program code for a Mike Tyson Nintendo game on a glitch textile, as well as Holly Graves, Kevvy Metal, and Luca Leggero. We know techno art can seem like it’s everywhere these days, but there’s always room for new takes on an increasingly old idea.

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With contributions by Jeremy Polacek

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