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Johannes Vermeer, “Girl with a Pearl Earring” (c. 1665), oil on canvas, 44.5 x 39 cm (Mauritshuis, The Hague) (via

This week, Vermeer’s masterpiece “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is coming to New York! Get a jump on your tickets soon, because the Frick Collection is going to be packed.

If you’d rather wait and see if the crowds die down, there’s plenty more to do — including a Beat Nite in Bushwick, a talk on Iran’s art world in the 1960s and ’70s, an exhibition of photojournalism from the Vietnam War, and a film by Gregg Araki, a pioneer of the New Queer Cinema. Or maybe you should just saw “screw it” and bet everything on artist and Hyperallergic contributor Grossmalerman, who’s leading a tour of an exhibition he’s never seen. What could go wrong?

 Masterpieces of Dutch Painting

When: Opens Tuesday, October 22
Where: The Frick Collection (1 East 70th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

You’d be forgiven for not having The Hague on your list of places to visit in the immediate future, but the Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis there contains some of the finest examples of Dutch painting ever. This fall is your chance to see 15 of them while they’re at the Frick in New York, and possibly your last, since they rarely, rarely travel. The biggest highlight is Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” which will have an entire room to itself — minus all the visitors, of course. But hopefully, with timed ticketing, the Frick will be able to manage the crowds.

 Kentridge at the Met

When: Opens Tuesday, October 22
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 5th Ave, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

Already gracing the Metropolitan Opera with his agitated production and set design for Shostakovich’s The Nose, artist William Kentridge is about to have work on view at the other Met, the museum. Kentridge’s “The Refusal of Time” is a newly acquired installation that combines steel megaphones, a five-channel video projection, and a bellows-heaving automaton known animatedly as the “elephant.” It’s a fitful reflection on the inconstancy of time. Pair it with In Praise of Shadows: William Kentridge, also at the museum, through February 2. —JP

 Iranian Art World, 1960s & ’70s

Mohammad Ehsai, “Untitled” (1974), oil on canvas, 37 7/16 x 68 1/8 in (collection of the artist) (via

When: Tuesday, October 22, 6:30–8 pm ($15)
Where: Asia Society (725 Park Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

In conjunction with Asia Society’s celebrated Iran Modern exhibition, this talk looks to shine further light on Iran’s overlooked art scene of the 1960s and ’70s. The event, part of an Iran Modern–related series including musical performances, talks, and film screenings, will bring writer Bob Colacello, curator Layla S. Diba, and artist Nicky Nodjoumi together for an in-depth and hopefully illuminating conversation. —JP

 Art Insights with Grossmalerman

When: Thursday, October 24, 7 pm
Where: Momenta Art (56 Bogart Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

From time to time you get to read his brilliant insights here on Hyperallergic, but on Thursday you’ll have the chance to actually meet Grossmalerman and enjoy his sagacity in person. As if you needed any more convincing, we’ll let his and Momenta Art’s announcement do the rest:

Please join Jonathan Grossmalerman as he takes viewers on a colorful if disjointed tour of the Momenta Art exhibition “Burying the Lede.”  A show he is not in and frankly hasn’t seen although he’s heard nice enough things about it even though the subject matter doesn’t sound like something that would particularly interest him… but I guess you never know.

 Vietnam War in Photos

When: Opens Thursday, October 24, 6–8 pm
Where: Steven Kasher Gallery (521 West 23rd Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Photographs of the Vietnam War defined that conflict like no other American war since. Revisiting the war through a selection of over a hundred photos from the AP press corps, Vietnam: The Real War: A Photographic History from the Associated Press is an important exhibition in its own right, and especially alongside the Brooklyn Museum’s WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath, which opens next month. The Vietnam show opens at Steven Kasher Gallery with a book signing featuring Pete Hamill and Nick Ut, the latter a Pulitzer Prize winner for his photo of Phan Thị Kim Phúc.

Horst Faas, “Exhausted South Vietnamese Soldiers Sleep on a U.S. Navy Troop Carrier Taking them Back to the Provincial Capital of Ca Mau” (August 1962), gelatin silver, printed 2013, 16 x 20 in (via

 Art in the Fashion District

When: Thursday, October 24–Saturday, October 26
Where: Spaces around the Fashion District (roughly West 35th–40th Streets, between Fifth & Ninth Aves, Manhattan)

We must admit: going on name alone, we were a bit skeptical about the Fashion District Arts Festival. But a look at the schedule for the three-day-long festival completely changed our minds: there are exhibitions at the Lower East Side Printshop (which, yes, is not on the Lower East Side), the Camera Club of New York, and EFA Project Space; open studios at EFA, with more than 75 participating artists; plus installations and murals. How often do you spend a whole day art hopping in this neighborhood? Should be a fun change of pace.

 Bushwick Beat Nite

When: Friday, October 25, 6–10 pm
Where: Spaces around Bushwick (Brooklyn)

It’s time: another Beat Nite is upon us! Organized by Norte Maar, Beat Nite is one of our favorite late-night gallery events, not least because it’s much more carefully cultivated than just a massive free-for-all. This Friday’s 11-gallery All Stars edition was curated by New Criterion editor James Panero (and is sponsored by us), and it features a diverse mix of spaces scattered throughout Bushwick. Don’t forget to stick around for the afterparty at English Kills.


When: Friday, October 25, 10 am–6 pm; Saturday, October 26, 11 am–5:30 pm
Where: NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts (566 LaGuardia Place, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

For those interested in the intersection of art and activism, the Creative Time Summit is a crucial event. The two-day conference, whose 2013 theme is “Art, Place, and Dislocation in the 21st-Century City,” features dozens of panels, performances, and lectures from artists, scholars, and all kinds of people thinking creatively on social issues. This year’s keynote speakers are especially exciting: writer and activist Rebecca Solnit and art critic and curator Lucy Lippard. Tickets appear to be sold out, but you can livestream the whole thing on the website or watch with others down the street at Cooper Union.

 Gregg Araki & New Queer Cinema

Gregg Araki, film still from “Kaboom” (2010) (courtesy IFC, via

When: Saturday, October 26, 3 pm ($10)
Where: The Theater at MAD (Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, Midtown, Manhattan)

Since September, the Museum of Arts and Design has been paying tribute to film director Gregg Araki, a member of the New Queer Cinema movement. On Saturday, the museum screens Kaboom, which they call “perhaps the first great paranoiac-dystopian sex comedy in the history of cinema.” We’re in.

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With listings by Jeremy Polacek

Jillian Steinhauer

Jillian Steinhauer is a former senior editor of Hyperallergic. She writes largely about the intersection of art and...