Art Rx


This week, New York offers the silly and the serious: at Apexart, karaoke takes over, while a show of war photography opens at the Brooklyn Museum. If you need something in between, the doctor recommends a panel about the complications of the urban landscape, a new exhibition of work by Yayoi Kusama, the grand reopening of the renovated Queens Museum, and more. When it’s all over, take the edge off with a visit to The Boiler, where artist Jonathan Schipper offers the curious combination of a jacuzzi surrounded by saltscapes in the industrial gallery.


When: Opens Wednesday, November 6, 8pm–1am
Where: Apexart (291 Church Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)

SCARYOKE!!! looks like a blast! Organized by journalist Dan Kois, whose New York Times Magazine story about Portland’s karaoke scene was an inspiration, SCARYOKE!!! offers a fun faustian bargain of sorts: five days of public karaoke a week, as early as 11 am and as late as 1 am in return for your public humiliation. That or a look at the “joy and terror of singing in public, with snacks.” —JP

 Urban Landscape’s Conflicting Desires

When: Thursday, November 7, 6:30–8:30pm
Where: The Graduate Center (365 Fifth Avenue, room 1218, Segal Theatre, Midtown, Manhattan)

panel about urban landscape’s “Conflicting Desires” looks at the Lebanese capital of Beirut and how planning is impacted by history, cultural communities, and civic needs. Beirut is a particularly interesting case study because of what the city has been able to achieve even with its history of conflict and the intense politics of geography that continue to impact its urban development and growth. —HV

Henri Huet, “The body of an American paratrooper killed in action in the jungle near the Cambodian border is raised up to an evacuation helicopter, Vietnam, 1966” (1966) (via (© Associated Press)

War Photography

When: Opens Friday, November 8
Where: The Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)

Opening Friday, WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath presents a sweeping survey of the photography of war. Spanning 166 years and hundreds of images from all aspects of life amid armed conflict,WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY is a serious and sobering reflection of the photographic face of war. —JP

Vivian Maier’s Self-Portraits

When: Opens Friday, November 8
Where: Howard Greenberg Gallery (41 East 57th Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

If not for serendipity, Vivian Maier and her work would have been lost forever. But since the discovery of her work, it’s taken some time to get through it all — she took over 100,000 photos throughout her life. Howard Greenberg Gallery’s upcoming show, Vivian Maier: Self Portrait, takes a look at one of the lesser seen collections of her work: the Maier selfie. Perhaps it will shed some light on the famously reclusive character. —JP

 Yayoi Kusama

When: Opens Friday, November 8, 6–8pm
Where: David Zwirner (525 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

You know what New York needs? More infinity rooms. Yayoi Kusama’s Whitney exhibition was a smash success, with the star attraction that rarely unbusy infinity room. Opening Friday at David Zwirner, Yayoi Kusama: I Who Have Arrived In Heaven has us covered, featuring thirty new paintings and not one but two infinity rooms, one especially made for the exhibition, the other making its US debut. To infinity and beyond. —JP


 Return of the Queens Museum

When: Saturday, November 9th, 11am-9pm
Where: Queens Museum (New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens)

After doubling its size and halving its name (at a cost of $68 million), the Queens Museum is finally reopening! The newly renovated space opens officially on Saturday, and the institution has an excellent slate of events: a Bulgarianwomen’s choir, a guided fishing trip, a poet in the galleries, the opening of the Queens International biennial, and a participatory DJ performance mashing up songs from visitors’ MP3 players. Plan to spend the day.

 The OpenEndedGroup

When: Monday, November 11th, 7pm ($12)
Where: MoMA (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

The OpenEndedGroup makes shadowy, haunting 3D films and artworks from unexpected sources: choreographer Merce Cunningham’s hands, a highway in rural Iowa, childhood games. The group, comprised of artists Marc Downie, Shelley Eshkar, and Paul Kaiser, uses certain techniques in their work, including 3D rendering and motion-capture of body movement. This Modern Monday event at MoMA should be a great chance to both hear about their process and see the mesmerizing results.

Jonathan Schipper, “Detritus” (2013) (via

 Jonathan Schipper: Detritus

When: Through November 24
Where: The Boiler (191 North 14th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Pierogi’s The Boiler, previously home to such iconoclastic mise-en-abîmes as Andrew Ohanesian’s “House Party” (2012), is currently host to a more minimal but no less provocatively interactive piece. Jonathan Schipper’s “Detritus” (2013), sees the artist install an automated apparatus that, suspended above the gallery floor, creates small monuments of salt — literal pillars of savory crystal — a comment on “salt, human will, and hot water bathing.” Bring a swimsuit (or don’t); the “hot water” here refers to the jacuzzi tub plunked down in the cavernous space, from which visitors are invited to survey the saltscapes. —MH

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With listings by Mostafa Heddaya, Jeremy Polacek, and Hrag Vartanian

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