Art Rx

Jonathan Monaghan’s “Mothership” (2013), 15 minute video loop, is part of Bitforms’ “PostPictures” exhibition (via

You may think there’s nothing going on this week, but you’d be wrong. It’s not Christmas yet! Try artist-inspired cocktails, 3D projections, your last chance for two great shows, and an apocalyptic vision of London circa 2027.

 e-flux 5-Year Anniversary

When: Tuesday, December 17, 9 pm
Where:  China Chalet (47 Broadway, Financial District, Manhattan)

To mark the 50th issue of its esteemed art journal, e-flux will host a night of drinks and music at China Chalet. Tickets are free but sold out, but our sources tell us that space may be available for early birds. The journal’s contributors have included Boris Groys, Elena Filipovic, Martha Rosler, and Slavoj Žižek, so, you know, maybe you’ll get to hang out with them.

 Polarized 3D Projections

When: Wednesday, December 18, 6:30–9:30 pm ($5 suggested donation)
Where: Holocenter Vault Gallery (29-27 41st Avenue, Long Island City, Queens)

The Center for Holographic Arts has teamed up with the electronic music performance series Splice to host a one-night exhibition of polarized 3D projections and electronic sounds. We don’t know exactly what you should expect, but this sounds like a sure bet — and they’ll be screening Carlton Bright’s documentary homage to Williamsburg, which we reviewed here.

 Last Chance: Ad Reinhardt

When: Closes Wednesday, December 18
Where: David Zwirner (537 West 20th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Ad Reinhardt cartoon (© 2013 Estate of Ad Reinhardt / Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York; courtesy David Zwirner, New York / London)
Ad Reinhardt cartoon (© 2013 Estate of Ad Reinhardt / Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York; courtesy David Zwirner, New York / London)

This exhibition curated by Robert Storr is revelatory. It hinges on two parts: a room filled with Reinhardt’s cartoons, and another filled with black paintings. (There’s also a third room, with travel slides, which are enjoyable but not quite the same caliber.) The cartoons are remarkably sharp and clever — digs on subjects as varied as art critics and Hitler — and often remarkably tiny. The paintings are abysses of color, with black turning to blue in subtle shifts. The best part is moving between the two rooms while knowing that both sets of work came from the same man — that one of our most beloved Abstract Expressionists was also a talented and prolific practitioner of one of our most beloved lowbrow art forms.

 Bushwick Winter Salon

When: Opens Thursday, December 19, 6–8pm
Where: Space 776 (776 Hart Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Space 776, a relatively young gallery in Bushwick, is putting on a winter salon show, featuring work by 22 local artists. We’re happy to see a space bucking the art world’s late December malaise. The opening will kick off with a performance by Eoni Lee called “Sharing Drawing.”


When: Opens Thursday, December 19, 6–8:30pm
Where: Bitforms Gallery (529 West 20th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Bitforms latest exhibition, PostPictures, takes its title from Douglas Crimp’s seminal Pictures exhibition at Artists Space in 1977 — the show that launched a generation of artists (or something). The Bitforms take is “re-imagining,” transposing Crimp’s ideas to new media. And the lineup looks stellar: Claudia Hart, Rollin Leonard, Sara Ludy, Shane Mecklenburger, Jonathan Monaghan, Katie Torn, and Clement Valla.

 Seeing It Big: Children of Men

When: Friday, December 20, 7pm ($12)
Where: Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens)

Arguably Alfonso Cuarón’s best film, along with Y Tu Mamá También (2001) and Gravity (2013), Children of Men (2006) is set in London 2027. Humanity has become infertile, and immigration laws have reached their most oppressive heights. The film encapsulates the zeitgeist of the ’00s, with the specter of the Iraq War and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal looming throughout. Banksy-inspired stencils are used by demonstrators throughout the film, and a number of iconic artworks, including Michelangelo’s “David” and Picasso’s “Guernica,” make an appearance.

Children of men
Michelangelo’s “David” in a scene from “Children of Men” (2006), directed by Alfonso Cuarón (via

 Cocktails & Dreams

When: Friday, December 20, 7 pm
Where: Airplane Gallery (70 Jefferson Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Kevin Curran organized an artist cocktail event back in 2010, and this is the second incarnation of the great idea. The list of participants is impressive (Rico Gatson, Björn Meyer-Ebrecht, Austin Thomas, Ryan Michael Ford, Liz Ainslie … ), but better yet, this is a fundraiser. Any group show that invites artists to draw inspiration from the art world to create an consumable, conceptual art experience in the form of a mixed drink is a-okay by me. I love art that gives me a buzz. —HV

 Last Chance: A Necessary Shift

When: Closes Saturday, December 21
Where: EFA Project Space (323 West 39th Street, Garment District, Manhattan)

Arts workers are the unsung heroes of the art world: all those curatorial assistants, art handlers, administrators, and more chugging away at their underpaid nonprofit jobs while often making art on the side. The EFA Project Space celebrates these people and, more importantly, gives them space to work on their art with Shift, its annual residency for arts workers as artists. A Necessary Shift, on view through Saturday, displays the results of four years of the program, in a wonderfully wide-ranging show. As a bonus, Elastic City founder Todd Shalom will host his contribution, “Sad Sack Karaoke,” on Friday, where you can drink and “belt your favorite tearjerkers.” What better way to end the week?

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With listing by Hrag Vartanian

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