Craving art? Super savvy gallerist Meredith Rosen recommends top exhibitions in NYC for this week. Remember to CRAVE the ones that excite you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE them once you’ve seen them.
Joanne Greenbaum at Rachel Uffner Gallery through April 20
Kika Karadi at The Journal Gallery through April 27
Panopticum at Robert Miller Gallery through April 12
Kigurumi, Dollers And How We See at Salon 94 Freemans through April 28
Ross Bleckner at Mary Boone in Chelsea through April 26
This is an amazing week of art fairs, new Broadway shows, and other excitement in the NYC culture sphere. CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE it once you’ve seen it with a STAR, BOMB, or MEH.
Friday, March 7
Craving art? This is the weekend of art fairs in NYC. Some highlights include the Armory Show on the Hudson River Piers, ADAA at the Park Avenue Armory, Volta in Nolita, Scope in Chelsea, Spring/Break in Nolita, The Independent in Chelsea, (Un)Fair in Hell’s Kitchen, and the Brucennial in the East Village.
There’s an embarrassment of riches in the NYC art world this weekend. The Whitney Biennial kicks off on Friday! It runs through May 25.
The Brooklyn Museum is remembering the Civil Rights Act of 1964 with Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties, an exhibition on paintings, sculptures, graphics, and photography from a decade of social and cultural upheaval.
You learned about twerking at the 2013 VMAs from Robin Thicke and Miley Cyrus. Now you can see the twerker in chief, Robin Thicke, at Madison Square Garden.
Craving classic rock? The Allman Brothers Band is taking up residence at the Beacon for two full weeks.
Golden Globe winner and Academy Award nominee James Franco and BAFTA Scotland winner Chris O’Dowd make their Broadway debuts in John Steinbeck…READ MORE's landmark American play, Of Mice and Men this spring (the show starts previews March 19). See them talk about the show and their careers at the TimesCenter Friday evening.
Saturday, March 8
Denzel Washington stars in Lorraine Hansberry’s classic play, Raisin in the Sun, on Broadway starting Saturday night.
Paul Gauguin is known for his modernist painting. Starting Saturday, head to MoMA to see his rarer (but apparently amazing) prints and transfer drawings in Gauguin: Metamorphoses.
Sunday, March 9
See Wes Anderson’s new film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, this weekend. It tells the story of Gustave H., a legendary concierge at a famous European hotel between the wars, and Zero Moustafa, the lobby boy who becomes his most trusted friend.
Tuesday, March 11
Bullets Over Broadway — the musical comedy (based on the movie by Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath) about a playwright who needs someone to back his next show and a mobster who needs a way to please his showgirl girlfriend – starts previews on Broadway on Tuesday. We’re definitely craving this one!
Wednesday, March 12
See DanceBrazil Wednesday through Sunday at the Joyce for a mix of contemporary dance and capoeira.
Interested in learning something about Frida Kahlo and Personal Realism in Mexico? Head to Pace for a lecture on Wednesday at 11 AM.
Director and choreographer Martha Clarke is breathing new life into the 1950s classic, The Threepenny Opera, at the Atlantic starting on Wednesday.
Thursday, March 13
In 1937, the Nazis mounted an exhibition of “degenerate art”(Entartete Kunst) in Munich, at which they chaotically hung (and derided) masterpieces in an attempted to turn the public against modernism. Starting Thursday, head to the Neue Galerie to see an exhibition of the so-called degenerate art and to learn the context around The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany in 1937.
Starting Thursday, see Will Eno’s new play, The Realistic Joneses, which stars Toni Collette, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, and Marisa Tomei as couples in the suburbs.
Craving a subversive, modern remake of Beauty and the Beast? Head to the Henry Street Settlement for a Young Vic production about a real-life love affair between an American beauty queen and a “beast” born with phocomelia (a condition defined by “seal-like” arms).
When we all first met Adele Manzee (aka Idina Menzel), we also met Daphne Rubin-Vega, another soaring voice to come from the original production of RENT in the 90s. Catch her performance at the Cutting Room on Thursday night.
Friday, March 14
Do you love The New York Times’ street fashion photographer Bill Cunningham as much as we do? Head to the New York Historical Society starting Friday for Bill Cunningham: The Facades Project, an exhibition of his work from the 1960s and 1970s.
Do you share a sense of style with Princess Grace of Monaco? See Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo Friday through Sunday at City Center.
Craving soul and jazz? Head to the 92nd Street Y Friday and Saturday for the 92Y Soul Jazz Festival to see DJ Logic, Joey DeFrancesco, Esperanza Spalding, and Brian Landrus Kaleidoscope.
Craving Beatbox? The 2nd Annual American Beatrhyme Championships lets beatrhyme battlers go head to head in a fast paced battle of beats, flows, and punch lines.
Image caption: HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?, Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera, 2014. Video, color, sound; 54 minutes. Collection of the artists. Courtesy the artists. On display at the Whitney Biennial.
By ELLA LEVITT
It requires skill to manage time, space, and sensory overload during New York City’s March explosion of fairs, openings, and special events.
The Armory Show is just the beginning, and while the groovier fairs can be fresher, more progressive, and possibly more fun, Armory is still the barometer for what’s happening in the art world. This is especially true if by “art world” you mean the art market and how it feeds into institutional shows. Divided across two piers, Modern and Contemporary, there’s plenty of what’s called “museum quality” work — artists whose work is currently in museum exhibitions. But since it’s an art fair and not a museum, you can always ask for a price list (for sticker shock only or if you want to add to your collection). It is sometimes uncanny to see these pieces in a shopping mall atmosphere.
On Pier 94, I recognized the iconic Carrie Mae Weems and Nick Cave pieces in Jack Shaiman from meters away. Nearby, I spotted Kiki Smith and Tracy Emin in Galleria Lorcan O’Neill and Louise Nevelson in conversation with urban photographs in Bruce Silverstein. Seeing the Joseph Beueys’ editions in Sean Kelly was like bumping into an old friend I just had an outing with a few weekends ago in Beacon, NY. While the buzz of commerce feels unrelenting, two Wallace Berman verifax collages in Kohn Gallery were mysterious enough to grab my attention for a few minutes, eons in art fair time.
Turning the corner by Mile End’s food stand, I was struck by the research intensive and poetic work of Rita Sobral Campos in Galerie Andreas Huber. She illuminates medieval texts via abstract sculpture and elegant geometry on paper. Again, quiet pseudo-mysticism whispering in a crowd. I’ve never seen Campos in a museum show, but I’d say she deserves it.
For those who want to venture beyond the Armory, I’d definitely recommend The Independent, which includes 50 international galleries and non-profit galleries in the former Dia space at 548 W. 22nds Street. Independent is less of a maze and less of a bazaar than the piers. Here you can find visually intriguing work by artists who have participated in biennials and museum shows available for purchase, but without the maddening market buzz of Armory. I was particularly taken by Eva Kotatkova’s installation in Meyer Riegger—elegant, smart and conceptually rich. Galerie Negel Draxler’s offerings surfed that perfect aesthetic balance of slightly refined raw materiality that made me want to linger.
Compared to Armory, Volta and Scope are also of a relatively manageable scale, but don’t seem as serious about Art as Indepndent. Admittedly, Independent does offer shiny objects, visual empty calories, as well as raunchy, voyeuristic works. But overall, Independent is cooler in the intellectual sense, while Volta and Scope might be better places to find something for over the sofa.
While the quality is admittedly varied, Spring/Break, billed as the curator’s fair, is a logical destination for viewers looking to see not buy. The theme is Public/Private, and while that seems dated in terms of contemporary art theory, it does invite a lot of art grappling with these issues. In fact, the best works for me were performance or installation: Scott Avery’s (a.ka. Armani Olu) “Reasonable Doubt” interrogates volunteers wired into a polygraph, and “Private Drive-in” by Fall on Your Sword (Will Bates and Sarah Bereza) invites us to sit in a pimped-out VW bug, where a magic red button controls the bombardment of sound, visuals and vibrations. Silvershed and Eyelevel BQE’s felt well-curated classrooms were also impressive even though the connection between works was esoteric.
Lastly — and they shouldn’t be seen as a footnote — are the Fountain, the Brucennial (which is showing all female artists this year), and The (Un)fair. All will likely deliver an atmosphere of humor, experimentation, active criticism of the art world. Frankly, they make “fun” a priority in the arts. Please check out these special fairs that I believe are closer to the heart — and reflect the idealism of artists.
Ella Levitt is a Culture Craver, a research assistant, and a museum exhibition consultant living in Brooklyn. The picture at the top is a piece by Rita Sobral Campos called “untitled (Frederik)” in Galerie Andreas Huber at the Armory Show (Pier 94).
Craving art? Super savvy gallerist Meredith Rosen recommends top exhibitions for the week ahead. Remember to CRAVE the ones that excite you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE them once you’ve seen them.
Sreshta Rit Premnath: Knot Not Nought at Kansas Gallery in Tribeca (through March 1)
Dennis Congdon: Recent Paintings at Horton Gallery on the Lower East Side (through March 2)
Taiping Tianguo at e-flux on the Lower East Side (through March 15)
Sean Micka: Condition Report: Deregulation at the Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side (through March 16)
Stick Shift Heaven at Team Gallery on the Lower East Side (through March 23)
Re-View: Onnasch Collection at Hauser & Wirth in Chelsea (through April 12)
If you’re craving culture, this is a promising week in NYC — from an ideas fest featuring star actor Bryan Cranston and the historical figures of the Freedom Summer movement to a kid-friendly Measure for Measure. Remember to CRAVE what excites you to keep track and spread word of mouth. RATE events once you’ve seen them.
Friday, Feb. 21
See the first comprehensive overview of Italian Futurism in the United States — Reconstructing the Universe — at the Guggenheim Museum starting Friday. It includes more than 300 works created between 1909 and 1944.
If you haven’t seen Ibsen’s classic recently, you can see the Young Vic’s production of The Dollhouse at BAM starting Friday.
Saturday, Feb. 22
Craving opera on an intimate scale? See Rossini’s 1812 comic opera about the accidental switch of two suitcases, Opportunity Makes the Thief, at 59E59 starting Saturday.
See banjo virtuoso Jayme Stone at SubCulture on Saturday.
Sunday, Feb. 23
Meet historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, award-winning actor Bryan Cranston, and leaders of the Freedom Summer movement at America at the Turning Point: Conversations on All the Way, a Sunday afternoon/evening ideas festival related to the new Broadway play.
Have you been hooked to Olympics? Head to Grand Central 1 – 4 PM on Sunday for the Road to Sochi Tour, where you can try out your Olympic skills and meet some athletes.
See Network screened at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens on Sunday and then hear from the New York Times’ Dave Itzkoff and Keith Olbermann about the surprising and dramatic story of how Network made it to the screen in Mad as Hell: The Making of Network.
Craving danger pop? See The Kin Fish Ticket, Oh Honey at Bowery Ballroom on Sunday evening.
Monday, Feb. 24
See more than 60 works by Greek artist Lucas Samaras in Offerings from a Restless Soul at the Met starting Monday at the Met.
It’s Debra Monk’s Birthday Bash on Monday. The Tony Award winner and her talented friends will perform pop hits to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Starting Tuesday, you won’t have to go to England to experience the historic Canterbury Cathedral’s Romanesque-period windows. The stained glass windows will be visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art in Radiant Art.
Tuesday at 8, hear Portlandia co-creator-writer-stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein talk about their creative process and careers at the 92nd Street Y.
Wednesday, Feb. 26
Disney’s musical Aladdin is starting on Broadway on Wednesday. It’s the first adaptation of a Disney animation since The Little Mermaid, which started back in 2007.
Craving dance? Starting Wednesday, see “Bessie” award-winning performer and choreographer Kimberly Bartosik’s You are My Heat and Glare at New York Live Arts.
The Enchanted Island starts Wednesday at the Metropolitan Opera. Shakespeare’s The Tempest and A Midsummer Night’s Dream inspired the Baroque fantasy.
Thursday, Feb. 27
Learn something about Ancient Egypt from Lanny Bell of Brown University, who is lecturing at NYU on Death and Decay: The Salvage of the Monuments of Ancient Egypt.
After glowing reviews for his last engagement, Jeff Daniels (from The Newsroom) returns to 54 Below for an encore on Thursday.
See Stephen Malkmus — the lead singer of Pavement — perform with his Indie Rock band, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, at Bowery Ballroom on Thursday.
Friday, Feb. 28
Starting Friday, New York’s Fiasco Theater will perform Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure at the New Victory. It’s good for kids 13 and older.