Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events, both digitally and in-person in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all ET unless otherwise noted.)
Monday, July 18–Friday, August 12
1. “MK Guth: Be Part of It!” at Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York
MK Guth will be in residence at Cristin Tierney Gallery for the first two weeks of her new exhibition, “Be Part of It!” (through August 12). It will be the artist’s latest hair-braiding performance, in which visitors are invited to weave silver satin ribbons inscribed with their names into the artist’s hair. Past works have been staged at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, the Whitney Biennial in New York, and Cosmopolitan’s P3 Studio in Las Vegas, where Guth’s braids each ended up more than 300 feet long, weighing hundreds of pounds. This time around, Guth will cut the braids on Saturday, July 23, and spend the second week of the residency (July 25–29) sewing them into sculptures.
Location: Cristin Tierney Gallery, 219 Bowery, Floor 2, New York
Time: Opening reception Friday, 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, July 23, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19
2. “An Evening With Shantell Martin” at Fotografiska New York
In its sixth-floor loft space, Fotografiska will host a musical performance by Shantell Martin, known for her simple yet compelling black-and-white line drawings, followed by a chat with author Jasmin Hernandez, editor-in-chief of Gallery Gurls. Martin will also sign copies of her new monograph, Lines.
Location: Fotografiska New York, 281 Park Ave South, New York
Price: $35 general admission
Time: 7 p.m.–9 p.m.
Tuesday, July 19–Friday, August 12
3. “Offsight, curated by Didier William” at James Fuentes, New York
James Fuentes presents a group show of 10 emerging stars curated by gallery artist Didier William. The show, a mix of paintings, sculptures, and photographs, tries to capture what gets lost in representation.
Location: James Fuentes, 55 Delancey Street, New York
Time: Opening Reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Wednesday, July 20–Friday, August 26
4. “Winnie Sidharta: In Proximity” at Deanna Evans Projects, New York
Don’t miss the Queens-based, Indonesian artist’s solo exhibition at Deanna Evans Project this week. In one of her recent visits to her home in Chinatown, East Java, Sidharta became strongly aware of the Dutch-Chinese aesthetic influence on Indonesian culture. In this show, she uses the “Delft Blue” ceramic tiles that were extremely popular in the Netherlands in the 17th and 18th centuries and were directly appropriated from Chinese and Japanese culture, to “reclaim a kind of stylistic ownership of the materials.”
Location: Deanna Evans Projects, 373 Broadway, E15, 5th Floor, Buzzer #515, New York
Time: Opening Reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Thursday, July 21
5. “All Together Catalogue Release Party” at 154 Scott Avenue, Brooklyn
“All Together,” a now-closed group exhibition including works by over 70 LGBTQ artists from the Tom of Finland Foundation‘s permanent collection, lives on in the catalogue for which this party is organized. Divided into two presentations (one in Venice, the other just outside of Paris), the shows covered the waterfront of homoeroticism and the male form, as well as a gung-ho machismo that now reads as anachronistic (and totally hot!). The event celebrating the publication is hosted by catalogue contributor Michael Bullock of Pin-Up magazine, and participating artists Gio Black Peter and Silvia Prada, who will also be DJing. The hefty catalogue—for sale for €25 ($25.30, plus shipping) through [email protected]—proves that some of the show’s artists were clearly Tom of Finland disciples. His influence was more subdued in others. But it would be hard to find a gay artist who isn’t in some form a descendent, as so many rivulets trace back to his source.
Location: 99 Scott Avenue, near Jefferson L stop, Brooklyn
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 8 p.m.–10 p.m.
—William Van Meter
6. “Uptown Bounce: I Love the ’90s” at the Museum of the City of New York
The Museum of the City of New York’s free summer block party series returns to the institution’s front terrace with a 1990s-themed affair featuring tunes courtesy of DJ Misbehaviour of Mobile Mondays. There will also be models on hand wearing designs from Harlem’s custom clothing company, 5001 Flavors, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, and a chance to see the museum’s current slate of exhibitions after hours.
Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at East 103rd Street, New York
Price: Free, registration suggested
Time: 6 p.m.
7. “Arker Mural Community Day” at Seagirt Residences, Queens
Join the Rockaway Community in painting a mural designed by Brooklyn-based artist Julia Chiang. The project is open to kids and adults, and there will be free music and refreshments, including light bites. The murals are a collaborative project between Julia Chiang, the Rockaway Hotel, the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, and Arker Companies. Chiang’s two large murals, which will be unveiled at the end of July, mark the artist’s public art debut.
Location: Seagirt Residences, 34-11 Beach Channel Drive, Queens, New York
Price: Free with registration
Time: 10 a.m.–3 p.m.
8. “Miami Film Festival x PAMM| Jean-Michel Basquiat, Africa at the Heart (L’Afrique au coeur)” at the Pérez Art Museum Miami
PAMM is teaming up with the Miami Film Festival and TV5Monde to host a screening of the documentary Jean-Michel Basquiat, Africa at the Heart (L’Afrique au coeur), inspired by the artist’s October 1986 trip to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, for his first exhibition in Africa. The film explores the significance of this 10-day journey for Basquiat, and its lasting influence on the continent’s contemporary artists. Following the screening, director Cyril Bérard and producer Rachel Kahn will talk with PAMM director and Basquiat expert Franklin Sirmans, in a conversation livestreamed on the museum’s YouTube channel.
Time: 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 21–Friday, August 19
9. “To Live Is to Paint: Wilhelmina Weber Furlong, Dorothy Dehner, and American Modernism” at the Art Students League, New York
Post-impressionist Wilhelmina Weber Furlong (1878–1962) and Modernist painter and sculptor Dorothy Dehner (1901–1994) met at the Art Students League in 1924. Nearly one hundred years later, the school explores their friendship and their shared artistic influences from across Europe and, closer to home, Upstate to Lake George. Sadly, both women’s artistic accomplishments were largely overshadowed during their lifetime by their artist husbands, Thomas Furlong and David Smith—an injustice that curator Jillian Russo hopes to help rectify.
Location: The Art Students League of New York, Phyllis Harriman Mason Gallery, 215 West 57th Street
Time: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Friday, July 22–August 21
10. “Staging” at Club Rhubarb North in the Catskills
The multimedia artist Tony Cox has made lemonade from the lemons of the housing crisis. Cox, whose graphic abstracts often incorporate fibers and sewing, has resided in Upstate New York for nine years. After his landlords enlisted realtors to show the place, Cox (who apparently doesn’t watch HGTV), learned about “staging” a listing, which inspired a farewell group exhibition. “I wanted closure,” he says, “and the only way I’d clean out my studio and archive was to do a show.” Cox assembled a refreshing survey of his eclectic circle, including works by Matthew Ronay, Joe Roberts, Sahar Kfoury, and Sal Salandra, whose homoerotic “thread paintings” were recently shown at the Lower East Side’s Club Rhubarb, Cox’s other DIY living/gallery space.
Location: Club Rhubarb North is in a mystery locale near Catskill Mountain
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: Schedule a viewing time that best suits you, Cox is pretty easygoing
—William Van Meter
Friday, July 22–Sunday, January 8, 2023
11. “New York: 1962–1964” at the Jewish Museum, New York
The Jewish Museum examines how New York artists were inspired by a three-year period that saw Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, the March on Washington in 1963, and, later that same year, President John F. Kennedy’s assassination. The show features everyone from Robert Rauschenberg to Faith Ringgold, Merce Cunningham to Marisol, and Mark di Suvero to Yayoi Kusama. The exhibition will be accompanied by pair of film series covering the same three year period. At Film at Lincoln Center, “New York, 1962–1964: Underground and Experimental Cinema” (July 29–August 4), will showcase work by filmmakers including artists Jonas Mekas, Carolee Schneemann, Andy Warhol, and Stan VanDerBeek. At Film Forum, “1962…1963…1964” (July 22–August 11), takes a look at more mainstream movies produced across the globe, including Laurence of Arabia, Dr. Strangelove, 8½, and To Kill a Mockingbird.
Location: The Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue at East 92nd Street, New York
Price: $18 general admission
Time: Friday–Monday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
Saturdays, July 23–August 27
12. “All of the Sky: Five Poets, Five Saturdays” at the Aldrich, Ridgefield, Connecticut
In conjunction with the Aldrich’s current exhibition, “52 Artists: A Feminist Milestone” (through January 8, 2023), celebrating the 51st anniversary of the museum’s Lucy R. Lippard-curated exhibition “Twenty-Six Contemporary Women Artists,” the institution is staging a series of weekly poetry readings featuring Mahogany L. Browne, Rosebud Ben-Oni, Eileen Myles, Emily Skillings, and Nathalie Handal.
Location: The Aldrich, 258 Main Street, Ridgefield, Connecticut
Price: $22 general admission, $45 to attend all five readings
Time: Saturday, 4 p.m.–5 p.m.
Saturday, July 23–Sunday, November 6
13. “Another Justice: US is Them” at the Parrish Art Museum, Water Mill, New York
Hank Willis Thomas has curated this group show featuring For Freedoms, the artist coalition he co-founded with Eric Gottesman to promote civic engagement, discourse, and direct action. Along with Thomas’s own work, the exhibition, which extends to digital billboards on nearby Sunrise Highway, features Zoë Buckman, Pamela Council, Jeremy Dennis, and Jeffrey Gibson, among others. Many of the works, which range from mixed media and sculpture, to site-specific installation, were created specifically for the show.
Location: The Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Water Mill, New York
Price: $12 general admission
Time: Monday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
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