Open Sesame: Art Events in New York

9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week

Through Saturday, July 18


Opening: “Sweet Smell of Success” at Offsite
No information about the show is available at this time of writing, but the artist list—John Schabel, Sarah Morris, Jeanette Mundt, Walter Robinson, Michael Smith, Nancy Burson, and Jessica Diamond—is promising. And it’s in a hotel room, and it’s the latest show from Offsite, which its curator, James Shalom, has described as “a guerrilla gallery.” The room number of the show will be announced on Offsite’s website later today.
New York Hilton Midtown, 1335 Avenue of the Americas, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

Cy Gavin, Spittal Pond, Bermuda, 2015, acrylic, oil, chalk, staples on canvas. COURTESY THE ARTIST AND SARGENT'S DAUGHTERS

Cy Gavin, Spittal Pond, Bermuda, 2015, acrylic, oil, chalk, and staples on canvas.



Lecture: Holland Cotter at the School of Visual Arts
Holland Cotter, the Pulitzer Prize–winning co-chief art critic of the New York Times, will lecture as part of a series presented by SVA’s MFA Art Practice. SVA’s site doesn’t give away any information about what Cotter will be talking about, but, he’s as good a speaker as he is a writer, so this one is not to be missed.
School of Visual Arts, MFA Art Practice, 335 West 16th Street, Floor 5, 12:30 p.m.–1:50 p.m., free


Opening: Cy Gavin at Sargent’s Daughters
In this show, titled “Overture,” Cy Gavin will show new work that deals with the double consciousness of black Americans. The New York–based painter creates black figures using a tincture that includes tattoo ink, causing them to appear even darker than would be normal for oil paintings. Working on unstretched canvas, Gavin scratches away at the surface, allegorizing the African Diaspora and the way immigrants have forgotten their former cultures to assimilate with an American one.
Sargent’s Daughters, 179 East Broadway, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Talk: “On Andy Warhol” at McNally Jackson
Wayne Koestenbaum will talk about his new biography of Andy Warhol with Stephen Koch, the author of Stargazer: The Life, Worlds and Films of Andy Warhol. A CUNY professor and critic, Koestenbaum wrote his book on Warhol in 2001, but, as the description of the talk on McNally Jackson’s website points out, the conversation about Warhol is never over.
McNally Jackson, 52 Prince Street, 7 p.m., free

Sadie Barnette, Untitled, 2015, graphite on paper. COURTESY THE ARTIST

Sadie Barnette, Untitled, 2015, graphite on paper.



Opening: “Everything, Everyday: Artists-in-Residence, 2014–15” at the Studio Museum in Harlem
The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Artist-in-Residence program consistently brings attention to promising artists of African and Latino descent (Simone Leigh and Xaviera Simmons were both artists-in-residence before they were widely known), and expect this year’s show to feature more talented emerging artists. “Everything, Everyday” features work by Sadie Barnette, Lauren Halsey, and Eric Mack. Loosely guided around the theme of appearance and disappearance, the Naima J. Keith–curated show will involve talent that is worth watching.
The Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, 12 p.m.–9 p.m., free with museum admission

Opening: Gabriel Hartley and Denise Kupferschmidt at Foxy Production
This show will feature new work from Hartley and Kupferschmidt, two New York–based emerging artists. Hartley is known for his painterly abstractions, done using thick paint, while Kupferschmidt is known for her Matisse-inspired work. Both artists play with modernist tropes, revising them to create new forms. This is the first time Kupferschmidt has shown at Foxy Production.
Foxy Production, 623 West 27th Street, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Opening: Robin Rhode at The Drawing Center
Running alongside his Lehmann Maupin show, Robin Rhode’s Drawing Center exhibition, has a dark story behind its seemingly innocuous title: “Drawing Waves.” In these photographs, the South African–born and Germany–based artist depicts a boy who appears to be surfing on a sea of crayon-drawn waves. The ocean motif refers to the East India Trading Company and the injustices Rhode faced as a black child in South Africa, yet, as the press release states, “Drawing Waves” is hopeful, “bringing urban youth culture to the fore and demonstrating the power of pure imagination.”
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., free with admission


Mary Ann Wilson, Maremaid, ca. 1820, watercolor executed in vegetable dyes. COURTESY THE AMERICAN FOLK ART MUSEUM

Mary Ann Wilson, Maremaid, ca. 1820, watercolor executed in vegetable dyes.



Opening: “Folk Art and American Modernism” at the American Folk Art Museum
As scholars are quickly discovering, folk art has had a much greater impact on American art than had been initially thought, and this exhibition focuses on folk art’s influence on early American modernism. Featuring works collected by patrons of American modernist artists and then juxtaposing those works with art by American modernists, this show looks at how early-20th-century American artists turned to folk art as a “usable past” that could be mined for inspiration.
American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m., free with museum admission

Screening: Andy Warhol’s Soap Opera at the Whitney Museum of American Art
In this rarely screened film by Andy Warhol, sequences with Baby Jane Holzer and Sam Green are alternated with real television commercials and black-and-white, silent domestic scenes. The Whitney’s screening of the film will be followed by a discussion between the video artist Alex Bag (who currently has a work in “America Is Hard to See”) and Bruce Jenkins, the co-author of an upcoming second catalogue raisonné of Warhol’s work. Soap Opera is being screened to coincide with the Jewish Museum’s show “Revolution of the Eye,” which looks at early television’s impact on contemporary art.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, 7 p.m., $8/$6

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