MONDAY, AUGUST 3Opening: “Certain Uncertainties: Christy Shigekawa / Mike Newton” at Microscope GalleryAs part of its ongoing “YES” series, Microscope will feature new moving image works by Bushwick-based friends Christy Shigekawa and Mike Newton. Shigekawa’s short videos slowly transform realistic images until they become identical forms, and Newton works prose poetry into 35mm photo slides “to find beauty and peril at the intersections of potentially incompatible systems, such as using right-wing conspiracy theories to discuss the body.”
Microscope Gallery, 1329 Willoughby Avenue, #2B, Brooklyn, NY, 7:30 p.m.—12 a.m., tickets $6
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 5Opening: Matana Roberts at the Whitney Museum of Art“i call america” is sound artist Matana Roberts’ third, five-day installment of her ongoing public explorations and research into the perplexities of American identity in the 21st century, branching off of the Whitney’s inaugural show, “America Is Hard To See.”
99 Gansevoort Street, Susan and John Hess Family Theater, 11 a.m.—6 p.m.Book signing: Nancy Princenthal’s Agnes Martin: Her Life And Art at FLAG Art FoundationNancy Princenthal will read from her Agnes Martin biography, published last month, after which she will sign audience copies, and FLAG director Stephanie Roach will lead a walkthrough of the Agnes Martin- and Ellsworth Kelly-inspired group exhibition “Space Between,” currently on view.
FLAG Art Foundation, 545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor, 6—7:30 p.m. RSVP requiredTHURSDAY, AUGUST 6Panel: “Creating Evidence: Art and LGBTQ Rights” at the Brooklyn MuseumIn honor of its current Zanele Muholi show, the Brooklyn Museum is having a panel discussion about the way that art can be used to advance the discussion about LGBTQ rights. On the panel are Malika Zouhali-Worrall, André St. Clair, and Steven G. Fullwood. Souleo, a journalist known for his writing about black artists, will moderate.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 7 p.m., free with museum admission
FRIDAY, AUGUST 7Screening: “The Holy Mountain” at IFC CenterAlejandro Jodorowsky’s scandalous follow-up to El Topo features the director as the allegorically-named lead, The Alchemist, who recruits a variety of characters and guides them through strange mystical rituals before they ascend the Holy Mountain to meet the gods who rule the universe. Bonus: Jodorowsky himself restored this edition of the film to all its trippy glory.
IFC Center, 323 Sixth Avenue at West Third Street, showtime TBA on Monday, August 3rd after 6 pm. Tickets are $14.Opening: “How Cats Took Over the Internet” at the Museum of the Moving ImageSearch “cats” on YouTube, and you’ll find an eight-minute compilation of cats and babies playing together. Over 40 million people have seen it. Why are cat videos so popular, and how do they get seen by everyone? The Museum of the Moving Image’s “How Cats Took Over the Internet” looks at this strange online phenomena. By relying on scholarship of fan culture and, in the museum’s words, “the aesthetics of cuteness,” this exhibition will hopefully give some of the answers. Not recommended for dog people.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m., free with museum admission (admission free between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.)
SATURDAY, AUGUST 8Opening: “Roy Lichtenstein: Between Sea and Sky” at Guild HallWith a host of sponsors including Larry Gagosian and the Broad Art Foundation, this exhibition focuses on Lichtenstein’s specific fascination with land and seascapes, an interest that began in 1964 and was revisited throughout the artist’s career. 30 works dated from the 1960s—1990s, on loan from private collectors and the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation, created using paint, plastic, enamel, and mediums such as drawing, collage, print, and film will be on view, “[celebrating] the artist’s abiding relationship with the East End of New York and all that it inspired,” according to a press release.
Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton, NY, 11 a.m.—5 p.m.Opening: Joshua Caleb Weibley at TRANSFERIn this show, titled “Cruft,” Joshua Caleb Weibley uses handmade drawings to mime digital printing errors. His subjects in this series of work are animals, and, with the erratic style he renders them in, it seems as if they are disappearing—going extinct, in a way. “Cruft’s” title refers to something that is left over or redundant. In this case, is it the animals or the art? Weibley is inviting visitors to also bring in e-waste, which will be shown as part of an installation alongside the drawings.
TRANSFER, 1030 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, 7 p.m.–11 p.m.