MONDAY, JULY 31
Exhibition: “World War I and the Visual Arts” at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Drawing on a selection of works from the Met’s collection, by both American and European artists, this exhibition explores the impact that World War I’s violence had on art during the early 20th century. Works by Otto Dix, Edward Steichen, Gino Severini, and more will be on view.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1
Opening: Jessica Dickinson at James Fuentes
Typically accompanied by what the artist calls “remainders,” or rubbings made from her work, Jessica Dickinson’s paintings are objects that also include their environments. For this first time in New York, Dickinson will exhibit a painting alongside an entire series of remainders made from it. Looking at the remainders, one becomes aware of how much Dickinson’s uneven canvases, often made using oil paint that she then chips and chisels, collect various elements from the outside world. In some cases, viewers might even be able to glimpse small piles of dust—evidence that these objects are being changed by the world around them. Instead of an opening reception, this show will have a closing in September.
James Fuentes, 55 Delancey Street, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Screening: New World at Public Arts
Although it might seem that corruption runs through the highest levels of government everywhere right now, few countries have it as bad as South Korea, as a report in the recent issue of the arts magazine Even makes clear. Its first female president is currently in prison, and large-scale urban development has exposed economic inequalities. In connection with that essay, Even will host a screening of New World, a 2013 crime epic by Park Hoon-Jung about a South Korean undercover cop who must choose between remaining loyal to his fellow mobsters and exposing them. Chung Chung-hoon, who shot Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, provides the cinematography.
Public Arts, 215 Chrystie Street, 7:30 p.m. Free, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2
Opening: Heather Dewey-Hagborg and Chelsea Manning at Fridman Gallery
In 2015, when she was imprisoned for sharing government secrets, Chelsea Manning began sending cheek swabs and hair clippings to artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg. No one had access to Manning’s image at that point (the U.S. government controlled how pictures of Manning were used), but Dewey-Hagborg realized that these DNA samples could be turned into 3-D–printed portraits. Thirty of those sculptures form an installation called Probably Chelsea, the centerpiece of this show. At stake for the artist and Manning is identity in an age of total surveillance. Was Manning ever in control of her image, the very thing that made her who she was? Alongside these works will be a comic book produced in collaboration with Shoili Kanungo.
Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring Street, 6–8 p.m.
Talk and Screening: “Metropolis” at Simon Lee Gallery
Currently on view at Simon Lee Gallery in New York is “Metropolis,” a group show featuring work by artists who respond to cities. “The cityscape is a source of disorder, a place to play and learn; it’s a site of both creation and destruction,” the gallery notes in a release. With that show in mind, the gallery has invited Eric N. Mack and Rose Marcus, two artists with pieces in “Metropolis,” to discuss their work with Andrew Blackley, the director of collections research at Bard College’s Center for Curatorial Studies. Following their discussion, the gallery will screen Robert Frank’s 1972 film FOOD, a short documentary that includes footage of people dining at Gordon Matta-Clark’s titular SoHo restaurant.
Simon Lee Gallery, 26 East 64th Street, 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 3
Opening: “Screaming in the Streets: AIDS, Art, Activism” at ClampArt
This exhibition takes a broad look at archival materials related to art during the AIDS crisis in the 1980s. Curated by Greg Ellis, the show will survey various artists’ responses to the illness, which, by 1995, had claimed some 48,371 Americans. Documentation of a David Wojnarowicz wall drawing at Pier 34 and a poster for an ACT UP campaign will be included here, as well as ephemera from what Ellis calls “ ‘safe zones’ for the queer community,” among them Danceteria and Crisco Disco. Work by Keith Haring, Jimmy De Sana, Peter Hujar, Kenny Burgess, and more will be on view.
ClampArt, 247 West 29th Street, 6–8 p.m.
Reading: “Under-Song for A Cipher: An Evening of Readings Selected by Lynette Yiadom-Boakye” at New Museum
The New Museum is hosting this evening of readings in conjunction with Lynette Yiadom-Boakye current show of portraits of black men and women. Olivia Rose Barresi, Carol Carter, Maurice McPherson, and Yvonna Pearson will be present to read texts by James Baldwin, Charles Baudelaire, Roald Dahl, and others, as well as some of Yiadom-Boakye’s own writings.
New Museum, 235 Bowery, 6 p.m. Tickets $10/$15
Performance: Yasunao Tone at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
Yasunao Tone creates what he calls “paramedia art,” or sound work that relies on a combination of computers and humans. A member of the Japanese avant-garde Hi-Red Center and, later, one of the foremost Fluxus sound artists, Tone’s music has often reflected on the boundaries between man and machine (or the lack thereof). As part of its current Sturtevant show, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise will host a music set that relies on artificial intelligence Tone developed with a research team and a professor in England. (Blank Forms and Robert Snowden are organizing the event.) The AI used in this performance will be able to simulate Tone’s approaches by “listening” to his work and reproducing it.
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, 439 West 127th Street, 7 p.m. Free with RSVP
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4
Opening: “Montauk Highway: Postwar Abstraction in the Hamptons” at Eric Firestone Gallery
In 1945, Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner left New York to live in a town near East Hampton. The move was an unlikely one at the time—many of their Abstract Expressionist colleagues remained hard at work in Manhattan—and it ended up becoming an important one. Over the course of the next few decades, Elaine de Kooning, Allan Kaprow, Alfonso Ossorio, and many more would journey out to Long Island to produce work there. This group show focuses on the network of artists who worked in the Hamptons, including the galleries where they showed and the bars where they partied. Among the places and people this show brings to light is Signa Gallery, the short-lived East Hampton space that showed Philip Guston, Jack Tworkov, and more.
Eric Firestone, 4 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, 6–9 p.m.