Event Horizon: Art Happenings Around New York

9 Art Events to Attend This Week in New York City

Teresita Fernández, Fire (United States of the Americas), detail, 2017, charcoal. “American Landscape” at Lehmann Maupin.



Workshop: “Sexual Harassment in the Cultural Sector: Drawing the Line” at New Museum
In response to the wave of sexual misconduct allegations affecting various cultural spheres, the New Museum is holding a series of four workshops designed to fight harassment and discrimination in the arts. The first workshop, titled “Drawing The Line,” is led by Julie Kantor, who owns the management consulting company Twomentor, and will address boundaries and ethics in the arts. Another workshop about the process for dealing with harassment will follow, with two more, about moral gray areas and balances of power, to be staged the following day.
New Museum, 235 Bowery, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $5


Opening: “American Landscape” at Lehmann Maupin
Through work made in different styles and mediums, this group exhibition will explore the vast and multifaceted American landscape. Catherine Opie’s stark photos of Los Angeles strip malls will be displayed near Nari Ward’s neon signs sourced from Harlem storefronts and Teresita Fernández’s large charcoal maps, which suggest secret narratives and repressed stories. Works by Tim Rollins & K.O.S. use literature as a tool to investigate America’s fraught history.
Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street, 6–8 p.m.


Talk: Mickalene Thomas and Judith Bernstein at National Academy of Design
As part of the ongoing “Salon” talks series at the National Academy of Design, this conversation between artists Mickalene Thomas and Judith Bernstein promises a compelling look at two feminist art practices of different generations. The talk will touch on the intersections and divergences of the artists’ concerns, influences, and modes of depicting gender, femininity, and identity.
National Academy of Design, 5 East 89th Street, 6:30–8:30 p.m.

George Platt Lynes, Ralph McWilliams, 1941/1952, gelatin silver print. “Nick Mauss: Transmissions” at the Whitney Museum.



Exhibition: Nick Mauss at Whitney Museum
Featuring painting, photography, sculpture, archival material, and live performance, “Nick Mauss: Transmissions” parses the history of American modernist ballet and explores the commonalities between dance and other art forms. Mauss’s work engages matters of gender and sexuality as they relate to ballet of the 1930s and 1940s, with links to ways it came to be associated with queer culture in the ensuing years.
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m.

Exhibition: Marc Camille Chaimowicz at Jewish Museum
This exhibition is the first institutional show for an artist best known for his work that fused performance, theory, and installation art in the 1970s. For the past few decades, Chaimowicz has been mainly producing work within the confines of his own home, in the process generating art that synthesizes the everyday with the fantastical. This survey will showcase nearly 50 years of work, including new fabric and wallpaper commissions that bridge the gap between the public and private spheres as well as high and low art.
Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, 11 a.m.–4 p.m.


Screening: Zoot Suit at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Zoot Suit, a 1981 film adapted from an earlier stage production, explores the  Zoot Suit Riots of 1943, when a group of Los Angeles policemen beat and stripped persons of color, primarily Chicanx ones, because they wore certain outfits. The first film by a Chicano filmmaker to have been produced by a major studio, Zoot Suit kicks off BAM’s larger series “¡Sí Se Puede! Pioneers of Chicano Cinema.” BAM’s screening of the landmark of Chicanx history includes a post-screening Q&A with Luis Valdez, the director of the film and the writer of the Broadway musical upon which the movie based.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 7 p.m. Tickets $7.50/$10/$11/$15


Talk: Teju Cole and Zun Lee at Bronx Documentary Center
Over the course of their careers, Teju Cole and Zun Lee have poetically explored the connection between people and the images they produce. Cole does so through a combination of writing—for the New York Times Magazine and elsewhere—and photography; Lee, for his part, shoots pictures in part to better understand the role masculinity plays in communities around the world. At this talk, Cole and Lee will convene to discuss their work, the role photography plays in visual culture, and social practice.
Bronx Documentary Center, 614 Courtlandt Avenue, 6–8 p.m.

Em Rooney, After the March, 2017, gelatin silver print, notebook paper, and steel.



Exhibition: “Being: New Photography 2018” at Museum of Modern Art
The last time the Museum of Modern Art held one of its “New Photography” exhibitions—a series of showcases for up-and-coming photographers—was in 2015, with a focus on artists dealing with a world full of images. For its new edition, MoMA is moving in a different direction. Titled “Being,” this exhibition features 17 artists whose photography and photo-based work grapples with the complexities of identity. Among the works included are Sam Contis’s lush black-and-white pictures about masculinity, Aïda Muluneh’s portraits of imaginary characters with fractured selves, and Sofia Borges’s photographs of taxidermy animals and archival materials.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, 10:30 a.m.–8 p.m.

Opening: Bogosi Sekhukhuni at Foxy Production
Bogosi Sekhukhuni is a self-described “lightworker and creative director,” a member of the “tech-health artist group” NTU, a collaborator with the collective CUSS, and an artist in his own right. Now he will have his first North American solo exhibition, at Foxy Production, following memorable showings at the Berlin Biennale, Recontres de Bamako, and the Dak’Art: African Contemporary Art Biennale. Here the young South African artist will show paintings, drawings, and videos that deal with identity. Among the works on view will be Consciousness Engine 2: absentblackfatherbot (2013), a two-screen video that recreates the last conversation the artist had with his father.
Foxy Production, 2 East Broadway, 200, 6–8 p.m.

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