Event Horizon: Art Happenings Around New York

6 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week

American Artist, No State, 2018, aluminum phone casings, silicone, glass. “Screenscapes” at Postmasters.

COURTESY HOUSING, BROOKLYN, NY

TUESDAY, JULY 3

Exhibition: “Obsession: Nudes By Klimt, Schiele, and Picasso” at Met Breuer
Erotic drawings, watercolors, and prints by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Pablo Picasso abound in this three-person show. Pulled from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Scofield Thayer Collection, which is known for its robust selection of paintings by artists of the school of Paris, the 50-plus works included are being presented together for the first time. On the whole, the show considers the stylistic dialogues and divergences among the artists’ depictions of nude figures and human sexuality. “Obsession” marks the centenary of the deaths of Klimt and Schiele, who worked and exhibited contemporaneously in Vienna.
Met Breuer, 945 Madison Avenue, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Talk: Emma Sulkowicz at School of Visual Arts
As part of the School of Visual Arts’s “Practice Lecture Series,” Emma Sulkowicz, the school’s Art Practice artist-in-residence, will talk about matters of the creative process and other artistic concerns. Sulkowicz’s work Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight), 2014–15, wherein Sulkowicz (who uses the gender-neutral pronouns “they” and “them”) carried a mattress at all times on Columbia University’s campus as a way of raising awareness of their sexual assault, garnered widespread attention when it was first staged. Since then, some of Sulkowicz’s projects have included The Floating World, an installation at Invisible Dog Art Center, and The Ship is Sinking, a performance for the Whitney Independent Study Program. Sulkowicz’s talk at SVA promises a look inside the making of these performances, which have had a tendency to spark controversy.
School of Visual Arts, 335 West 16th Street, Room 501H, 12:30 p.m.—2:00 p.m.

Emma Sulkowicz.

SANGSUK KANG

THURSDAY, JULY 5

Performance: “Cuerpxs Radicales: Radical Bodies in Performance” at Brooklyn Museum
For the first installment in a series of three weekly programs running concurrent with the exhibition “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985,” the Brooklyn Museum will present a night of performances from contemporary female-identified and gender-nonconforming Latinx artists based in the New York area. The four acts include the vocalist STEFA*, the poet Sonia Guiñansaca, performance choreographer Awilda Rodríguez Lora, and the Cuban-American sisters Ela and Alina Troyano, the latter of whom created pioneering works of feminist performance artist under the moniker Carmelita Tropicana.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 7 p.m. Free with Museum general admission

FRIDAY, JULY 6

Conference: Software for Artists Day at Pioneer Works
Software for Artists Day returns to Pioneer Weeks for its fourth year. The two-day conference convenes artists, tech leaders, and activists who will explore how technology can be incorporated into art-making. UCLA Design and Media Arts assistant professor Lauren McCarthy—whose own background in computer science and art and design makes her a perfect fit for the conference—will provide the keynote speech. In addition to participating in breakout sessions, attendees will have the chance to stage impromptu Q&As and to experience S4AD’s AI robot. Highlights include collaborative presentations by Kristin Lucas, Damjanski, Pioneer Works Tech Lab, Looking Glass Factory, Jeremy Couillard, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, David Lobser, {UNGLITCH}, DiMoDA, Melissa F. Clarke, and Margaret Anne Schedel.
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, 7–10 p.m., with events continuing on July 7. Tickets $25

Opening: “Screenscapes” at Postmasters
In this group exhibition, six artists explore the many formal qualities of screens.  “Tbh I wish I came up with a better title,” Postmasters founder Magda Sawon stated in brief show description, which also quotes Dwight D. Eisenhower: “I can think of nothing more boring for the American people than to have to sit in their living rooms for a whole half hour looking at my face on their television screens.” Included are American Artist’s cracked smartphones and Luke Murphy’s sculptural LED displays, as well as work by Rafaël Rozendaal, Diana Cooper, Penelope Umbrico, and Artie Vierkant.
Postmasters, 54 Franklin Street, 6-8 p.m.

SUNDAY, JULY 8

Screening: “Serious Games: I-IV” at Anthology Film Archives
Anthology Film Archives and 80WSE are rounding out their Harun Farocki retrospective this month, and the second to last screening in their series is “Serious Games: I-IV” (2009–10), a four-part cycle of films that explore war, violence, and digital technology. Each part takes on a specific aspect of conflict and image-making. For Serious Games III: Immersion, for example, Farocki, who died in 2014, pondered the ways that virtual reality and gaming could be used by veterans to confront Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Other films in the “Serious Games” quadrilogy explore computer-generated landscapes and visualizations.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, 2 p.m. Tickets $7/$9/$11

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