MONDAY, AUGUST 13
Opening: “White | Black” at Acquavella Galleries
This exhibition brings together paintings, works on paper, and sculptures by a robust group of artists including marquee names like Louise Bourgeois, Jean Dubuffet, Keith Haring, Rashid Johnson, Joaquín Torres-García, and Andy Warhol, among others. As its title suggests, the show presents solely black and white artworks, to draw attention to stylistic nuances and continuities among pieces put into conversation with one another.
Acquavella Galleries, 18 East 79th Street, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 14
Opening: “Never Take a Vacation with an Artist Who Collects the Same Stuff You Do” at International Studio and Curatorial Program
This exhibition features works in a variety of mediums by the artists-in-residence of ISCP’s Ground Floor Program. The show takes vacation and leisure time as its subject, and among its offerings are an audio-visual interpretation of a road trip and a cross-stitching of a surveillance sign. The nine artists in the show are Elaine Byrne, Danilo Correale, Simone Couto, Alexis Dahan, Furen Dai, Jude Griebel, Joshua Liebowitz, Martha Skou, and Raul Valverde.
International Studio and Curatorial Program, 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, 6–8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15
Screening: Reenactor at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
As part of its “35 Days of Film” series, which spotlights moving-image works created from 1965 to 2018, Mitchell-Innes & Nash will screen Pope.L’s three-hour-long work Reenactor (2012/2015). The film focuses on the lives of student-volunteers who wear Confederate uniforms when they participate in reenactments of historical events. Reenactor points to the supposedly apolitical nature of these performances—and gets at the politics and events intentionally papered over within them. With this work, the Chicago-based artist, who will have a solo show at the gallery in September, grapples with memory and the legacy of violence in the American South.
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, 534 West 26th Street, 10 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Screening: Ana Mendieta at Brooklyn Academy of Music
In Burial Pyramid, a short film from 1974 to be screened as part of the BAM film series “Women at Work: Radical Creativity,” the Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta buries herself next to the steps of an ancient pyramidal tomb. The film is one in a slate of seven shorts full of bold, spiritual-leaning gestures by Mendieta made over a decade-long period. The program will be followed by a Q&A with Raquel Cecilla Mendieta, the associate administrator of the Ana Mendieta Estate.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, 7 p.m. Tickets $7.50/15
THURSDAY, AUGUST 16
Concert: Kemba at Museum of Modern Art
The Bronx-born rapper Kemba is a founding member of the Rebel Diaz Arts Collective, a hip-hop-focused community center in the South Bronx. Of his dual role as educator and teacher, Kemba has said, “I finally learned to be completely open and honest, baring my soul and insecurities, because that’ll make for the best art—and the best artists.” The artist will perform here as part of the Museum of Modern Art’s “Summer Thursdays” series.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, 6:30
FRIDAY, AUGUST 17
Exhibition: Oscar Wilde and Wilhelm von Gloeden at Shin Gallery
This show, subtitled “Marvelous Boys,” brings together work by two artists who dealt with homoeroticism: Wilhelm von Gloeden and Oscar Wilde. Von Gloeden’s photographs feature Sicilian boys posed against Italian landscapes. With their togas and poses, they resemble ancient Greek and Roman artworks. The pictures will appear alongside a copy of Oscar Wilde’s famed novel The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890), all bound together by an interest in classical styles: Wilde, who visited von Gloeden’s studio in 1898, relied on Hellenism in his book to avoid censorship of his book’s homoerotic themes.
Shin Gallery, 322 Grand Street, 10:30 a.m.–6:30 p.m.
Screening: Heathers at Quad Cinema
One of the darkest comedies of the 1980s, Heathers puts a memorable spin on the teen-movie genre. Winona Ryder plays Veronica Sawyer, the sole member of a crew of popular girls who isn’t named Heather. She falls for J.D., a bad boy who jokes about killing the Heathers—and then, in a shocking move, starts to follow through with his plan. With its acid sense of humor, Heathers anticipated a group of bitter high-school movies in the years to come, among them Juno and Mean Girls. It screens here as part of a Winona Ryder retrospective.
Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, 9:10 p.m. Tickets $13/$16
SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
Screening: “Early Feminist Video Art” at Anthology Film Archives
As part of a “FEMINISM(S)” series run in connection with the International Center of Photography’s exhibition “Multiply, Identify, Her,” Anthology Film Archives will screen a program of video works from the 1970s and ’80s. The hour-long screening will include works by Barbara Hammer, Greta Brătescu, Martha Rosler, and Lynda Benglis. Included will be Rosler’s 1981 video Martha Rosler Reads Vogue, which features the artist leafing through a fashion magazine and analyzing images of women in its pages.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $7/$9/$11
SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
Festival: Afrodisiac at Knockdown Center
Afrodisiac is an arts and music festival intended to promote awareness of safe partying habits. Organized by queer women of color who serve as representatives of New York Dancesafe, a nonprofit that teaches harm-reduction practices for marginalized people who attend music festivals, the program will include DJ sets by artist Juliana Huxtable, DJ Deeon, and DJ Haram along with live music, photography, performance art, health screenings, and 15-minute mental-health check-ins.
Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Avenue, Queens, 12–10 p.m. Tickets $15/$20