TUESDAY, MAY 8
Talk: Haim Steinbach and Remy Jungerman at International Studio & Curatorial Program
As part of the talks series “Brooklyn Commons,” which is put on by the International Studio & Curatorial Program, artists Haim Steinbach and Remy Jungerman will discuss their work, which often involves recontextualizing found objects to conjure new meanings for them. While Steinbach often creates arrangements of disparate materials and symbols (including cereal boxes, toys, and pottery), Jungerman’s recent abstract multimedia work has focused on his Surinamese identity and global citizenship.
International Studio & Curatorial Program, 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, 6:30–8 p.m.
Screening: Three Lives at Brooklyn Academy of Music
Taking its name and format from Gertrude Stein’s first published book, Three Lives (1971) was one of the first films to center exclusively on the experiences and struggles of ordinary women. The film—which focuses on three women exploring their sexuality and experiencing gender inequality in New York City—was made by an all-female crew and co-directed by Kate Millett, a prominent feminist activist and writer who is best known for her 1970 book Sexual Politics. It screens here as part of a series about female filmmakers during the New Hollywood era with Marguerite Paris’s short All Women Are Equal (1972), which was among the first films to focus on a trans woman.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, 8:30 p.m. Tickets $7.50/$15
WEDNESDAY, MAY 9
Talk: Huey Copeland and Michelle Kuo at Artists Space
Part of the Artists Space “Dialogues” series, this event brings together Huey Copeland, associate professor of art history at Northwestern University, and Michelle Kuo, a curator of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the former editor of Artforum. Copeland’s research, teaching, and writing concentrates on representations of blackness in Western art. His 2013 book titled Bound to Appear: Art, Slavery, and the Site of Blackness in Multicultural America, which focused on work by Renée Green, Glenn Ligon, Lorna Simpson, and Fred Wilson, considers slavery’s impact on American art during the late 20th century. He will talk with Kuo about his two forthcoming book projects, which will explore intersections of race, gender, and aesthetics in modern and contemporary art.
Artists Space, 55 Walker Street, 7 p.m. Tickets $5
THURSDAY, MAY 10
Exhibition: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” at Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Costume Institute’s spring 2018 exhibition, which spans both the museum’s Fifth Avenue location and the Cloisters, puts clothes and medieval artworks from the Met’s collection in dialogue with one another. Papal robes and accessories from the Vatican, many of which have never left the country, will travel to New York for this show, which focuses loosely on the influence of Catholicism and the medieval period on fashion. Over 150 examples of womenswear outfits—by such designers as Cristobal Balenciaga, Thom Browne, Coco Chanel, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, Christian Lacroix, Yves Saint Laurent, Elsa Schiaparelli, and Donatella and Gianni Versace—will be included. The opening of the exhibition will be marked by the annual Met Gala on Monday, May 7; the party has a suggested dress code of “Sunday best.”
Metropolitan Museum of Art 1000 5th Avenue, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; and the Cloisters, 99 Margaret Corbin Drive, 10 a.m.–4:45 p.m.
Opening: Andrew Lord at Gladstone Gallery
Recently exhibited as part of a solo exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago, this new series of cast bronze sculptures by the British artist Andrew Lord has now made its way to Gladstone’s East 64th Street outpost. With their uneven surfaces and their intentionally naïve look, these works blur the lines between fine art and craft sensibilities, and they cover a range of subjects—everything from the constellations to the German juggler Francis Brunn. According to Lord, the works are related to his own move from New York City to Paris, and then, later on, to New Mexico, and are inspired by each place he lived.
Gladstone Gallery, 130 East 64th Street, 6–8 p.m.
Performance: Charles Atlas at the Kitchen
Charles Atlas brings together artists working in performance, dance, and music for this performance-art variety show titled The Kitchen Follies. Participants will include composer Julianna Barwick, choreographer and dancer Jodi Melnick, performance artist Johanna Constantine, the duo Dancenoise, and choreographer Stanley Love, among others. Atlas will film each gig, mixing and projecting the footage as a part of each performance. He will also create new video portraits of the artist participants, and later turn them into works that will be part of his ongoing “Instant Fame!” series. The Kitchen Follies accompanies the video artist and filmmaker’s exhibition “the past is here, the futures are coming,” which is on view in the Kitchen’s gallery through May 12.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 8 p.m. Tickets $20/$25
FRIDAY, MARCH 11
Exhibition: Thomas Gainsborough at Morgan Library & Museum
Although this 18th-century British master is known best for his portraiture and landscape work, his oeuvre extended far beyond his paintings. A master draftsman, his works on paper—which range from preparatory studies to finished works, along with some pieces created for his own enjoyment—will be on view at this show. More than 20 works, primarily from the Morgan’s collection, will illustrate Gainsborough’s flair for sketching quaint British landscapes.
Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, 10:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 12
Talk: Visual AIDS Last Address Tribute Walk at Whitney Museum
The sixth annual Last Address Tribute Walk, run by the arts and activism organization Visual AIDS, will center around a tour of West Village spaces that have significance within larger histories related to AIDS in New York. The event kicks off at the Whitney, with a screening of the Ira Sachs film Last Address (2010) and a presentation of short video clips providing background on each site the walk will visit. The walk will be led by Visual AIDS Programs Director Alex Fialho; each site will include a guest speaker that will provide background and context.
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, 3 p.m. Free with registration on the Whitney’s website
Opening: “The Chicago Show” at the Chicago Show House
Curated by Madeleine Mermall, this group exhibition pairs up-and-coming artists based in the Windy City with works by the Chicago Imagists, a group active during the late 1960s that was inspired by both Surrealist art and pop culture. In the exhibition, 23-year-old Chicago artist Darius Airo’s bright, poppy paintings will be displayed near classics by the influential painter Ed Paschke, and whimsical semi-figurative works by the recent School of the Art Institute of Chicago M.F.A. graduate Jenn Smith will share space with those of Hairy Who founding member Jim Nutt.
The Chicago Show House, 56 Downing Street, Brooklyn, 6–10 p.m.