TUESDAY, AUGUST 28
Performance: Snejanka Mihaylova at Art in General
Art in General and Swimming Pool, an art space based in Sofia, Bulgaria, will present artist Snejanka Mihaylova’s first-ever performance in New York this week. Titled Voice 1/5: On Tradition, the work is part of Mihaylova’s long-term research project that interweaves the lives and beliefs of three female saints with contemporary feminism, nationalism, and radicalism. The artist will use her own voice to bring these saints back to life and consider their points of view. The event will include a piano performance by the artist and the distribution of posters displaying a “visualized version of music theory.”
Art in General, 145 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, 7–9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29
Exhibition: Donna Gottschalk at Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
Titled “Brave, Beautiful Outlaws,” this exhibition showcases photography by Donna Gottschalk, a lesbian activist in New York and California beginning in the 1970s. Gottschalk’s works feature people close to her—friends, family, lovers, and fellow activists, all of whom are often shown in domestic settings. The artist has called her practice an “attempt to fathom” the world around her and grapple with the challenges of being out during the ’70s. An opening reception for the show will follow in late September.
Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster Street, 12–6 p.m.
Screening: “Mass of Images: Black Power Era Experimenta” at Brooklyn Academy of Music
As part of its series “Say It Loud: Cinema in the Age of Black Power, 1966–1981,” BAM will present a night of shorts from Barbara McCullough, Jamaa Fanaka, Ulysses S. Jenkins, Betye Saar, and Edward Owens. The films included, a description suggests, represent a “selection of works that are as formally daring as they are culturally subversive.” Included will be Saar’s Colored Spade (1971), which, until it appeared last year at a Brooklyn Museum survey of black female artists working during the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s, had not been shown publicly since 1975.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn, 7 p.m. Tickets $7.50/15
THURSDAY, AUGUST 30
Exhibition: Trudy Benson at Lyles & King
Previous exhibitions from the young artist Trudy Benson have focused on paintings that use the surfaces of digital image technology as inspiration for formal exploration. Her new show promises to balance abstraction with an eye toward popular culture—influences include album covers and the aesthetics of interior decorations. These new canvases represent a hybrid of sensibilities informed by modernist traditions and more contemporary reference points. An opening reception will follow on September 6.
Lyles & King, 106 Forsyth Street, 12–6 p.m.
Exhibition: Thomas Allen Harris at Hunter East Harlem Gallery
For the past month and a half, the artist and filmmaker Thomas Allen Harris has been working in collaboration with students from the Hunter College Integrated Media Arts M.F.A. Program on a project that attempts to turn the Hunter East Harlem Gallery into an open-forum classroom. Based on the artist’s practice—which uses the family album as a vessel for community outreach—each student will source historical materials from the surrounding neighborhood, in the process developing discrete pieces that synthesize their findings. This exhibition is the result of a full summer of research.
Hunter East Harlem Gallery, 2180 3rd Avenue, 6–9 p.m.
Talk: “In Conversation: Jack Whitten: Notes from the Woodshed” at Hauser & Wirth
The subject of this talk will be the recently released book Jack Whitten: Notes from the Woodshed, which gathers the artist’s writings on topics ranging from the physical properties of paint to his conceptual concerns. A select cast will read excerpts and discuss Whitten’s work at this event, with a lineup including writer Hettie Jones, Hauser & Wirth director of special projects Randy Kennedy, Dia Art Foundation deputy director and chief curator Courtney J. Martin, and artist Cullen Washington.
Hauser & Wirth, 548 West 22nd Street, 6:30 p.m. Free with RSVP
Performance: Amy Khoshbin at Signs & Symbols
There may be no greater merger of art and politics than an artist running for office, as Amy Khoshbin plans to do when she campaigns for a place in the Brooklyn City Council in 2021. This week, as part of Signs & Symbols’s “artists and allies” show, Khoshbin will debut You Never Know, which focuses loosely on her experience with gun culture in the West. Should that subject sound dour, the mood will be lightened by what a release calls a “cathartic rap dance-party” that includes videos, dancing, and music.
Signs & Symbols, 102 Forsyth Street, 7–9 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 31
Exhibition: “Half the Picture: A Feminist Look at the Collection” at Brooklyn Museum
This show’s title is inspired by a 1989 work by feminist activist group Guerilla Girls that reads: “You’re seeing less than half the picture without the vision of women artists and artists of color.” Featuring more than 100 objects from the Brooklyn Museum’s collection, the exhibition aims to showcase a version of feminism that accounts for gender, race, and class. Included are works by Vito Acconci, Beverly Buchanan, Sue Coe, Renee Cox, Nona Faustine, Harmony Hammond, Käthe Kollwitz, An-My Lê, Yolanda López, Park McArthur, Zanele Muholi, Philip Pearlstein, Wendy Red Star, Joan Semmel, Dread Scott, Nancy Spero, Betty Tompkins, Andy Warhol, the Artists’ Poster Committee of Art Workers Coalition, Taller de Gráfica Popular, and more.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Talk: “Selective Histories: Memory, Aesthetics, and Urban Art” at the Strand
This talk by Lauren Hudson, a doctoral candidate in earth and environmental science at the City University of New York’s Graduate Center, considers the varied purposes of urban art projects in the landscape of the city—which are often at odds with one another. Hudson, whose research focuses on anti-capitalist organizing among women in New York, will discuss the ways in which the politics of public artworks construct what urban geographer Karen Till calls “selective and coherent histories.”
The Strand, 828 Broadway, 7 p.m. Tickets $20