TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Reading: Rodney Koeneke and Fred Moten at Dia Art Foundation
This reading brings together two writers whose work has been influential for a coterie of young artists. Koeneke’s work often focuses on the ways in which seemingly anonymous forms of writing bring together groups of people—his latest book, Body & Glass, came out earlier this year. Moten, who was profiled by ARTnews earlier this year, recently completed the series of books “consent not to be a single being,” which focuses on uncertainty and notions of blackness; he and Stefano Harvey are currently working on All Incomplete, a new book due out next year.
Dia Art Foundation, 535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor, 6:30 p.m.
Talk: Barbara Pollack at Pace Gallery
At this event, Barbara Pollack will discuss her new book, Brand New Art from China: A Generation on the Rise, which focuses on the Chinese contemporary art world. Pollack, a longtime ARTnews contributor who has profiled collector Michael Xufu Huang and artists Ai Weiwei and Liu Wei, among many others, has written extensively about the nation’s art scene. Her talk will partially address Zhang Xiaogang, whose work can currently be seen at Pace Gallery.
Pace Gallery, 537 West 24th Street, 6:30 p.m. Free with RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Opening: Guadalupe Rosales at Aperture Foundation
For the past few years, Guadalupe Rosales has been amassing an archive of photographs related to Latinx and Chicanx culture in Los Angeles in an attempt, she has said, to reclaim stereotypes about brown men, women, and kids in the city. Occasionally, Rosales has posted some of her images to two cult-favorite Instagram accounts—Veteranas & Rucas and Map Pointz—but rarely has her work been shown in New York. With one of her photographs featured prominently on the cover of the new issue of Aperture, the foundation that prints the magazine will show an installation of images Rosales has collected. At the opening for the show, Rosales will give a talk about her work.
Aperture Foundation, 547 West 27th Street, 4th Floor, 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Exhibition: Sarah Lucas at New Museum
The first U.S. survey for the British artist, “Au Naturel,” will present over 150 works across the museum’s three main floors. The robust show brings together sculptures, photographs, and installations from various points in Lucas’s career, including her biomorphic “Bunnies,” “NUDS,” and “Penetralia” series. The artist—whose bold and witty output has long focused on the human body, gender, sexuality, and identity—has made new works for this New Museum show.
New Museum, 235 Bowery, 11 a.m.—6 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Opening: Joyce J. Scott at Peter Blum Gallery
“What Next and Why Not,” Joyce J. Scott’s first solo exhibition at the gallery, will showcase about 20 sculptures made since the year 2000. The artist incorporates beading, blown glass, and found objects in her artworks, which often ruminate on history, race, gender, and violence. The works on view evidence Scott’s interests in many cultural and spiritual traditions—West African Yoruba weaving and Buddhism are among the reference points. The exhibition, which follows on the heels of a Scott survey at Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, New Jersey, earlier this year is her first New York show in 20 years.
Peter Blum Gallery, 176 Grand Street, 6—8 p.m.
Opening: Marcia Hafif at Fergus McCaffrey
“Marcia Hafif Remembered” commemorates and pays homage to the work of the pioneering abstractionist who died earlier this year at age 88. Best known for her monochrome paintings that were concerned with her medium’s process and materials, Hafif, who first got noticed by critics during the 1970s, worked under the assumption that abstraction wasn’t dead. If anything, she believed, it was entering a new, more exciting phase. This exhibition—which was co-curated by the artist’s friends Alanna Heiss, Richard Nonas, and Hanne Tierney—aims to survey the artist’s output, with works from her “Double Glaze” series, a selection of her “Black Paintings,” and her 1991 piece Table of Pigments represented.
Fergus McCaffrey, 514 West 26th Street, 6—8 p.m.
Opening: Dr. Lakra at White Columns
The Oaxaca, Mexico–based visual artist and tattooist Dr. Lakra (né Jerónimo López Ramírez) is known for taking vintage magazine prints of pin-up girls and wrestlers, and tattooing them on people’s skin using pen ink. This exhibition, which was co-organized with Kurimanzutto gallery, of Mexico City and New York, will showcase a less flashy part of the artist’s oeuvre: his collages, for which he has modified portraits of revered historical figures, among them René Descartes and others of his ilk, using an arsenal of found images, including comic-book clippings and fragments of vintage anatomy texts. The portraits blur the boundary between “the comedic and the grotesque,” according to a release.
White Columns, 91 Horatio Street, 6–8 p.m.
Talk: Faith Ringgold at Brooklyn Museum
As part of the programming for the Brooklyn Museum show “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power,” Faith Ringgold will discuss her career as an artist, activist, and educator. Having been in an integral force in alerting the New York art world to various inequities, Ringgold, who was profiled in these pages in 2016, has tackled issues such as racial violence and immigration using a range of mediums that includes stretched canvas and quilts. The subject of family will likely come up at the talk—Ringgold will be joined by her daughter, author and cultural critic Michele Wallace.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 7–9 p.m. Tickets $14/$16
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
Exhibition: “Programmed: Rules, Codes, and Choreographies in Art, 1965–2018” at Whitney Museum
This show will feature more than 50 works from 39 artists, all of them involving computer code or instructions. The exhibition is divided into two groups of work—“Rule, Instruction and Algorithm” and “Signal, Sequence and Resolution”; its centerpiece will be a newly restored Nam June Paik sculpture, Fin de Siècle II (1989), which is composed of more than 200 television sets. Christiane Paul, the show’s co-curator, said in a statement that the exhibition “strives to illustrate how art throughout the decades has been informed by technological and mathematical concepts and to provide insight into the increasingly coded structures of the contemporary landscape.”
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m.