MONDAY, OCTOBER 22
Talk: “Decolonizing the Land, Decolonizing the Mind” at BRIC
In collaboration with the nonprofit A Blade of Grass, BRIC presents an event that imagines a future in which indigenous communities and people of color create “alternative systems and technologies to protect people and the environment.” The program includes a performance by artist Maria Hupfield, film screenings related to projects by ABOG fellows, and a panel discussion moderated by artist and racial equality trainer Nayantara Sen of Art/Work Practice with Stephanie Dinkins, Mary Mattingly, and Hupfield. The event coincides with BRIC’s current exhibition “Mary Mattingly: What Happens After.”
BRIC, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, 7–9 p.m.
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23
Opening: “Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today” at Wallach Art Gallery
This exhibition, which will travel to the Musée d’Orsay in Paris in March 2019, focuses on various representations of the black figure throughout the development of modern art. Photographs, correspondence, and films reveal details about the models’ interactions with painters, sculptors, and photographers. The New York presentation, which is curated by Denise Murrell, will center on the black female figure and takes Édouard Manet’s depictions of Laure—who posed as the maid in the famed painting Olympia—as a point of departure. Both stagings will feature work by Frédéric Bazille, Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, Charles Alston, Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, and others, along with pieces by modern and contemporary artists who consider the legacy of these portrayals.
Wallach Art Gallery, 615 West 129th Street, 6–8 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 25
Performance: Liliana Porter at the Kitchen
The new play THEM, co-directed by the artists Liliana Porter and Ana Tiscornia, is composed of a series of short scenes that deal with one of the oft-recurring themes in Porter’s work: the divide between comedy and drama. (Porter is currently the subject of a survey at El Museo del Barrio.) The two artists created a glass windscreen and mosaic seating area for the Scarborough train station in upstate New York in 2010, and though details about the new work’s plot are sparse, THEM is being teased with an image of a masked man staring at a duck.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 6 p.m. Tickets $20/25
Opening: Lorraine O’Grady at Alexander Gray Associates
The title of this new exhibition from Lorraine O’Grady—“Cutting out CONYT”—is a reference to the longstanding conceptual artist’s 1977 text-based work Cutting Out The New York Times. That piece, in which poems were created out of collaged Sunday Times editions, is revisited here in new works that deploy her 1977 verses as source material for a series of modified “haiku diptychs.” In a statement, O’Grady said, “Produced with 40 more years of life and aesthetic experience, I feel that [the “Cutting Out CONYT” work] embraces the mysterious intertwinings of narrative and politics, post-blackness and blackness in a way that Cutting Out The New York Times could not accomplish or even imagine.”
Alexander Gray Associates, 510 West 26 Street, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: Al Loving at Garth Greenan Gallery
The first exhibition since the late artist’s 2017 solo outing at Art + Practice in Los Angeles, this show, titled “Space, Time, Light,” showcases paintings and mixed media works produced by Al Loving between 1976 and 1993. Spotlighting the abstractionist’s experimentations with geometry and color, the show features Loving’s collages and fabric wall-hangings made from torn canvas, which were often made in mind of work by Romare Bearden, Henri Matisse, and Hans Hofmann.
Garth Greenan Gallery, 545 West 20th Street, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: Faith Ringgold at ACA Galleries
This exhibition takes a look at some of Faith Ringgold’s lesser-shown works, including political posters, a series of figurative soft sculptures, and abstract pieces made with acrylic on canvas. Among the pieces featured are 1971’s People’s Flag Show Poster, which is lined with text written by Ringgold, part of which reads, “ARTISTS, WORKERS, STUDENTS, WOMEN, THIRD WORLD PEOPLES. WHAT DOES THE FLAG MEAN TO YOU?”
ACA Galleries, 529 West 20th Street, 7–9 p.m.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
Opening: Michael Krebber at Greene Naftali
A contemporary of Cosima von Bonin and Albert Oehlen, the painter Michael Krebber has often resisted espousing a single aesthetic throughout his decades-long career—and sometimes has even appeared to resist painting altogether. His works are minimal and drily humorous, and often evoke pared down images and motifs using just a few paint strokes. Krebber’s latest show will feature new works.
Greene Naftali, 508 West 26th Street, 6–8 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
Opening: TEFAF New York at Park Avenue Armory
The fall edition of the TEFAF art fair in New York will convene 93 exhibitors to show antiquities, decorative works, and more. Alongside the fair’s booths will be a series of discussions: one talk, for example, will focus on the legacy of Eugène Delacroix. Another will focus on “Retrieving Lost Identities: The Black Figure in Art, Past and Present.”
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, 12–8 p.m. Tickets $25/$55/$75
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 28
Performance: Caleb Teicher & Company with Conrad Tao at Guggenheim Museum
As part of its “Works & Progress” series, the Guggenheim will present this performance by artist Conrad Tao and renowned tap dancer and choreographer Caleb Teicher and his company. The event will act as a preview of their new work, More Forever, which will premiere in a full-length version as part of the same series next year. Audiences will hear Tao’s new score while Teicher and company dancers “explore American dance traditions such as vernacular jazz, tap, and Lindy Hop” atop a stage covered in sand.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, 7:30–8:50 p.m. Tickets $40/$45