MONDAY, JULY 30
Lecture: Helen Molesworth at Swiss Institute
To supplement the Swiss Institute’s current exhibition “Readymades Belong to Everyone,” Helen Molesworth, the former chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, will deliver a talk about the origins of the readymade, which is by now more than a century removed from Marcel Duchamp’s initial conception of it. Her lecture, “At Home with Duchamp,” will attempt to look at “some of our inherited assumptions about what the readymade is and what it does,” with a particular focus on the “changing definitions of shopping and labor, transformations primarily felt and enacted by women” that happened around the same time as Duchamp’s innovations, according to a statement written by Molesworth.
Swiss Institute, 38 St. Marks Place, 7 p.m.
TUESDAY, JULY 31
Talk: “Reflections on Giacometti” at Guggenheim Museum
Concurrent with its current Alberto Giacometti retrospective, the Guggenheim will host a group of contemporary artists for a talk that considers the legacy and influence of the Swiss sculptor. The event is moderated by the writer Michael Brenson and features Diana Al-Hadid, Huma Bhabha, and Charles Ray, all of whom have focused on creating distorted versions of the human body that wouldn’t have been possible without Giacometti’s innovations.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $10/$15
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1
Opening: “Gaze” at Van Doren Waxter
Through a variety of mediums and approaches, this pan-generational group show features work based on forms that can be found in nature. With work spanning nearly six decades, the exhibition includes painting, drawing, photography, and sculpture from 14 artists. Judy Fiskin’s conceptual photographs of the American landscape and Marsha Cottrell’s process-based manipulation of office computers and printers are among the pieces that will be included. Also on view will be work by Hilary Berseth, Valeska Soares, Jeronimo Elespe, Douglas Melini, Cameron Martin, and Hedda Sterne.
Van Doren Waxter, 23 East 73rd Street, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
THURSDAY, AUGUST 2
Opening: “Dialectics of Entanglement: do we even exist together?” at A.I.R. Gallery
The past and present will commingle in this survey, which is a revival of sorts of the 1980 show “Dialectics of Isolation: An Exhibition of Third World Women Artists of the United States,” a landmark exhibition that focused on the invisibility of women of color in the American feminist movement. Works by artists from the 1980 show—Judith F. Baca, Beverly Buchanan, Janet Olivia Henry, Senga Nengudi, Lydia Okumura, Howardena Pindell, Selena W. Persico, and Zarina among them—will be placed alongside an array of contemporary pieces by Regina José Galindo, Che Gossett, and Rachael Rakes. Through this new exhibition, “we are looking to consider how conversations and conditions in our social political context, have changed—and how they have not,” a release states.
A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, 6–8 p.m.
Exhibition: “Rough Trade: Art and Sex Work from the 1970s, 80s, and 90s” at ClampArt
Following on the heels of “Putting Out,” a show at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise that focuses on new art related to sex work, this exhibition will survey pieces about that industry from the 1970s, ’80s, and ’90s. Included are various works that meditate on sexual discrimination, which occurs both before and behind the camera in many works here. Curated by Greg Ellis and Brian Paul Clamp, the show is intended as a companion piece to the Whitney Museum’s David Wojnarowicz retrospective, and will include work by Kenny Burgess, Larry Clark, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Fred Halsted, Mark Morrisroe, Tomata du Plenty, John Sex, and Samuel Steward, among others.
ClampArt, 247 West 29th Street, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Talk: “Painting: Now and Forever, Part III” at Greene Naftali
To coincide with the group show “Painting: Now and Forever, Part III,” which is currently on view at Greene Naftali and Matthew Marks, this talk will convene artists Nayland Blake, Jeanette Mundt, and Howardena Pindell, all of whom are participants in the show. Their work focuses on an array of formal and political concerns, from race to sexual identity and gender. Aruna D’Souza, the author of the recently released book Whitewalling: Art, Race & Protest in 3 Acts, will moderate the discussion.
Greene Naftali, 508 West 26th Street, 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 3
Studio Tour: East End Studio Tour at Various Venues
For those making the trek out to Long Island this weekend, the New York Foundation for the Arts is offering this day of studio tours, which includes stops at the working spaces of Ross Bleckner, April Gornik, and Hiroyuki Hamada, all of whom are based on the East End. (More information about Gornik’s studio is available in a recent “Habitat” feature about East End artist residents in the Summer 2018 issue of ARTnews.) Following the tours, Guild Hall’s executive director, Andrea Grover, and the artists will accompany guests at a lunch in Bridgehampton.
Various venues, consult NYFA website for details. Tickets $350
Exhibition: Eckhaus Latta at Whitney Museum
Following appearances in the Made in L.A. biennial at the Hammer Museum and the Greater New York quinquennial at MoMA PS1, the fashion designers Eckhaus Latta will have a full-on solo show at the Whitney Museum, titled “Possessed,” which will involve a three-part installation. In the first room, there will be a series of photographs mimicking the look of fashion spreads. This will be followed by a fully functional store and a dimly lit room that may call to mind a security office used to surveil shoppers in malls.
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
Screening: All That Jazz at Quad Cinema
Life and art merge in this 1979 Bob Fosse film, which stars Roy Scheider as a boozing dancer who finds that his work has begun consuming him, causing him to gradually loose his grip on reality. Almost instantly, the musical was hailed as something great—Stanley Kubrick reportedly lauded it as one of the best films he’d ever seen at the time, and the year after it was released in America, it took home the Palme d’Or award at the Cannes Film Festival. It screens here as part of a film series about Fosse, whose career will be revisited in a forthcoming FX television series starring Sam Rockwell soon.
Quad Cinema, 34 West 13th Street, 8:05 p.m. Tickets $13/$16