TUESDAY, AUGUST 7
Opening: “artists & allies” at Signs and Symbols
With this exhibition, Signs and Symbols will stage performances and screenings every Thursday for one month. Programming will include live sound art, standup comedy, dance workshops, and a sci-fi rap concert. Many of the participating artists have forthcoming solo shows at the gallery, and a selection of their artwork will also be on view. Billed as an “open-ended alternative to a summer group show,” the exhibition features work by Michelle Handelman, Jen DeNike, Wermke/Leinkauf, Annabel Daou, Robert Wilson, and others.
Signs and Symbols, 102 Forsyth Street, 6–8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8
Screening: Close-Up at Brooklyn Academy of Music
As part of the “Screen Epiphanies” series at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, writer Fariha Róisín will speak about the Abbas Kiarostami film Close-Up (1990). The film tells the true story of Ali Sabzian, a man who pretends to be renowned movie director Mohsen Makhmalbaf in order to impress a woman he meets on a bus. By way of this ruse, Sabzian attempts to ingratiate himself to her family, but he is ultimately arrested for fraud. Featuring performances by the real participants in these events, the film functions as a reenactment that blurs the line between fiction and reality. A screening will follow Róisín’s introduction.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, 7 p.m. Tickets $16
THURSDAY, AUGUST 9
Opening: Gertrude Abercrombie at Karma
This show marks the first New York exhibition of Gertrude Abercrombie’s work since 1952. A prolific American surrealist, Abercrombie often painted eerie landscapes, elongated bodies, looming moons, tall towers, and other creatures and objects that were significant to her. Abercrombie herself also figures prominently in her artwork, often presiding over rather haunting scenes. This show, which is organized by the writer and curator Dan Nadel, considers nearly three decades of the artist’s output.
Karma, 188 East 2nd Street, 6–8 p.m.
Book Release: She Begat This at Brooklyn Museum
Joan Morgan’s new book, She Begat This: 20 Years of the Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, takes a look at the landmark 1998 debut record by former Fugees member Lauryn Hill and its sustained cultural impact. For the book’s release, there will be a listening session of the album and a signing by Morgan, as well as a panel discussion featuring the activist Michaela Angela Davis and the writer Kierna Mayo, among others. The night ends with a Lauryn Hill tribute DJ set by the artist Alex Asher Daniel in the institution’s first-floor Rubin Pavilion.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 6–10 p.m.
Opening: “Something Lush and Hot, Drippy” at Monya Rowe Gallery
This group exhibition features paintings and works on paper from four artists—Heidi Hahn, Vera Iliatova, Haley Josephs and Alina Perez, all of whom work in a mode that treads the line between figuration and abstraction. An interest in the human form and an eye towards surrealism connects all four women. A perfect example of this is Perez’s work, which often features confrontational images of bathers and sex acts that draw inspiration from Miami, the artist’s place of birth.
Monya Rowe Gallery, 224 West 30th Street, 6–8 p.m.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 10
Performance: Guadalupe Maravilla at Whitney Museum
As part of the current Whitney exhibition “Pacha, Llaqta, Wasichay: Indigenous Space, Modern Architecture, New Art,” which takes a focus on contemporary art concerned with the preservation of Indigenous environments in America, the multidisciplinary artist Guadalupe Maravilla will present a performance called The OG of Undocumented Children, based on his own experience crossing the U.S. border at the age of eight. Drawing a line between our current moment and Mayan mythology, the artist will stage a performance that brings together a Mexican electro band and “an immigrant vampire family who drink the blood of Americans,” according to a statement on the museum’s website.
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12
Workshop: “Day of the Bird” at Storm King Art Center
Perhaps birdwatching in the name of art strikes your fancy? If so, there’s this event, which is being put on in conjunction with the Storm King Art Center’s current exhibition “Indicators: Artists on Climate Change.” Artist Jenny Kendler has teamed up with wildlife conservationist Dr. J. Drew Lanham for a morning of activities related to all things avian. Eric Lind, the center director of the Constitution Marsh Audubon Center and Sanctuary, will lead a birdwatching session, which will then be followed by a class about drawing falcons; a conversation between Kendler, artist George Boorujy, and Andrew Wetzler, of the Natural Resources Defense Council; and a book signing with Lanham
Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Road, Cornwall, 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Some events require RSVP through Storm King Art Center’s website
Exhibition: Richanda Rhoden at Soloway
Richanda Rhoden reportedly painted every day until she died at age 99, but rarely ever was she given the spotlight during her lifetime. (A release for this show notes that Rhoden had “little exhibition history.”) Better known as the wife and muse of the sculptor John Rhoden, she tirelessly painted canvases that drew on the abstract styles of her male colleagues, often reinterpreting their formalist tendencies to her own personal ends. This exhibition will bring together canvases Rhoden produced between the 1950s and the 2000s as a corrective to her relatively low profile throughout history. A reception in memory of the artist will follow in mid-September.
Soloway, 348 4th Street, Brooklyn, 12–5 p.m.
Screening: “Jud Yalkut Program” at Anthology Film Archives
As part of a series about “Rock ‘n’ Roll Film,” the Anthology Film Archives will screen a program of works by Jud Yalkut, the experimental filmmaker known for his shorts that radically messed with the very structures that constitute cinema. The centerpiece of the program will be Yalkut’s 1970 film Aquarian Rushes, a documentary of sorts about Woodstock that includes footage shot on both 8mm and 16mm film and loosely mimics the form of a drug trip. Also screened at this event will be Us Down by the Riverside (1966), The Godz (1966), and China Cat Sunflower (1973).
Anthology Film Archives, 32 2nd Avenue, 9 p.m. Tickets $7/$9/$11