11 events for your art calendar this week, from an art and disability festival to a course on the legacy of the great migration
Every week, we search for the most exciting and engaging shows, screenings and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting in-person and digital events, as well as open in-person exhibitions in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all EST, unless otherwise noted.)
Monday July 19 and Tuesday July 20
1. “Disability Futures Virtual Festival” at the Ford Foundation, New York
The Ford Foundation has partnered with the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and United States Artists for this virtual festival celebrating Ford’s Disability Futures Fellows with performances, conversations and a virtual dance party. Topics include “The Legacy of Queer People with Disabilities” and “The Power and Presence of Aboriginal Disability Stories”.
Time: Monday, 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m .; Tuesday, 12 p.m.-6.15 p.m.
Tuesday July 20
2. “Selected Moments: Film Series by Josephine Meckseper” at Guild Hall, East Hampton
German-born artist Josephine Meckseper is currently Artist in Residence at the Elaine de Kooning House in East Hampton. Coinciding with this residency, Meckseper shares weekly clips of three to five minutes, produced and edited by the artist, chronicling the process of creating his new works in the studio. Meckseper launches the last in the series this week.
Thursday July 22
3. “Lynn Hershman Leeson in Conversation with Kris Paulsen” at the Wexner Center for the Arts at Ohio State University, Columbus
Artist and director Lynn Hershman Leeson, whose first solo exhibition at the museum, “Twisted”, is on view at the New Museum in New York until October 3, talks to writer, theorist and history professor from Ohio art, Kris Paulsen, on his 50-year career. Three of Leeson’s films are also screened at Wex until Saturday, July 24.
Price: Free with registration
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Thursday July 22 and Thursday July 29
4. “The Great American Migration in Art and Politics” at 92nd Street Y, New York
This two-day continuing education course taught by Carla J. DuBose-Simons will examine the mass exodus of black Americans from the South between 1910 and 1970, and the role of the Great Migration in the rise of art, music and black literature, especially the Harlem Renaissance. The course will also discuss the segregation that African Americans face in the South and the racial discrimination that greeted them upon arrival in northern cities, and how the Great Migration helped shape the civil rights movement and affects still the composition of our cities to this day.
Location: 92nd Street Y, 1395 Lexington Avenue (between East 91st and 92nd Street), New York
Price: $ 132
Time: 12 p.m.-2.15 p.m.
Until Friday July 23
5. “By a thread: Paige Beeber and Jessica Willittes” at Thierry Goldberg, New York
Thierry Goldberg combines the work of Paige Beeber and Jessica Willittes in this two-part exhibition of superimposed and hyper-detailed multimedia paintings. Willittes paints on rugs, cutting fabrics and stitching them back together, while Beeber’s favorite form of marking is the repeating dashes, which run through his canvases like stitches.
Location: Thierry Goldberg Gallery, 109 Norfolk Street, New York
Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
6. “Juliana Stankiewicz: The Modern Woman” at CJ One Gallery, New York
Multidisciplinary artist Juliana Stankiewicz, who paints, executes and takes photographs, presents a new exhibition at CJ One Gallery focusing on sexism and gender discrimination. The show encourages viewers to look at the world through the eyes of a child. “Her hope is that by creating a fun and interactive way to view these traditional roles, we will move the conversation forward and continue to steer our actions towards gender equality,” the gallery said in a statement.
Location: CJ One Gallery, 246 West 54th Street, New York
Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Until Saturday July 24
7. “Victoria Dugger: Out of Body” at Sargent’s Daughters, New York
Victoria Dugger got her first solo exhibition even before graduating from the University of Georgia with her MFA. The title of the exhibition comes from her series of self-portraits that boldly assert her status as a disabled black woman with bright colors and twisted shapes. Jeweled fabric sculptures of lumpy legs on antique garden chairs continue the theme. “It’s easy to get overlooked when you don’t have a seat at the table, but luckily I always bring my own chair,” Duggar wrote in a recent essay. “As a disabled black woman, I want people to accept or appreciate me both for my surface and what is below; to humanize myself not because of my appearance, but in spite of it.
Location: Daughters of Sargent, 179 East Broadway, New York
Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Until Monday July 26
8. “Alexis Rockman: Shipwrecks” at Guild Hall, East Hampton
Environmental disasters have long preoccupied New York artist Alexis Rockman. The Guild Hall’s 40 paintings and works on paper focus on the world’s waterways and the doomed ships and cargo ships that have crossed them over the centuries. Creatures large and small watch the wreckage as they float dangerously near wooden barrels and treasure chests. Some historical, others imaginary, these scenarios highlight the long history of the exploitation of humans, animals and natural resources.
Location: Guild Hall, 158 Main Street, East Hampton
Time: Sunday, Monday, Thursday and Friday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Until Saturday July 31
9. “Resurgence” at the NYC Culture Club, New York
The inaugural show of the new downtown arts space from brothers and artists Parker and Clayton Calvert, NYC Culture Club, presents an optimistic vision for the city’s future as we seek to put the pandemic in our rearview mirror. The works of artists such as LeRone Wilson, Chellis Baird and Kerry Irvine address themes of social justice and environmentalism.
Location: Oculus, 185 Greenwich Street, C1 level, South Concourse, New York
Time: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Until Friday August 20
10. “JoAnn Verburg: For Now” in Pace, New York
Olive trees, which JoAnn Verburg first photographed in the 1990s, take center stage in the artist’s first solo exhibition in Pace, with multi-frame photo and video works captured in Italy, Israel and California since 2016. The images of these lush landscapes are transport, especially in the video works, where the leaves rustle in the gentle breeze.
Location: Pace, 540 West 25th Street, New York
Time: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Until Saturday September 11
11. “Estefania Velez Rodriguez: Time’s Passage is Probably an Illusion” at the Praxis Gallery, New York
The works of Boricua artist Estefania Velez Rodriguez are electric abstractions of nature. Using a vivid palette of purple, orange, red, blue, and green, Velez Rodriguez recreates the landscapes of Mexico and his birthplace, Puerto Rico. “For this series, she built windows that look in and out simultaneously and represent a temporal space that only relatively exists within us,” the gallery said. The artist created the works throughout the pandemic in his Brooklyn studio as well as on a rooftop in Mexico City.
Location: Praxis Gallery, 501 West 20th Street, New York
Time: Tuesday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
– Cristina Cruz
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