Shows to See- November 2014

So many shows to see across the city and beyond! Here are some highlights, with a concentration on Architecture + Art, in anticipation of our upcoming DELVE event  (stay tuned for details!) Enjoy.

Abstraction and its Discontents closes November 23rd in Bushwick at Storefront Ten Eyck. Be sure to make your way out there to see gorgeous work in this group show by Benjamin Adelmann, Meg Atkinson, Jeffrey Bishop, Sharon Butler, Miriam Cabessa, Paul Campbell, Marc Cheetham, Paul Corio, Jeff Fichera, Matthew Gehring, Brian Guidry, Collin Hatton, Sara Jones, Jody Joyner, Maureen Meyer, Russell Perkins, Christopher Rose, Suzan Shutan, Tatiana Simonova and Andrew Small. 

You also have a couple more weeks to see Situation NY, an installation by Jana Winderen and Marc Fornes at Storefront for Art and Architecture (closes 11/21.) It's mega pink and takes up the whole gallery space, and "is a vibrating sound experiment that aims to transform the architecture into animated sensible form. Conceived as a sound object that absorbs and contrasts the site specificity of the Storefront Gallery with abstract, spatial, formal and acoustic variations and compositions, Situation NY raises questions about context, sensorial readings, estrangement and the uncanny tangentially resonating with contemporary debates around the ontology of objects."

The Center for Strategic Art and Architecture is showing the work by Ellie Irons called Invasive Pigments, a garden and visual art exhibition. "Exploring the migration and proliferation of certain plants in tandem with dense human populations Invasive Pigments is a research-based project in which Irons gathers weeds and other “unintentional plants” found in urban centers."

Abelardo Morrell is showing Some New Pictures at the Edwynn Houk Gallery through December 6th. 

Pier 54 at the High Line through December 13th is "a tribute to and a reaction against Pier 18, a legendary project organized by artist and curator Willoughby Sharp in 1971. For its original iteration, Sharp invited 27 artists to create an event or an action to take place on the abandoned Pier 18 in the Financial District of New York City. Artists responded in a variety of ways: some carried out performances, others created sculptures and installations or sent simple instructions for do-it-yourself works to be executed by someone else. Both a re-enactment and an exercise in historical revisionism, Pier 54 took place during the summer of 2014 on Hudson River Park’s Pier 54 – a disused pier located at 11th Avenue and West 13th Street. The pier is visible from the High Line and preserves many historical memories and architectural vestiges of Manhattan’s West Side, a neighborhood that has been swiftly transformed in the past decades. High Line Art invited 27 contemporary artists – this time all women – to realize projects that respond to the location and engage with the changing landscape of the waterfront."

Will Yackulic,   Untitled (Passages  III )  , graphite on typewriter-embossed paper, 16.25 × 14.25 inches, 2013. Courtesy the artist and Gregory Lind Gallery via Art in General's website

Will Yackulic, Untitled (Passages III), graphite on typewriter-embossed paper, 16.25 × 14.25 inches, 2013. Courtesy the artist and Gregory Lind Gallery via Art in General's website

You have until January 2015 to see Will Yackulic's Enigma Variations at Art in General. "Inspired by the nineteenth century Variations on an Original Theme for Orchestra, in which Edward Elgar composed musical scores that revealed aspects of friends’ character traits, Yackulic initially took the personalities of his peers as source material in this latest body of work. Manifesting as clay constructions with complex geometries, the renderings are fairly incomprehensible, skewing toward the allegorical. As a portraitist, Yackulic searches for essence, if not likeness. The artworks are receptacles of intimacies—vessels in the literal sense, as each acquaintance was asked to privately deposit an object inside their hollow, ceramic flask."

New Territories at the Museum of Art and Design in Columbus Circle recently opened and will be on view through April of 2015. "New Territories explores the collaborations between small manufacturing operations and craftspersons, artists, and designers, and demonstrates how the resulting work addresses not only the issues of commodification and production, but also of urbanization, displacement and sustainability. The exhibition will explore a number of key themes, including: the dialogue between contemporary trends and artistic legacies in Latin American art; the use of repurposed materials in strategies of upcycling; the blending of digital and traditional skills; and the reclamation of personal and public space."

Lili Reynaud-Dewar: Live Through That?! at New Museum includes "four site-specific videos shot on each floor of the Museum in which she moves and dances alone through the building, camouflaging herself in the empty gallery spaces during the transition period between exhibitions."


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