Editor’s Pick: 7 Events For Your Art Calendar This Week, From Jónsi’s Sonic Volcano To The Met’s Afrofuturist Era Room
Every week, we search for the most exciting and engaging shows, screenings and events, both digitally and in person, in the New York City area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all ET unless otherwise noted.)
Until Friday December 17
1. “Jónsi: Obsidian” at the Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York
This is the second solo show at Tanya Bonakdar by Jon Por “Jónsi” Birgisson, lead singer of Icelandic band Sigur Ros, and it also coincides with his third album, which bears the same title as the show, “Obsidian”. The exhibition and the new album are inspired by the natural wonder of his native land.
He transformed the gallery with two major new sound installations and a series of sculptural works inspired by the eruption last March of the Fagradalsfjall volcano, which had sleeping for almost 800 years. In addition to the music, there are also soundscapes of roaring rocks and scorching lava, and the artist has created earthy and uplifting scents that float around the gallery, with the use of a ‘scent organ’.
Site: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery 521 West 21st Street
Price: To free
Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed for Thanksgiving)
Until Friday December 17
2. “Yeslvia Snowden: the m street series ”at the Franklin Parrasch Gallery, New York
The show gives a preview of Snowden’s M Street series, which focuses on images of people the artist knew in his Washington, DC neighborhood. In the mid-1970s, amid gentrification and ongoing displacement, Snowden felt the urgency of the lives of the people she met in her neighborhood – many of whom were passing through, unemployed or homeless – And she described them in her work. It portrays the tension and intensity of life. At the same time, Parrasch Heijnen in Los Angeles presents “Sylvia Snowden: Select Works, 1966 – 2020”, until December 18th.
Site: Galerie Franklin Parrasch 19 East 66th Street, New York
Price: To free. Reservations required.
Time: Monday to Friday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Thanksgiving, closed.
Until Wednesday December 22
3. “Jaqueline Cedar: Night Moves” at the Shelter Gallery, New York
A series of small, colorful five by seven inch acrylic pieces on wood panels make up the bulk of this imaginative painting exhibition by Jaqueline Cedar. Her elongated figures are both awkward and elegant, seemingly caught off guard by the onlooker’s gaze as they weave their way through the uncertainty of life.
Site: Shelter Gallery, 179 East Broadway, New York
Price: To free
Time: Tuesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Until Monday January 10, 2022
4. “Gillian Laub: Family Matters” at the International Center of Photography, New York
Over the past two decades, Laub’s photography has focused on topical issues with an emphasis on community and human rights. His subjects range from survivors of terrorism in the Middle East (Testimony, 2007) to racism in the American South (Southern rites, 2015), and Laub uses his camera to investigate how the most complex issues of society are often expressed in big terms in relationships and intimate spaces. Documenting the emotional, psychological and political landscape of his own family, this exhibition explores the artist’s growing unease with the many extravagances that have marked their lives.
The show was hosted by ICP’s Executive Director of Programs, David Campany, and coincides with the publication of an accompanying book of the same title, published by Aperture.
Site: 79 Essex Street, New York
Price: Adults, $ 16; Seniors (62 and over), military personnel, visitors with disabilities (free caregivers), students, $ 12; SNAP / EBT card holders, $ 3; ICP members, students and visitors under 16, Free
Time: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 11 am-7pm; Tuesday closed; Thursday 11 am-9pm Closed for Thanksgiving.
Until Sunday November 28
5. “Thousand” at the entrance, New York
Although this is Nick Sethi’s first solo show, collaboration is at the heart of it. Every weekend since the show opened, Sethi has brought original programming from fellow artists, such as a talk with artist Isa Reisner, accompanied by Sethi’s homemade lentil stew, or the decoration of a threshing car with personalized vinyl decals with help from locals. Inside the gallery, Sethi exchanges photographs, sculptures and multimedia canvases every day, creating an evolving curation that he associates with the offers and gifts brought to him by friends. Don’t forget to take a peek at the basement exhibit, where some of the most intriguing artifacts live, such as a bottled cobra, a vinyl canvas of Sethi’s henna-covered hands, and a piece made entirely of Swisher Sweets packaging.
Site: Entrance, 48 Ludlow Street
Price: To free
Time: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Until March 2022
7. “The day before yesterday, we could fly: an Afro-Futurist period room” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Another type of period room is now on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, which has teamed up with Oscar-winning production designer Hannah Beachler, whose credits include Black Panther, and Michelle Commander, associate director and curator at NYPL’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, to push the boundaries of the genre by drawing inspiration from Afrofuturism.
To anchor the exhibit in the reality of a specific historical erasure, curators have created a space that embraces the memory of Seneca Village, a thriving 19th-century New York City community of predominantly black landlords and tenants, located outside too far from the Encountered. A 16th-century Venetian glass jar and 19th-century cast iron cookware from the museum’s collection are installed among newly commissioned works by contemporary artists from South Africa to New Jersey. A Beachler-designed black-and-white five-sided TV plays a digital black-and-white artwork by Jenn Nkiru, suggesting a space of collective witness to the 20th century and beyond, while a warm comb and a chair with a sculpted back in the form of an afro-pic by Ethiopian and Kenyan designer Jomo Tariku evokes feelings of black intimacy.
Site: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 5th Avenue, New York
Price: Residents of New York and students of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, pay what you want; Adults, $ 25; Seniors (65 and over), $ 17; Students, $ 12; Children (under 12), Free
Time: Sunday-Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Closed Wednesday and Thanksgiving.
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