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- 11/04/15--09:29: The 13 Must-See Art Shows Opening This Week
While in Pasadena, California, Carrie Brownstein took a little break from hosting a discussion of her new memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girlto officiate a last minute wedding between two women, Genevieve and Kendall, attending the event.
With some help from Amy Poehler, who was co-hosting (and added some musical stylings with a piano rendition of "Greensleeves"), Brownstein (who is an ordained minister) gave a beautiful, on-the-spot monologue about love.
"I'm going to quote James Baldwin," Carrie starts before quickly adding, "perhaps incorrectly."
The actress/musician goes on to say that "love and life and togetherness involves a lot of
Awwwww damn. Work that improv.
"All of us here are rooting for you," Brownstein says, "rooting for you is the way we root for ourselves, in the way that we root for love to always win out over despair, for hope to win out over fear, for joy to win out over sorrow."
How are any of us supposed to get married now without Carrie Brownstein spouting gorgeous, organic statements about monogamy while Amy Poehler hands us flowers, then gazes adoringly from behind a piano?????
Watch the amazing clip below.
Hauser & Wirth (511 West 18th Street) opens their first NYC show with the L.A.-based artist Mark Bradford on Saturday, November 7, 6 to 8 p.m., and up until December 23rd. The exhibition, "Be Strong Boquan," includes a new multimedia work called "Spiderman," plus several paintings, sculptures and a video, "Deimos," that depicts "the end of a party...(and) the reality of the AIDS crisis." Check out THIS portrait of the artist in the June 22nd issue of The New Yorker.
This week, the Bronx Museum of the Arts 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx) opens the first Martin Wong retrospective since he passed away in 1999. Over 90 of the Chinese-American artist's paintings are included in the exhibition, "Human Instamatic," on view from November 4 until February 14. Stop by Sunday, November 8, 3 to 5 p.m., for the museum's Fall Season Open House and you'll also see works from their permanent collection and hear music from Mobile Mondays DJs.
Howl! Happening (6 East 1st Street) continues their cool series of openings and events on Tuesday, November 10th, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., with a one-night-only celebration of the new book, "Punks, Poets and Provocateurs: New York City Bad Boys 1977 - 1982." There's a book signing, slide show and reading with photographer Marcia Resnick and write Victor Bockris. Howl! also plans a full-on Resnick exhibition in February.
The Brant Foundation (941 North Street, Greenwich, CT) opens "Freeze Means Run," the first US solo exhibition since 2006 by the late Dash Snow, on November 8 and up until March. The show includes over 100 Polaroids, films, sculptures and collages; along with his large-scale piece "Book Fort" and the installation, "Untitled (Penis Envy)," from 2007.
Team Gallery (83 Grand Street) opens a new show, "Winter," by New York-based photographer Ryan McGinley on November 5th. This is his seventh solo show with the gallery and runs concurrently with another McGinley show called "Fall" at the gallery's Venice, California, location. Both are on view until December 20th.
The Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens) takes a look at Hollywood film iconography via a big group show featuring 40 artists called "Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact" opening on November 7th and up until April 10, 2016. Robert M. Rubin curated the exhibition, including everything from photos and sculptures to costumes designed for Rosemary's Baby.
Jeffrey Deitch (79 Grand Street) and Suzzanne Geiss open "Bombs and Dogs" featuring drawings, tarps, etc. by Keith Haring from the early 80s. On view from November 7 to December 21.
David Zwirner (525 & 533 West 19th Street) opens his first New York exhibition of works by UK artist Bridget Riley on Thursday, November 5, 6 to 8 p.m. It's also her first NYC show since 2007. Up until December 19.
The 2015 IFPDA Print Fair runs from November 4th thru the 8th at The Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue). Eighty-nine exhibitors are expected, showing various works including prints by Mike Bidlo -- who will also be on hand to "sign" 73 fair attendees -- Sue Coe, Tracey Emin, Sol Lewitt, William Kentridge and many more; plus there's an artist talk with Kiki Smith on Saturday at 11 a.m. s Their "sister fair"Editions/Artists' Books Fair opens on November 5th with a VIP preview and then runs through Sunday at The Tunnel (269 11th Avenue).
The Shop at The Standard High Line (442 West 13th Street) has another cool opening this week with "Suckadelic: Toy Lords of Chinatown" featuring bootleg toys by The Super Sucklord (aka Morgan Phillips) opening on Thursday, November 5, 6 to 8 p.m., and on view until November 15. Music on the night by Crystal Pharaoh.
The Hollows Artspace (708 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn) opens a group show, "Staves, Gussets, Laths, Tenons," on Wednesday, November 4, 6 to 10 p.m. The 21 featured artists "integrate the support of their media into the visual; re-balancing relations of object, material, value, craft and function." The show, curated by Piril Gunduz and Baptiste Semal, is up until December 20.
Shut NYC and The LB Project open a group show, "An American Art Exhibition Through Skateboarding," on Thursday, November 5th, 7 to 10 p.m., at Vocal NYC (77 Bleeker Street, suite C212). Works by over 20 artists and photographers will be on view including Sam Taylor, Aaron Smith, Meka, Kyle Platts, Brian Gaberman and more. The show benefits the Harold Hunter Foundation.
Sean Kelly (475 Tenth Avenue) opens two shows on Friday, November 6, 6 to 8p.m.: "Agnosia, An Illuminated Ontology" with an installation of neon works by the conceptual artist Joseph Kosuth, and "Unique," featuring a selection of Polaroids by Robert Mapplethorpe. Both are up until December 19.
Callicoon Fine Arts (49 Delancey Street) has a show of new works by Jason Simon called "Request Lines Are Open" opening on Sunday, November 8, 6 to 8 p.m., and on view until December 20. The show features several works generated by the artist's relationship with upstate radio DJ Liberty Green, including 8,000 letters from nearby prison inmates and photos of Green's home and the station, WJFF.
The Dia Art Foundation's fall gala honoring Robert Ryman is on Sunday, November 8, 6 to 9 p.m. This event is "by invitation only." The Dia:Chelsea's upcoming Ryman exhibition will open on December 9. ALSO: Flux Factory's fall benefit and 21st Birthday Banquet is on the 7th at 8 p.m. Tickets are available HERE.
Grimes has been gearing up for the November 6 release of her forthcoming LP Art Angels by sharing some new tracks from it, including pop-raver "Flesh without Blood," and the glorious, industrial heave "Scream."
Today, the electronic producer/singer previewed the album's opening track dryly titled "laughing and not being normal" on her own website, which you can listen to here.
With the words "OVERTURE" scrawled across the screen, we're lead into the new territory with alien tentacles: a tune that's 3/4 instrumental, and is vaguely Aphex Twin, vaguely Zelda soundtrack, complete with strings and harps.
After crooning in an indecipherable language, Grimes sings, "When the leaves begin to fall, I try to catch them all," before melting into a dizzying, somewhat-ominous wall of sound.
The tune feels like it would fit perfectly during a concert with the Diva Plavalaguna, from The Fifth Element, and that's a very, very good thing.
Listen to it here.