Each week, we seek out the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings and events, both digital and in-person in the New York area. Discover our selections from around the world below. (Times are all ET unless otherwise noted.)
tuesday august 16
1. “Hardship and Inspiration” at the Getty Center, Los Angeles
In this virtual lecture on “The Lost Murals of Renaissance Rome” (through September 4), Getty Museum curator Julian Brooks will explore one of the earliest illustrated accounts of “artists hungry” and its enduring relevance. Twenty drawings by Federico Zuccaro trace the setbacks, rejections and eventual success of his older brother, the Italian Renaissance painter Taddeo Zuccaro. Brooks will also explore how these images of artistic persistence have inspired 21st century Los Angeles singer-songwriters.
Price: Free with Zoom registration
Time: 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET)
friday august 19
2. “Blek The Rat” at West Chelsea Contemporary, New York
French artist Blek Le Rat developed his unique blend of printmaking and graffiti in Paris in the early 1980s after encountering street art in New York and the work of Richard “Shadowman” Hambleton. His symbol was a little black rat: an anagram of the word “art” that he spread art throughout the city in the same way that rats transmit disease. Blek’s pop culture-infused stenciled graffiti helped create this art form and was hugely influential: in Banksy’s first public interview, with the Daily Mail in 2008, the British artist lamented that “every time I think I painted something a bit original, I discover that Blek Le Rat did it too, only Blek did it 20 years earlier” .
Location: West Chelsea Contemporary, 231 10th Avenue, New York
Time: Monday–Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 10am–8pm; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday August 20
3. “Trisha Brown Dance Company at Beach Sessions Dance Series” in Rockaway Beach, New York
During this event, dancers will perform some works by choreographer Trisha Brown along the shoreline of Rockaway. The public is invited to follow the dancers along the beach as they move from Beach 97th Street to Beach 110th Street. “Trisha Brown: In Plain Site” is a program highlighting a selection of early works by the choreographer specially chosen to respond to the beach and its coastline. The event is organized by Beach Sessions, now in its eighth year.
Location: Various locations, Rockaway Beach, New York
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Until Friday August 26
4. “Nam June Paik, Art in Process: Part Two” at Gagosian, New York
Gagosian concludes the second and final installment of his investigation into the career of pioneering Korean American video artist Nam June Paik. The exhibition features three satellite broadcasts of the artist from the 1980s and late examples of his television sculptures. The exhibition is curated by John G. Hanhardt, the man behind the artist’s exhibitions at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1982, the Guggenheim Museum in 2000, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2011.
Location: Gagosian Park & 75, 821 Park Avenue, New York
Time: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Until Monday, September 5
5. “Liz West: Hymn to the Big Wheel” in Manhattan West
Take advantage of the break from New York’s summer heatwave to check out this immersive sculptural work by Liz West just east of Hudson Yards. The octagonal structure features transparent, jewel-colored sheets that catch the sunlight, casting vibrant shadows on the cobbled streets. The project is curated by Canadian public art firm Massivart and was originally presented last summer in London during the Canary Warf Summer Lights festival. It will also be presented at the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place (September 9-25).
Location: Manhattan West Plaza, 385 9th Avenue, New York
Time: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Until Sunday, September 18
6. “Adama Delphine Fawundu: Wata Bodis” at Project for Empty Space, Newark
Adama Delphine Fawundu, 2022 artist-in-residence at Project for Empty Space, presents an exhibition featuring a 360-degree video projection and suspended mixed-media sculptures made of hand-dyed fabrics. Fawundu conceived the exhibition, which draws on the experience of the African diaspora, as a spiritual conversation with her namesake, her late grandmother whom she called Mama Adama. “Although our physical bodies have only shared space on this earth for 23 years, our minds have always been intertwined,” Fawundu wrote in his artist statement.
Location: Empty Space Project, 800 Broad Street, Newark
Time: Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Until Saturday September 24
7. “Luchita Hurtado” at Hauser and Wirth, Southampton
Luchita Hurtado, who died in 2020 at the age of 99, only began to gain recognition for her decades-long career in the last years of her life. But while you may have seen his paintings, Hurtado’s works on paper, including charcoal, pencil, graphite, and ink drawings, have kept a low profile. Hauser and Wirth present intimate self-portraits, as well as other pieces never exhibited during his lifetime.
Location: Hauser and Wirth, 9 Main Street, Southampton, New York
Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Thursday, 11am–8pm; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
8. “The Painter’s New Tools” at Nahmad Contemporary, New York
There’s more to art and technology than NFT love or hate, as this group show at Nahmad Contemporary suggests. Artists pushing the boundaries of painting have integrated everything from computer printers and tablets to CGI, AI and coding into their practices. The exhibition includes groundbreaking works by Darren Bader, Urs Fischer, Wade Guyton, Camille Henrot and Sarah Sze, among others.
Location: Nahmad Contemporary, 980 Madison Avenue, Third Floor, New York
Price: Free by appointment
Time: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
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