ARTINFO Itinerary, November 7-11: What Art Events to Attend in NYC This Week

As the art world, like the rest of New York, collects itself for the continued storm recovery, gallery openings return this week across the city. To help our readers navigate this week in art, ARTINFO offers a few promising suggestions. This week includes a participatory parade in Chelsea, a DUMBO art crawl to benefit their neighborhood art spaces hit by Hurricane Sandy, and a party at MoMA that’s also an art intervention. So get out and support the arts in NYC!


WED 11/7 Kienholz: “The Ozymandias Parade / Concept Tableaux” at Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, Chelsea, 6 – 9 pm
Hurricane Sandy portentously moved the opening of Kienholz’s politically-charged participatory installation to the day after the election. Complete with a ship of fools illuminated by 700 blinking lights, a headless president, and a roller skating horse, the husband and wife duo’s monumental traveling installation is a grotesque metaphor for jingoism and abuses of power. Depending on the results of a poll leading up to the opening (which ask the question, “Are you satisfied with your government?”), the president’s face will either be stamped with the word “yes” or “no.” — Chloe Wyma

FRI 11/9 #SuckItSandy Art Crawl at 111 Front Street Galleries, DUMBO, 6-9 pm
After Sandy washed out the usual DUMBO First Thursday and flooded parts of the waterfront Brooklyn neighborhood, the galleries at 111 Front Street band together for a night appropriately called the #SuckitSandy Art Crawl benefiting the hardest hit art spaces. The evening involves a dozen galleries, with openings such as Naho Taruishi’s luminous “Film Drawings” at A.I.R. Gallery, Sharon Brant’s cadmium red rectangles at Minus Space, and the unsettling “A Wake” at the Dumbo Arts Center. — Allison Meier

FRI 11/9 Cleopatra’s Family Jewels at Family Business, 520 West 21st Street, Chelsea, 6 – 9 pm
Two darling galleries join forces for this group show, which promises (at the very least) to bring a little life back to the recovering Chelsea streets. — Sara Roffino

FRI 11/9 Ed Osborn: “Albedo Prospect” Closing Reception at bitforms gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 2nd Floor, Chelsea 6 – 9 pm
New York may start to feel like the arctic with the Snowstorm Athena, but this week-long video installation from Ed Osborn transports viewers even further into the cold with a triptych focused on the icy Svalbard archipelago on the northern tip of Norway, complete with eight-channel glacial sound. As an added bonus, the closing reception doubles as a benefit for Sandy disaster relief. — AM

SAT 11/10 Pop Rally: Recess at MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, Midtown West, 8 – 11 pm
Recess curates a contemporary art intervention in the MoMA’s permanent collection with over a dozen artists creating work and live performances in response to pieces in the canon. — SR


Kim Jones: “Averno” at Pierogi Gallery, 177 North 9th Street, Williamsburg, through November 11
Strange beings with sketchy, disjointed bodies roam through Kim Jones’s acrylic and ink drawings, fittingly curious work by an artist who got his start with a performance piece called “Mudman,” in which he haunted the subways and streets coated in dirt. Even better, the exhibition of these infernal beings is titled after a crater lake that in ancient Rome was thought to be the opening to hell. — AM

Kent Rogowski: “I Can’t Stop Thinking About Yesterday at Jen Bekman Projects, 6 Spring Street, Soho, through November 25
After turning teddy bears inside out and remixing puzzles into strange formations, photographer Kent Rogowski turns to visual collages of books as his newest subjects, from arranging self-help titles into a collected cry of desperation, to connecting the rainbows on the covers of a pile of books into one long ray of synthetically vibrant light. — AM

Mickey Smith: “Denudation” at Invisible Exports, 14A Orchard Street, Lower East Side, through December 9
New Zealand-based photographer Mickey Smith manages to give shelves, ladders, and other details of a library the lurid glare of a crime scene, accenting its forgotten state. Hopefully “book culture” isn’t as dead as Smith so deftly makes it look. — AM

JJ Peet: “Defend_Station” at On Stellar Rays, 133 Orchard Street, Lower East Side, through December 16
The never-boring JJ Peet returns with an exhibition of “floating head” sculptures and drawings that are an engaging minimal mess of oil sticks, correction fluid, and graphite with arcane titles like “Vest binoculars” and “Happen Stance_.” — AM

Irving Petlin: “Storms (After Redon)” at Kent Fine Art, 210 Eleventh Avenue, 2nd Floor, Chelsea, through December 21
While much of Chelsea remains waterlogged, Irving Petlin’s pastel depictions of boats on handmade paper sail again at Kent Fine Art, which reopened Wednesday and offers itself as a place for the neighborhood to rest, as well as to see Petlin’s delicate, nautical-focused art with mysterious layers inspired by French symbolist Odilon Redon. — AM

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(Image: Kent Rogowski, “There is a Rainbow.” Courtesy Jen Bekman Projects)