ARTINFO Itinerary, November 23-27: Art Events to Attend in NYC Thanksgiving Weekend

It’s a quiet holiday week for NYC arts, but a couple of benefits for organizations struck by Hurricane Sandy, a performance by a new media pioneer, and an opening and reopening for two Chelsea powerhouses are some reasons to get out and walk off your extra Thanksgiving pounds. Alternately you can take your visiting relatives out to the museums for a thrilling arts garage sale or rambunctious retrospective. Happy start of the hectic holiday season!


SAT 11/24 Save Gowanus Ballroom at Gowanus Ballroom, 55 9th Street, #61, Gowanus, 6 pm – late
The Gowanus Ballroom and its operator Serett Metal Works were hit hard by devastating flooding from Hurricane Sandy, their metal machines and sculptures tossed by waters from the canal, which also washed away thousands of dollars worth of their tools and materials. But the center for large-scale art experimentation in Brooklyn is fighting back, holding a fundraiser this Saturday featuring music and performances along with art installations and live painting. FlutuArte NY! will also be on hand to bring a facsimile of the Rio de Janeiro harbor that they transformed into a floating art gallery, this time with a heated swimming pool. — Allison Meier

SAT 11/24 Takahiko Iimura 60s-70s: Performance/Film/Video at Microscope Gallery, 4 Charles Place, Bushwick, 7 pm
Japanese pioneer of experimental film and video Takahiko Iimura screens his “Early Film Poems,” and hosts the US premiere of his 1963 “Screen Play,” which is projected on the back of a performer whose clothes are cut away so that a “screen” showing shapes made from chemical reactions plays on an opening to the skin. If you like what you experience, Takahiko Iimura also has art in “Tokyo 1955–1970: A New Avant-Garde” now at MoMA. — AM

MON 11/26 The Kitchen Benefit at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 7 pm
From ARTINFO’s Sandy benefit guide: Non-profit Chelsea establishment The Kitchen was among the hardest hit by Sandy, with estimates to repair their space coming in at between $400,000 and $500,000. Since the space is already dependent on their annual benefit auction for survival, this year’s event takes on even more weight. The reception and silent art auction features work by over 70 artists ranging from the emerging to highly established. — Sara Roffino

MON 11/26 David LaChapelle: “Still Life” at Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 Tenth Ave & 515 West 27th Street, Chelsea, 6 – 8 pm
Go be unsettled by David LaChapelle’s photographs of wax museum vandalism, where the faces of celebrities like Michael Jackson and Ronald Reagan are creepily shattered. — AM

TUES 11/27 Glenn Ligon: “Neon” at Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street, Chelsea, 6 – 8 pm
After closing post-Sandy, Luhring Augustine reopens their exhibition of Glenn Ligon’s signs that scrawl in neon text sourced from literature and speeches. — AM


Martha Rosler’s “Meta-Monumental Garage Sale” at MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, Midtown West, through November 30
Rosler’s giant version of the suburban classic is just what one might expect: funky clothes, old books, tables of knickknacks, and some random furniture. Everything (including a vintage Mercedes) is for sale, though prices might not be what one expects from a typical garage sale as Rosler’s iteration is also an examination of our ideas of value. It’s not everyday one can purchase a part of the exhibition, or haggle with the artist over the price. — SR

“A New Novel By Bjarne Melgaard” at Luxembourg & Dayan, 64 East 77th Street, Upper East Side, through December 22
Bjarne Melgaard has used every room of Luxembourg & Dayan’s stately townhouse as part of a bizarre environment inspired by the New York-based Norwegian artist’s newest novel of obsession and degradation. Wander through the cluttered scenes, but watch out for the 150 dolls inhabiting the space and performing the violent and sexual acts of the novel. — AM

Tatiana Berg & Evan Nesbit: “Surfaces, Supports.” at Storefront Bushwick, 16 Wilson Avenue, Bushwick, through December 23
Brought together from their opposite coasts, Tatiana Berg and Evan Nesbit have an incredibly enjoyable harmony in their playful, process-based art. Berg’s paintings radiate energy in quick brushstrokes that manage to avoid all the sterile feeling that is a pitfall of abstraction, while Nesbit’s paintings, which are built backwards with paint heavily applied to the opposite side of the canvas, have an engaging organic draw. — AM

Alice Channer: “Cold Blood” at Lisa Cooley, 107 Norfolk Street, Lower East Side through December 23
Metal fingers with manicured nails jutting from the walls and drapes of resin formed like fabric are just some of the curious details to discover in British artist Alice Channer’s first solo exhibition in the U.S. — AM

“Richard Artschwager!” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, Upper East Side, through February 3
Over 20 years since his first Whitney retrospective, Richard Artschwager is celebrated with a second, with the artist’s influential oeuvre punctuated by plays with perception, like an exclamation point of plastic bristles and formica-formed tables. — AM

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(Image: Glenn Ligon, “Untitled (I Sell the Shadow to Sustain the Substance)” (2006), neon and paint)