ARTINFO Itinerary, December 12-16: Art Events to Attend in NYC This Week

As we hit the middle of the month, your options for art experimentation in NYC are bountiful. And today’s 12/12/12 is the ultimate numerological good luck charm. So grab a coat and head out to installations and performances in vacant buildings in Long Island City and Manhattan, film from the late provocateur David Wojnarowicz in Chelsea and more film inside a geodesic dome at MoMA PS1, and a rain drop sound installation in Williamsburg. Keep your ears, eyes, and mind open and enjoy!


WED 12/12 No Longer Empty: “How Much Do I Owe You?” at the former Bank of Manhattan, 29-27 41st Avenue, Long Island City, 7 – 9 pm
Always adept at filling an abandoned space with engaging art, No Longer Empty is opening their latest site-specific exhibition at the old and beautiful Bank of Manhattan in Queens, also known as the Clock Tower. Installations and participatory projects based loosely on debt and financial insecurity take over the vaults and former financial spaces, a timely exploration with the looming fiscal cliff. —Allison Meier

WED 12/12 “The Future at the End of the World” at the James A. Farley Post Office, 421 8th Avenue, 8 pm (and a special benefit show on 12/13)
Performance/multimedia art collective Immediate Medium prepares for next week’s posited end of the world with an immersive experience of explorable rooms, each with its own help for engaging with the uncertain future. —AM

THU 12/13 David Wojnarowicz: “Motion Rhythms” at Electronic Arts Intermix, 535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor, Chelsea New York, 6:30 pm
An evening in which David Wojnarowicz’s “Beautiful People” will be screened and followed by a discussion about Wojnarowicz’s contributions to the soundtracks of his films with former bandmate Doug Bressler, biographer Cynthia Carr, and others. —Sara Roffino

SUN 12/17 “Sunday Sessions: Pier Paolo Pasolini: Intellettuale” at MoMA PS1, 4601 21st Street,  Long Island City, 1 pm
Hang out in the geodesic dome, watch “Intellettuale,” Fabio Mauri’s film about Pasolini, and then stay for responses by Alfredo Jaar, Paul Chan, Barbara Hammer, and others. —SR

SUN 12/16 Aki Sasamoto: “Talking In Circles In Talking” at Soloway, 348 South 4th Street, Williamsburg, 4:30 pm
If you missed Aki Sasamoto’s “Centripetal Run” at the Chocolate Factory, involving inventive and suddenly violent interactions with objects and commentary on people’s choice of undergarments (be wary of leopard print if you’re not willing to commit to it 100%), don’t miss her opening performance for her exhibition at Soloway, which will involve a sound installation sourced from melting ice. But if you can’t make it Sunday, stop by during the show’s run, as Sasamoto will be holding scheduled and spontaneous performances to add to the installation. —AM


“The Shining” beginning at New York Live Arts, 219 West 19th Street, Chelsea, through December 22
The revival of choreographer Yvonne Meier‘s intense early 90s participatory dance experience returns for a second year, with participants meeting at New York Live Arts and traveling to a dark cardboard box maze of 350 refrigerator boxes where the 11 audience members admitted each night are pulled through the chaotic, pounding performance. —AM

“Transparent Studio: Daniel Ballesteros” at Bose Pacia, 163 Plymouth Street, DUMBO, through December 22
Daniel Ballesteros is currently in residence at Bose Pacia’s Transparent Studio, using it as a studio for his wet plate collodion alternative process photography, and also taking to the DUMBO streets with a mobile darkroom. This is the perfect week to check out his old world-styled photographs, as Thursday, December 13, he’s giving a demonstration of the intricate process from 6 to 9 pm. —AM

Corinne May Botz: “Haunted Houses” at the Alice Austen House, 2 Hylan Boulevard, Staten Island, through December 30
Photographer Corinne May Botz’s decade-long project on haunted houses took her throughout the country documenting the homes of supposed phantoms, yet the results are images of the unsettling sublime in the tattered corners and eclectic interiors of these varied American spaces. —AM

Gary Simmons at Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, Chelsea, through January 19, 2013
This exhibition looks back at two decades of New York artist Gary Simmons’s career, from his early confrontational sculptures to his elegant chalkboard pieces with images half erased, all directly examining race and history. —AM

George Bellows at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, through February 18, 2013
The power in George Bellows paintings of boxers pummeling each other to pulps is striking enough, but the addition of his other paintings, including poignant depictions of war and vigorous cityscapes, make this retrospective an important look at an artist who died too early in the midst of his career in 1925 at the age of 42. —AM

(Image: Corinne May Botz, “Private Residence, Hawthorne, New Jersey” from the “Haunted Houses” series.)