Hopefully you’ve had enough art adventures lately to serve as fodder for the many anecdotes you’ll need at this week’s flurry of holiday parties (or apocalypse parties, if that’s you’re thing). We recommend the Lower East Side and Chinatown tonight for emerging art and the season’s most festive auction, Clinton Hill and Bushwick on Thursday for end-of-days activities, and, if we survive all that, the MoMA this weekend for the return of everyone’s favorite art timepiece. Happy exploring!
WED 12/19 Flux Factory: Not-So-Silent Auction at Art in General, 79 Walker Street, 6th Floor, Chinatown, 7 – 10 pm
Support the Long Island City offbeat arts center at this silent auction, featuring plenty of not-so-silent fun: Double One Design creates light portraits with “The Rainbow Machine,” Bean Gilsdorf gives “aesthetic palm readings,” and roaming “knock-off artists” copy in-demand auction works.
WED 12/19 “American Daydream” at Recession Art, 9 Clinton Street, Lower East Side, 6 – 10 pm
This is the final opening in the emerging arts organization’s Lower East Side space before they relocate to Brooklyn, and the group show curated by recent interns is brimming with promise. The opening includes performances by the avant-garde “Sylva Dean and Me,” feminism-focused Fortune Chalme, and experimenter-with-dust Jordan Chlapecka.
THU 12/20 “Tropical Year Zero,” at the Church of Saint Luke and Saint Matthew, 520 Clinton Avenue, Clinton Hill, 8 pm
Come December 21, the Long Count Mayan calendar completes its last cycle and goes back to Day Zero. Over at the Church of Saint Luke and Saint Matthew, Brooklyn-based artist and musician Sergei Tcherepnin, joined by Lucy Dodd, is creating his own “sonic dramaturgy” to coincide with this cycle’s end, as well as the end of his ISSUE Project Room residency.
THU 12/20 The Final Cage Transmitted Event, English Kills, 114 Forrest Street, Bushwick, 7 – 10 pm
2012 was dense with John Cage celebrations for the musician and artist’s centennial year, and Norte Maar is hosting its last Cage Transmitted event at English Kills, scheduled, conveniently, to also mark the apocalypse. The party/art happening includes a spontaneous theatrical event and, as a bonus, is a fundraiser for Norte Maar.
FRI 12/21 Christian Marclay: The Clock at MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, Midtown West, 9:30 am – 8 pm, through January 21
It seems like New York just can’t get enough of Christian Marclay’s mesmerizing “The Clock,” and this Friday it opens a new run at the MoMA. A 24-hour screening will be held on December 31 if you want to countdown to the new year in high art style, as well as on January 4, 6, 11, 14, 18, and 20. Otherwise, stop by during museum hours for your time with “The Clock.”
ON THE RADAR
Ai Weiwei: “Forge” at Mary Boone Gallery, 541 West 24th Street, Chelsea, through December 21
This week is your last chance to see Ai Weiwei’s installation on destruction and censorship at Mary Boone. It includes warped rebar from a poorly built school that collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake — a disaster that the government covered up — and a pile of 2,500 ceramic crabs, which references the Chinese word that means both “river crab” and “harmony.”
Matthew Stone: “Love Focused Like a Laser” at the Hole Gallery, 312 Bowery, Bowery, through December 22
Presented in a barely lit space, Matthew Stone’s computer-etched, large-scale works of bodies lit by lasers are darkly beautiful and have an old-world figurative aesthetic in their forms.
“Currier & Ives and Other Winter Tales” at the Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, through December 31
Get into the New York-in-winter spirit with this exhibition on the city’s 19th-century masters of the print, with objects from the museum’s collection, like a sleigh and 19th-century skating clothes, displayed along the nostalgic Currier & Ives images.
Seth Casteel: “Underwater Dogs” at Dillon Gallery, 555 West 25th Street, Chelsea, through January 12
Anyone who’s ever had a dog and witnessed its sudden burst of determination when chasing after a treat will enjoy Seth Casteel’s sharp and silly photographs of man’s best friends, all portrayed underwater, often with eyes wide and mouths agape.
Leo Villareal: “Buckyball” in Madison Square Park, through February 1
If you have a warm drink in hand and a decent coat, Leo Villareal’s dynamic “Buckyball” sculpture currently in Madison Square Park is worth an evening stroll to see the LED lights illuminate in random configurations over the Buckminsterfullerene shape.
— Allison Meier
(Image: Seth Casteel, “Sharing is Caring,” via Dillon Gallery)