Welcome to the 2013th year of the Common Era! After slumbering through the holidays, the art world is waking up to January with events all over New York City. We recommend stopping by Alphabet City on Thursday for a talk with one of the neighborhood’s most prolific illustrators, then heading to Bushwick on Friday for space age and post-apocalyptic openings, and spending your Saturday meandering from Chelsea to the Lower East Side through curious constructions and a perplexing wander in the woods. Let’s hope you don’t get lost yourself. Or maybe you should, and let us know what serendipitous art you happen upon. Happy New Year!
THU 01/03 Eric Drooker at the Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space, 155 Avenue C, 8 pm, free
For their first event of the new year, the recently opened Museum of Reclaimed Urban Space has invited New York artist Eric Drooker to give a presentation on his work, from his early street art to his graphic novels and films, and to talk on his inspiration from growing up on Avenue B.
FRI 01/04 Adam Parker Smith at Storefront Bushwick, 16 Wilson Avenue, Bushwick, 6 – 9 pm
This opening with the coyly creative sculptor Adam Parker Smith promises a site-specific installation that “transforms the gallery into a futuristic encounter where ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ meets California Air and Light Minimalism” to explore “the relationship between mass-produced objects and imagery with high-art conventions.” Sounds promising.
FRI 01/04 “The Order of Things” at NURTUREart, 56 Bogart Street, Bushwick, 7 – 9 pm
This group show, staged in honor of the recent apocalypse panic, assembles artists who all have a sharp eye to the the passage of time, including Lisha Bai, Leah Beeferman, Ethan Greenbaum, Elisa Lendvay, Demetrius Oliver, Allyson Vieira, and Joe Winter.
SAT 01/05 Diana Cooper: “My Eye Travels” at Postmasters, 459 West 19th Street, Chelsea, 6 – 8 pm
As an artist who can transform a jumble of pipe cleaners, pom poms, foam core, and photographs into an intricate and vibrant lattice like some sort of circuit board sculpture, Diana Cooper’s newest exhibition at Postmasters is likely to bring some interesting metamorphoses to ordinary objects.
SAT 01/05 Andy Graydon: “The Findings” at LMAKprojects, 139 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side, 5 – 8 pm
This sounds like it could be a bit of an art adventure: Andy Graydon’s “The Findings” includes a narrated walk to a forest that tries to locate a lost place that becomes more and more muddled as you search, with photographs attempting to recreate the wander of this lost narrator and sculptures responding to the disorientation.
ON THE RADAR
“Rise and Fall of Apartheid: Photography and the Bureaucracy of Everyday Life” at the International Center of Photography, 1133 Sixth Avenue, Midtown West, through January 6
This week is your last chance to see this impressive exhibition of hundreds of photographs and archival materials reflecting on the staggering history of apartheid in South Africa.
Ann Hamilton: “The Event of a Thread” at the Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, Upper East Side, through January 6
This is also the final week for Ann Hamilton’s interactive installation of swings currently swaying in the cavernous drill hall at the Park Avenue Armory. We recommend arriving near the end of the day, when a singer steps out onto the balcony to perform an aria before the pigeons, contained in cages during the day, are set loose to fly to up to their nighttime home. (For a preview, click here for ARTINFO’s video interview with Hamilton.)
Performance Space 122’s COIL at venues throughout NYC, through January 29
The annual experimental performance series takes place this month with intriguing offerings like the return of Brian Roger’s drunken “Hot Box,” Radiohole’s potentially unsettling horror-sourced “Inflatable Frankenstein,” and the BodyCartography Project and Zeena Parkins’s animalistic dance piece “Super Nature.”
“Petite Voie” at Curious Matter, 272 Fifth Street, Jersey City, through January 20
To celebrate the holiday season, this unusual installation of personal devotions includes such wonders as a bible stuffed with religious ephemera and a bottle containing a crucifixion scene made from popsicle sticks and magazine clippings. Curious Matter is only open “by appointment (and chance),” so we recommend giving them a call before you start your journey over state lines.
“Inventing Abstraction” at MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, Midtown West, through April 15
Over 300 works across media, both familiar and less known, explore the establishment of abstraction with such an intent focus that even the most studious of art historians is bound to have a revelation on these early 20th century innovators of form.
— Allison Meier
(Image: Pigeon at Ann Hamilton’s “The Event of a Thread” at the Park Avenue Armory. Photo by the author.)