Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events in person and digitally, as well as in-person exhibitions open in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all EST unless otherwise noted.)
Tuesday, March 2
Ja’Tovia Gary, THE GIVERNY SUITE, detail (2019). © Ja’Tovia Gary. Courtesy of Paula Cooper Gallery, New York. Photo: Steven Probert.
1. “When Did Video Become Art? On Surveillance” at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York
If you’re looking for a compact primer on how video moved from its origins in TV broadcasts and security cameras into the art-historical canon, then tune in to the next edition of the Whitney’s ongoing “Art History From Home” series. This week, artist, author, and lecturer Ayanna Dozier will use vital works by the likes of Andrea Fraser, Ja’Tovia Gary, Jill Magid, and others to walk viewers through video art’s complex relationship to our contemporary surveillance state, as well as how artists can use the medium to short-circuit the intrusive machinic gaze we now live under.
Price: Free with registration
Time: 6 p.m.
Kenny Scharf’s Los Angeles studio. Photo courtesy of Kenny Scharf Studio.
2. “Kenny Scharf Virtual Visit” at RxART, New York
RxArt members can tune in for this virtual studio with Kenny Scharf, who will talk about projects such as his mural in the stairwell of the pediatric and adolescent psychiatric units at Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn. The street artist-turned-blue-chip darling will chat with dealer David Totah—tuning in from Scharf’s permanent FUNUNDERWORLD installation at his New York gallery—and RxArt founder Diane Brown.
Price: Free for Friends of RxART (membership is $100)Time: 1 p.m.
Wednesday, March 3
Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
3. “The Modern Portrait” hosted by the Philadelphia Show
As part of a monthly series, “New Conversations with the Philadelphia Show,” University of Pennsylvania associate professor Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw and Philadelphia Museum of Art curator Jessica T. Smith highlight how 15 artists used portraiture to frame their perception of people and experiment with techniques, as well as to reflect on social issues.
Price: Free with registration.Time: 5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
Courtesy of the Helsinki Biennial.
4. “Helsinki Biennial Talks – Lecture by Dr. Paul O’Neill: The Biennial Impact” at the Helsinki Biennial
Irish curator, artist, writer, and educator Paul O’Neill will take a look at the worldwide proliferation of the art biennial over the past 20 years, with an eye toward covering “everything you wanted to know but were afraid to ask” in the first virtual program for the inaugural Helsinki Biennial.
Price: FreeTime: 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Mildred Thomas, Construction (c. 1973). Courtesy of Galerie Lelong.
5. “Dialogues – Expanding the Legacy of Mildred Thompson” at Galerie Lelong, New York
In conjunction with its second solo exhibition of Mildred Thompson—a previously overlooked Black artist of the Modernist era—”Throughlines, Assemblages and Works on Paper from the 1960s to the 1990s,” Galerie Lelong hosts the second event in its new “Dialogues” series, moderated by Melissa Messina, curator of the artist’s estate. The speakers include artist A’Driane Nieves, founder of Philadelphia’s Tessera Arts Collective, and Lauren Jackson Harris and Daricia Mia DeMarr, founders of Black Women in Visual Art.
Price: Free with registrationTime: 2 p.m.–3 p.m.
Thursday, March 4
Image courtesy of The Shed. Clockwise from top left: Howardena Pindell, Heather Hart, Shani Peters, Tiona Nekkia McClodden. Photos: Nathan Keay; Heather Hart; Texas Isaiah; Chanel Matsunami Govreau.
6. “Pindell’s Legacy: Artists/Activists/Educators” hosted by the Shed
This is your last chance to catch an installment of “Pindell’s Legacy,” a series of online talks exploring the work of artist Howardena Pindell. The talk, moderated by The Shed assistant curator Adeze Wilford, will feature Pindell alongside interdisciplinary artists Heather Hart, Shani Peters, and Tiona Nekkia McClodden. “Pindell’s Legacy” has run in tandem with “Howardena Pindell: Rope/Fire/Water,” a video project by the artist that was unrealized since the 1970s. Through a mix of personal anecdotes and historical data, Pindell’s first video in over 25 years explores racism, the history of lynching in the US, and the healing power of art. If you’re in the New York area, you can catch the show in-person at The Shed through March 28.
Price: Free with registration.Time: 6:30 p.m.
Courtesy of A Blade of Grass.
7. “Making Change Now: Contextualizing Cancel Culture, Hyper-Partisanship, and the Politics of Progress” at a Blade of Grass, New York
After an organizational restructuring that winnowed the staff of A Blade of Grass to just one—director Deborah Fisher—the nonprofit kicks off its new season of programming with community organizer and cultural worker Scot Nakagawa and racial justice and human rights expert Loretta J. Ross. The two will discuss the influence of the media and the ways in which it helps drive partisan divisions within society, and how people’s consumption of media shapes their beliefs.
Price: Free with registrationTime: 6 p.m.
Sandhya Kochar, Torkwase Dyson, Ann Hamilton. Photos by Gabe Souza and Calista Lyon.
8. “Torkwase Dyson in Conversation with Ann Hamilton and Sandhya Kochar” at the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio
The Wexner continues its “Diversities in Practice” talk series with Torkwase Dyson, the museum’s residency award recipient, who will speak about her work with Ohio State art professor Ann Hamilton and architecture lecturer Sandhya Kochar.
Price: Free with RSVPTime: 7 p.m.
George Mumford, Nadia Hallgren. Photo by JJ Medina.
9. “Lens Mix 4: Nadia Hallgren and George Mumford” at FotoFocus, Cincinnati
FotoFocus’s LensMix conversation series returns with filmmaker Nadia Hallgren and sports coach George Mumford, who will discuss overcoming professional boundaries facing African Americans to work with the likes of Michelle Obama and Kobe Bryant.
Price: Free with registrationTime: 6 p.m.
Thursday, March 4–Sunday, March 14
Sophie Kahn, The Divers VI. Courtesy of the artist.
10. “Sophie Kahn: Dematerialized” on Mozilla Hubs
Nearly a year after lockdown cancelled her exhibition “Dematerialized” at the School of Visual Arts in New York, Sophie Kahn is finally debuting the show, albeit in dramatically altered form, staged in the world of VR. The artist has recreated both the physical space and the works themselves, which were 3-D printed sculptures based on scans of live models in different poses. You can book a virtual tour where Kahn will guide your avatar through the interactive 3-D experience, in which sculptures expand and levitate off their pedestals as you approach. (A VR headset is recommended, but optional, to experience the show.)
Price: Free with registrationTime: Opening, 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., and by virtual appointment
Friday, March 5
Illustration by franzidraws. Courtesy of the Design Museum Everywhere.
11. “Design’s Role in Equity: Diversity in Action Preview Workshop” at the Design Museum Everywhere, Boston
The Design Museum Everywhere is hosting a free workshop to preview its “Diversity in Action” training program, a three-month course hosted by its director of learning and interpretation, Diana Navarrete-Rackauckas with the aim of illustrating the role design plays in equity.
Price: Free with RSVPTime: 1 p.m.–2 p.m.
Through Saturday, March 6
“Joyce Pensato: Fuggetabout It (Redux),” installation view (2021). Photo courtesy of Petzel.
12. “Joyce Pensato Fuggetabout It (Redux)” at Petzel, New York
In 2011, Joyce Pensato was evicted from her East Williamsburg studio after 32 years. She turned her legal defeat into art, staging a critically acclaimed exhibition at Petzel featuring hundreds of paint-splattered objects from her former workspace. She showed the installation in two other iterations during her lifetime; now, her estate has worked with the gallery to stage a “Redux” version, accompanied by the late artists’s “eyeball” paintings, based on characters such as Elmo and Felix the Cat.
Location: Petzel, 456 West 18th Street, New YorkPrice: FreeTime: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, March 6
Guests at the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: Art + Feminism at MoMA. Photo by Manuel Molina Martagon, courtesy of the Museum of Modern Art.
13. “The Met x Wikipedia Virtual Edit Meet-up: Women’s History Month” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
The Met is one of 57 institutions around the world holding an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon for Women’s History Month. Edit-a-thons look to add information about women artists to the free online encyclopedia to boost efforts to bridge the gender gap in the art world. The Wikimedia NYC chapter will provide lists of artists and artworks, as well as training on editing and creating articles. Tune in on Facebook or YouTube to watch, or sign up on the Wikipedia Meetup page.
Price: FreeTime: 12:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Through Saturday, March 27
Jordan Kasey, Storm, 2020 Courtesy of Nicelle Beauchene Gallery
14. “Jordan Kasey: The Storm” at Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, New York City
Nicelle Beauchene Gallery presents “The Storm,” Jordan Kasey’s third solo show with the gallery. The show consists of eight new large-scale paintings with the artist’s signature figures that take up the entirety of the surface. The paintings depict slices of loneliness: a solo man with an umbrella, a figure lit up with lightning, which leaves the viewer to wonder if the storm is literal internal. Light and shadow is used to create the feeling that something is looming just out of view, giving each work a surreal, dreamlike quality.
Location: Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, 7 Franklin Place, New YorkPrice: FreeTime: Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Saturday, March 20
Installation view “Eric Standley: Songs for the Living,” 2020. Courtesy of Dinner Gallery.
15. “Eric Standley: Songs for the Living” at Dinner Gallery
Made of scrupulously arranged layers of multicolor laser-cut paper, Eric Standley’s intricate works bring to mind mandalas, Gothic architectural webs, and the delicate carvings common to Islamic prayer niches. Though newly made, Standley calls the work artifacts because, for him, the act of assembling them is akin to an act of discovering—as though the forms already exist out in the world, and he has happened upon them. Set against bright, geometric forms painted onto the gallery walls, the exhibition has the feel of a sanctum, a place with reverence for complexity, study, and moments of peaceful contemplation.
Location: Dinner Gallery, 242 West 22nd Street, New YorkPrice: FreeTime: By appointment, Tuesday–Saturday
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