It’s a typical week in New York: psychedelic painting, Brooklyn criticism, feminist archives, the Yiddish cannon, Julie Ault, and a Red Hook gallery opens a Manhattan outlet.
Abrons Art Center466 Grand Street
Feb 19, 21, 22: 7:30pm | Feb 20, 21: 9:30pmWebsite
Yiddish Lab: At the Rich Relatives / Good Night World
Only in New York can you experience “a sampler from the Yiddish canon” on an average weeknight. Thanks to the Abrons Art Center, in the historically-Yiddish Lower East Side, this week you can view everything from Yiddish folk tales, to short stories, and ballet. More importantly, it’s a window into a culture which virtually died out with the Holocaust; this week will be “Good Night World,” a play set in New York just a decade before the second world war. We’re not sure if plays are in English, but most productions are “updated.”
Alexander Gray and Associates508 West 26 Street #215
6 - 8 PMWebsite
Korean Monochrome Overcoming the Modern: Dansaekhwa, The Korean Monochrome Movement Curated by Sam Bardaouil and Till Fellrath
When Korea split into two Koreas, the art did, too. While art coming out of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea continues to have a realist edge, South Korea has embraced abstraction. This show focuses on the monochrome’s place in the south’s history, from the 1970s through today. That’s a part of art’s history most of us will be completely unfamiliar with, and good enough a reason to get out to see the show.
Featuring artists: Chung Sang-hwa, Ha Chong-hyun, Hur Hwang, Lee Dong-Youb, Lee Ufan, Park Seo-bo, Yun Hyong-keun
The James Gallery at CUNY365 Fifth Avenue
6:00 - 8:00 PMWebsite
Sexing Sound: Aural Archives and Feminist Scores
A show of feminist sound work from the last 20 years mines some of the best troves for under-shown avant garde art—Ubuweb, ABC No Rio’s archives, Franklin Furnace, etc. Get ready for some treasures. They’ll be holding a symposium all day Friday, from 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM on the problem of gender in contemporary sound art and audio practices.
Artists include Marina Rosenfeld and materials on Johanna Fateman, Kathleen Hanna, Alison Knowles, Annea Lockwood, and many others, as well as performances by artists GBT + EH.
Artists Space Books & Talks55 Walker Street
7:00 PM; $5 entrance donation Website
Macho Man’s one of the best shows up in New York right now—and, crying, it closes Friday. Come hear the show’s curator Julie Ault discuss archives, like her own archive of now-historic artwork on view in Macho Man, with Artists Space in-house curator Richard Birkett.
247365 Manhattan131 Eldridge St.
6:00 - 9:00 PMWebsite
If the Shoe Fits Like a Glove
Manhattan is getting a new gallery, 247365 Manhattan. (The original 247365 will stay put in Red Hook.) It’s moved to the basement space formerly known as Eli Ping, and though that’s a tiny space we’re really excited to see what’s new with the painting-friendly gallery.
Featuring artists: Sebastian Black, Marlous Borm, Miles Huston, Jamian Juliano-Villani, Molly Lowe, Club Paint, and Bunny Rogers
Interstate66 Knickerbocker Ave
Freelance Hellraiser (Studio Visit)
After thoroughly enjoying the klaus e_book “TG-30”, an ode to body-swapping fiction, I’ll go see just about anything by authors Melissa Sachs and Cameron Soren (Body by Body). The new show criticizes the professionalization of the art world. For an idea of what that picture looks like, look at their press release above.
BHQFU34 Avenue A 3rd floor
West Side Story Screening and Production Try-Outs
Too shy to be a Jet? Want to faint just thinking about singing “I Feel Pretty?” If you’re comfortable working behind-the-scenes, the Bruce High Quality Foundation wants you. They’re holding a meeting (and screening) for those interested in running production for their West Side Story revival—it’s suggested you wear “festive” attire.
Marlborough Chelsea545 West 25th Street