This year’s Panorama NYC festival was watched by more than few outside its bubble this past weekend. Between the early evacuation on Friday and Janet Jackson’s quickly praised performance, folks on the “mainland” might have thought things had gotten crazy on Randall’s Island. But mostly the kids were all right. Those who were there wanted to be there and stayed chill through it all, including Lil Wayne being cancelled 20 minutes into his set time on Saturday.
Opening Tuesday, July 31 at Cooler Gallery, 7 pm to 9 pm. On view through August 12.
Some art has sweeping sociopolitical messages, while other art serves a primarily aesthetic purpose. Neither is better or worse: sometimes you want to be provoked into thinking deeply about the world around you and sometimes you just want to be dazzled by how cool something looks. The work of mixed media artist Senem Oezdogan (presented in partnership with Uprise Art) falls more into the latter category, consisting largely of “fiber-based geometric studies” inspired by architecture, shapes, and the textures of fabrics. They’re fairly simple pieces, featuring abstract shapes and rich splashes of color, and manage to convey an alluring calmness in their playful minimalism. Rather than fixating on what message an artwork might be trying to proclaim, Oezdogan’s work invites you to merely appreciate the visuals. If it makes you feel nice, you don’t need to question it. Keep Reading »
A distinguished modern art collection once hung in the cozy Greenwich Village tavern at 20 Christopher Street, above steaming bowls of 35-cent Romanian chorba stew. Romany Marie’s, which operated out of the location between 1915-1923, wasn’t plastered in paintings because its proprietor was a collector (although Marie Marchand did love art). It was simple: neighborhood artists who were strapped for cash could go there for a free meal, in exchange for artwork.
It’s not like you need a reason to hit the beach, but these two festivals offer extra incentive.
New York Women’s Surf Film Festival
July 27-29 at Rockaway Beach Surf Club (302 Beach 87th St.) and Rockaway Beach Bakery (87-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd.) in Rockaway Beach.
Surf’s up, dudettes! This popular fest celebrating women wave-riders enters its sixth year with free screenings, photo exhibits, and more. Among the films that’ll be screened in the groovy backyard of the Rockaway Beach Surf Club are a documentary about Brianna Cope, who became a competitive surfer despite a deformed hand, and Katie Walsh’s doc about star surfer Coco Ho. Walsh will be on hand to answer questions, as will Tiffany Manchester, author of Surfer Girls Kick Ass, and Fiona Mullen, whose surf photos will be on display. On Saturday from 1pm to 6pm, there’ll be a market at Rockaway Beach Bakery, with surf goods for sale, a complimentary beauty bar, and drinks, food, and music.
Coney Island Music Festival
Aug. 4, 1pm, at Surf and Stillwell Avenues, Coney Island.
Coney Island is no stranger to epic free music fests like Siren Festival and the Burger Beach Bash. This year, the Coney Island Music Festival carries the torch and returns for its second installment. Among the artists gracing the two stages–one outside of Nathan’s Famous and the other at the Coney Art Walls– is Shannon Shaw, who released a solo album last month (her fantastic, doowop-infused band Shannon and the Clams will be playing at Panorama on July 27 and Rough Trade on July 28.) Another festival fixture, Queens crooner Juan Wauters, will also be playing, as will Mac DeMarco openers The Garden. Headlining is (Sandy) Alex G, whose Elliott Smith-esque tunes have been described as “inventive guitar pop at its best, full of surreal storytelling and addictive melodies.” After his set, the party continues at the Coney Art Walls until 10pm.
And don’t forget… Rockaway’s Beach Flix series brings movie screenings straight to the sand. Next up on the inflatable big screen: Caddyshack on July 25, The Secret Life of Pets on Aug. 21, and Rogue One on Aug. 24. Follow the Rockaway Civic Association for exact showtimes, locations, and more announcements.
The Sinner’s Kit Kat Cabaret
Thursday, July 19 at Bizarre Bushwick, 10 pm: $10 suggested donation
Even though your parents probably told you otherwise, it can be fun to sin. Someone who knows that well is Vic Sin, a dance, drag, and burlesque performer who produces The Sinner’s Kit Kat Cabaret every month at Bizarre, which is hosted by drag performer (and leader of the inimitable queer drag and burlesque collective Beefsquad) Lee VaLone. It also happens to be Lee’s birthday, so you know the show will be extra special. Helping celebrate (and sin) will be the stacked lineup of C’Etait BonTemps, Angelica Sundae, Devo Monique, Dynasty, Laé D. Boi, Mini Horrorwitz, Nyx Nocturne, and Theydy Bedbug. Keep Reading »
yes no maybe
Opening Tuesday, July 17 at Flowers Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through August 24.
Thanks to social media, the word “algorithm” is no longer something only mentioned in math class. I’d say for better or for worse, but we all know that people typically invoke talks of The Algorithm when they are complaining about the latest way it’s seeming to screw them over. A new group exhibition at Chelsea’s Flowers Gallery, which takes its title from the mathematical theory of probability, asks five artists to create works using their own algorithmic processes. This may sound intimidating until you realize an algorithm isn’t much more than a purposeful pattern that repeats over time, which is something done in art often. The artists of yes no maybe (all prolific and regarded in their respective fields) take their algorithmic inspiration from topics as varied as geometric microscopic organisms, Berlin’s Tempelhof airport, jazz music, and hypercubes. At the opening, there will be a panel discussion with Beryl Korot, Manfred Mohr and Judith Stenneken, moderated by Zabet Patterson, a professor and writer who focuses on how contemporary art and computing interact. Keep Reading »
Picasso’s green period ain’t over yet. A 10-foot-tall sculpture of the Spanish artist cutting grass was supposed to be taken down this week, but the massive tribute to the striped one just got a four-week extension.
Governors Island was infested with Bugs on Sunday, and not just the usual dragonflies. Dozens of Beetles, camper vans, and hippie buses rolled onto the ferries in the morning and circled up in the grass of Picnic Point for the VW Traffic Jam, a Dub-lover’s paradise of vintage Volkswagens.
Summer’s most joyous dance party lit up Fort Greene Park yesterday with the first of two Soul Summit Music Festivals, as thousands of people packed into the area around the Prison Ship Martyrs’ Monument for an afternoon and evening of sweat, sexiness, food, nutcrackers, amazing outfits, and most all, dancing with abandon to a non-stop mix of classic house music. The Soul Summit crew have been throwing this party for 15 years now, and it just keeps getting bigger, with picnickers spread out in all directions.
The second Fort Greene Soul Summit will be on Sunday, August 12. If you want to dance, it’s best to come early, even right at 3pm when things get under way, and stake out a spot on the shaded dance plaza. The music goes until 8pm, but by 6:30pm or so there are so many people that it’s difficult to even get close to the action. Local vendors sell food, beverages, and various merchandise. Soul Summit is also headlining MoMA PS1’s Warm Up dance party this year, on Saturday, August 25.
Opening Wednesday, July 4 at Con Artist Collective, 7 pm to 11 pm.
The 4th of July falls on a Wednesday this year, which for the people with Real Jobs means you probably have to drink less than you would if it was on a weekend. It’s also admittedly a weird and unsettling time to have a holiday that’s supposed to celebrate patriotism and America when in just the past week families were torn apart, children were kept in cages, journalists were shot dead at a local newspaper, and a Supreme Court Justice who occasionally voted in non-conservative ways announced his retirement. Even so, it can be comforting to come together for a little merry-making. If you’re looking for something to do before or after a rooftop party, backyard BBQ, or other outdoor activity, the artists of Con Artist Collective are putting up a show appropriately all about America, whatever that might mean to them. Keep Reading »
MoMA PS1 has once again brought their crack aesthetic instincts and curatorial muscle out to Fort Tilden for the summer, this year hosting a fantastic installation by one of the most popular artists of our time, Yayoi Kusama’s “Narcissus Garden.”
After operating out of Jacob Riis Park’s Bay 9 Pavilion for the past three years, the Riis Park Beach Bazaar is expanding into the park’s crown jewel: its Art Deco bathhouse.