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Performance: Experimental Sounds, Literary Math Podcast, Black Magic Circus

SOPHIE MSMSMSM, PRODUCT, 2015 (photo via The New Museum)

SOPHIE MSMSMSM, PRODUCT, 2015 (photo via The New Museum)

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First Look: SOPHIE Presents Pupture
At The New Museum, 235 Bowery, Lower East Side. 7pm. Tickets are $20 ($15 for members). More info here
Mysteriously odd artist and music producer SOPHIE (the brainchild of weirdo party jams BOOP and LEMONADE, among others) takes over the New Museum for a multidisciplinary evening exploring the notion of synthesis in art. First, there’ll be a panel discussion with artists Gerry Bibby, Travis Boyer, Hayden Dunham, experimental dance collaboration FlucT, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, and Henrik Oleson. Following that, the artists will present live performance and original music. Prepare to have your brains stimulated, hear some really weird sounds, and maybe even dance a little.
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At New Museum, Pole Dancing Without the Tassels and Police Hassles

(Photo courtesy of New Museum)

(Photo courtesy of New Museum)

If you thought pole dancing was just a thing for strippers and dance instructors (or strippers turned dance instructors), you thought wrong. It’s a thing for art galleries too. This Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. artists Brennan Gerard and Ryan Kelly will be showcasing their exhibition P.O.L.E.—People, Objects, Language, Exchange—at the New Museum Lobby Gallery. The exhibit will be on daily at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. from February 4 to 15. The main attraction is Two Brothers, where a colorful array of entertainers—from exotic dancers to contemporary artists to those ever embattled subway performers —will perform around two 16-foot brass poles.
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Here and Elsewhere at the New Museum

This exhibition is New York’s first gallery-wide exhibition of artists from the Arab world, and is appropriately (and devastatingly) dedicated to exploring the ethics of representation and the status of images as instruments of political consciousness. Bringing together 45 artists and collectives from over 15 countries, from North Africa to the Gulf, Here and Elsewhere presents a sweeping, riotous portrait of a heterogeneous region heretofore underrepresented in the NYC art world.

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This Skateboard Shaped Like the New Museum Looks Sick, But Can It Shred?

The Chapman + New Museum collaboration (Photo: Kirsten O'Regan)

The Chapman + New Museum collaboration, after use (Photo: Kirsten O’Regan)

A house of stacked boxes that teeters upwards from the Bowery, the New Museum’s silhouette doesn’t seem like apt inspiration for a skateboard. But that hasn’t stopped the museum — last seen hawking Bowery-scented air fresheners — from teaming up with Chapman to create a limited edition deck in the shape of its iconic Sejima + Nishizawa/SANAA-designed building.
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An Evening with Nir Evron

As the Israel-Palestine conflict is once again splashed across the international press, there was never a better time to become familiar with the work of Nir Evron. The Israeli filmmaker has long been fascinated with the physical architecture of the conflict, and this latest work—Endurance—is the third in his “Architectural Trilogy.” Each of the films centers on one particular building: for Endurance, that building is Rawabi, a residential gated community that also happens to be Palestine’s largest building project. Escape the often biased, rushed analysis of the mainstream media, and immerse yourself in Evron’s controversial, contemplative meditations on the construction of social and political histories. After the screening, New Museum Curator Lauren Cornell will moderate a Q&A with the artist.

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25 Images From New Museum's Arresting Survey of Contemporary Arab Art

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For the last fifteen years, Massimiliano Gioni has enthusiastically observed the increased presence of the work of artists of Arabic origin at various biennials and international exhibitions. “And I started getting worried and suspicious,” says the Associate Director and Director of Programming of the New Museum, “because many of these great artists—who we would see everywhere else—were not being shown in New York.”
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Readings and Talks: Brooklyn Girls and Renaissance Men

Time again for Word Up, our weekly roundup of readings and talks worth getting up and out of the house for.

Thursday, July 10

friendship copyEmily Gould and Elif Batuman
Gawker blogger turned memoirist Emily Gould’s new novel, Friendship, is about (you guessed it) a young Brooklyn blogger whose boyfriend happens to keep a studio in Greenpoint’s Pencil Factory.​ “Amy loved visiting Sam there, seeing all the other artists in the hallways and on the roof,” Gould writes. “It was so cheering to know that there were still people who made their living by creating physical things—even if some of them were commercial illustrators and graphic designers. Well, Sam wasn’t, anyway! He was just a guy who made giant oil paintings of Cuisinarts.” She’ll be discussing fiction and friendship with Elif Batuman, who has written for the likes of The New Yorker and n+1, and is the author of The Possessed.
7pm, McNally Jackson Books (52 Prince St). FREE.
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Bowery Mission Residents Will See Their Art in New Museum, a Couple Doors Down

(Photo courtesy New Museum, New York. Photo: Benoit Pailley)

“Draftsmen’s Congress,” a collective painting currently on display. (Photo courtesy New Museum, New York. Photo: Benoit Pailley)

Andres Serrano isn’t the only artist to have recently worked with homeless New Yorkers. Polish sculptor Pawel Althamer, whose running New Museum show “The Neighbors” includes three floors of his own work and one floor for visitors and community groups to paint, draw and tag themselves, now has some new collaborators: residents of the Bowery Mission, a homeless shelter a couple of doors down from the museum.
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Class Attire’s New Pop-Up Shop is ‘Chalk’-Full of Tees

Courtesy of Class Attire

Photos courtesy of Class Attire

In Williamsburg, the dust has settled on a the first stand-alone pop-up shop devoted to The Chalkboard Tee by Class Attire, a perennial flea market favorite. Jinyen and Chris Carew, the founders of the company, have taken over the Metropolitan Avenue storefront previously home to kid’s clothing purveyor Wonderwolf.
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Here’s an Early Look at the New Museum’s Fantastic Pawel Althamer Exhibit

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

(Photos: Scott Lynch)

Polish artist Paweł Althamer — whose sculptural figures of himself, friends, family, and neighbors pull off the neat trick of being simultaneously friendly and slightly disturbing — has a big exhibition coming up at the New Museum later this month. “The Neighbors” will fill the museum’s three main gallery floors, and all the promo photos we’ve seen indicate this will be a must-go. So what a great surprise last night when we popped in for the New Museum’s weekly pay-what-you-want hours (for another look at the spaceship) and learned that they’ve opened up an entire floor’s worth of Althamer’s works some two weeks in advance of the official start date.
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Rudy Giuliani’s Least Favorite Artist Is Getting a Show at the New Museum

(Photo: Courtesy of Chris Ofili/Afroco and David Zwirner, New York)

Way before there was Banksy and Bloomberg, there was Ofili and Giuliani.

Remember the artist who whipped Rudy into a lather with his painting, in the Brooklyn Museum’s infamous “Sensation” exhibit, of a black Virgin Mary surrounded by many a vagina, with a breast made from elephant dung? Well, New Museum does! At a presser this morning, the museum’s director of exhibitions, Massimiliano Gioni, announced that next October, they’ll stage English-Trinidadian provocateur Chris Ofili‘s first major solo museum exhibition in the U.S.
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