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Shamans, Vermin, and a Campy Slasher Flick: This Week in Art

Ragnar Kjartansson at the New Museum

Ragnar Kjartansson at the New Museum

Apparently some dude named Jeff Koons will be squeezing a bunch of vacuums and enormous balloon creatures into the Whitney over the next few weeks. But boys and girls, it’s not time just yet to put on your Ewwww-Koooons snarl. So get out there this week and see some “real art” before you trek uptown to see the Whitney collapse under the all that vacuous weight. See below for our recommendations of ongoing shows and openings happening this week.
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Talking East Village-Bushwick With the Bi-Borough Producers of Slideluck

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The concept is kind of irresistible: a free dinner followed by a slideshow of local artwork. The Slideluck Potshow [the former Slideluck Potshow has rebranded as just Slideluck] began in photographer Casey Kelbaugh’s backyard in Seattle in 2000, expanded to Amsterdam, Nairobi, Bogota and beyond, and it’s coming to Bushwick this Thursday. This year, it’ll feature the work of 25 Bushwick and East Williamsburg-based artists (their names are below), one of which will be selected for a solo show at the Living Gallery in October. Bring a homemade potluck dish and you’ll get two raffle tickets for goodies from local businesses.
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