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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.

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Pintados: Portraits Of Immigrants As Ancestors
Opening Thursday, July 5 at Flux Factory, 5 pm. On view through July 9.

You’re probably thinking often about the state of America today, and this may happen even moreso the day after a national holiday all about, well, America. On July 5, you can engage yourself with Jevijoe Vitug’s exhibition on immigrants from the Philippines. A first generation immigrant to the US himself, Vitug primary paints portraits of his fellow immigrant friends in the city, rendering them in a way that draws parallels to historical photos of Austronesians, indigenous people from Southeast Asia that Spanish colonizers called “Pintados” due to their tattooed bodies. In addition to the exhibition, Thursday’s opening reception will feature a collaborative performance with Vitug and experimental Filipinx bands as well as a “flag raising ceremony addressing decolonization, immigration and human rights.

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Techne LAB
Opening Friday, July 6 at Made in NY Media Center by IFP, 6 pm to 8:30 pm. On view through July 31.

This new media exhibition takes its cue from a digital arts lab of the same name founded by filmmaker, writer, and artist Mark Amerika at the University of Colorado in 2002 as a space for exploring the broad and bright future of interactive and new media art. What we consider high-tech art was a lot different back in 2002, but these shifts allow us to track both the ways in which technology and new media has changed, and the ways in which it has been utilized to create art. Starting Friday, a new manifestation of the TECHNE Lab will open at the Made in NY Media Center in DUMBO, filled with experiments in virtual reality, glitch art, videos, 3D animation, and more from ten artists, including Amerika.