Passed and Present
Opening Thursday, October 17 at Howl! Happening, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through November 17.
One of the pioneers of the Cinema of Transgression—an New York-based underground movement active in the 80’s that focused on low-budget subversion—was Tessa Hughes-Freeland, an experimental filmmaker who utilized psychedelic, kaleidoscopic visuals in her work, as well as found footage. This exhibition at East Village space Howl Happening acts as a “cinematic survey” of her work, featuring sculptures, videos, and an “interactive kaleidoscope.” Beyond the opening reception, there will be several special events throughout the course of the show, including film screenings and filmmaking workshops led by Hughes-Freeland herself.
Art in Odd Places
Opening Friday, October 18 at 14th Street between 7th and 8th Avenues, 5 pm to 8 pm. On view through October 20.
Though it’s getting cold, the past few days have served as a helpful reminder that it’s not quite time to sequester yourself under a pile of blankets just yet. The sun is still shining enough to help your serotonin levels, and what better way to enjoy the cityscape than at a time when it’ll be full of strange and interesting art? That’s right, the annual Art in Odd Places festival returns to 14th Street, where a variety of artists will be setting up installations and performances from Avenue C all the way to the Hudson River. This year focuses on artists over the age of 60, but will include multigenerational collaborations. For the particularly performance-inclined, on Saturday and Sunday from 2 pm to 4 pm a merry band of artists and performers will be parading down the 2.2 mile, art-filled stretch of 14th Street for all to see.
In the Flesh
Opening Friday, October 18 at Castellain Gallery, 7 pm to 9 pm. On view through November 27.
There’s quite a lot of work out there about partying, and even when you narrow it down to work about going out in Brooklyn, the canon still seems quite vast. However, there are still ways of making the medium seem fresh. One work by Anya Rosen, which will be included in a duo show at Bushwick’s Castellain Gallery starting Friday, depicts a man in Budweiser shorts and a pink Hawaiian shirt on the floor contorted around a toilet. Upon closer inspection, the man is not a man at all but two spoons with faces, recalling the famous comedy and tragedy drama masks, but with more drug references. It’s a grotesque yet dreamily childlike depiction of those times you know you’re going too hard, but you’re not quite done yet. In this show, Rosen’s works and those of fellow artist Jordan Segal shine a light on not just going out, but the less-than-perfect ways humans can behave, and do so in a way that feels playful and understanding.