5 Art Exhibits You Can't Miss This Month in NYC
It’s summer in NYC, the sun is out (most days), and the city is jam-packed with outdoor festivals and attractions, but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend an entire day gallery-hopping. As the days get hotter and hotter, stay cool and cultured with these must-see exhibits happening around the city this month.
Red Bull Arts New York presents Gretchen Bender: So Much Deathless, the first posthumous retrospective of the life and work of the influential, multi-disciplinary artist. This series of artist talks, film screenings, live performances, and tours runs every Wednesday through Sunday from 12-7pm from until July 29, and will respond to critical themes in this ambitious exhibition. Returning the spotlight to one of contemporary art’s most prescient figures, So Much Deathless details Bender’s historic importance and contemporary relevance.
Where: 220 W 18th Street, 10011
When: Now – July 28, 2019
A standout star in the current Whitney Biennial, Brooklyn-based photographer John Edmonds titled his show “Between Pathos & Seduction” after a love poem—which is also a meditation on representations of gay black desire—by Essex Hemphill. Edmonds echoes Hemphill’s call for a new language in his smoldering portraits, some in color, others in black-and-white. Most of his subjects are photographed with their backs turned to the camera, a pose that suggests casual Edmonds’s subjects are often seen with their backs turned to the camera, highlighting both their elegance and strength.
Where: 88 Eldridge St., 10002, 5th Floor
When: Now – July 27, 2019
Too Fast to Live, Too Young to Die at the Museum of Arts and Design explores the visual language of punk through hundreds of its most memorable graphics, from the shocking remixes of expropriated images and texts to the DIY zines and flyers that challenged the commercial slickness of the mainstream media. Many of the objects on display in this exhibition were first hung in record stores or in the bedrooms of teenagers, and almost all show signs of wear.
Where: 2 Columbus Circle, 10019
When: Now — August 18, 2019
Throughout her career, Julia Scher has studied modes of surveillance as well as notions of safety and control. American Promises, her first solo exhibition in New York in 15 years, features works from the late 1980s to the mid-2000s along with a new sound piece titled North to South. Other pieces include the four-hour confessional video Discipline Masters (1988) and Mothers Under Surveillance (1993), which includes a live feed of the gallery alongside footage of marginalized elderly women.
Where: 9 White St, 10013
When: Now – July 26, 2019
As the title promises, “7 Painters” gathers together works by some of the most influential painters over the past 15 years from the United States and abroad. Described as a “non-thematic” exhibition, 7 Painters places the medium’s most advanced practices in dialogue, examining the specific conceptual and technical concerns that define painting today. Further, in presenting their work side by side, the exhibition aims to provoke a “productive conversation reflecting on painting’s capacity for renewal.”
Where: 508 West 26th Street, 10001, Ground Floor
When: Now – August 9th, 2019
Images via Red Bull Arts, Company Gallery, Jenna Bascom, Ortuzar Projects, & Greene Naftali Gallery
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