Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events, both digitally and in-person in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all ET unless otherwise noted.)
Tuesday, August 16
1. “Hardship and Inspiration” at the Getty Center, Los Angeles
In this virtual talk on the occasion of “The Lost Murals of Renaissance Rome” (through September 4), Getty Museum curator Julian Brooks will explore one of the first illustrated “starving artist” narratives and its enduring relevance. Twenty drawings by Federico Zuccaro map out the setbacks, rejections, and eventual success of his older brother, Italian Renaissance painter Taddeo Zuccaro. Brooks will also explore how these images of artistic persistence have inspired 21st-century Los Angeles singer-songwriters.
Price: Free with Zoom registration
Time: 2 p.m. PT (5 p.m. ET)
Friday, August 19
2. “Blek Le Rat” at West Chelsea Contemporary, New York
French artist Blek Le Rat developed his unique blend of printmaking and graffiti in Paris the early 1980s after encountering street art in New York City and the work of Richard “Shadowman” Hambleton. His symbol was a small black rat: an anagram of the word “art” that he spread art throughout the city the way rats carry disease. Blek’s pop culture-infused stencil graffiti helped pioneer the art form and was highly influential: in Banksy’s first public interview, with the Daily Mail in 2008, the British artist lamented that “every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek Le Rat has done it too, only Blek did it 20 years earlier.”
Location: West Chelsea Contemporary, 231 10th Avenue, New York
Time: Monday–Wednesday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, August 20
3. “Trisha Brown: Beach Sessions” at Rockaway Beach, New York
In this event, dancers will perform a work by choreographer Trisha Brown along the Rockaway shoreline. The audience is invited to follow the dancers along the beach as they move from Beach 97th Street to Beach 110th Street. Now in its eighth year, “Trisha Brown: In Plain Site” is a program highlighting a selection of early works by the choreographer specifically chosen to respond to the beach and its shoreline.
Location: Various locations, Rockaway Beach, New York
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Through Friday, August 26
4. “Nam June Paik, Art in Process: Part Two” at Gagosian, New York
Gagosian wraps up the second and final installment of its career survey of pioneering Korean American video artist Nam June Paik. The exhibition features three of the artist’s 1980s satellite broadcasts and late examples of his television sculptures. The show is curated by John G. Hanhardt, the man behind the artist’s shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1982, the Guggenheim Museum in 2000, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in 2011.
Location: Gagosian Park & 75, 821 Park Avenue, New York
Time: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Monday, September 5
5. “Liz West: Hymn to the Big Wheel” at Manhattan West
Take advantage of the break in New York’s summer heatwave to check out this immersive sculptural work by Liz West just east of Hudson Yards. The octagonal structure features transparent sheets in jewel-like colors that catch the sunlight, creating vibrant shadows across cobblestone streets. The project is curated by Canadian public art firm Massivart, and was originally displayed last summer in London during the Canary Warf Summer Lights festival. It will also be on view on the Waterfront Plaza at Brookfield Place (September 9 through September 25).
Location: Manhattan West Plaza, 385 9th Avenue, New York
Time: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Through Sunday, September 18
6. “Adama Delphine Fawundu: Wata Bodis” at Project for Empty Space, Newark
Adama Delphine Fawundu, a 2022 artist-in-residence at Project for Empty Space, presents an exhibition featuring a 360-video projection and mixed-media hanging sculptures made from hand-dyed fabrics. Fawundu conceived of the exhibition, which is inspired by the African diaspora experience, as a spiritual conversation with her namesake, her late grandmother who she called Mama Adama. “Although our physical bodies have only shared space on this earth for 23 years, our spirits have always been intertwined,” Fawundu wrote in her artist’s statement.
Location: Project for Empty Space, 800 Broad Street, Newark
Price: TK Free
Time: Wednesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Through Saturday, September 24
7. “Luchita Hurtado” at Hauser and Wirth, Southampton
Luchita Hurtado, who died in 2020 at age 99, only began to received recognition for her decades-long career in the final years of her life. But while you may have seen her paintings, Hurtado’s works on paper, including charcoal, crayon, graphite, and ink drawings, have kept a low profile. Hauser and Wirth presents intimate self-portraits, plus other pieces never exhibited in her lifetime.
Location: Hauser and Wirth, 9 Main Street, Southampton, New York
Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
8. “The Painter’s New Tools” at Nahmad Contemporary, New York
There’s more to art and technology that the love-it-or-hate it NFT, as this group show at Nahmad Contemporary suggests. Artists pushing the boundaries of painting have been incorporating everything from computer printers and tablets to CGI, AI, and coding into their practices. The exhibition includes groundbreaking works by Darren Bader, Urs Fischer, Wade Guyton, Camille Henrot, and Sarah Sze, among others.
Location: Nahmad Contemporary, 980 Madison Avenue, Third Floor, New York
Price: Free with appointment
Time: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
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