The Skinny on Art Events in New York:
Yes, you're still recovering from last week's deluge of art openings, but there's no time to catch your breath without missing out on what the second week of the fall season has to offer. If you feel like a zombie, don't worry: there are plenty of nocturnal happenings this week to accommodate your somnambulant state. Teresita Fernández casts her gaze toward the night sky, transforming Lehmann Maupin's gallery space into a virtual aurora borealis and Rey Akdogan's "night curtain" installation at Miguel Abreu Gallery will be open to the public only after nightfall, from dusk to midnight. Several museums, including the Brooklyn Museum of Art will also burn the midnight oil, keeping their doors open long after regular hours.
- WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH -
Opening reception for Teresita Fernández's "Night Writing" at Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie street, at Stanton Street, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (through October 20th)
For her fifth solo show at Lehmann Maupin, Teresita Fernández turns the gallery into a virtual aurora borealis with a stunning large-scale installation simulating the northern lights, accompanied by a clutch of unique prints focused on the language of the night skyscape.
Opening reception for Juergen Teller's "Irene im Wald," the Journal Gallery, 168 North 1st Street, Williamsburg, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (through November 4th)
The much-in-demand photographer heads deep into the fairytale woods of the Brothers Grimm for this new exhibition at the Journal Gallery. While you may be accustomed to Teller focusing his camera on solitary enigmatic figures, at this show expect a series of photographs uncharacteristically devoid of human subjects-apart, that is, from the occasional appearance of the artist's mother Irene, spied deep within the woods near the artist's childhood home in Nuremberg, Germany. A monograph will be released concurrently with the exhibition.
Opening reception for "A Visual Essay on Gutai" at Hauser and Wirth, 32 East 69th Street, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (through October 27th)
Although only recently garnering the attention long due to them in this neck of the woods, artists of Japan's influential Gutai movement produced a profound legacy of aesthetic experimentation, anticipating Abstract Expressionism, Arte Povera, Fluxus, and Conceptual Art. Hauser and Wirth is mounting a long overdue exhibition of works by 12 important members of the Gutai movement: Norio Imai, Akira Kanayama, Takesada Matsutani, Sadamasa Motonaga, Shuji Mukai, Saburo Murakami, Shozo Shimamoto, Kazuo Shiraga, Yasuo Sumi, Atsuko Tanaka, Tsuruko Yamazaki, and Jiro Yoshihara.
Opening reception for "John Cage: The Sight of Silence," National Academy Museum, 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (through January 13th)
Sixty works by one of the 20th century's most important avant-garde thinkers will be showcased at the National Academy Museum as the world celebrates the centennial of Cage's birth. Not to be missed in this exhibition are the artist and composer's unusual graphic musical scores, which will be accompanied by recordings made by Cage himself.
Opening reception for "Gerhard Richter: Painting 2012," Marian Goodman Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (through October 13th)
Experience the opening of an exhibition of new works by the German master in the presence of the artist himself tonight. For this exhibition Richter revisits his 1990 Abstract Painting 724-4 using digital software to create a series of abstract STRIP Paintings produced by running the single work through a series of mathematical operations. The new works' intellectual complexity detracts nothing from their stunning beauty.
- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH -
Elad Lassry takes over the Kitchen with performances featuring dancers from the American Ballet Theater and New York City Ballet, September 13, 14, & 16 at 8:30 p.m., $10
The Israeli-born Los Angeles artist will keep you on your twinkle toes with the premiere of a series of compositions that take on the photographic image through the medium of classical ballet, reprising a novel brand of performance he debuted in L.A. last year to much acclaim. To better allow viewers the complete experience, the gallery will also be open for viewing on those evenings from 7 P.M. until curtain time.
Opening receptions for "William Wegman: Drawings for a Better Tomorrow and a Worse Yesterday," Salon 94 Freemans, 1 Freeman Alley, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. and "Takeshi Murata: Synthesizers," Salon 94, 243 Bowery, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (both on view through October 20)
Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn's gallery will mount two quirky exhibitions that envision the future in very different respects: Wegman glances ahead through the retro-futuristic analogue, Takeshi Murata through the decidedly hyperreal digital. Take your pick, or better yet tackle them both.
Brooklyn Museum of Art hosts THURSDAYS @ 7, Brooklyn Museum of Art, 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Linger a little longer and later at the Brooklyn institution, which will keep its doors open until 10 p.m. tonight. Music will be performed by Renee Neufville of the platinum-selling duo Zhané.
"Obsess, Create, and Repeat: Obsession and the Creative Process," a roundtable at the Whitney Museum of Art, 7 p.m., $8 general admission; $6 senior citizens and students; free for members
This roundtable conversation will explore the myths surrounding artistic production and the unique characteristics of extremely creative artists, with a focus on the role of obsession, activity, and repetition in contemporary art practice. Unsurprisingly, Yayoi Kusama's eccentric life and work will figure prominently into the discussion. Participants include artist Janine Antoni, critic and scholar Lyle Rexer, and psychoanalyst Robert Langan.
Opening reception for "Building," a solo exhibition of new works by Barney Kulok, Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery, 532 West 24th street, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (through October 27th)
An exhibition of photographs by the artist which follow the reconstruction of the highly anticipated Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, which will reopen this October after almost 40 years of work. The memorial park, designed in 1973 by Louis I. Kahn and situated on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island, was the last design the great modernist architect completed before his death in 1974. Kulok's first monograph, Building, will be published by Aperture (October 2012) in conjunction with the exhibition and will include an essay by architect Steven Holl and an afterword by filmmaker Nathaniel Kahn.
Opening reception for "Andrea Zittel: Fluid Panel State," Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 west 24th street, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (through October 27th)
The artist and occasional art clothier addresses the narrow boundaries separating visual and functional objects in an exhibition including woven blankets, panels, and sheets. Zittel's installation also includes gouache and watercolor drawings, paintings, new furniture pieces, and a video Power Point, among other works.
Opening reception for "Richard Misrach: The Dessert Cantos," Robert Mann Gallery, 525 West 26th Street, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (through October 27th)
The Chelsea gallery initiates its newest space with an exhibition of Misrach's photographs spanning the first 25 years of the artist's career, including luscious split-toned works of eerie desert night scenes and sublime empty landscapes peppered with the effects of human intervention.
Opening reception for "Thomas Hirschhorn: Concordia, Concordia," Gladstone Gallery, 530 West 21st Street 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (through October 20th)
A single installation by the heady Paris-based Swiss artist will feature a large-scale work inspired by the sinking of the cruise ship Costa Concordia, which ran aground off the coast of Italy in January 2012.
Opening reception for "This Is How We Do It," Driscoll Babcock's new digs, 525 West 25th Street, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (through October 27th)
New York's oldest gallery puts down roots in Chelsea with this inaugural group exhibition that pairs the old with the new, covering roughly 250 years of American art. Works by 25 artists will be featured, ranging from oldsters like Thomas Eakins, John Singleton Copley, and Marsden Hartley to midcentury heroes Franz Kline, Willem de Kooning, Jules Olitski, and Andy Warhol to contemporary artists Margaret Bowland, Marylyn Dintenfass, and Jenny Morgan.
- FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH -
Kalup Linzy performance "Introducing Kaye" as part of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Regarding Warhol show, September 14 & 15 at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. in the Petrie Court Café
To mark the opening weekend of the buzzy Pop-inspired megaexhibition, the performance artist will transform the Met's cafe into a "Warhol Cabaret," where he will debut new songs in the persona of his new creation The Artist Kaye, which he introduced at this summer's Whitney Art Party.
Robert Longo and Richard Price in conversation at the Strand Bookstore, 828 Broadway at 12th Street, 3rd floor Rare Book Room, 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The "Men in Cities" series artist and the Lush Life novelist will discuss art, literature, New York, and a whole lot more at the Strand tonight. To attend this event you'll need to purchase the book Robert Longo: Charcoal or a $15 Strand gift card.
Live music and avant-garde cinema at the Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, 8 p.m., $15, $9 museum members, free for Silver Screen members and above
Live music will accompany avant-garde films by Robert Breer, Bruce Conner, and others at the museum's Cinema 16. The program also includes a solo performance by New York musician and artist Alexis Georgopoulos, with cellist Clarice Jensen, of new music commissioned to accompany five films. The evening's theme is extreme exploration and adventure including psychedelic, terrestrial, and celestial travel.
- SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH -
Thomas Hirschhorn and Hal Foster in Discussion, Dia Art Foundation, 541 West 22nd Street, 6:30 p.m.
In conjunction with the artist's exhibition at Gladstone Gallery, a conversation between Hirschhorn and the celebrated art historian and October magazine thinker will relaunch Dia's Discussions in Contemporary Culture series.
- SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH -
P! makes its debut, 334 Broome Street, 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
This new multidisciplinary exhibition space in Chinatown with a focus on new curatorial strategies opens its doors for the first time with an inaugural exhibition entitled "Process 01: Joy," featuring work by Chauncey Hare, Christine Hill, Karel Martens. RSVP for the opening reception at email@example.com.
Opening reception for Rey Akdogan: night curtain, Miguel Abreu Gallery, 36 Orchard Street, dusk to 9 p.m.
For the insomnia-inclined, the artist's "night curtain" installation will be open to the public solely after nightfall, from dusk to midnight, Wednesday through Sunday.
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- WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12TH -
Opening reception for "Dance Rehearsal: Karen Kilimnik's World of Ballet and Theatre," Mills College Art Museum, 5000 Macarthur Boulvard, Oakland, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., free
The artist's longstanding engagement with historical theatre-in particular, the Classical and Romantic story ballets of the 17th and early 19th centuries-is the subject of a new exhibition opening in Oakland tonight. "Dance Rehearsal" features works from 1988 to the present, encompassing all the notoriously diverse styles and mediums in which Kilimnik works, from figurative drawing and painting to mixed media mise-en-scène installations, collage, photography, and video, as well as more recent forays into set and costume design.
- THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13TH -
Opening reception for "Mary Ellen Mark: Indian Circus," Jenkins Johnson Gallery, 464 Sutter Street, San Francisco, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. (through October 27th)
An exhibition of vintage platinum prints exploring the tight-knit world of the circus by the renowned American photographer taken between 1982 and 1992 will be on view at this Frisco gallery.
Tony Feher "Tony Feher" at Anthony Meier Fine Art, 1969 California Street, at Octavia, floor 1, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
The artist's characteristic heightened focus on the sculptural qualities of everyday, overlooked subjects will be on display in a solo show of the artists work opening at the gallery.
"When Attitudes Became Form Become Attitudes: A Restoration / A Remake / A Rejuvenation / A Rebellion" opens at the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts (Kent and Vicki Logan Galleries), 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. (through December 1st)
Curated by Jens Hoffman, the Institute's director, this exhibition takes as its starting point legendary curator Harald Szeemann's seminal 1969 exhibition "Live In Your Head: When Attitudes Become Form (Works - Concepts - Processes - Situations - Information)" at the Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland. The show presents work by over 80 international contemporary artists that work within the lineage and language of Conceptual art practices, including Guido van der Werve, Luisa Lambri, Nicolás Robbio, and Simon Fujiwara. The Wattis's show will take on the history and the myths around Szeemann's exhibition, bringing together a large group of international contemporary artists working within diverse fields, that follow, in a number of ways, the legacy of Conceptual art. The contemporary artworks will be presented alongside historical documents and representations of Szeemann's original exhibition.
- FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14TH -
"Temporary Structures" opens at the San Francisco Art Institute, 800 Chestnut Street, Walter and McBean Galleries (through December 15th)
An interdisciplinary exhibition considering the allure of temporary architecture as spectacle opens at the museum. Including work (much of it site-specific) by Amy M. Ho, Ben Peterson, Christian Nagler, David Gissen , Jonathan Runcio, and Paul Kos, the exhibition is concerned with architectural aspirations, follies, and momentary acts of cultural transformation.
- SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15TH -
Live music at the Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, 100 Northern Avenue, Fotene Demoulas Gallery, 4th Floor, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Throughout the institute's "Os Gemeos" exhibition on the third Saturday of each month, hear local musicians improvise on the sonic sculpture "Os Musicos," by Brazilian twin brothers Otavio and Gustavo Pandolfo (aka Os Gemeos). Today's program will feature music by the Boston-based musician Elaine Rombola.
- SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16TH -
"A Strange Magic: Gustave Moreau's Salome" opens at the Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles (through December 9th)
The L.A. museum mounts an exhibition devoted to the French Symbolist artist's "Salome Dancing Before Herod," one of the most remarkable and best-known paintings in the museum's collection. Including approximately 50 works—as well as related paintings, drawings, and preparatory studies—drawn entirely from the collection of the Gustave Moreau Museum in Paris, many of the works have never before been seen in the United States, and the Hammer will be the sole American venue.
"Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective" opens at LACMA, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles (through January 6th)
This much-anticipated show will trace the development of the late artist's sculptural practice, from his luminously glazed ovoid forms to his suggestive, molten-like slumps, positioning him within the larger narrative of modern American sculpture.