The Skinny on Art Events in New York:
It's cold and rainy in New York these days, and the art world is freezing—and Friezeing, which is to say heading off to London for the Frieze Art Fair. But don't worry if you're staying stateside this go-round, as Artspace is, because there are plenty of enticing offerings around the Big Apple and beyond. And if a few of them deal with the upcoming presidential election, well, don't let that make you nervous.
- WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 10TH -
"A Night of Provocation With Eikoh Hosoe" at the Japan Society, 333 East 47th street, 6:30 p.m., $16 or $12 for Japan Society members, seniors, & students
Avant-garde Japanese photographer Eikoh Hosoe drops by the society to discuss his dark and delightfully disturbing images with Miwako Tezuka, director of the Japan Society Gallery. A reception will follow the talk.
"Jonathan Horowitz: Your Land/My Land: Election '12" at the New Museum (through November 18th)
Coinciding with the 2012 American presidential election season, the artist—who had a Obama-versus-McCain-themed show at Gavin Brown's Enterprise four years ago—presents an installation in the museum's lobby referencing Woody Guthrie's classic polemic, which will also be staged simultaneously at other art museums across the United States (including the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art).
Opening reception for "Casey Jex Smith: Fiend in the Void" at Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.(through November 10th)
Politics crop up again in a solo exhibition by the artist and practicing Mormon, who uses the current presidential election as a springboard for new works on paper and sculpture.
- THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11TH -
"Stories From the New Aesthetic" talk at the New Museum, 235 Bowery, 7:00 p.m.
The increasingly prevalent intersections between culture and technology in the wake of the digital era will be explored at the New Museum tonight with James Bridle, who coined the "New Aesthetic" moniker, joined by Rhizome editor Joanne McNeil and Aaron Straup Cope, senior engineer at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum.
Creative Time Reports launch party at the Eyebeam Center for Art + Technology, 540 West 21st Street, rsvp firstname.lastname@example.org, 7 p.m.
Artist Robert Whiteman presents the latest iteration of a performance concept he initiated in 1972 involving a series of "actor-reporters" filing dispatches from the streets of New York using various contemporary means of communication.
- FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12TH -
The Bronx Museum's 40th Anniversary, 1040 Grand Concourse, the Bronx, 7:30 p.m. - midnight
The venerable institution says goodbye to its flirty thirties with an evening featuring film, video, and documentary screenings as well as live musical performances, ranging from DJ Lightbolt to the Ghanaian Rhythmic Drummers.
- SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14TH -
Grand Finale of Lucie Fontaine's "Estate" at Marianne Boesky Gallery, 118 East 64th Street, 7 p.m. - 9 p.m.
For the closing of the artist's stint at the gallery, Bruno Martino and Bruno Brighetti's song Estate, made famous by João Gilberto, will be performed in succession by Daniel Arnow & Batya Sobel, Frank Lyon, Michael O'Neill, Ellery Royston & Adam Bach, and Geo Wyeth. RSVP essential: email@example.com.
"Thinking Contemporary Curating at the New Museum," 3 p.m. $8 or $6 for members
Independent Curators International (aka ICI) presents an afternoon discussion with art historian Terry Smith and Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, the artistic director of Documenta 13, on the occasion of the release of his latest publication, Thinking Contemporary Curating. The talk will be moderated by ICI deputy director Renaud Proch.
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- THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11th - SUNDAY, OCTOBER 14th-
Frieze Art Fair, Regent's Park London
Playing host to over 170 contemporary art galleries from around the world-and including a broad scope of commissioned artists' projects, a talks program, and an artist-led education schedule-Frieze is certainly one of the highlight's of the fall season for the art set. To kick off the fair on Thursday, sip bubbly early in the morning (jet-lag has your internal clock all jumbled anyhow, right?) with Tate curators at a champagne breakfast hosted by Tate director Nicholas Serota and Tate Britain director Penelope Curtis, at Tate Britain from 8:45 a.m. - 10 a.m.
To see Artspace's special Frieze 2012 collection click here.
To read an interview with Frieze director Amanda Sharp about the fair's New York expansion click here.