Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this season.
Soda_Jerk, still from “Astro Black: We are the Robots” (2010), two-channel video installation with four episodes, 25:24 min (image courtesy apexart)
Overwhelmed by all the art to see this fall? Us too. To make it all slightly more manageable, we’ve compiled a list of fun, insightful, and very New York art exhibitions and events in our yearly fall guide. In addition to perusing this online version, you can look out for print copies of our guide in bookstores, coffee shops, galleries, museums, and nonprofit art spaces around the city.
Sanford Biggers: Selah
When: September 7–October 21
Where: Boesky East (507 W 24th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Whether working in textile, video, sculpture, or performance, Sanford Biggers unflinchingly tackles issues of race and representation in American culture. The centerpiece of this show, “Seated Warrior,” continues his series of bronze sculptures based on traditional African statues, which he collects and then dips in wax or pierces with gunshots. It will be framed by textile works assembled from fragments of antique quilts.
When: September 7–October 21
Where: apexart (291 Church Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)
Space is the place — where we stage allegories of earthly drama. This exhibition, curated by Katherine Rochester, gathers works by seven artists and collectives that project humans onto sci-fi frontiers in order to imagine solutions for seemingly unsolvable problems. Some of the astronauts are interstellar refugees in search of new home bases; others are defiant occupiers who refuse to leave their beloved planets.
Vaginal Davis & Louise Nevelson: Chimera
When: September 8–October 22
Where: Invisible-Exports (89 Eldridge Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)
Vaginal Davis met Louise Nevelson at a party in the 1980s; the theme was “come as your favorite dead artist.” “I came as Frida Kahlo with mono brow mustache and instead of a monkey in my hair I used a Cabbage Patch doll,” Davis recalls. “No one, including Andy Warhol, knew who I was except the divine Ms. Nevelson—who raved over me.” This exhibition pairs Davis’s paintings executed with makeup and beauty products with two all-black assemblages by Nevelson…..
“JEWELED COVER OF THE LINDAU GOSPELS” (ca. 875), France, manuscript on vellum, gold repoussé, crucifixion and 10 mourning figures, including personifications of the sun and moon; workshop of Charles the Bald, grandson of Charlemagne; on the Lindau Gospels, in Latin; Switzerland, Abbey of St. Gall, between 880 and 899 (purchased by J. Pierpont Morgan, 1901; MS M.1, front cover, © the Morgan Library & Museum, photo by Graham S. Haber)
Magnificent Gems: Medieval Treasure Bindings
When: September 8, 2017–January 7, 2018
Where: Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue, Midtown East, Manhattan)
Today, books are a luxury because reading them feels like a rare activity; in the Middle Ages, luxury meant diamonds and sapphires encrusted in your book covers. Some of the glorious few that survive are owned by the Morgan Library, which will display them alongside illuminated manuscripts. The exhibition will connect the treasure bindings to their wealthy patrons and religious contexts, and highlight one of the world’s most impressive examples, the 9th-century Lindau Gospels.