Joiri Minaya, “Container #4” (2020), 60 x 40 inches (image courtesy Baxter Street Camera Club of New York)
Needless to say, this fall is going to be very different from the last. While museums are slowly beginning to reopen, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to loom large, as does the (thankfully) growing movement against anti-Black racism and police brutality.
So, as you continue to practice your best safety precautions and contribute to critical mutual aid efforts (it’s never too late to start, unless, of course, you don’t), here are our recommendations for art exhibitions and programs not to miss this month — many of which are outside, available online, or appointment only, because well, you know, safety first.
— Dessane Lopez Cassell
Ina Archer, Osmundine (Orchid Slap)
When: August 21–October 4
Where: Microscope Gallery (1329 Willoughby Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn) (open by appointment only)
In this modest but incisive show, the multi-hyphenate Ina Archer offers a one-two punch on several uniquely American forms of racism. From the legacy of the one-drop rule, to the portrayal of power dynamics in popular film, her video installations and collages weave some particularly razor-sharp critiques.
I’m here to entertain you, but only during my shift
When: August 25–September 30
Where: Baxter Street Camera Club of New York (126 Baxter Street, Chinatown, Manhattan)
In her performances, installations, and films, Joiri Minaya often examines the gendered nature of fantasies mapped onto both her home country of the Dominican Republic and other tropical contexts. Her latest exhibition presents recent works from her Containers series, which both nods to and pushes back against the tendency to exoticize difference and femmes of color.
Making the Met, 1870–2020
When: August 29, 2020–January 3, 2021
Where: The Met (1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
On the occasion of its 150th anniversary, the Metropolitan Museum of Art reflects upon its own history — from the museum’s founding in 1870 to its position as a cultural powerhouse in the present day. Organized into 10 distinct “episodes” in the museum’s lifetime, the exhibition presents over 250 collection highlights — wide-ranging works that constituted important acquisitions or marked significant changes in the institution.
In Your Absence the Skies Are All the Same
When: September 1–30, midnight
Where: Times Square (Midtown, Manhattan) and online
Since 2012, Midnight Moment has regularly held three-minute-long exhibitions across Times Square’s electronic billboards and kiosks at night. This month, Kambui Olujimi combines over 40 images of skies all over the world into a kaleidoscopic, collective sky that constantly shifts — offering viewers a meditative moment amid these uniquely precarious times. The work will also stream online with audio, featuring a version of Dee Dee Warwick’s song “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me.”
When: September 5–October 24
Where: Online via apexart (291 Church Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)
A winning proposal for apexart’s 2020–2021 NYC Open Call, Elongated Shadows explores US and Japanese perspectives on the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. Two of the artists are the descendants of hibakusha, or bombing survivors, while three are heirs to Americans involved in building or deploying the bombs. The show will coincide with the 75th anniversary of the cataclysmic event……………..