GUIDE FOR NOVEMBER 2022
Your list of must-see, fun, insightful, and very New York art events this month, including the Latin American Art Triennial, Baldwin Lee, Triton Mobley, and more.
by Billy Anania
Jimmy DeSana, "Sofa" (1977-78) (courtesy the Jimmy DeSana Trust, P·P·O·W, New York, and Brooklyn Museum)
November is upon us, which means it’s once again time to commemorate a settler holiday and undergo some unsettling midterm elections.
Rather than linger on present tensions, however, the city’s art spaces are reflecting on the last year of programming and looking ahead to 2023 with exhibitions dedicated to the abolitionist roots of skateboarding, traditions of community organizing in Brooklyn, and the Indigenous roots of Latin American art. Stay warm, New York, and don’t let Daylight Savings get you down!
Chinese-American photographer Baldwin Lee is widely known for portraits and landscapes from the rural South. In a new retrospective, Howard Greenberg Gallery highlights his commitment to unearthing post-Reconstruction disinvestment in Black communities. Workers, families, and childhood friends congregate in Lee’s expansive frames, occasionally juxtaposed with towering symbols of state power and often in dismal living conditions.
Many of them gaze directly into the camera, making Lee’s oeuvre appear as an archive of untold stories.
The Greatest American Art Form
Court Tree Collective is giving Brooklyn a much-needed vernacular study of skateboarding in New York City. Photographs of contemporary skaters complement their self-designed decks in a nearby installation, revealing how skaters perceive the board as an extension of the body.
A collaboration between photographer Clarence K. and pro skater Louis Sarowsky, the three-part exhibition unpacks skating as a realm devoid of judgment and opposed to police violence from the start.
Triton Mobley: Keloid Archives
Artist and educator Triton Mobley’s first New York exhibition examines how technology often misinterprets race and class. Curated by multidisciplinary artist Melissa Joseph, Keloid Archives repurposes archival materials from the African diaspora into a sprawling glitch in the cultural matrix.
The computational animations in Mobley’s Outside the Loop series, for example, purposely conflate Black migration patterns with the spreading of Black Death as a critique of technological anti-Blackness. In this way, Mobley exemplifies the artistic responsibility to resolve systemic disruptions.
Las Nietas de Nonó: Posibles Escenarios, Vol. 1 LNN
Siblings mulowayi and mapenzi nonó identify as one artist in their immersive world-building project, Las Nietas de Nonó. Across the ground floor of Artists Space, the artist’s first solo exhibition gathers elements of performance, video, and mixed media into a journey of radical possibility.
Several dreamlike “scenarios” occur in rapid succession across the gallery, guiding visitors through biodegradable installations and surreal workspaces. In this way, Nonó cleverly implicates us all as actors in this history…………