Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events, both digitally and in-person in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all ET unless otherwise noted.)
Tuesday, December 14–Wednesday, December 15
1. “Art Auction to Support Abortion Rights” on Instagram
In response to last Friday’s horrifying Supreme Court ruling upholding Texas’s new abortion law, which essentially bans all abortions, a quintet of feminist artists have banded together to auction their work off on Instagram with half the proceeds to benefit organizations supporting abortion rights, including Planned Parenthood and Fund Texas Choice. This is your chance to own a piece by Christen Clifford, Michelle Hartney, Aimee Gilmore, Shireen Liane, or Michele Pred, and to support women’s reproductive rights. Works on offer include one of Pred’s striking light-up purses, this one reading “Bans Off Our Bodies,” made in response to the Texas law.
Time: Ends at 6 p.m. on December 15
Through Thursday, December 16
2. “Fragmented Memoirs: Akilah Watts and Lanecia Rouse Tinsley” at LiveArt
Mashonda Tifrere, founder of ArtLeadHer, a foundation supporting women in the arts, has curated this online sale of work by artists Lanecia Rouse Tinsley, from Houston, and Akilah Watts, from Barbados. Tifrere hopes their figurative works featuring Black women will encourage viewers to “question how we recall the past, as well as the ability to create something new, transforming our own memories.”
Time: Online daily at all times
Through Saturday, December 18
3. “Dread Scott: We’re Going to End Slavery. Join Us!” at Cristin Tierney Gallery, New York
Dread Scott’s first solo gallery exhibition in 20 years documents Slave Rebellion Reenactment, his 2019 community-engaged performance project reenacting the German Coast Uprising of 1811, the largest rebellion of enslaved people in U.S. history. The show, which closes this week, features large-scale performance stills from piece, which featured hundreds of Black performers in 19th-century French colonial garments, as well as flags and banners that they carried, designed by Scott for the occasion.
Location: Cristin Tierney Gallery, 219 Bowery, Floor 2, New York
Time: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Spectral figures float throughout Portia Zvavahera artworks in “Ndakaoneswa murima,” the Zimbabwean artist’s New York debut at David Zwirner. Whether they come from the past or the future, this world or others, remains a mystery, but one of the exhibition’s central pieces, a nearly 10-foot-long linen from this year called Zvandakaoneswa (What I was made to see) offers some insights into the artist’s head. It depicts a recurring dream of Zvavahera’s, wherein a female figure offers up a ceramic pot to a coterie of spirits, or perhaps innominate animals, in a dark, watery cave. “Sometimes when we sleep, we don’t know where we are going or where we are traveling to,” the artist told us last year.
Location: David Zwirner, 525 West 19th Street, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Monday by appointment
5. “Barnett Cohen” at JDJ Tribeca, New York
Los Angeles artist Barnett Cohen’s cacophonous new paintings are actually made entirely from found stickers, dipped in acrylic liquid polymer, adhered to the canvas, and sealed with UV polycoat to create a slick, cohesive work combining all manner of logos, brands, and other assorted imagery.
Location: JDJ Tribeca, 373 Broadway, B11, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
6. “QUE(e)RY” at LatchKey Gallery, New York
LatchKey Gallery presents “QUE(e)RY”, a group show of seven male-identifying queer artists. Through different mediums, the artists explore the notion on masculinity “through the lens of gender performance, societal expectation, and stereotype” in order to challenge the viewer’s pre-existing ideas of maleness. The participating artists are Paul Anagnostopoulos, Damien Davis, Ben Eden, Daniel Morowitz, Cupid Ojala, Albert Peguero, and Borris Torres.
Location: LatchKey Gallery, 323 Canal Street, New York
Time: Thursday–Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
For her first exhibition at Bortolami, Latvian-born artist Ella Kruglyanskaya’s new work expands her repertoire beyond just painting, and also beyond the confines that previously reigned in her subjects. Using tape to fix borders on her canvases, the artist is constantly setting new literal boundaries for her protagonists who are often wrestling with societal bounds of their own.
Location: Bortolami, 39 Walker Street, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 p.m.–6 p.m. and by appointment
Through Sunday, December 19
8. “Gloria Garfinkel: Secrets” at A.I.R. Gallery, Brooklyn
Now age 92, feminist artist Gloria Garfinkel is enjoying the largest New York City solo show of her 70-year-career, curated by Mara Williams, chief curator of Vermont’s Brattleboro Museum and Art Center. The six large-scale mixed media paintings on view at A.I.R. literally have hidden depths—Garfinkel has built in assemblage shadow boxes with hinged doors into the surface of each work. The viewer is invited to open these treasure troves, each a cabinet of curiosities with themes including beauty, vice, and religion.
Location: A.I.R. Gallery, 155 Plymouth Street, DUMBO, Brooklyn
Time: Wednesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m. by appointment
Ambrose Rhapsody Murray is a self-taught artist and seamstress who seeks to positively impact Black and brown communities through her work. In “Within Listening Distance of the Sea…”, her first solo exhibition in New York, Murray takes images of Black women and girls from the early 1900s taken by white photographers for postcards and used as pornography and tools of colonial propaganda, and swaths them in blue and purple organza. In doing so, she both offers care and protection for these figures and elevates them to a spiritual level. Along with these textile collages, the exhibition also has a film component, made in collaboration with filmmaker Logan Lynette and cultural organizer Heather Lee, “unveiling the hidden beauty of everyday lives of Black folks—their movements, clothing, hairstyles, and jewelry rhyming with elements of Ambrose’s textiles,” according to the gallery statement.
Location: Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery, New York
Time: Wednesday–Sunday,11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Thursday, December 30
10. “The Martha Jackson Gallery and Post-War Art” at Hollis Taggart, New York
Trailblazing collector and gallerist Martha Jackson operated her eponymous New York City gallery from 1953 to 1969, showcasing the likes of Grace Hartigan, Alfred Jensen, Willem de Kooning, and Louise Nevelson. Now, the late dealer is getting the first show dedicated to her career. Hollis Taggart unites some 20 works once exhibited at the gallery, as well as exhibition catalogues, letters, photographs, and other archival materials.
Location: Hollis Taggart, 521 West 26th Street, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Through Saturday, January 8, 2022
11. “Helen Pashgian: Spheres and Lenses” at Lehmann Maupin, New York, West 24th Street
A pioneer of the 1960s Light and Space movement in Southern California, Helen Pashigan is still working today, continuing to explore the interactions between light, color, and form. Her first New York gallery show in a stunning 50 years features new lens and sphere sculptures, many with semi-translucent surfaces made from cast resin that seem to glow from within. The artist also currently has a solo museum show at SITE Santa Fe (through March 27, 2022).
Location: Lehmann Maupin, 501 West 24th Street, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; closed Friday, December 24–Tuesday, January 4, 2022
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