New York Art Department presents Art Slots, a weekly recommendation of art openings and happenings based on stuff we like (cats, net art, zig zags, big ass sculptures)... usually going down during the artsy-est timeslot ever— 6 to 8PM. 

If you'd like to be included in next week's post, e-mail info@newyorkartdepartment.org 

Awesome.

Awesome.

FYI, if you haven't seen Doug Wheeler at David Zwirner yet, the waiting list reopens on Fridays  at 10AM so call the gallery first thing tomorrow morning. The show closes on April 6 so this is your last weekend to see it! (212-517-8677)

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 27

SATURINE SWING 
MATTIAS BITZER

Marianne Boesky Gallery
118 East 64th St, 4-7PM
509 W 24th St, 6-8PM

Double whammy debut of Berlin-based artist at both the uptown and Chelsea galleries. Works allude to Emily Dickinson and spatial specificity. "Saturnine" means sad and gloomy. 

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DESIGN AND VIOLENCE DEBATE I: OPEN SOURCE
MODERATED BY PAOLA ANTONELLI

MoMa (Bartos Theater)
11 W 53rd St NY
#desviolenz

Design and Violence is an online curatorial experiment that explores the manifestations of violence in contemporary society:

Hack/Infect: disrupting the rules of the system
Constrain: binding, blocking, and distorting
Stun: causing blunt trauma
Penetrate: infiltrating the boundaries, breaching
Manipulate/Control: drawing into the realm of violence with suasion
Intimidate: promising damage and death
Explode: annihilating visibly and completely
 

FRIDAY, MARCH 28

Untitled (Light Box) (detail) Kitty Kraus. 2012

Untitled (Light Box) (detail) Kitty Kraus. 2012

FIRST LINES, LIKE FIRST DATES, OR THE FIRST BITE OF DESSERT, CAN BE DECEPTIVE.
ANN VERONICA JANSSENS, KITTY KRAUS, DANIEL STEEGMANN MANGRANÉ

Bortolomi Gallery
520 W 20th St NY
6-8PM

Group show curated by art cutie Christine Messineo, Bortolomi's current director and artist liaison, who will start as a partner April 1. Congrats, Christine! We're excited to check out Steegmann Mangrané's sound installation--- seven speakers placed throughout the gallery that start and stop playing the same flute note, creating a prolonged note that changes form. 

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TRANSITION GAME
HOWARD KANOVITZ, LORNA SIMPSON, LUCIEN SMITH, RICHARD AVEDON

Salon 94 Freemans
1 Freeman Alley
6-8PM

A group exhibition curated by Fabienne Stephan and Adam Shopkorn.

Curatorial statement, in SAT friendly format:
basketball : civil rights :: 1960s

From the press release:

In 1969, while America was reeling from assassinations, racial strife and an unpopular and costly war, something beautiful was happening on basketball courts across the nation. Basketball was not only becoming increasingly integrated, but also transitioning into a place where black individual expression was welcomed, even revered and imitated by one of the country’s most talented white players, 'Pistol' Pete Maravich. While the "Great White Hope" syndrome persisted in the Indiana heartland with Rick Mount, African American players like Charlie Scott of University of North Carolina and Mike Maloy of Davidson College were starring at major universities in the south and elsewhere. This shift set the stage for the coming years when black talent would dominate and create a major cultural ground shift in athletics, media and entertainment.


SATURDAY, MARCH 29

٩‎١‎١‎,000 B.C.
CURATED BY AGATHA WARE

Grand Century
286 Grand St
6-8PM?

hi bb's, go to the Grand opening of Grand Century, a space ran by three friends who programs quickfire shows that open on Saturdays and end on Sundays. The first show features these artists:

Anders Dahl Monsen
Bjørnar Pedersen
Christopher Kulendran Thomas
Ida Eritsland
Ilja Karilampi
Kareem Lotfy
Karen Gimle
Kjersti Gjestrud
Mikael Brkic
Phillip Zach
Renaud Jerez
Sandra Vaka Olsen
Tarik H. Hindic
Tor Erik Bøe

They seem like total weirdos and we are into it. The press release for the inaugural show is the best of this week, or maybe even the year. Excerpt here: 

We've come a long way bb’s. But let’s keep going, to a place that is simultaneously fourteen billion years ago and right now. Here you will find chaos—in the cosmos as well as in your cup of coffee. Cosmological caffeinated chaos. And chaos is what brings us to the level of the mark. What’s your mark? I want my coffee Half-Caff not Decaf. Actually make that a Half-Caff Nonfat Macchiato, Sugar-Free, 2 Percent Foam At 120 Degrees. Control the chaos bb’s.

Look inside, there is sludge. Meaning sludge.

Things we already like about Grand Century: 1) seems like a bunch of friends doing cool stuff just because, 2) they got the Norwegian Consulate General to support a totally goofy show and 3) they don't list their address on their website. 

NEW AGE
LIZ CRAFT - FABIAN MARTI - PENTTI MONKKONEN

Nathalie Karg
41 Great Jones Street
6-8PM

Another first show for Nathalie Karg and her eponymous gallery in Noho. Arrive early-ish and check out Julian Schnabel's "Flag Painting" at KARMA right next door. 

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 30

PIETER VERMEERSCH

Team Gallery
83 Grand St NY
6-8PM 

Paint dabbed, giant photographs of the sky that bring celestial grace and infinity inside the walls of our favorite Soho space. A must-see for anyone that has ever stared into space (everyone).

 

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