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Maybe it's the rainy weather, but these days I've been feeling extra nostalgic for my old arthouse fi
Oct 14, 2020 • View in browser
Maybe it’s the rainy weather, but these days I’ve been feeling extra nostalgic for my old arthouse film haunts — the (often tiny) theaters that screened an eclectic mix of experimental films, video art, and more that you won’t generally find on streaming sites. These days, the Brooklyn Museum’s Art on the Stoop series is attempting to fill a bit of that gap by projecting video works by the likes of Arthur Jafa, Wangechi Mutu, Sara Cwynar, and Jeffrey Gibson.
Nostalgia also sits front and center in Kevin Beasley’s current show at Casey Kaplan, which Alexandra Thomas calls a tribute to the “materiality and memories of traditions disrupted by the pandemic.” And Thomas shares her thoughts on the stunning Julia Phillips exhibition on view at Matthew Marks.
Also worth catching: this timely film series focused on voting rights, Joan Witek’s buzz-worthy, (almost) all-black show at Minus Space, and James Luna’s exhibition at Garth Greenan — the first since the radical artist’s death.
Don’t forget your mask.
– Dessane Lopez Cassell, Editor, Reviews

Sunset Screenings at the Brooklyn Museum
Art on the Stoop: Sunset Screenings at the Brooklyn Museum (image courtesy the Brooklyn Museum)
Art on the Stoop: Sunset Screenings at the Brooklyn Museum (image courtesy the Brooklyn Museum)
Since September, the Brooklyn Museum has been putting on Art on the Stoop: Sunset Screenings, a free outdoor exhibition which presents video art works from the museum’s collection (along with a few key loans).
Starting October 14, the museum will screen a special program featuring moving image works by artists such as Howardena Pindell, Jeffrey Gibson, and Adama Delphine Fawundu, projected on a 30-foot screen for viewers gathered on the museum’s expansive public plaza.
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On View Now
Robert Kobayashi: Moe’s Meat Market at Susan Inglett, through November 7
“Kobayashi subverted the stereotype of cheap production by elevating a painted object fashioned of recycled tin into the realm of art.” – John Yau
Martha Tuttle: A stone that thinks of Enceladus at Storm King, through November 9
“Tuttle lets the installation stand as the answer to its own questions, even if it can feel that much is left unsaid.” – Louis Bury
Hope Wanted at New York Historical Society, through November 29
“As budgets continue to remain tight for many across the city, Hope Wanted offers a crucial free opportunity to ruminate on not just on art, but also local history in the making.” – Dessane Lopez Cassell
Félix Fénéon was an activist when young, an anarchist (like many of his artist friends) who later became a communist. He never gave up his leftist convictions. – David Carrier
Judd at MoMA, through January 9
In his late work, Judd becomes a materially sensual colorist working within severe, self-imposed limits. Was his use of colors such as pink and egg yolk yellow an unexpected development, or was the tendency there all along? – John Yau
What Else is Happening?
Several NYC institutions are revving up for Election Day on November 3. Read the American Alliance of Museums’s “Guide to Election Year Activities” in full here.
Last week, around 50 people clad in black gathered outside Elmhurst Hospital in Queens to mourn the thousands of lives lost to the COVID-19 virus. Amid the pain and loss, the demonstrators hoped to convey a message: “Vote.”
A new public sculpture in New York City seeks to reimagine the myth of Medusa amid the #MeToo era by shifting the power to women.
Nancy Spector, the Artistic Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator of the Guggenheim Foundation, has stepped down from her post after more than three decades at the institution.
The Bronx Documentary Center’s 6th Annual Photo Auction Benefit will be open through October 22, and will fund both the BDC’s own initiatives and Bronx-based photographers experiencing financial stress due to COVID.
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