MONDAY, OCTOBER 1
Screening: Canale Grande at Anthology Film Archives
A presentation of Friederike Pezold’s video Canale Grande (1983) will complement the exhibition “Before Projection: Video Sculpture 1974-1995” at SculptureCenter, where the Austrian filmmaker has work on view alongside pieces by Dara Birnbaum, Shigeko Kubota, Diana Thater, and others. The protagonist of Canale Grande protests consumer television broadcasts by shooting a “narrowcast” with a video camera and monitor attached to her body. Rarely shown in the U.S., the film is related to a large project about offering “an individually empowered form of television,” according to Pezold.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $7/$9/$12
WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 3
Exhibition: Sterling Ruby at Museum of Arts and Design
This is the first museum exhibition to focus on ceramic works by Los Angeles–based artist Sterling Ruby, whose practice spans mediums including drawing, collage, and sculpture. He has called clay his “monument material,” which he manipulates to create otherworldly and enigmatic forms. With their glossy finishes and their colorful forms, Ruby’s ceramic works are sometimes compared to Abstract Expressionist canvases.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Talk: Mary Gabriel at Whitney Museum
In conversation with art critic and biographer Deborah Solomon, author and Pulitzer Prize finalist Mary Gabriel will discuss her new book Ninth Street Women, which explores the lives and careers of five women Abstract Expressionists—Lee Krasner, Elaine de Kooning, Grace Hartigan, Joan Mitchell, and Helen Frankenthaler—as they navigated the male-dominated world of modern art. (An excerpt from the book about Hartigan’s struggle features in the Fall 2018 issue of ARTnews.) The talk will be followed by a book signing.
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $10
Talk: “Vodou and Visual Art” at Pioneer Works
This roundtable discussion intends to provide extra context for “Pòtoprens: The Urban Artists of Port-au-Prince,” an exhibition about Haitian contemporary art currently on view at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. Led by Jean-Daniel Lafontant—a founding member of Temple Na-Ri-VéH in Haiti and the founder of ANAE, a New York–based association dedicated to Haitian art influenced by Vodou—the talk will focus on Creolization and the Vodou religion’s potential for wider relevancy to an ever-changing multicultural world. The talk will also feature Kyrah Malika, assistant professor of Art History, African & African Diaspora Studies, and Theology at Boston College.
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, 7–9 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
Opening: “Acts of Art and Rebuttal in 1971” at Hunter College Art Galleries
Members of the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition organized the exhibition “Rebuttal to the Whitney Museum Exhibition: Black Artists in Rebuttal” in 1971 in response to the Whitney’s choice not to hire a black curator to organize its survey “Contemporary Black Artists in America.” This show focuses on the protest show and features features 10 of the artists included in that exhibition. One of them is the painter and printmaker Benny Andrews, who wrote that the “Rebuttal” show “offers a chance to give art historians a handle to grasp in putting whatsoever it is that happened this time in history concerning a group of artists identified by their Black skins.”
Hunter College Art Galleries, 132 East 68th Street, 6–8 p.m.
Talk: DIS at New Museum
The newest work from the collective DIS is a series of videos about the ramifications of the 2008 financial crisis that will be online this month on the New Museum’s website as part of the series “First Look: New Art Online.” Created in collaboration with the economist Moritz Schularick and writer/editor Drew Zeiba, the trilogy of works deploys high-end production values and deadpan humor to examine the past decade of cultural and political developments in the wake of the crash. Following a screening of the videos, there will be a talk with members of DIS plus the journalist Christopher Glazek and Nation senior editor Atossa Araxia Abrahamian.
New Museum, 235 Bowery, 7 p.m. Tickets $10/$15
Screening: Priya Sen at the Kitchen
In conjunction with its current Chitra Ganesh show, the Kitchen is screening New Delhi-based artist and filmmaker Priya Sen’s documentary Yeh Freedom Life. The film is set in the Indian capital and follows the lives of Sachi and Parveen, who come up against family and social expectations while also pursuing their respective love interests. Sen, who is known for her films about the formal qualities of sound, will be present at the screening.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 7 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 7
Exhibition: Charles White at Museum of Modern Art
This retrospective will include more than 100 works by Charles White, an artist associated with the Harlem Renaissance whose paintings, drawings, and prints depict African Americans in powerful and dignified manners. His art was socially conscious and political, and he served as a mentor to many artists. Kerry James Marshall, one of those artists, once said, “Under Charles White’s influence I always knew that I wanted to make work that was about something: history, culture, politics, social issues.”
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, 10:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
Conference: “The Permeable Stage — Reimagining the Social” at Performance Space New York
At this “performative conference,” artist Mette Ingvartsen will lead a range of performances and discussions about news ways that people can interact with technology, animals, plants, and inanimate objects. Audience members will be invited to participate in the dialogues and experience the performances of artists, activists, filmmakers and thinkers, among them Patricia T. Clough, Annie Dorsen, Che Gossett, Romuald Karmakar, Carolee Schneemann, and Ingvartsen herself. The event will culminate in a DJ set by Isabel Lewis.
Performance Space New York, 150 First Avenue, 1–9 p.m. Tickets $15
Correction 10/1/18, 5:55 p.m.: An earlier version called mischaracterized the Priya Sen event at the Kitchen. It is a screening, not a performance. The post has been updated to reflect this.