THE WEEK: NOV 1-4.

TUESDAY:

PERFORMA 11 (ONGOING)
Performa 11, the fourth edition of the internationally acclaimed biennial of new visual art performance presented by Performa, will be held in New York City from November 1–21, 2011. The three-week biennial will showcase new work by more than 100 of the most exciting artists working today, in an innovative program breaking down the boundaries between visual art, music, dance, poetry, fashion, architecture, graphic design, and the culinary arts. Presented in collaboration with a consortium of more than 50 arts institutions and over 50 curators, as well as a network of public spaces and private venues across the city, Performa 11 will ignite New York City with energy and ideas, acting as a vital “think tank” linking minds across the five boroughs and bringing audiences together for brilliant new performances in all disciplines.

Ben Gerstein (Jerome Foundation Commission) – FREEDOM CHOIR! A congregation for cathartic improvisational service
On November 1st, All Saints’ Day, The Day of the Dead — ancient holidays in honor of the saints, known or unknown; deceased friends and family — Ben Gerstein brings together for the first time a unique ensemble of enormous acoustic, experiential intensity to celebrate the powers of improvisation on this earth. FREEDOM CHOIR! A congregation for cathartic improvisational service. Inspired by the micro and macrocosms of nature, ecstatic spiritual and athletic experiences, dream, destiny, ritual, prayer, ancestry, and visions throughout Art and beyond… Dance floor, prairie, pow-wow, synagogue, church, mountain top, ocean, forest, desert, track and field, fighting ring, mosh pit … Ferocious love! A historic event for expansive sound and emotion; unnamable sound, unnamable emotion. We are the world! Communion between us all…

69°S. (Part of the 2011 Next Wave Festival)
“When I look back at those days, I have no doubt that divine providence guided us… it seemed to me often that we were not alone.” —Sir Ernest Henry ShackletonSixty-nine degrees south latitude, threshold of Antarctica, foreboding and cold. In an attempt to cross the continent, explorer Ernest Shackleton and crew have been shipwrecked, and now—through the work of Phantom Limb marionette maker and composer Erik Sanko and set designer Jessica Grindstaff (both at BAM with More Than Four, 2007 Next Wave)—they emerge before us in the snow.

CHAMBER MUSIC at INCUBATOR ARTS PROJECT
Robert Ashley’s music has long been recognized as some of the most radical, forward-thinking work produced today. The Incubator Arts Project’s MUSIC series, curated by Travis Just, focuses on his chamber and instrumental music, in addition to re-thinking one of his best-known vocal epics: Automatic Writing. A new generation of experimental composers and artists is looking to Ashley’s work for inspiration; this week will show why.(ONGOING)

PHARMA
The Herb Lubalin Study Center at The Cooper Union examines the influence and impact of graphic design on the pharmaceutical industry in PHARMA, a new exhibit featuring original and rarely seen works by luminaries including Andy Warhol, Lester Beall, Will Burtin and Herb Lubalin. PHARMA’s exploration begins with the avant-garde promotionals of the 1940’s, when a market need emerged to promote “miracle” drugs, such as Penicillin, to the medical industry. In a compelling and thought-provoking way, PHARMA presents the relationship graphic design has had with the pharmaceutical industry ranging from the federal government’s increased regulations to new marketing tactics where the everyday consumer, not the doctor, is considered the target audience. While the exhibition provides examples of past and present, the public is encouraged to reflect and question how graphic design is used to market drugs and design has transformed these commodities into objects of desire.

Spartacus Chetwynd: The Lion Tamer
7th Annual Alternative Processes Winners: Barbara Ciurej & Lindsay Lochman 
UMBERTO ECO in conversation with Paul
Tod Lippy: The Conception and Development of ESOPUS
Holdengraber
Migratory Media: A Film Event
Counterfactual: Muybridge’s Debt to Watkins
Tom Brokaw in Conversation with Paul Holdengräber
BROOKLYN REAL ESTATE ROUNDTABLE
OSCAR PEÑAS
Enid Ellen at Piano’s
Tomorrow Land/Collaspe
Barbara Siegel, Arboretum/Privacy Please! Jan Johnson
Influential Friends
Matthew Stone: Optimism as Cultural Rebellion
ARAB SPRINGS/ ATLANTIC WEALTH: TRADING ROOM
Serenity Now!
BRADFORD NORDEEN WITH GARY INDIANA
Playing with Form
CAP/ICP – Artist Lecture: Joni Sternbach – Surfland
365 Drawings
panel discussion | residency as refuge?
GLOBAL ISSUES IN DESIGN AND VISUALITY IN THE 21ST CENTURY: CULTURE – FASHION HACKING
ROXANE BUTTERFLY
Mur Murs

WEDNESDAY:

Walton Ford: I don’t like to look at him, Jack. It makes me think of that awful day on the island.
Paul Kasmin Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of nine new, large-scale watercolor paintings by Walton Ford, on view for the first time, at 293 Tenth Avenue. The most monumental watercolors that Ford has painted to date, three of the works measure approximately 9 x 12 feet on a single sheet of paper. These nine paintings are grouped into two series of work: one comprising three portraits of King Kong; and the other six meditations on a passage from the memoirs of the ornithologist John James Audubon (1785- 1851). Both series were painted in 2011, and are consistent with Ford’s practice of expanding the visual language and narrative scope of traditional natural history painting. The first series, presenting three huge portraits of King Kong, is based on the 1933 movie co-directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. As Ford explains, “The depression era Kong was misshapen, not modeled on any living ape. He has an odd, ugly, shifting charisma like Cagney, Edward G. Robinson, or Bogart. Naturally, his woman screamed in terror.

Yusef Komunyakaa, Austin LaGrone, and M.A. Vizsolyi at The White Swallow
Yusef Komunyakaa (born April 29, 1947) is an American poet who currently teaches at New York University and is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Komunyakaa is a recipient of the 1994 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, for Neon Vernacular and the 1994 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He also received the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Komunyakaa received the 2007 Louisiana Writer Award for his enduring contribution to the poetry world. His subject matter ranges from the black general experience through rural Southern life before the Civil Rights time period and his experience as a soldier during the Vietnam War.(READ MORE)

Murakami Madness! @Selected Shorts.
In a mini marathon celebration of his long-awaited magnum opus 1Q84, actors Jane CurtinAasif Mandvi (The Daily Show),Campbell Scott (Secret Lives of Dentists),Parker Posey (Best in Show) and others perform a selection from the new book as well as a variety of his hypnotic, funny, mysterious, far-out tales. The evening includes special guests super-fan Isaac Mizrahi and Murakami’s friendJohn Wray (Lowboy), who interviewed him forThe Paris Review. With Murakami-inspired musical accompaniment.

ED WOOD’S SLEAZE PAPERBACKS
The antiquarian mystique surrounding Edward Davis Wood Jr.’s career as an author of pornographic pulp fiction is legend. He wrote under a variety of pseudonyms, books were published and re-published under different titles, and occasionally under different author names. Multiple authors would share the same pseudonym, and the companies that published the titles weren’t the kind of operations that kept any kind of records, nor paid royalties, nor really existed in the manner that most are to expect of book publishers.

Ben Finer “I’m blood on the rise.”
Examining the symbiotic relationship of objects and humans, artist Ben Finer presents a body of masterfully crafted work that longs for human interaction. His objects are static creatures until animated by human hand, body or mind, which in turn, redefines the person who engages them. Finer expounds: “We are surrounded by alien beings. We bring them into existence, invite them into our homes and without much pause develop full, lengthy and utterly substantial relationships with what might be considered foreign impenetrable objects.”

ARCADIA
Cybernetic Cinema
A PORTRAIT OF BROOKLYN ROMANCE
Spartacus Chetwynd: The Lion Tamer
Feist
Artist Talk: Van Lier/Stein Scholars, Katie Baldwin, Kimberly McClure,
Sarah McDermott, and Benjamin Reynaert
Doug Lang & Ron Silliman
Raise The Roof: The Moth at Town Hall
A Night at The Clay Club
Video@Hubertus – Screening of films by Maria Lassnig
AN EVENING WITH OYSTEIN BAADSVIK
ESOPUS 17 Launch
GILLES LARRAIN: Idols/THE HOUSE OF LOUDA
CARVING THE BALL OF SOUND: RECENT VIDEOS BY LEIGHTON PIERCE
U-N-F-O-L-D: VENICE, NEW YORK: WATERLINES
Signs as Sounds: Occupy Wall Street
An Evening With The Conan Writers
Modern Poets: The Language of Objects
DANIEL AUNER & ROBIN GREEN 

THURSDAY:

Yasuto Sasada @CATM
Yasuto Sasada single-handedly marries the mythological and historical prowess of old Japan with the Japan of today through nobility and pride rarely seen among his contemporaries. Referencing great warriors and their stories of morality, Sasada’s commentary on modern-day Japanese values is not as scathing as it is a cry for attention to the unaddressed issues of Japan’s Phoenix-like metamorphosis from the ashes of both inflicted unnatural and natural disasters. Sasada incorporates a unique technique using a mountain of .3mm pens as adept as a painter’s brush. He uses the quality of his medium symbolically as the cycle from nascent to exhausted acts as a microcosmic reference to life itself. The metaphorically enriched imagery results in a universally accepted language from the exacting qualities of youth to the more tolerant blurring of maturity. Being of a generation that holds little value of its cultural heritage, it is a refreshing surprise to find one that is not only in opposition to, but fervently about changing the status quo. Sasada takes the stage and commands notice be taken as he brings true Japanese aesthetic and philosophy to the forefront of our globalized world. Not only seeing the beauty of Japan with an innate understanding of his spiritual heritage, Sasada acknowledges a deep appreciation for the great accomplishments of Japan’s technical revolution.


MAX DE ESTEBAN — Proposition One 

Klompching Gallery is delighted to announce the exhibition of photographs by Max de Esteban. This will be Esteban’s first solo exhibition in New York City, Esteban’s overall photographic practice explores socio-political concepts within visual structures of serialization and repetition. The exhibition features his most recent body of photographs, Proposition One: Only The Ephemeral. With this new work, he turns his camera toward recent cutting-edge technology—utilized in the creation and communication of art—that is now considered obsolete. Through a time-consuming and meticulous process, he disassembles apparatus such as film projectors, 35mm film cameras, VHS tape players and record players. Piece-by-piece, the parts are painted white, the machines are then reassembled and photographed at different stages of being re-built. The photographed layers are themselves assembled into a single image, resulting in x-ray-like photographs that are reminiscent of architectural cyanotypes.

THE VIRTUAL MUSEUM OF AVANT-GARDE: ALEKSANDAR SRNEC & THE NEO-AVANT-GARDE
Through the lense of the oeuvre of Croatian artist Aleksandar Srnec (1924 – 2010), Branko Franceschi will highlight the extraordinary level of creativity present in Yugoslavia’s neo-avant-garde scene that began in the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. Franceschi is the director of the Virtual Museum of Avant-Garde, a platform to exhibit the extensive Marinko Sudac Collection. Srnec’s work is included in this major collection devoted to avant-garde art and culture from the former Yugoslavia and to advancing its international visibility and understanding. For the purposes of this presentation, Franceschi has selected 3 films that Srnec produced in the early sixties, namely “Beginnings”, “Lines” and “Man and the Shadow”. These films are a manifestation of the contemporaneous artistic production in Croatia and reflect Srnec’s close affiliations to avant-garde groups such as EXAT 51, Gorgona, the series of exhibitions New Tendencies, GEFF (Genre Experimental Film Festival) and the Zagreb School of Animated Films.

WHERE PURGATORY ENDS @SAINT VITUS
You’re invited to join us on Thursday, November 3rd at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn for what we believe will be two very special, distinct and parallel events. The venue’s address is 1120 Manhattan Ave, Brooklyn NY 11222 What we’re trying to do here is merely support art. As much as we’ve fooled ourselves with the idea of originality until now, we realize we don’t really believe in it – but we do believe and stand behind authenticity, behind what we perceive as unpretentious and honest ways of expression coming from artists dedicated to nothing but their dreams and obsessions. In the quiet words of Steve Jobs, we believe in people who stay hungry and foolish because we have faith in the individual. We value talent but we also value modesty and humbleness even more. We are here because we want to give a few great artists a voice, and by this we thank them for sharing their beauty with us and the world.(About the artists.)

KARL KLINGBIEL: THE GATES OF EDEN
Masters & Pelavin is proud to announce a solo exhibition of recent work by American artist Karl Klingbiel. The show will include a new body of abstract paintings and large-scale woodblock prints. This will be Klingbiel’s first exhibition at the gallery.

PHILLIP STEARNSSubliminal Machines
When the circuit is exposed, electronic technologies can take on an organic appearance. In my work with sculptural electronics, the components become crystalline lattices, skeletal structures, with wires functioning as any blood vessel or nerve bundle would. By making electronics physical, I invert the paradigm of miniaturization which constantly seeks to embed ever powerful computational devices in increasingly smaller spaces, choosing to explode the physical attributes of the circuits to give them a bodily presence.

Spirit Animal  |  Blood Dumpster Collective | A Charitable Event
HEATHER GOODCHILD: Walking the Pattern
ISSA SALLIANDER AND RICHARD STARBUCK
I  AM THE BILLY CHILDISH
Melora Griffis
New York City Players, present Dreamless Land
Frances Stark: Put a Song in your Thing
AGAIN, AND AGAIN, AND AGAIN
Lydia Diemer and Stephanie Dotson: Shift and Weigh
MIKE BAYNE: Kingston Spring and Muffler
The New Salon: Tea Obreht and Alexi Zentner in Conversation with Joanna Yas
Editions|Artists’ Book Fair
BOTANICA
Afro-Latin@s Now! Strategies for Visibility and Action Conference
Grafiche dell’Artiere
George Gittoes: The Miscreants of Taliwood
POP-UP SHOP!
All the tired horses in the sun, how am I supposed to get any riding done?
REBECCA KOLSRUD, YACKETY YACK GIRLS
Through Excess and Ruin
Simone Jones
KIANJA STROBERT AND ROBERT ŽUNGU
Melanie Vote : TRACES
King Con Brooklyn – III – 2011
Matt Mulligan: Behind That Person
Cal Lane: Ammunition
Claire Fontaine: “Working Together”
Tramua and other Stories
Simen Johan
MODELO PARA ARMAR: REHEARSING THE CITY
SOHPIA VARI
THE PRIVATE COLLECTION OF ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG
HOWARD HODGKIN
The Mask & The Mirror
Eva Rothschild The Heart of the Thousand Petalled Lotus
Rachelle Garniez
The Little Brothers/Blind Boy Paxton
PLM – The Record Label presents
Does Not Migrate
Biomimicry in the Big City: Can Nature Inspire Cleantech Solutions?

FRIDAY:

ZEN MONSTER LAUNCH PARTY
The launch event at the Brooklyn zen center, 505 Carroll Street, on friday night nov. 4 for zen monster magazine marks our 3rd issue– an unusually strong and clear statement of buddhist, non-buddhist, and trans-buddhist art, poetry, and subversive political statement — our strongest endorsement yet of gary snyder’s landmark essay “Buddhism and the Coming Revolution,” which we printed in ZM#1 back in 2008. our zen buddhist praxis here in Brooklyn and n.j. is edgy, overtly political, and aesthetically liberated from any particular form or artistic ideology. we back the Occupy Wall Street movement 100%; our art editor noah fischer has been in Zuccotti Park since day one, even demonstrating as an artist there on wall street before day one with a small group dressed up as currency, as money, and he is there today and every day.

(HESS IS MORE) GLASSLANDS, EARLY SHOW/LATE SHOW:Laser Sword, Mike Slott, Rl Grime:
Hess is More Record Release Partty! with Xenia Rubinos, and Bow Ribbons HESSTORY “If you think of a piece of music as a rubberband – I like to try and stretch it. Let’s say melancholy in one end, and humor in the other, and see how far you can take it. Bringing oppositions together. ” Welcome to the playfull world of Mikkel Hess aka HESS IS MORE.

BROCK ENRIGHT@KATE WERBLE GALLERY
Brock Enright’s first solo exhibition at Kate Werble Gallery opens on Friday, November 4th. Enright merges various media to create work charged with uncertainty. Transforming and mutilating quotidian objects, he creates scenes that flaunt their own precariousness and the chaotic process from which they emerged. The drama enacted within each piece stems from a unique system founded in violence, humor, poignancy, and personal history.

Conference of Works: Operations and Participations
The second in a series of creative production conferences, Conference of Work: Operations and Participations is part group exhibition and part non-academic theoretical thinktank.Performances and presentations taking open source forms will be enjoyed and discussed. For a schedule and complete list of presenters, check back here and on www.panoplylab.org/conference.html as the conference takes shape. Currently, participants include: Gelsey Bell, Carrie Dashow, Lindsey Drury, Alison Fleminger, Hector Canonge, Anya Liftig, Ann Hirsch, Douglas Barrett, Aliza Simons, Gretta Louw, Social Practices Arts Network (SPAN), Angela Washko, Valerie Kuehne, and others!

Space Over Time 
Space Over Time is an exhibition of artists whose work uses landscape as a means of investigating history. Through practices which oscillate between representation and abstraction, the artists in this exhibition find within landscape not just a place in the present, but also a physical manifestation of historical time, whether that history is geological, political, imaginary, or all of the above.

ISSUE @110 Livingston: Artist-in-Residence Nate Wooley’s “Eight Syllables”
Maria Hassabi: SHOW
PICTOPLASMA RETURNS TO PARSONS
JOHN PILSON: LONG STORY SHORTS/MIKA ROTTENBERG & JON KESSLER: SEVEN
ALGORITHMIC UNCONSCIOUS
Lydia Diemer and Stephanie Dotson . Shift and Weigh
Conference / “Forensic Aesthetics”
Public Movement: Positions An action by Public Movement
The Magic of Magic Squares.
Cave Canem Poetry Prize Readings
Byron Kim
Book Arts Lounge: Material Meets Metaphor with Richard Minsky, Founder of the Center for Book Arts
Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind
ART EXHIBITION – JOURNEY – RUEY SHIANN SHYU
Welcome to the Writing Machine
Wooden
Mapping the Surface
ANDREAS GURSKY
Tom Sachs: WORK
Maurizio Cattelan: AllMembers’ Opening Party
Gabriele Evertz: Rapture
CLOUD
Marcel the Shell With Shoes On:Things About Me
PERCY JONES AND MJ-12
Meat Puppets 

ONGOING:

THE HOSTESS NEVER LIES – A Performance Series
DAVID MORENO: RECENT WORKS ON PAPER JERRY PHILLIPS: PHANTOM
HANDSHAKE UPPERCUT, A VICTORIAN CLOWN THROWDOWNJonathan VanDyke: “With One Hand Between Us”
INFINITE PERSPECTIVES:Places I’ll Remember
Chunky Move: ConnectedNow the Cats with Jewelled Claws
THE STONE
Two-Man Kidnapping Rule
American Letters 1927-1947: Jackson Pollock & Family
Yoko Ono
Ferran Martin:GRANADA
An Auteurist History of Film
I don’t believe in outer space
In Between: Through the Eyes of the Others
Dead Laptop Series
SPANKIN’ STEPHEN’S MONDAY NIGHT PUB QUIZ 
GBBM
Doctor Faustus
Carsten Höller: Experience
Street Scenes / Visual Narrative
BRAIN CLOUD
Black Mountain College
PLUGGED IN
Somewhere in Time

COMING UP:

SCOTT SCHEIDLY / ANDREW SPEAR @BOLD HYPE
For the 1st time EVER Scott Scheidly & Andrew Spear team up for a 2 man art show That will be nothing short of Extraordinary !!! Andrew is originally from Boston, then N.Y.C. and now resides in Florida with Scott, who is originally from Ohio. They are doing a reverse snowbird from the south and coming up north for the winter. (for the show of course !!!)

THE BUILD UP
Fowler Arts Collective is pleased to present The Build Up, an exhibition of new work by Heather Ramsdale, Gabriela Salazar, Sara Schneckloth, and Leigh Van Duzer. Working across mediums including sculpture, photography, site-sensitive installation, and drawing, the common thread through The Build Up is the transformation of visible structures and the investigation of infrastructure.

DANCE TILL YOU’RE DEAD: REINVENTING THE PROM
Swirling, moving, dancing, Michael Alan’s paintings, full of chaotic motion and grace, will transform into the flesh. Altering the space of the Gershwin Hotel, 7 living figures, as if straight from Alan’s 2d images, will move back and forth to their own beat and their own dance, participating in Michael Alan’s prom.7 friends/performers will all be animating separate dances—from hip hop to classical to 80’s to butoh to punk rock—at the same time for 5 hours. When the song switches, they will all stick with their individual dances, creating a multiple, choreographed dancing ensemble living painting.

Perfect Lives: Manhattan
Perfect Lives Manhattan takes the events of a day in a small Midwestern town and remaps them onto Lower Manhattan, starting at 11 AM and continuing intermittently until 11:30 PM. As performers and audience members journey from location to location, participants re-imagine the big city as a folksy town where the bank tellers know the captain of the football team and everyone drinks together at the end of the night. Varispeed’s performance will use spatial intimacy to help animate the story — performances will happen inside homes, parks, and businesses, over shared snacks and shared readings, rather than on stages or behind lecterns. Perfect Lives Manhattan will bring together musicians, performers, fans and community members alike in a celebration of American opera.

Diego Rivera: Murals for The Museum of Modern Art
ICONOMANCY 


 


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