In conjunction with CHARLATAN AND ULTIMATELY A BORING MAN—the Tony Lewis exhibition at Blum & Poe that takes as its point of focus the 1965 Cambridge University debate between James Baldwin and William F. Buckley, Jr.—Lewis will join Hamza Walker for a talk at the gallery.
Yoko Ono’s River to River Festival installations—THE REFLECTION PROJECT and ADD COLOR(REFUGEE BOAT) (1960/2019)—comprise the largest public exhibition of the artist’s work in Lower Manhattan to date.
“THE REFLECTION PROJECTis a visual and mnemonic counterpoint to the relentless pace of the everyday, an invitation to connect passersby to moments of personal, meditative pause through the placement of art in non-traditional spaces. Featuring Yoko Ono as the inaugural artist, THEREFLECTION PROJECT seeks to perform urban acupuncture with large-scale art, stimulating the city’s vast nerve network… Each piece is a prompt wherein Ono speaks directly to New Yorkers, rallying the collective consciousness towards heightened awareness, hope and action.”*
“The aim is an alliance of the arts under the wing of great architecture.” — Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus
BAUHAUS BEGINNINGS, now at the Getty Center, celebrates the centenary of the founding of the school in Weimar.
The exhibition “reexamines the founding principles of this landmark institution,” considering the school’s “early dedication to spiritual expression and its development of a curriculum based on elements deemed fundamental to all forms of artistic practice.”*
DISRUPTION TACTICS: RADICALQUEER PUBLISHING AND PRINT CULTURE—a panel discussion moderated by Gregg Bordowitz—”will bring together artists, activists, and writers to explore legacies of radical queer publishing and print culture from the 1970s to today.”
Celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Stonewall and the new edition of THE FAGGOTS ANDTHEIRFRIENDS BETWEEN REVOLUTIONS—written by Larry Mitchell and illustrated by Ned Asta—the event “will feature readings of historic manifestos and texts.”
“QUEENOF DIAMONDS is my very personal portrait of the United States: an over-enlarged, profit-motivated core surrounded by mute and arid alienation. The female protagonist is both deeply estranged and psychically powerful. Her loner position is the backside of centuries of Western Heroes: she stands in the center as watcher and victim of a system which is starting to crack.” — Nina Menkes
The UCLA Film and Television program Nina Menkes, Cinematic Sorceress features a double-bill of two of Menkes’ key works—both starring her sister Tinka Menkes—including the 4K restoration of QUEEN OF DIAMONDS (1991). The filmmaker will be on hand to discuss her work.
“QUEEN OF DIAMONDS shares not only the formal sophistication and structural rigor of BarbaraLoden’s Wanda (1970) and Chantal Akerman’s Jeanne Dielman (1975) but also their themes: female alienation and the ways that passivity, muteness, and a refusal to engage can serve as forms of resistance to patriarchal oppression. Ironically, these same themes helped to eclipse the three works—and many others like them—for too long.” — Sarah Resnick