RACHEL KUSHNER IN CONVERSATION

Sometimes I am boggled by the gallery of souls I’ve known. By the lore. The wild history, unsung. People crowd in and talk to me in dreams. People who died or disappeared or whose connection to my own life makes no logical sense, but exists, as strong as ever, in a past that seeps and stains instead of fading. The first time I took Ambien, a drug that makes some people sleep-fix sandwiches and sleepwalk on broken glass, I felt as if everyone I’d ever known were gathered around, not unpleasantly. It was a party and had a warm reunion feel to it. We were all there.

But sometimes the million stories I’ve got and the million people I’ve known pelt the roof of my internal world like a hailstorm. — Rachel Kushner*

A series of online events:

On Tuesday, Kushner will join Hal Foster to talk about her new book of essays The Hard Crowd. The following day she will join Dana Spiotta in conversation. And a week after that, Kim Gordon will sit down with the author.

RACHEL KUSHNER and HAL FOSTER—THE HARD CROWD

London Review 

Tuesday, April 6.

11 am on the West Coast, 2 pm East Coast, 6 pm London, 7 pm Paris.

RACHEL KUSHNER and DANA SPIOTTA IN CONVERSATION

City Lights 

Wednesday, April 7.

6 pm on the West Coast, 9 pm East Coast.

RACHEL KUSHNER with KIM GORDON

Skylight Books

Wednesday, April 14.

6:30 pm on the West Coast, 9:30 pm East Coast.

*Rachel Kushner, The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000–2020 (New York: Scribner, 2021). Text © Rachel Kushner, courtesy of the author and Scribner.

From top: Rachel Kushner, photograph by Chloe Aftel; Rachel Kushner, The Hard Crowd: Essays 2000–2020. Images courtesy and © the author and Scribner.

BARBARA LONDON IN CONVERSATION

Barbara London—author of Video Art: The First Fifty Years, and founder of the video-media program at MoMA—will discuss her curatorial practice and forthcoming traveling exhibition Seeing Sound.

See link below to register for the online talk.

CURATOR’S PERSPECTIVE—BARBARA LONDON

Independent Curators International

Tuesday, April 6.

1 pm on the West Coast, 4 pm East Coast.

From top: Barbara London, courtesy and © London and Independent Curators International; London, Video Art: The First Fifty Years (2020), cover image courtesy and © Phaidon; Yuko Mohri, You Locked Me Up in a Grave, You Owe Me at Least the Peace of a Grave, 2018, installation view Childhood: Another Banana Day for the Dream-Fish, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, 2018, image © Yuko Mohri, courtesy of the artist and Project Fulfill Art Space, Mother’s Tankstation; Juan Cortés, Supralunar, 2018, custom-built mechanisms in perspex (dimensions variable), Arduino, LED lights, custom-built speakers, 4 channel sound, installation view, image © Juan Cortés, courtesy of the artist.

BERNADETTE CORPORATION — I ACCEPT

We became aware of a space in which there was just the apex of a pyramid…. then realized over a period of years that the apex was actually one corner of a cube. Many years pass by, and we become conscious of a blob growing on the lower corner of the cube, which had been the original apex corner. As the blob grows, we realize that it’s our brain… and some years later we realize other people are there too... *

After I ACCEPT closes this week, posters may still be available.

BERNADETTE CORPORATION—I ACCEPT*

Through April 3.

Gaga

Amsterdam 123, Colonia Condesa, Mexico City.

Bernadette Corporation, I Accept, Gaga, Mexico City, February 25, 2021–April 23, 2021. Images © Bernadette Corporation, courtesy of the artists and Gaga.

LUCAS BLALOCK — FLORIDA, 1989

Lucas Blalock was ten in 1989, when his thumb was crushed beyond repair in a freak accident on Disney World’s “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride and surgically replaced with his big toe. The procedure was somewhat experimental… but Blalock was able to maintain nearly normal use of his hand, thanks to his novel cut-and-paste digit…

As you might imagine, the psychic and physiological aftermath from the event has been ongoing. Some of this fallout was jarring, disruptive, paradigm-shifting… There is no aspect of Blalock’s work that was not shaped by this personal tragedy.*

A show of new work by Blalock is in its final weeks in New York. See link below for details.

LUCAS BLALOCK—FLORIDA, 1989*

Through April 10.

Galerie Eva Presenhuber

39 Great Jones Street, New York City.

Lucas Blalock, Florida, 1989, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, New York, February 27, 2021–April 10, 2021, from top: Vessel-Heater Frankenstein, 2020, dye sublimation print on aluminum; Animated Dad Shirt, 2020, dye sublimation print on aluminum; M_M_M_M_M (Daisychain), 2020, dye sublimation print on aluminum; Haunted Hearth (Witchcraft Advertising), 2017–2020, dye sublimation print on aluminum; Perforated Landing I, 2020, dye sublimation print on aluminum; Pool Music, 2018–2020, dye sublimation print on aluminum. Images © Lucas Blalock, courtesy of the artist and Galerie Eva Presenhuber.

HUGH STEERS — STRANGE STATE OF BEING

There seems to be a buzz… I’m in such a strange state of being, and nothing’s ever going to be the same. — Hugh Steers (1962–1995)*

A selection of oils and works on paper completed by Steers in the late 1980s and early ’90s are on view through the end of the week in Manhattan.

HUGH STEERS—STRANGE STATE OF BEING*

Through April 3.

Alexander Gray Associates

510 West 26th Street, New York City.

Hugh Steers, Strange State of Being, Alexander Gray Associates, New York, February 18, 2021–April 3, 2021, from top: Two Men and a Woman, 1992, oil on canvas; Flag, Megaphone, 1992, oil on canvas; Hospital Bed, 1993, oil on canvas; Bandages, 1992, oil on canvas; Official Letter, 1990, oil on canvas; Sleeping Cat, 1988, oil on canvas; Gas Mask, 1992, oil on paper. Images courtesy and © the artist’s estate and Alexander Gray Associates.