Art and About in June
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by James Gaddy, 05/22/2012
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Summer's always the perfect time to raise a frosty glass in NYC, but this June presents the opportunity to toast the City's rich and heady brewing heritage with Beer Here: Brewing New York's History, an exhibition on view at the New-York Historical Society. This survey of the brewed beverage's influence on the City includes a selection of vintage Prohibition and Rheingold posters, but it also goes back to the 17th century, when beer was oftentimes safer to drink than water. It also tracks the history of two of the biggest breweries in the United States just after the Civil War, when George Ehret and Jacob Ruppert occupied major real estate on the Upper East Side. Beer tastings from newer players on the scene—including Bronx Brewery, whose ales are made with premium and minimally processed ingredients, and Brooklyn's Kelso, producer of low-alcohol, light-sipping concoctions—are scheduled throughout the month.
On the night of June 12, the annual Museum Mile Festival provides the opportunity for free access to seven museums over 23 City blocks along Fifth Avenue with extended hours. (The buildings of two of the institutions that typically participate in the event are closed for renovations, however they will still be participating in the festival.) Eventgoers can also enjoy live entertainment and block party–style cultural activities. One of the museums, El Museo del Barrio, is opening the ambitious exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World the same day; the show offers in-depth looks at island culture, languages, industries and legendary myths and includes research and scholarship in conjunction with The Studio Museum in Harlem and Queens Museum of Art. At The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute, the just-as-colorful exhibition Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations allows the two legendary Italian designers to interact in videos of simulated conversations by Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann, as respective ensembles are paired in direct juxtapose.
The pairings are different at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, where in Industry/Cinema documentary artist and The Phantom of the Operator director Caroline Martel couples scenes from popular movies and lesser-known industrial films—the great Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey and a short AT&T film, for example—illustrating the sometimes surprising similarities. Elsewhere in the borough, June 14 to 17 brings the Queens Art Express, a festival that highlights a variety of arts—visual, performance and literature among them—throughout the borough, with offerings like SculptureCenter's retrospective of Bill Bollinger and contemporary Spanish theater from playwright Jaime Salom.
Organized by Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the traveling exhibition Graphic Design—Now in Production has docked at Governors Island, where, beginning on May 26, an Army warehouse turned arts facility will house approximately 450 pieces of graphic design from the last 12 years, ranging from a sizable City of Words wall covering to tiny first-aid kits from New York City–based Best Made Company. Meanwhile, Bowery space The Hole has transformed a space at Second Avenue and East 14th Street into Hole Foods, a pop-up restaurant, through August 5. The custom furnishing and artworks—including a neon drip mural on the walls, floor and ceiling—by Joe Grillo of the collective Dearraindrop make for a unique dining experience.
Through June 30, artist Ryan McGinness is the subject of two shows. In Midtown, at Gering & López Gallery, he will exhibit sketches and drawings done in a formal artist-and-model tradition as part of his recent Women series. Downtown, Charles Bank hosts a show of black light–painting and sculpture versions of the same pieces. On June 14, Hasted Kraeutler opens Great Photographs: Scape, a show of Ethiopian wunderkind Awol Erizku, whose photographs of urban black non-professional models reference classic Old Master paintings—Lady with a Pitbull, for instance, draws inspiration from Leonardo da Vinci's Lady with an Ermine—with high-fashion production values.
Two new Upper East Side galleries are worth visiting. Through June 15, Blain Di Donna, the new gallery on the second floor of The Carlyle hotel from former Haunch of Venison honcho Harry Blain and Sotheby's vice chairman Emmanuel Di Donna, hosts the largest, most comprehensive show of French surrealist painter André Masson since a 1976 retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art. Across the street, famed art collector and writer Adam Lindemann has debuted his third-floor gallery Venus Over Manhattan with À rebours, through June 30, which includes a bronze sculpture from Hope Atherton, a 1981 Damien Hirst photograph sealed onto aluminum and a NSFW Jeff Koons Murano glass sculpture called Violet-Ice (Kama Sutra).
For her first public art project in the United States, on June 20, Milan-born artist Paola Pivi installs How I Roll, a twin-engine Piper Seneca airplane that rotates in the middle of Doris C. Freedman Plaza in Central Park. A retrospective of more than 70 portraits by Dutch photographer Rineke Dijkstra opens at the Guggenheim on June 29. And through June 9, a pair of celebrated artists take new risks with new work—Anish Kapoor at Barbara Gladstone and Cindy Sherman at Metro Pictures—as they face the challenge of living up to their reputations.
Hrafnhildur Arnardóttir aka Shoplifter: Nervescape
The Icelandic artist fills Clocktower Gallery with her site-specific installation Nervescape, which uses an existing metal structure as a skeleton for a piece made with a variety of materials, including multicolored synthetic hair.
Brice Marden: New Paintings
Matthew Marks Gallery, 502 W. 22nd St.
Through June 23
Inspired by Ru ancient Chinese pottery, the legendary painter attempted to re-create from memory the pale blues that he saw during an exhibition of the rare ceramics in Taipei in 2007.
Through June 23
Curated by Janet Phelps and Kristen Dodge, Twisted Sisters collects a variety of works of women, by women—stars like Marlene Dumas, Chantal Joffe, Alex Prager and Dana Schutz.
Ari Marcopoulos: Wherever You Go
Through June 16
This exhibition of new work includes the photographer and filmmaker's trademark black-and-white portraits of tattooed subjects, as well as smaller pictures on rice paper that create much more textured surfaces.
Wes Lang: Here Comes Sunshine
Through June 22
These new drawings draw on a sometimes schizophrenic variety of influences—from Tao Te Ching to Cholo culture—that ultimately come together and cohere on the canvas in surprising ways.