Making Sense of the Art Zoo
The art world calendar is kicking into high gear- but don’t fret, we’ve pulled together a guide to help you navigate the zoo that is local and international art events happening from Feb 6-10. Call it an extended weekend survey. Take a look at the below, in NYC and beyond!
Mexico: Art Rising
This week in the zoo that is the art world, Mexico takes front and center as ZONAMACO Mexico opens in Ciudad Mexico (on view through Feb 10). Featuring the best and brightest in emerging talent, ZONAMACO Mexico is rapidly rising as a reliable barometer for art world trends and artists to watch on the international stage (with a focus, of course, on talent engaging with Latin America.)
Details on ZONAMACO Mexico here.
Meanwhile, Frida Kahlo opens at the Brooklyn Museum on Frida(y), Feb 8 (yuk yuk). The retrospective marks a watershed moment for Kahlo, who went back and forth from Mexico to New York City during periods as an emerging artist. Tickets for the first few opening days caught fire – watch this space for our ANTE. review in mid-Feb!
Tickets for Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving here.
Meanwhile, Back in New York
Don’t fret if you’re stuck in the City this week without tickets to Frida – or even if you managed to snag some, know that there is plenty to occupy your time!
Starting on Thursday, 2/7 MIRROR|MIRROR hosts an artist reception from 6-8 pm (RSVP is required, email@example.com). Featuring February James and Shona McAndrews, the exhibit is organized by LatchKey Gallery in collaboration with Select World’s S 12 Studio. On view by appointment through February 15, 2019, MIRROR|MIRROR explores two artists whose depiction of women offer a counter narrative to beauty norms and standards.
Thursday also marks the opening of the intriguing new media exhibit, Speculative Cultures: A Virtual Reality Exhibition.
Located at the prestigious Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery (Sheila C. Johnson Design Center / 2 W 13th St, NYC), the opening reception for the exhibit takes place Thursday, 2/7 from 6-8 pm and will be attended by the exhibiting artists including The artists in this exhibition include Morehshin Allahyari (IR/US), Scott Benesiinaabandan (CA), Matias Brunacci, Yu Hong(CN), Francois Knoetze (ZA) and Erin Ko (US) & Jamie Martinez (CO/US) in a joint project, who – intriguingly – create a journey to the afterlife inspired by the Egyptian Book of the Dead.
Friday belongs to the Outer Boros, with openings taking place at the NARS Foundation, Bronx River Art Center, SOHO20 and more. For those in Manhattan looking to stick close to home, there’s an opening at 205 Hudson: Re-Figuring the Future, as part of Hunter College Art Galleries, that looks promising.
Saturday and Sunday are dominated by talks and performances, with Saturday hosting the bulk of the fare.
Saturday 2/9 events include at artist talk at Lesley Heller Gallery in conjunction with Jim Osman’s The Walnut Series at 2:30 PM.
DUMBO plays host to Smack Mellon‘s artist talk, “Bonnie Collura: Prince & Rachelle Mozman Solano: Metamorphosis of Failure”: free & taking place from 4-5pm, while over in Long Island City, Queens, SculptureCenter hosts viewings into the Late Night of current exhibiting artist Banu Cennetoğlu’s Moving Image Work (RSVP required; entry from 6-10 pm with event ending midnight).
While Sunday is a mostly slow day, there is an intriguing, Chinese New Year-appropriate event at Pearl River Mart featuring a performance by Arlan Huang & Mee Mee Chin: “Cantonese Opera Makeup” for “Closing Distances”, free 1-3 pm at Pearl River Mart Gallery.
Enjoy your long, extended-art-weekend in NYC and beyond!