Image via Whitney Museum
Lately I’ve been lusting about the exhibitions I want to see while in New York. I’m only going for a few days, a New York minute so to speak, but I intend to make the best of what might become a hectic show hopping trip. One of the privileges of visiting New York is the opportunity to see long awaited retrospectives and the possibility of discovering emerging talent. All seems to indicate that it will be a good season. John Baldessari‘s retrospective this Fall at the Met, right alongside the MOMA’s Abstract Expressionists in New York show, is definitely one of the season’s top highlights. These shows open in October, but for this trip, I’ve compiled a short list of opening exhibitions ranging from small Lower East Side galleries to large scale museum shows. Below a couple on my to do list.
One of the exhibitions I’m looking forward to is Lee Friedlander’s America by Car opening at the Whitney Museum this weekend. All of the photographs on view were taken by Friedlander during the last ten years while driving around the 50 states in a rental car. Taken to seem like ordinary snapshots, they are actually very calculated compositions shot from inside the car and framed by a rearview mirror, car door or window. With this technique, Friedlander seemingly frames the emblematic paysage of 21st century US. It seems like a visual and more contemporary take on Kerouac’s On the Road; spur of the moment cross-country road trips and the places encountered along the way.
JJ PEET, The TV Show, prerecorded and live video broadcast, 2009. Image via On Stellar Rays, New York.
Hedge, 2009, Pine shims, caulk, leather, steel, chewing gum, 20 by 18 by 4-1/2 inches. Image via On Stellar Rays, New York.
Going down to the more funky side of town, the Lower East Side (more commonly known as LES), I’m thinking of passing by a few favorites like Renwick Gallery, Team Gallery and Rachel Uffner. One show worth taking a look at is JJ PEET’s second solo at On Stellar Rays. His first solo at the gallery, The TV Show, received really good reviews. It was comprised of video, live broadcast, painting, photography and found objects altered by the artist. For his upcoming show in New York titled Shadow, PEET will expand upon the historical and material significance of the act of painting. The exhibition is comprised of painting, related ceramics and weekly video screenings. For this new series of paintings, PEET uses crushed ceramics and minerals and combines them with pigments and paint to then apply them to handcrafted canvases. He will also present The Sunday Painter Show comprised of 10 minute video episodes that “are analogous to the elements of painting.”
Martha Rosler (American, b. 1943). Vacuuming Pop Art, 1966–72. Photomontage, 24 x 20 in. (50.8 x 61 cm). Image via Brooklyn Museum.
This next one is on my wish list, since it opens in October, but still worth heading over to Brooklyn once it opens. In general, I have mixed feelings about the Brooklyn Museum’s approach to increasing visitors (extended hours are great, but shows about rock’n roll not so much), but I love the idea of bringing into discussion the importance of women’s artistic production within an art historical context, which the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art seems to do quite well. The show opening in October at the Center is titled Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968. According to the show’s press release, the exhibition “examines the impact of women artists on the traditionally male-dominated field of Pop art.” It also recovers and reconsiders women artists working during this time who have been obscured by international Pop icons such as Warhol and Lichtenstein. Curiously, the exhibition is partly funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts.