Installation, ‘Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins: The Installations of David Wojnarowicz’ at PPOW Gallery.
Photo: Courtesy of PPOW Gallery

Editors’ Picks: 6 Great Art and Design Events This Week

Karen Finley and Richard Kern discuss David Wojnarowicz and Eugène Delacroix's sketches open at the Met

Art talks abound this week, with critics, artists, and historians coming together to discuss boldface names (Among them David Wojnarowicz and Thomas Bayrle), as well as more abstract concepts, like the ad hoc. MoMA’s Summer Thursdays continue with L.A. musician Deradoorian, and the Met unveils a fascinating collection of sketches by the famed 19th-century painter Eugène Delacroix. Read on for our full list of the very best in New York’s art and design scene this week.

Travis Boyer, “Crocking Off the Bloom.” Photo: Image courtesy of Travis Boyer and Pioneer Works

1. In Relation Roundtable: Undoing
Pioneer Works

This boundary-pushing dialogue concerning how arts and performing practices examine human and spacial relationships will feature the insights of three art-world professionals: researcher Ricardo Montez, artist Travis Boyer, and writer/dramaturg/curator Joshua Lubin-Levy.

Where: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn

When: Monday, July 16 at 7pm

Eugeène Delacroix, Study for “The Sultan of Morocco and His Entourage”, c. 1855-56. Graphite on paper. Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

2. Devotion to Drawing: The Karen B. Cohen Collection of Eugène Delacroix
The Met Fifth Avenue

A new exhibition of work by the Liberty Leading the People painter places a unique focus on over 100 of his drawings and sketches. Ranging from finished watercolors to preparatory drawings, the collection showcases Delacroix’s development as an artist, giving keen insight into his technique and creative process. The collection is named for the donor, a longtime supporter of the museum.

Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue

When: July 17–November 12. Hours: Sunday –Thursday, 10am–5:30pm; Friday and Saturday, 10am–9pm

Nathan Silver, “Ad Hoc” chair, designed 1968. Steel gas pipe, black plastic foam, wheelchair wheels, bicycle axles and bearings, auto bumper bolts, chromed tractor seat, fluorescent vermillion paint and lacquer. Photo: Courtesy of the Swiss Isnsitute

3. Conversation | Between the Adhoc and the Accidental
Swiss Insitute

In conjunction with the exhibition ‘Readymades Belong to Everyone,’ artist and writer Nathan Silver will be in conversation with Pratt Professor of History of Art and Design Eva Díaz, moderated by Martino Stierli, the Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at MoMA. The art-world experts will examine the historical and developmental relationship between the readymade, the accident, and the ad hoc.

Where: The Swiss Institute, 38 St. Mark’s Place

When: Tuesday, July 17 at 7pm

Installation, ‘Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins: The Installations of David Wojnarowicz’ at PPOW Gallery. Photo: Courtesy of PPOW Gallery

4. A Conversation on David Wojnarowicz
PPOW Gallery

The Armory Show hosts a conversation on David Wojnarowicz with Cynthia Carr, and Karen Finley, moderated by Carlo McCormick. The talk is being hosted in tandem with the self-taught artist’s show, ‘Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins: The Installations of David Wojnarowicz’ at PPOW Gallery, and also happens to coincide with an exhibition of the artist’s work at the Whitney Museum.

Where: PPOW Gallery, 535 W. 22nd Street, 3rd Floor

When: Thursday, July 19, 6:30–7:30pm

Thomas Bayrle, “Bierrakete” (“Beer Rocket”), 1969. Silkscreen print on cardboard. Photo: Wolfgang Günzel

5. Panel | Social Fabric: Thomas Bayrle’s Expanded Network
The New Museum

Art historian and critic Alex Kitnick moderates a conversation on the legacy of Thomas Bayrle, placing a special focus on younger generations’ approach to corporate production, politics, urban planning, and the digital age. Panelists include artists Lena Henke, Jacolby Satterwhite, and Jordan Wolfson. The talk is held on the occasion of ‘Thomas Bayrle: Playtime,’ the first major New York survey of the Berlin-born artist’s work.

Where: The New Museum, 235 Bowery

When: Thursday, July 19 at 7pm

Angel Deradoorian. Photo: Bennet Perez

6. Summer Thursdays: Deradoorian
The Museum of Modern Art

The Los Angeles–based vocalist and multi-instrumentalist will bring her experimental sound to the MoMA Sculpture Garden. Described by the Museum as a “sonic visionary,” Deradoorian draws on ancient musical traditions with her propensity for the avant-garde.

Where: The Museum of Modern Art, Sculpture Garden, 11 W. 53rd Street

When: Thursday, July 19, 5:30–8pm; live music begins at 6:30pm


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