Editors’ Picks: 6 Great Art and Design Events This Week
Christo and Jeanne-Claude are honorees at the Performa Gala, Paa Joe’s “castles” comes to the American Folk Art Museum, and Gladstone Gallery opens a Keith Haring retrospective
A week of spectacular galas, blue-chip retrospectives, and multiple exhibitions exploring themes of social justice is in store. For Galerie‘s curated list of the best events around, read on.
1. Paa Joe: “Gates of No” and John Dunkley: “Neither Day Nor Night”
American Folk Art Museum
The Ghanaian artist Paa Joe presents his large wooden models of Gold Coast “castles”—large commercial forts that were used as slave trade holding pens—alongside the first-ever exhibition of self-taught artist John Dunkley outside of Jamaica.
Where: American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square
When: October 30–February 24, 2019
2. Aperture Gala Honoring Agnes Gund, Catherine Gund, Catherine Opie, Hank Willis Thomas, and Dr. Deborah Willis
If the fact that Elton John cohosts this star-studded night doesn’t convince you to buy a ticket, maybe the live auction and special print sale will. The night of food, drinks, and music has been known to attract A-list celebrity guests. Dinner tables are sold out, but cocktail party and artist sponsor tickets are still available here.
Where: Aperture Foundation, 547 West 26th Street
When: Tuesday, October 30
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#ChristoandJeanneClaude’s 1972 #ValleyCurtain filled the landscape in Rifle, Colorado with a billowing burst of orange. Filmmakers Albert Maysles, David Maysles, and Ellen Giffard were nominated for an Academy Award for their documentation of the piece. We are thrilled to honor Christo and Jeanne-Claude at the #Performa2018Gala on November 1, 2018. Christo and Jeanne-Claude. Photo by Wolfgang Volz
3. Performa Gala Honoring Christo and Jeanne-Claude
The gala benefitting the beloved biennial of performance art is back. This year Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg along with Richard Chang, David Hallberg, Rashid Johnson and Roya Sachs invite you to celebrate the careers of Christo and his late wife Jeanne-Claude, artists known for their monumental installation works including Wrapped Reichtstag and The Gates. Following the evening of elegance is The Artist Party at the Broken Shaker cocktail bar, where hosts Marilyn Minter and the Performa Visionaries join guests for drinks, dancing, and dessert all made complete with extraordinary rooftop views.
Where: Gala: Stage 37, 508 West 37th Street; The Broken Shaker at Freehand, 23 Lexington Avenue
When: Thursday, November 1, 6pm (The Artist Party at 9pm)
4. Betye Saar: “Keepin’ It Clean”
New-York Historical Society
At the heart of the 1960s black art and feminist art movements were these 22 works by Saar, including her series of washboard works, a symbolic nod to America’s history of slavery and its residual effects in the modern day.
Where: New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West
When: November 2–May 27, 2019
5. Martha Rosler: “Irrespective”
Spanning the artist’s career from 1965 to the present, this survey of feminism, inequality, consumerism, war, and gentrification manifests Rosler’s commitment to highlighting social issues, from photomontages to large-scale installations. As Rosler has said, “Feminism is powerful because it’s true.”
Where: Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue
When: November 2–March 3, 2019
6. Keith Haring
An exhibition of the late artist’s work, many on view for the first time, are presented in acknowledgment of what would have been his 60th year of life.
Where: Gladstone Gallery, 515 West 24th Street
When: November 3–December 21