Editors’ Picks: 9 Great Art and Design Events This Week
Here are Galerie’s picks of the must-see art and design events this week, including Lawrence Weiner at the LongHouse Reserve, the Morgan Museum’s Family Fair, a few more stunning parties in the Hamptons, and politically reflective art shows by Tony Cokes, Oscar Murillo, and Hito Steyerl.
1. Collision/Coalition: Tony Cokes and Oscar Murillo
“What is the role of art in the face of political, social, and economic power?” This question, according to The Shed’s senior curator, Emma Enderby, is the focal question in Collision/Coalition, a staging of two distinct but connected commissions by Tony Cokes and Oscar Murillo opening on June 19. Through two new videos, which incorporate an arrangement of found texts and recordings, Cokes explores the role of the artist studio in shaping the work and building a community. Murillo’s installation of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and performance are inspired by Diego Rivera’s famed mural at Rockefeller Center, which was commissioned but removed after being labeled “anti-capitalist propaganda.” As part of his homage, Murillo wheeled human-scaled stuffed figures through the streets of New York in a staged procession from The Shed to Rockefeller Center, a film of which (as well as the actual effigies) will be on view in the show.
Also kicking off on June 19 is the second iteration of The Shed’s commissioning program Open Call, which is devoted to developing and presenting new work by emerging artists who have yet to receive major institutional support. See the work of these 22 artists and collectives in the level-two gallery. —Rozalia Jovanovic
When: June 19–August 25
Where: 545 West 30th Street
2. Artists Speaks Series: Kris Moran and A. S. Hamrah
The Art Barge
On Wednesday, June 19, East Hampton’s Art Barge plays host to an inspiring and contemplative conversation between Kris Moran and A. S. Hamrah. Moran, an artist and set designer who has worked with such esteemed filmmakers as Wes Anderson, Barry Jenkins, and Noah Baumbach, will share the stage with Hamrah, a film critic and author of The Earth Dies Streaming: Film Writing, 2002–2018, as part of the Art Barge’s ongoing Artists Speaks series. —Jill Sieracki
When: June 19, 6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Where: 110 Napeague Meadow Road, Amagansett, New York
3. Hito Steyerl: Drill
Park Avenue Armory
Kicking off this week, the Armory’s historic Drill Hall and stately period rooms will be transformed by the Berlin-based artist and theorist Hito Steyerl with an exhibition appropriately titled project “Drill.” Known for her visually compelling and politically charged video installations, Steyerl conceived the project in response to topical sociopolitical issues, including gun violence in the U.S., society’s increased militarization, and the impact of artificial intelligence on our daily lives. This extensive presentation of her work is just one of the many exciting projects organized for the space by Pierre Audi, the venue’s artistic director, which began in March this year with the New York premiere of the The Lehman Trilogy play. —Lucy Rees
When: June 20–July 21
Monday–Thursday from 12:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.
Friday from 12:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday from 12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
Where: 643 Park Avenue
4. David Yurman and Fondazione Geronimo Present Summer Solari
Madison Square Park
Art remains a key inspiration for David, Sybil, and Evan Yurman, the family behind the iconic American jewelry brand David Yurman. So it’s no wonder they tapped the Turkish-American artist Jihan Zencirli (also known as Geronimo) to collaborate on a special art project to celebrate their new summer collection. When it opens to the public on June 21, visitors will find a nine-by-eight-foot archway of colored balls inspired by the brand’s Solari collection. Solari, meaning “sun” in Italian, spotlights the simple elegance of the sphere, using colored gemstones, pearls, and orbs of precious metal. Make sure to head down to the brand’s flagship in SoHo to find three limited-edition, Geronimo-designed bracelets, each one including an original signed print, which will be rotating in the window. —L.R.
When: June 21–June 23
Where: Corner of 23rd Street and Broadway
5. Summer Solstice Celebration
Storm King Art Center
This Saturday enjoy lavish cocktails and a three-course dining experience surrounded by gorgeous scenery and works of art. Culinary expert, author and Top Chef judge Gail Simmons will come together with Fresh Company and Dolly’s Shelley Boris to create fresh and tasteful edibles. The solstice celebration will include live performances by dancer Eva Alt and the Dream Unfinished orchestra, as well as tours of current exhibitions “Mark Dion: Follies” and “Outlooks: Jean Shin.” —Kaela Walker
When: Saturday, June 22, 5 p.m.
Where: 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, New York
6. Alphonse Mucha: Art Nouveau/Nouvelle Femme and Designing Through the Wall: Cyan in the 1990s
This Thursday, Poster House opens its doors as the first museum in the U.S. dedicated to the history and artistry of the poster. Establishing its headquarters in Chelsea, the museum launches with inaugural exhibitions on the Art Nouveau, female-driven works of Czech illustrator and painter Alphonse Mucha and the pioneering East German design group Cyan, which helped introduce Photoshop as a graphics editor for poster design. —Ashley Petras
When: Through October 6
Where: 119 West 23rd Street
7. Public Art Works
Public Art Fund
Join the Public Art Fund this Friday to celebrate the launch of its new podcast, Public Art Works. Hosted by Tony- and Emmy-winning actor Jeffrey Wright, this six-episode dialogue will explore current social and political affairs within the art world. Tune in for a conversation about monuments and representation with artist Hank Willis Thomas and Ford Foundation president Darren Walker, followed by a discussion about the intricacies of public space with artists Kate Gilmore, Xaviera Simmons, and filmmaker and activist Paola Mendoza. Other episodes will include prominent voices such as Ai Weiwei, culinary author Joe DiStefano, director of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College Tom Eccles, and everyday New Yorkers. Available on iTunes, Spotify, and Alexa, all episodes will be released on Friday, June 21. —K.W.
When: Friday, June 21, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Where: WNYC’s Greene Space, 44 Charlton Street
8. Out of Sight: Lawrence Weiner
Jack Lenor Larsen’s sculptural East Hampton property, the LongHouse Reserve, continues to roll out its new installations for the 2019 summer season. This weekend, stop by to witness the unveiling of two new installations: “Out of Sight” by conceptual artist Lawrence Weiner and “Echo” by Stephen Talasnik. Functioning as an interactive floor installation, which sees one of Weiner’s signature wall works moved to the floor of the LongHouse Squash Court, “Out of Sight” aims to engage people on a journey of self-discovery and self-empowerment. “Echo” is a floating bamboo hive that will live on the property’s garden pond, which is called Black Mirror. —J.S
When: Saturday, June 22, Opening reception 3–5 p.m.
Where: 133 Hands Creek Road, East Hampton
9. Summer Family Fair
Morgan Library & Museum
Join the Morgan Library & Museum this Sunday for crafts, storytelling, and tours of its new exhibitions Drawing the Curtain: Maurice Sendak’s Designs for Opera and Ballet and Walt Whitman: Bard of Democracy. Free with admission, the Morgan’s Summer Family Fair caters to children ages 3 to 14 and includes a wide variety of interactive activities in and around the museum. From costume making to poetry writing and movie screenings, this event is a great way to spend the afternoon with young family and friends. —K.W.
When: Sunday, June 23, 2–4:30 p.m.
Where: 225 Madison Avenue (at 36th Street)