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FringeNYC, New York International Fringe Festival
Venues around Downtown
Friday, August 10
“The 16th year of FringeNYC brings another 16 days of theatre, with around 200 plays, musicals, and performances. The choices are overwhelming, with everything from comedy ‘The Abduction of Becky Morris’ about an abducted psychic pregnant woman, to the already sold out ‘Tail! Spin!’ with Mo Rocca, Rachel Dratch, and Sean Dugan, and ‘The Importance of Doing Art,’ contemplating the reasons for creating art.” - Allison Meier, ARTINFO
Cheryl’s 4th Birthday Party: At the Car Wash
The Bell House (149 7th Street, Gowanus)
Saturday, August 11 at 11pm
“Brooklyn based art collective Cheryl celebrate their 4th birthday with a day of their usual bizarre dance party antics. Car washes hosted by the group all over Brooklyn, including one at the Brooklyn Museum, lead up to an all night car wash themed dance party at the Bell House. The $5 admission fee, ‘$1 for every year plus $1 for good luck,’ will let revelers get wet and wild.” - Ashton Cooper, ARTINFO
Quay Brothers: On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets
MoMA (11 West 53 Street)
Opens Sunday, August 12
This MoMA gallery exhibition and accompanying film retrospective will be the first presentation of the Quay Brothers’ work in all their fields of creative activity. Beginning with their student films in 1971, the Quay Brothers have produced over 45 moving image works, including two features, music videos, dance films, documentaries, and signature personal works as well as designed sets and projections for opera, drama, and concert performances. On view through January 7, 2013.
Closing This Week
Metro Pictures (519 West 24th Street)
Mercifully, this show isn’t about rigid doctrines held by a religion of organization. It’s about dogs. Swiss Institute director Gianni Jetzer brings together artists including Allora/Calzadilla, Olaf Breuning, Jack Goldstein, Richard Hamilton, Martin Kippenberger, Dieter Roth, Jim Shaw, Haim Steinbach, Mungo Thomson, Rosmarie Trockel, William Wegman and Christopher Wool to investigate the inextricable relationship between men and their proverbial best friends. Note: Nina Beier’s “Tragedy,” a performance wherein a live dog plays dead as it lies on a rug. Tragedy, will intermittently occur throughout the exhibition. On view through August 10, 2012.
Bruce Nauman: One Hundred Fish Fountain
Gagosian Gallery (980 Madison Avenue)
Bruce Nauman’s installation, “One Hundred Fish Fountain” comprises nigh a hundred hollow bronze fish suspended above shallow basin cobbled together from rubber sheeting. Measuring 25 by 28 feet, it almost fills the room, allowing visitors to circumabulate the perimeter. On view through August 24, 2012.
Whitney Museum (945 Madison Avenue)
“This retrospective of the Japanese artist takes care to highlight the more subtle side of her practice, with early paintings, collages, and performance documentation. But that’s not to say that it neglects the artist’s bombastic spot paintings and sexually charged nude happenings. The show demonstrates the sweep of a diverse career which has most recently produced a series of brightly-colored paintings reminiscent of a looser Keith Haring, on view in the final gallery.“ — Kyle Chayka, ARTINFO
On view through September 30, 2012.
Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1071 5th Avenue)
This comprehensive mid-career survey features over 70 color photographs and five video installations by the Dutch artist Rineke Dijkstra. Rineke Dijkstra is organized by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. On view through October 8, 2012.
Alighiero Boetti: Game Plan
MoMA P.S.1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue)
This retrospective, organized in collaboration with the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid and the Tate Modern in London, will be the largest presentation outside of Italy of works by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti (1940–1994) to date. Working in his hometown of Turin in the early 1960s amidst a close community of artists that included Luciano Fabro, Mario Merz, Giulio Paolini, and Michelangelo Pistoletto, among others, Boetti established himself as one of the leading artists of the Arte Povera movement. On view through October 1, 2012.
Ecstatic Alphabets/Heaps of Language
MoMA (11 West 53rd Street)
A group exhibition that brings together 12 contemporary artists and artists’ groups working in all mediums including painting, sculpture, film, video, audio, and design, all of whom concentrate on the material qualities of language—visual, aural, and beyond. The work that these artists create belongs to a distinguished history of poem/objects, and concrete language experiments that dates to the beginnings of modernism, and includes both the Dada and Futurist moments as well as the recrudescence of Neo-Dada in the late 1950s, and international literary movements like concrete and sound poetry in Europe, Latin America, and the United States. On view through August 27, 2012.
Gustav Klimt: 150th Anniversary Celebration
Neue Galerie (1048 Fifth Avenue at 86th Street)
The Neue Galerie is joining in the international celebration of the 150th birthday of Austrian Modernist Gustav Klimt by mounting a large-scale exhibition of major paintings, drawings, and never-before-seen photographs. The show coincides with several Viennese museum exhibitions, including shows at the Albertina, Belvedere, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Leopold Museum, and Wien Museum, each shining a spotlight on different aspects of the artist’s work and life. On view through August 27, 2012.
Bruce Nauman - One Hundred Fish Fountain ( Cast bronze/2005), courtesy of Gagosian Gallery