Architectural films in Tribeca, explosive paintings in Chelsea, the totally insane video mash-ups of Jay Rosenblatt at MoMA, and the ladies of pop at the Brooklyn Museum. Here's WNYC's guide to what's happening now:
Joy Garnett, Boom & Bust, at Edward Winkleman Gallery, in Chelsea. This painter, long obsessed with roiling, vivid forms (like fire), turns her attention to a series of disembodied explosions. Or are they implosions? Or astral phenomena magnified a bajillion times? It can be hard to tell—not that any of this makes her brush work or color palette any less compelling. (In the event that you just have to know: much of Garnett’s work is inspired by military and scientific images she finds online.) While you’re at Winkleman, be sure to take a peek into the back room, where the gallery’s Curatorial Research Lab is showing the odd and humorous communiqués that renowned video-assemblage artist Nam June Paik sent to New York Times television critic John J. O’Connor over the course of the ‘70s and ‘80s. It’s a rich opportunity to snoop through someone else’s mail. Opens Friday at 6 PM, in Manhattan.
Seductive Subversion: Women Pop Artists 1958-1968, at the Brooklyn Museum. You’ve heard about the dudes, now it’s all about the tubes. This expansive exhibit will look at the contributions women have made in the field of pop art. Expect cheeky fun, totally biting works by an array of women artists, including Brooklyn-born Martha Rosler, collagist May Wilson and the perpetually out-there Yayoi Kusama. Opens Friday, in Brooklyn.
The Darkness of Day: Recent Films by Jay Rosenblatt, at the Museum of Modern Art. The Internet has made the video mash-up seem almost clichéd. But there are masters of the form—and Jay Rosenblatt is one of them. In "Phantom Limb," a riveting piece from 2005, he combines footage of a sheep being sheered with a mournful violin composition by Arvo Pärt with audio of a woman talking about grief. Call me crazy, but it totally works. (You can watch a snippet right here.) Through Oct. 18.
Architecture & Design Film Festival, in Tribeca. More than 40 films related to architecture and design will get big-screen time at Tribeca Cinema this week as part of the first ever Architecture & Design Film Festival. Keep an eye peeled for documentaries on the life of Milton Glaser (the graphic designer behind the "I ♥ New York" campaign), the revolutionary Brazilian modernist Oscar Niemeyer (the architect who designed the most iconic buildings in Brasilia), and the ‘70s architectural collective Ant Farm, the group known for planting all those Cadillacs in a Texas field. Kicks off today, in Manhattan.