Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events and digitally, as well as in-person exhibitions open in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all EST unless otherwise noted.)
Thursday, January 7
1. “Art and Empathy: Community Care Through Art” at the Brooklyn Museum
After the many trials of 2020, start the new year off with some much-needed self-care through this online program with art therapist Sarah Pousty, museum educator Dalila Scruggs, and social-work intern Lula Zeray. You’ll take an in-depth look at a work of art before working on a creation of your own during an evening dedicated to exploring the ways art can help communities grow.
Price: Free with registration
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.
Friday, January 8
2. “Challenging Eurocentrism: Reimagining Paradigms of Presentation of Dutch and Flemish Art” at the Center for Netherlandish Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
The second webinar in this series offers the perspectives of four curators on decentering Europe and restoring the stories of historically underrepresented people. Panelists include Andrea Myers Achi, an assistant curator in the department of Medieval art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Stephanie Schrader, a drawings curator at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, among others. Jessie Park, a curator of European art at the Yale University Art Gallery, will moderate. The webinar will also be recorded and posted to the Museum of Fine Arts’s YouTube channel.
Time: 1:30–2:45 p.m. EST (7:30-8:45 p.m. CET)
3. “Treasures from the Permanent Collection: An Interactive Highlight Tour” at the Morgan Library and Museum
Take a docent-led virtual tour of one of New York’s museum gems, the Morgan Library and Museum, which was founded in 1924 after J.P. Morgan’s son donated his father’s library to the public. The collection includes rare books, manuscripts, drawings, prints, and objects as disparate as a life mask of George Washington and an extensive collection of etchings by Rembrandt. The tour offers a peek into turn-of-the-century art collecting, as well as the Gilded Age mansion that houses the extraordinary artifacts.
Price: Free with registration
Time: 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.
Friday, January 8–Sunday, February 7
4. “Mira Schor: Tipping Point” at Lyles & King, New York
Just days after the Donald Trump presidency draws to a close, Mira Schor will present a series of works created over the course of his term. Some are fueled by the US’s increasingly tribal politics (one is titled What kind of art will we make under facism?) while more recent works respond to the strange new reality of being stuck at home during lockdown this past year. The show will include the 70-year-old artist’s largest works to date, measuring a monumental 18 feet wide.
Location: Lyles & King, 21 Catherine Street
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Through Friday, January 8–Saturday, February 13
5. “Elizabeth Schwaiger: From the Dark Sea” at Jane Lombard Gallery, New York
At her first solo show with the gallery, Elizabeth Schwaiger presents richly colorful mysterious watercolors depicting a wide range of locations that seem almost unstuck in time: a crowded peace conference, an empty art museum, and even the depths of the sea, with a cache of silverware ominously resting on the ocean floor.
Location: Jane Lombard Gallery, New York, 58 White Street, New York
Time: Opening, 1 p.m.–6 p.m.; Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Saturday, January 9
6. “Futura 2000” at Eric Firestone Gallery
Born in New York City in 1955, Futura 2000 (Leonard Hilton McGurr) emerged as one of the pioneering graffiti artists of the 1970s, tagging subway cars and Bowery walls, and showing works alongside Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring at the pivotal 1980 Times Square show. Now, after a career focused on abstract art (still inflected with spray-paint and graffiti-gestures) Futura 2000 is finally getting a long-awaited solo exhibition at Eric Firestone’s ground floor space. The show features more than 20 new paintings inspired by the artist’s fascination with science fiction and natural phenomena.
Location: Eric Firestone at 40 Great Jones Street
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. reservations required
Through Saturday, January 16
7. “Emily Furr: So Tough” at Sargent’s Daughters
In her second solo exhibition at this Lower East Side staple, Brooklyn-based artist Emily Furr presents an array of ominous new paintings and collages animated by two frictions that increasingly define contemporary life: the one between industrial society and Mother Nature, and the one between our thirst for control and the untameable randomness of the universe. Her still lifes equip heavy machinery with human tongues, aim galactically scaled-up gun barrels at unsuspecting planets, and cast the stars as a resource to be selectively churned out like the melody in a music box. The show gives New Yorkers a chance to get (re)acquainted with Furr’s unsettling yet magnetic work before she makes her institutional solo debut at the SCAD Museum of Art in Savannah in February.
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, noon–6 p.m.
Through Saturday, January 16
8. “Eleonore Koch: The Essential Painter” at Mendes Wood DM, New York
The late German-Brazilian artist Eleanore Koch’s singular, spare style has made her something of an art-historical anomaly. Most frequently, she’s been associated with the celebrated painter Alfredo Volpi, with whom she studied for a period of three years in the early 1950s, and from whom she learned the traditional egg tempera that would predominate her career. This under-the-radar exhibition brings together works Koch made in London in the 1960s through to the years following her return to Sao Paulo in the 1990s. Rather than marking any drastic changes, the exhibition illustrates a refining of her elegant style over the decades, with the figuration of her delicate interiors and landscapes reduced to a minimum, vibrant colors applied with control and restraint, and her characteristic full-hearted embrace of empty space.
Location: Mendes Wood DM, 60 East 66th Street, 2nd Floor, New York
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Sunday, March 14
9. “This Longing Vessel: The Studio Museum: Artists in Residence 2019–2020” at MoMA PS1, Queens
The Studio Museum presents its annual Artist-in-Residence exhibition at MoMA PS1 with new works by E. Jane, Naudline Pierre, and Elliot Reed. The show, curated by Glitch Feminism author Legacy Russell, examines the intersection between queerness and Blackness across new media, painting, and performance.
Location: MoMa PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Queens
Price: $10 regular admission
Time: Monday–Thursday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
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Online art course with Adrian Baker – Millstone News
NEW! Appleton Studio – online ‘ART MENTORING’ course
Instructor: Adrian Baker, BFA, MFA
Want to keep making art this winter, but could use a little guidance? I’m offering personal feedback sessions by email, one-on-one online meetings, and online group feedback sessions. Work on your own projects in your choice of medium, under the guidance of a professional artist. Receive valuable feedback from your peers. Flexible scheduling to suit your routine.
‘Art Mentoring’ runs from the week of January 18th to March 26 (choose your own times/days).
Cost is $180
What you get:
– Weekly personal assessment of your current art project via email, with constructive critiques and professional guidance. (eight sessions)
– One-on-one online meetings to discuss the progress of your work (six sessions)
– Online group feedback sessions with fellow participants (two sessions)
– Regular links to online painting tutorials relevant to your work.
What you do:
– Choose a project to work on in your choice of medium. Your first email session can be a discussion of what to paint, how to get started, colour & compositional decisions, etc.
– Photograph your artwork regularly as it progresses over the ten weeks and send the pictures by email for feedback from the instructor, for a total of eight email instructional sessions.
– Schedule six one-on-one meetings with instructor over the 10-week period (schedule of available days/times will be provided)
– Participate in two online group critiques (coffee, tea or wine are optional!)
– Have fun! Be creative! Keep on making art!
I am accepting a limited number of participants, so let me know asap if you are interested.
Are phone skills a lost art? Time to get back to basics say East Coast Experts – TheChronicleHerald.ca
The family phone used to be a hot commodity and phone time a valuable resource.
Waiting until evening rates to place a long-distance phone call to a friend or family member could easily take up a Saturday night. But these days, a person can reach virtually everyone they know instantly, with a few swipes of their fingertips.
Smartphones and technology have ushered in an age of texting, emailing, and messaging communication within both personal and professional aspects of many people’s lives. And with these forms of communication, there’s less need for speaking person-to-person over a voice call.
But this doesn’t mean the phone is on its way out, even if people might be finding increasing anxiety around phone calls, according to Mary Jane Copps, whose professional business, The Phone Lady, fosters connections between people and phone conversations.
Even if video calls are the new fad, Copps says voices are still what brings people together.
“The medium may change as technology continues evolving, but phone and voice calls are here to stay,” she says.
Copps says comedian Jerry Seinfeld wasn’t kidding when he quoted a statistic in a stand-up routine that said people feared public speaking more than death itself. She says this feeling is one that many now equate with phone calls.
She says anxiety around phone calls is due to people now being used to the delay that comes with texting or email.
“We can edit and think about it – we don’t have to think of an answer off the top of our head,” she says. “For some people, there’s anxiety around what they see as a performance part of a real-time conversation.”
But even with that anxiety, Dalhousie University communications researcher and professor Dr. Binod Sundararajan says people are still gravitating towards the personal connection that voice provides, pointing to the prevalence of voice message exchanges in smartphone messaging apps.
“People still crave a synchronous connection – a real-time conversation – so they video chat or send voice recordings back and forth on apps like WhatsApp,” he says.
It’s because it lacks voice that Sundararajan says email and texting are “terrible” forms of communication beyond simple exchanges, as they cannot effectively convey true emotion.
And with the stress that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought, an empathetic voice on the other end of the phone could be exactly what is needed to relieve said stress, even if feelings of anxiety precede that call.
“There is so much uncertainty these days. The last thing someone should worry about is how to interpret communication, so asynchronous phone call is the thing that can best alleviate anxiety around this,” he says.
Phones at work
The importance of tone and inflection in the voice, whether virtual or over a phone conversation, is something Copps says plays a key role in professional interactions, even with the advent of video conferencing.
Copps says the past year has shown there are many distractions during virtual meetings that cause those in attendance to miss something or lose their ability to pay attention. While a 15-minute phone call can be “lovely,” she says, a one-hour one is often the opposite.
“Being on camera is exhausting for us,” says Copps. “A lot of people turn off cameras and listen, which is the same as a phone call.”
With phone calls still making up a significant amount of business communication, especially as people work from home, Sundararajan says proper phone etiquette – and specifically knowing how to communicate effectively and empathetically – is as important as written communication.
“Being professional doesn’t mean being cold and aloof – you can have empathy and warmth and still be professional,” he says. “A good phone call goes miles in making people feel respected, acknowledged, and listened to.”
Call it personal
It’s the allure of voice that means phone calls continue to be an important form of communication, according to Dalhousie University communications associate professor and researcher Dr. Kathleen Kevany, who says voice calls, like radio, are often more intimate than video media.
“Voice alone demands more of us, requires more interaction and imagination … and we like to activate our imagination. It’s why people listen to the radio or read a book,” she says.
This is why Kevany says a phone call remains the most effective and personal way to check in with loved ones and friends, something she says has become critical as COVID-19 keeps many people apart.
“We are in a time of isolation, so the more human connection we can foster, the better for our own wellbeing and others. Reaching out, picking up the phone, and calling someone can make a difference in their day and is much more memorable than receiving a text,” she says.
Sundararajan says the pandemic is perhaps the best example of why people need to fight for the phone and reconnect with feeling comfortable around using it, both personally and professionally. He says the same goes for people receiving a call, who must listen and respect the person who’s reached out.
“Yes it appears that calling someone on the phone is disappearing and yes, we should fight to retain that,” he says.
Connecting younger generations
Feeling comfortable on the phone is something Sundararajan and Copps say young people need to start mastering, as it’s crucial to succeeding in the job market.
Sundararajan says as the first phase of a job interview is often a phone or video call, the skill is critical to landing a job.
Copps has also seen a huge increase in her business since the fall in training professionals in phone communication. She says this is due partially to a lack of phone skills in today’s young professionals.
“Big companies are all really clear that soft skills are the most important thing they now look for, above education. Communication is part of that and it’s something we need to be teaching to kids,” she says.
Kevany, who teaches her students about public speaking and verbal communication, says humans have always felt a great sense of confidence in communicating until faced with presenting. Like presenting, phone calls are a skill she says comes down to practice.
“You learn knowledge, but you cultivate a skill. That goes for public speaking and it also goes for phone calls,” she says.
There is only one way to overcome a fear of the phone, according to Copps.
“You’ve got to pick up the phone and make the call,” she says.
Trump’s Arts Record, Oval Office Replicas, a Museum Vaccination Site, and More: Morning Links from January 18, 2020 – ARTnews
WITH PRESIDENT TRUMP SET TO LEAVE OFFICE IN ABOUT 48 HOURS, reporter Graham Bowley revisited the president’s repeated proposals to eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. “The agency survived, its budget even grew a bit, not because President Trump ever wavered in his view of it as a waste of federal dollars,” Bowley writes in the New York Times, “but because Congress . . . voted to keep it alive.” Of course, the N.E.A.’s annual budget of $167.5 million (for 2021) is still modest compared to other sources of arts funding, he writes. For instance, New York City alone spends more each year on its cultural affairs. Meanwhile, in the San Francisco Chronicle, Denise Sullivan takes a look at the history of president’s supporting arts in an article that stops with President Obama.
SPEAKING OF THE WHITE HOUSE, Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. is set to enter the Oval Office on Wednesday. If you are not on the shortlist to serve in his administration, but eager to experience the Oval, the New-York Historical Society has just the ticket: it built a replica of the storied space as part of a permanent exhibition titled “Meet the Presidents” last year. Marci Reaven, the vice president of history exhibits at the NYHS, talked with the Art Newspaper about how president’s have customized the room’s decor. Their choices, she said, reflect, “Who am I? Who are we as a people? Who am I as a leader?” Some may recall that photographer Thomas Demand also once built an Oval Office replica out of humble materials like cardboard and confetti to create works for a 2008 Times Magazine story. The room is “tinier than you might think,” he told the Independent in 2009.
Many art museums have been hiring diversity leaders in recent years. Here’s a look at the work they have been doing. [The New York Times]
The Castello di Rivoli museum, near Turin, Italy, will serve as a coronavirus vaccination site. “Art has always helped, healed, and cured—indeed, some of the first museums in the world were hospitals,” its director, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, said in a statement. “Now we are repaying the favor, so to speak.” [Artforum]
The critic and law professor Yxta Maya Murray discussed her new novel, Art Is Everything, with Maximilíano Durón. “I have found at various points in my life that in order to make work that you have to sacrifice certain things that might be very important to you,” she said. [ARTnews]
The breakout painter Salman Toor was profiled as part of a package of “a dozen of the most creative artists and entertainers working today.” [WSJ. Magazine]
Jorge Pardo’s carriage house in Bushwick, Brooklyn, got the Architectural Digest treatment. [AD]
Canada has an Indigenous-language television channel for the first time: Uvagut TV, which carries programming in Inuktut. [Inuit Art Quarterly]
Sinclair Spratley considered the invisible labor, performed largely by people of color, that was responsible for cleaning the U.S. Capitol after the January 6 riot. [Art in America]
Venture inside Carrie Stettheimer’s famed dollhouse, guided by Johanna Fateman. [4Columns]
Here are the 10 most expensive Old Master artworks ever sold at auction. [ARTnews]
In a conversation published in a new column by Vanessa Friedman, Miuccia Prada and Raf Simons, the co-directors of Prada, discussed the fashion industry, money, the creative process, Zoom, and this period of crisis. “The one lesson I think fashion will not learn from this, which is the one it should learn, if I am being brutally honest, is that it should be less greedy,” Simons said. “It became too much this economic machine. For the majority the first desire is economic growth. Everyone just had less growth, so everyone is going to try to catch up.” [The New York Times]
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