If you’re headed to New York this month, congratulations! You’ve missed the peak of the hot weather and there are some good art shows to catch. Of course, this is only a fraction of the exhibits New York has to offer, but if I were in New York this month, this is where you’d find me. If you visit any of these exhibits, or others you think are worth a peek, let us know about them here on WallSpin.
- Demetrius Oliver at the High Line opens September 7 at 6:30pm: Demetrius Oliver‘s Jupiter will be installed on a 25-by-75-foot billboard adjacent to the High Line at West 18th Street. Jupiter features five round photographs exposing mysterious acts and props, but lacking a human presence. Set against a solid, black background, each photograph resembles a planet floating in a night sky, an association reinforced by how they appear to be incrementally rotating in space. Live musical performances and stargazing from the High Line will accompany the piece. Artist Blanche Bruce and multiple groups of student musicians will perform “Jupiter” by John Coltrane on September 7, 18, 21, and October 2, 2010. Additionally, Oliver will join the New York chapter of the Amateur Astronomers Association on the High Line on September 21, 2010 to celebrate both the autumnal equinox and the Jupiter opposition — the day Earth passes between the Sun and Jupiter, making the distant planet most clearly visible.
- Showtime SHO House 2010 opens September 7: Step into the only multimedia showhouse of its kind with Showtime House 2010. Three penthouses, atop Manhattan’s iconic Cassa Hotel and Residences, have been transformed into show-stopping rooms of modern design inspired by seven Showtime original series: The Borgias, The Big C, Weeds, Californication, Dexter, Nurse Jackie, and United States of Tara. Bringing the offbeat characters of Showtime to life with style, wit and drama is a group of trendsetting designers and architects including this month’s Zatista Guest Curator: Jason Oliver Nixon.
- Kiki Smith: Sojourn at the Brooklyn Museum ends September 12: Since the 1970s, Kiki Smith has created an impressive body of work relating to the physical and emotional experiences of women. Her new site-specific installation at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, titled Sojourn, was inspired by a significant 18th-century needlework by Prudence Punderson, The First, Second and Last Scenes of Mortality. Via a range of Smith’s cast objects, sculpture, and works on paper, the exhibit explores milestones of female artists, from creative awakening to death. -Angela Ashman, Village Voice
- Andy Warhol: The Last Decade at the Brooklyn Museum ends September 12: Andy Warhol: The Last Decade is the first U.S. museum survey to examine the late work of American artist Andy Warhol (1928–1987). Encompassing nearly fifty works, the exhibition reveals the artist’s vitality, energy, and renewed spirit of experimentation. During this time Warhol produced more works, in a considerable number of series and on a vastly larger scale, than at any other point in his forty-year career. It was a decade of great artistic development for him, during which a dramatic transformation of his style took place alongside the introduction of new techniques.
- David LaChapelle: American Jesus, Paul Kasmin Gallery ends September 18: If you saw that Rolling Stone cover of Lady Gaga against a bright pink backdrop, wearing a bubble dress and with frizzed-out hair, then you’re familiar with the work of photographer David LaChapelle. LaChapelle, known for his outlandish and larger-than-life images of celebrities, now has a show at Paul Kasmin Gallery called American Jesus, with the martyr played by none other than Michael Jackson. In one, Jackson lies across the lap of a modern-day hippie Jesus in a forest; in another, titled Beatification, a ghostly white Jackson stands beside the Virgin Mary with a dove and a clock in his hand. Others making an appearance in this show: Naomi Campbell and the devil—though not as the same person. -Araceli Cruz,Village Voice
- Rivane Neuenschwander: A Day Like Any Other, The New Museum ends September 19: Rivane Neuenschwander, who hails from Brazil, is more of a spiritual healer than an artist. Her show A Day Like Any Other showcases her conceptualism in painting, photography, film, sculpture, installation, collaborative actions, and participatory events. But here’s why we’re really going: “I Wish Your Wish” is a wall full of hundreds of “faithful” colorful silk ribbons with wishes on them written by visitors from past projects. Visitors will be invited to remove a ribbon, tie it to their wrist, and replace it with a new wish written on a slip of paper because, according to tradition, their wishes are granted when the ribbons wear away and fall off. And in her piece “First Love,” a police sketch artist will sit with visitors and listen as visitors describe the faces of their first loves; he will then produce portraits of these “first loves” to adorn the walls of the gallery for the duration of the exhibition. We can’t wait! -Araceli Cruz,Village Voice