11 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before July 7


Opening: Gramsci Monument, by Thomas Hirschhorn, at Forest Houses
Commissioned by Dia, Thomas Hirschhorn’s fourth and final temporary monument-installation devoted to a philosopher opens at the Forest Houses public housing projects with a jam-packed day that includes children’s art workshops at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., and a play at 4 p.m. by Marcus Steinweg who will be giving a lecture every day of the work’s run. The inaugural speeches—and happy hour—arrive at 6 p.m. —Andrew Russeth
Forest Houses, off Tinton Avenue, between 163rd and 165th Streets, the Bronx, 10 a.m.–7 p.m. every day until Sept. 15

Opening: TWILIGHT OF THE STUDIO IDOLS, Rochelle Goldberg, Charles Mayton and Rory Parks at Malraux’s Place
Hey, now.
It’s that week when
nobody works.
So let’s all visit Sebastian Black’s studio
and see some art that’s not by him.
[Sung to the quiet strains of a finger-picked guitar] —Dan Duray
253 36th Street, Brooklyn, 7–9 p.m.

Online Opening: Suzanne Geiss’s New Website
Suzanne Geiss launches suzannegeiss.net, a temporary online gallery of sorts or more of a “digital art platform,” if you like. Totally different from suzannegeiss.com. Up this week are painter Tisch Abelow and writer Dakotah “Cody” Savage. —D.D.
The Internet, suzannegeiss.net, July 1, through September 1

Screening and Performance: Dirty Looks: On Location Presents Narcissister, A Body of Work, at The Spectrum
Dirty Looks kicks off its month-long, roving On Location festival with a survey of the video work of the irrepressible Narcissister, who will perform at 8 p.m. Have a look at the full list of events the group has planned. Pretty great stuff. —A.R.
The Spectrum, 59 Montrose Avenue, Brooklyn, 7 p.m.–12 a.m., performance at 8 p.m., various events at various locations through July 31


Talk: “SC Conversations: Penny Sparke” at SculptureCenter
London–based design historian Penny Sparke will discuss domesticity and modernism, central themes in SculptureCenter’s current exhibition “Better Homes,” which runs through July 22 and includes a bevy of interesting artists, like LaToya Ruby Frazier, Robert Gober, Paulina Olowska, Josephine Pryde, Carissa Rodriguez and Martha Rosler, as well as a handful of intriguing artists who show less frequently in New York (and whom I wasn’t familiar with), like Tamar Guimarães, whose video, Canoas (2010; pictured in the slide show), is a quiet, subtle stunner. —A.R.
SculptureCenter, 44–19 Purves Street, Queens, 7 p.m.


Screening: Breathless at MoMA
While escaping the dog days with blockbuster dross is a venerable summer tradition, why not counteract the brain damage films like The Lone Ranger are bound to inflict with Breathless? I would absolutely go to this and recoup some cinematic virtue if I was going to be in town. —Zoë Lescaze
MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 1:30 p.m., $12 (free for members)


Exhibition: “Platform: Josephine Meckseper” at Parrish Art Museum
Yes, you could barbecue this Independence Day or sit on the beach enjoying a nice cold beer, or you could attend the opening day of this Josephine Meckseper show, whose work “draws a direct correlation to the way consumer culture defines and circumvents the key instruments of individual political agency.” If that sounds like too existential a July 4, the show is open until Oct. 14. —Michael H. Miller
Parrish Art Museum, 279 Montauk Highway, Watermill, N.Y., open Wed. to Mon. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, students and members get in free

Opening: Sam Falls, “Topanga,” at Karma
A Sam Falls-centric barbecue in the Hamptons? Missing this is simply un-American. —Z.L.
Karma, 249 Main Street, Amagansett, N.Y., 5-8 p.m.


Screening: “Art in the Twenty First Century: Spirituality” at the Guggenheim
In conjunction with the Guggenheim’s James Turrell show, the Sackler Center for Arts Education will screen “Spirituality,” part of the Peabody Award-winning series Art in the Twenty First Century. –M.H.M.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 2 p.m.

Opening: “6<<<>>>6 Part 2” at Interstate Projects
It’s time for part two of Interstate’s full-tilt summer show, during which various curators were asked to organize projects in different parts of the gallery. Coming up are Chelsea Haines, 247365 and Nicholas O’Brien’s efforts, which will lead right up to the closing reception/barbecue on July 21. —Z.L.
Interstate Projects, 66 Knickerbocker Avenue, Brooklyn, 6-10 p.m. 


Opening: Dark Star, Sanford Biggers at Eric Firestone
The Hamptons is the ONLY place to be this week (assuming you don’t have to work out of a hot, tiny Brooklyn apartment instead because you don’t have any rich friends in the Hamptons and you’d go to the office but everyone else was like “oh, we’re not coming into the office,” so you don’t want to be the only sad guy who goes to the office)! If you’re there you should seriously check out this show of new work by the always awesome Sanford Biggers, said to explore “the fluid boundaries between craft and fine art, improvisation and logic, defacement and embellishment, and academia and oral history.” —D.D.
Firestone Gallery, 4 Newtown Lane, East Hampton, N.Y., 6–9 p.m.

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