TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 23
Opening: Blondie 40th Anniversary Show
Jeffrey Deitch revisits those halcyon days of New York in the gritty mid-70s by curating a show celebrating the 40th anniversary of those CBGB heroes, Blondie. And, just to hammer home how punk rock this all is, it’s at the Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery. I went to a wild party at the Chelsea Hotel once, years ago. In the room where Sid killed Nancy, actually. A concert pianist was living there. There was a Steinway in the room where the murder happened. True story! —Nate Freeman
Chelsea Hotel Storefront Gallery, 222 W. 23rd Street, New York, 1-8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
Talk: Paul Chan and Simon Castets at the Swiss Institute
Artist Paul Chan: Born in Hong Kong, raised in Omaha, living in New York, shown around the world. Join artbook at the Swiss Institute for a talk with Simon Castets and Chan on the occasion of the launch of the artist’s new book “New new Testament + Selected Writings 2000-2014,” published by Schaulanger Laurenz Foundation and Badlands Unlimited.—Alanna Martinez
Swiss Institute, 18 Wooster Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 25
Opening: The NY Art Book Fair
There are too many wonderful talks and events going on up at PS1 for the NY Art Book Fair, too many to list in this most humble of happenings posts. There’s a lot going on. And then, when it’s all over, on Sunday, go and dance the night away at Santos Party House, for the closing celebration. Matthew Higgs is DJing, so you know it’ll be good.—N.F.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Opening 6-9 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
Performance and Opening: Guy Richards Smit and Joshua White “The Grossmalerman Show!” at Pierogi (The Boiler)
The beloved Boiler will be transformed into a live sitcom set for the duration of Guy Richards Smit and Joshua White’s collaborative performance series and exhibition “The Grossmalerman Show!” Five live episodes will film at the space/stage-set in front of a live studio audience and be posted online (the first prior to the show’s opening is by invitation only), and visitors can check out the set in between filmings.—N.F.
The Boiler, 191 North 14th Street, Brooklyn, 8-10 p.m.
Opening: “New Systems, New Structures 001” at William Arnold
William Arnold is a new gallery in a Williamsburg apartment. Which is not necessarily something we desperately needed, but I have to admit, the first show is pretty exciting: a group show featuring the very young upstarts Darja Bajagic and Jesse Stecklow, along with slightly less young Jon Rafman. Slightly less young as in he was born in the 80s—not the 90s, like his fellow artists.—N.F.
William Arnold, 94 Scholes Street Apartment 3R, Williamsburg, 7-10 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
Opening: Smack Mellon Open Studios
Smack Mellon’s fall open studios are here. Stop by and check out what Esteban del Valle, Molly Dilworth, Oasa DuVerney, Ira Eduardovna, Steffani Jemison, and Dread Scott have been up to for the past several months. Then stay and toast them and toast them at the artist’s reception later that evening.—A.M.
Smack Mellon, 92 Plymouth Street at Washington Street, Brooklyn, open studios Saturday 12-8 p.m. and Sunday 12-6 p.m., opening reception Satursday 5-8 p.m.
Opening: “Danh Vo and Xiu Xiu: Metal” at The Kitchen
Tim Griffin curates a collaborative, durational performance between Danh Vo and the band Xiu Xiu (Jamie Stewart, Shayna Dunkelman, and Ches Smith), creating “syncopated compositions” with two gold pounders from Thailand, in real time. In conjunction with the show, Xiu Xiu will also do a site-specific performance using the copper sheets of Vo’s “We The People” sculpture at Pier 3 Greenway Terrace at Brooklyn Bridge Park on Sunday, September 28 at 1 p.m.—A.M.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Haley Mellin at Retrospective
On Wednesday, I was reading Garage magazine in a car speeding through the outskirts of Moscow, Russia (read this, and this, for an explanation on that one) and after some really fun fashion editorials, there was a feature on the artist Haley Mellin, the interview conducted by Tony Shafrazi. Loved it. Great read. New work will be on view up in Hudson at Retrospective.—N.F.
Retrospective, 727 Warren Street, Hudson, 6-8 p.m.
BONUS Opening: @Large: Ai Weiwei on Alcatraz
Even though this isn’t happening in New York, we can’t help but highlight the opening of Chinese artist Ai Weiwei’s large-scale, site-specific installations across the infamous 19th century island fortress of Alcatraz. Organized by the For-Site Foundation alongside the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, this is one for all you West-Coasters.—A.M.
Alcatraz Island, San Francisco, California, September 27 – April 26, 2015