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A Fast One: What to see This Month

Words by Michelle Pirone

Each month, Art Master puts together a list of must-see shows and exhibitions opening around town. October welcomes new kids on the block; the recently opened Calderon Ruiz Gallery to Performa’s iconic biennial, taking place outdoors and accessible to all. Fill your October festivities with art.

Esteban Ramón Pérez, El Gallo Grita en la Madrugada, 2021. Courtesy of the artist and Calderón Ruiz. Photo: Marten Eder

Calinda Rawles: On the Other Side of Everything

Created amidst the racial turmoil of the American landscape and a global pandemic, Calinda Rawles’s first New York solo exhibition, On the Other Side of Everything, examines Black men’s hypervisibility and Rawles’s position on the other side of these experiences. Inspired by Water-Memory Theory, her paintings stunningly capture a deep look into the complex perceptions of Black bodies.

Showing now through October 23, 2021

Location: Lehmann Maupin Gallery – W 24th Street, New York
Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm
Price: Free

Jaime Muñoz and Esteban Ramón Pérez: Eagle and Serpent
In Calderón Ruiz’s inaugural exhibition, Jaime Muñoz and Esteban Ramón Pérez present works including sculptures, paintings, and drawings inspired by their experience. Consisting of materials such as feathers and leather Ramón Pérez’s sculptures stand as a tribute to his community and Chicano heritage, as well as a testament to his experience as a professional upholsterer. Graphic and vivid, Muñoz’s work explores the commodification of the body and the connections ancestral ties have to the modern-day experience.

Showing now through October 9, 2021

Location: Calderón Ruiz – 106 South Street, New York
Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12 pm to 6 pm
Price: Free

ARENA(2017), Performance view. Photo Credit: Arnaud Falchier. Courtesy of the Artist

Bambou Gili: The Nonexistent Night

In Bambou Gili’s debut solo exhibit, The Nonexistent Night, Gili takes us on a striking journey –  a narrative of fantastical events occurring over the course of one night. Pulling from Folklore to 18th-century art, her paintings create a diverse timeline of characters coexisting yet, oblivious to one another, interconnected in color and style.

Showing now through October 30, 2021

Location: Arsenal Contemporary – 214 Bowery, New York
Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 11 am – 6 pm
Price: Free

The Performa 2021 Biennial

Bringing together visual artists from diverse backgrounds, the ninth installment of the Performa Biennial 2021 focuses on our reemergence from a global pandemic that has changed the way we now go about our lives. Taking place almost fully outdoors, the biennial will utilize New York City as a backdrop for live performances featuring artists such as Kevin Beasley, Ericka Beckman, Sara Cwynar, Danielle Dean, Madeline Hollander, Andrés Jaque, Tschabalala Self, and Shikeith.

Performa 21 takes place October 12–31, 2021

Location: Multiple sites in New York (visit the site for specific installation locations)
Hours: Please visit their site to RSVP for specific performances
Price: Free

Sagarika Sundaram, Asia Major, 2019. Courtesy of Mana Contemporary. Photo: PolianaK. Duarte

Monica Kim Garza: Baguettes
In Monica Kim Garza’s New York debut, Baguettes features both oil paintings and works on paper, examining the tradition and sentiment experienced around the sharing of meals, as well as the pursuit of pleasure. Layering materials such as paint, yarn, and glitter, Garza’s work reflects the menagerie of memories collected with loved ones.

Showing now through October 16, 2021

Location: The Hole Gallery – 86 Walker Street, New York
Hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 12 pm – 7 pm
Price: Free

Materialistic: featuring artists and faculty from the Parsons School of Fashion
Materialistic explores the power of materials and demonstrates the transformative nature of fiber and cloth and its relationship with conscious innovation. Including works from both students and faculty of Parsons School of Fashion MFA Textile Program, the exhibition features works related to both natural and biomaterials.

Showing now through November 20, 2021

Location: Mana Contemporary – 888 Newark Ave., Jersey City
Hours: Saturdays, 12 pm – 4 pm
Price: Free

Shigeko Kubota. Video Haiku–Hanging Piece. 1981. Cathode-ray tube monitor, closed-circuit video camera, mirror, and plywood. Overall dimensions variable, mirror: 40 × 42 in. (101.6 × 106.7 cm). Courtesy Shigeko Kubota Video Art Foundation. Artwork © 2021 Estate of Shigeko Kubota / Licensed by VAGA at Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY. Digital image © 2021 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Photo by Denis Doorly

Joiri Minaya: Redecode and Containers
Featuring women in natural environments, fully wrapped in her self-made tropical bodysuits, New York-based Black Latinx artist Joiri Minaya presents performative photographs from her ongoing project Containers and landscape images from her wallpaper series, Redecode. Minaya’s work reconciled her own experiences with growing up in the Dominican Republic and living in the US.

Showing now through December 15, 2021

Location: BAM Fisher – 321 Ashland Place, New York
Hours: On view 2 hours before Fall 2021 performances
Price: Free

Shigeko Kubota: Liquid Reality
Freeing video from its container, Shigeko Kubota’s Liquid Reality illuminates the parallels between nature and technology. Combining raw materials such as wood, metal, and water with video, Kubota explores our environment to examine the video
medium and technology’s ability to understand humanity. 

Showing now through January 1, 2022

Location: MOMA – 11 West 53 Street, New York
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10:30am – 5:30pm, Saturdays 10:30am – 7pm
Price: $14 – $25, Please visit the site for tickets