Hey followers! Welcome to the ‘Cold weather get out of my face, it’s Spring’ edition of FSS! Show Mother Nature who’s boss and take yourself out on the town this weekend for some art and culture.
Friday, March 22nd
Justin Matherly: All Industrious People
Wanna get conceptual? In his first solo event at Paula Cooper gallery, Justin Matherly uses inspiration from the culture, folklore, and artwork of the ancient Turkish temple-tomb, Nemrud Dagi. His show is inspired by stone reliefs found in this temple, known as stelae, used to establish the divinity of the temple’s occupant, Hellenistic king Antiochus I. Constructed out of cast concrete and ambulatory equipment, the pieces focus on the gestures in the ancient reliefs, using his modern aesthetic to raise questions about how we as a modern society deify public figures.
6-9pm @ Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 West 21st Street, New York NY
Saturday, March 23rd
Panel Discussion: Germania with Hans Haacke and Irving Sandler
Join artist Han Haacke at the New Museum in discussing the effects and implications of his contribution to the German Pavilion at the 1993 Venice Biennale. This talk is paired in conjunction with their current exhibit “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star”. Come for some insight on a landmark piece of art in the 90’s, stay for the half price tickets to the rest of the exhibits!
$8, 3pm @ The New Museum, 231 Bowery, New York NY
Sunday, March 24th
Come out on Sunday for a look at paintings by Romanian artist Leonardo Silaghi, featured in a solo exhibition at a dual opening at Marc Straus Gallery. His work is highly expressive, charged with movement, and depicts his perspective on the hardened industrial nature of life in eastern Europe. Although his paintings address darker ideas of decay, entropy, and decomposition, they also share a level of vibrancy that creates an eerily romantic sense of nostalgia.
5pm @ Marc Straus Gallery, 299 Grand Street, New York NY (Chinatown/LES)
So there you have it. This weekend has a lot to offer intellectually. Take advantage of what the city has to offer!