Storytelling & Dance Parties: 6 Programs at NADA's New York Gallery Open

María José, Paola y Nereida (2014). On view at La Mama Galleria through March 16.
María José, Paola y Nereida (2014). On view at La Mama Galleria through March 16.

This week, the New York Gallery Open, an initative organized by the New Art Dealers Alliance (who last year announced the cancellation of their 2019 New York fair), will bring visitors to over 50 galleries, alternative spaces, and non-profit organizations around the city during Armory Week. In addition, galleries from all over the country will exhibit at local pop-up spaces, rendering this a kind of nationwide gallery open.

Cultivating new relationships and audiences will bolster and nurture those already existing; NADA’s schedule highlights these spaces by further expanding their programming. Below are a few of the performances, talks, and screenings we’re most excited about.

Conversation with artists Elliott Jerome Brown, Jr., María José and Ka-Man Tse in conjunction with the exhibition “I’ve got a lot of things to face this month” at La Mama Galleria In I've got a lot of things to face this month, María José and Elliott Jerome Brown Jr.'s photographs examine the ways in which we attempt to control our daily lives—how do we care for others, ourselves, our own internal dialogues? Ka-Man Tse, a photographer and visual storyteller herself, will contribute to the conversation. Monday, March 4, at 7pm La Mama Galleria, 47 Great Jones Street

American Artist, study for Blue Life Sim (video still) (2019), digital video. Courtesy the artist, and Koenig & Clinton, Brooklyn.

American Artist in conversation with Terence Trouillot: A discussion on the occasion of their solo exhibition “I’m Blue (If I Was █████I Would Die)” American Artist, in conversation with the writer Terence Trouillot, hosts a discussion following the opening of their solo exhibition I’m Blue (If I Was █████ I Would Die). The work is up through April—in an imaginary seminary space for law enforcement personnel, two on-screen characters speak to us in lieu of an instructional video: DC Comics’ blue-skinned Dr. Manhattan (who, after turning blue following a horrible accident and becoming a pawn for the US government, escaped to Mars) and Christopher Dorner, the former Los Angeles Police Department officer who threatened revenge on the LAPD and killed several officers. Dorner, at the time, explained he was fired from the LAPD for reporting his squad's use of racially biased violence; like Dr. Manhattan, Dorner, too, was disillusioned with the system in which he worked. Artist will also host a series of conversations at Recess as part of the Assembly, to further discuss the exhibition, its narratives, its examination of grief. Tuesday, March 5, at 7pm Koenig & Clinton, 1329 Willoughby Avenue

Nina Katchadourian, Solar System​ (2012). From ​Seat Assignment​, 2010-ongoing. C-print, 24 x 19 inches. Courtesy the artist and Fridman Gallery, New York

Nina Katchadourian’s On-Hold Music Dance Party The artist Nina Katchadourian—you may recognize her airplane lavatory selfies, in which she adorns herself with toilet paper and seat coverings and poses like a Flemish Renaissance sitter—has been traveling with her On-Hold Music Dance Party to venues around the country, transforming call-on-hold music into something physically entrancing. After recording the music she heard on hold during phone calls, she collaborated with New York DJs DJ Shakey (Julie Covello) and DJ Stylus (Gabriel Willow) to remix it; as DJ Dusty herself, the three of them—dressed like customer-service representatives—make the sometimes-monotonous, sometimes genuinely banging Muzak truly danceable. Thursday, March 7, at 9:30 PM Fridman Gallery, 169 Bowery

Nora Riggs, Nursing and Reading (2018), oil on canvas, 19 x 26 inches. Image courtesy the artist and Girls' Club.

Screening Women Painting by Girls' Club Collection, with Girls' Club directors Michelle Weinberg and Sarah Michelle Rupert Women Painting is an exhibition, catalog, and video project organized by Girls’ Club—a Fort Lauderdale, FL-based non-profit private collection and art space—and inspired by Emile de Antonio’s 1973 documentary Painters Painting. Following an exhibition of 52 works from Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz’s collection, the accompanying video features eleven artists (Harumi Abe, Elisabeth Condon, and Vickie Pierre among them) discussing the subject of women painting, sharing their challenges and personal stories. Edited by filmmakers Cara Despain and Kenny Riches, the film’s interviewers—Girls’ Club directors Sarah Michelle Rupert and Michelle Weinberg—will host a discussion of the film at Assembly Room, following its screening. Friday, March 8, 7pm Assembly Room, 191 Henry Street

Camilo Godoy, En Vivo y En Directo (Study # 1) (2019). Archival inkjet print, 13 x 15 inches.

Performance: “En Vivo y En Directo” by Camilo Godoy Camilo Godoy’s solo exhibition, En Vivo y En Directo (curated by Tania Bruguera), examines media coverage of political events—the way it abstracts their violence, narrates their meaning, and often insidiously rewrites their history. History becomes a value-laden production, Godoy reminds us—the walls of the exhibition are painted Chroma Key Green, typically used to add a simulated background. A performance and live broadcast of a news variety show, also titled En Vivo y En Directo, will take place in the exhibition, enacting the spectacle in real-time. Saturday, March 9, 7pm CUE Art Foundation, 137 West 25th Street

[caption id="attachment_31985" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Sarah Entwistle, Harvest Moon (2018). Marbling ink, Indian ink, archival drawing . 120cm x 60cm

“You shout first, and I will shout after,” by Rhys Tivey & Sarah Entwistle Composer and musician Rhys Tivey activates artist/architect Sarah Entwistle’s first US solo exhibition, It may prove a mere accident that we met, or it may prove a necessity, with “You shout first, and I will shout after,” a six-movement composition. Entwistle’s exhibition is personal and autobiographical, drawing from the archive of her late grandfather, Clive Entwistle, a fellow architect. In response to a staged trade fair interior designed by Clive in 1969, the works include a table, steel wall lamps, ink drawings on archival paper, a white Persian cat; Tivey will utilize these objects in his performance, while a dancer—or several—move through the space. Sunday, March 10, 1pm Signs & Symbols, 102 Forsyth Street