Laeticia Casta, © Kenneth Willardt, The Beauty Book
EXHIBITION & BOOK LAUNCH: The Beauty Book, 588 Gallery, 558 West 21st Street, November 8 – December 7
Danish artist Kenneth Willardt presents The Beauty Book, an interactive book of animated photography. Over 130 images of celebrities and top models ranging from Lady Gaga to Adriana Lima, Jennifer Lopez to Claudia Schiffer, will be released with a coinciding iPhone application that digitally animates each image. All royalties from this book of “augmented reality” will benefit Rescuers Without Borders, an organization committed to providing medical care in regions all over the globe.
PERFORMANCE: BASETRACK Live, BAM Harvey Theater, 651 Fulton Street, Brooklyn, November 11 – November 15
The online platform Basetrack was developed in 2010 by photojournalists as means of connecting members of the First Battalion, Eighth Marines deployed in Afghanistan with their families at home. In this multimedia theatrical experience, artistic director and composer Edward Bilous and director Seth Buckley bring this story of war, heartache, and resilience to the stage, incorporating video elements and an electro-accoustic musical score by Michelle DiBucci.
Egret © Miska Draskoczy
WALKING TOUR: Gowanus Wild, Ground Floor Gallery, 343 5th Street, Brooklyn, November 16, 5:00 PM
Photographer Miska Draskoczy presents an exhibition of photographs shot at night in Gowanus, Brooklyn, using the traditional elements of nature photography to imbue the industrial landscape with a sense of wonderment and wilderness. Here, he finds rebirth in decay and unpredictability in the urbane. In conjunction with his show at Ground Floor Gallery, Draskoczy will give a walking tour through the neighborhood on Sunday, November 16th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM.
“Rhode” Digital C-Print © Steven Hirsch
EXHIBITION: Gowanus: Off the Water’s Surface, Lilac Gallery, 144 5th Avenue Floor 2, November 12 – December 1
Photographer Steven Hirsch captures the abstracted surface of Brooklyn’s Gowanus canal in rich, painterly tones. Drawing inspiration from the impressionist paintings of Claude Monet, he documents the heavily polluted body of water, revealing both the excess and the beauty of the filth that permeates its depths.
EXHIBITION: Stephen Shames: Bronx Boys, Steven Kasher Gallery, 515 West 26th Street, Floor 2, November 6 – 15
Beginning in 1977, photographer Stephen Shames chronicled 23 years in the lives of adolescents growing up in the Bronx, where many of them were forced to contend with poverty, drug use, and gang violence. Over the course of this coming of age story, we witness both the sorrows of killings and arrests as well as the hope and joy that comes along with building new families and raising children. The show opens on November 6 at 6:00 PM, and the artist will be present for signings of his new book.
© Matt Black
EXHIBITION & DISCUSSION: Matt Black’s The Dry Land and California: Paradise Burning, Half King Photo, 505 West 23rd Street, November 11, 7:30 PM
Photographer Matt Black presents a series of black and white photographs chronicling the devastating consequences of California’s years-long draught. The exhibition will be opened with a screening of California: Paradise Burning, a film by Black and Ed Kashi. Whitney Johnson, The New Yorker’s Director of Photography, will lead a discussion with the artist about the human cost of this agricultural crisis, and what we can do to help stop further catastrophe.
EXHIBITION: Here and Now: Atomic Bomb Artifacts, Andrew Roth Art Galleries, 160A East 70th Street, September 18 – November 21
Award-winning photographer Ishiuchi Miyako captures in stunning detail the artifacts of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. By setting each object—once owned by the deceased and donated by family members— atop a light box, she imbues them with a haunting and ethereal quality. The artist has returned to the museum annually for the past seven years to expand her archive of images. Purchase the book by the same title here.
© Sunil Gupta, Arshad, Khanpur Colony, 2011, from Mr. Malhotra’s Party, Courtesy Sunil Gupta and sepiaEYE.
EXHIBITION: OUT AND ABOUT: New York and New Delhi, sepiaEYE, 547 West 27th Street, #608, November 7-December 20
Photographer Sunil Gupta presents two bodies of work made in two different cities during pivotal times for the LGBT community. The first series, Christopher Street, documents New York City in the 1970s following the Stonewall riots. Between 2007 and 2012, Gupta created Mr. Malhotra’s Party, a series that explores the lives of queer-identifying people in Delhi, where instead of visiting gay bars, the LGBT community comes together at private parties.
EXHIBITION: The Art of Mourning, Morbid Anatomy Museum, 424 Third Ave, Brooklyn, June 28 – January 5
Morbid Anatomy Museum’s Joanna Ebenstein joins forces with Evan Michelson to curate this fascinating and haunting exploration of grieving practices from the 18th through the 20th centuries. On view is a wide selection of Victorian post-mortem photography and spirit photography shown alongside antique death masks and jewelry made from tresses of hair belonging to the deceased. Insightful pieces gathered from the personal collection of Dr. Stanley B. Burns will be on view to the public for the very first time.
Sam Falls, Untitled (Maze), 2014
UV powder coated aluminum, Non-UV powder coated aluminum, UV exterior powder coated stainless steel brackets
Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Eva Presenhuber, and Hannah Hoffman Gallery
Photo: James Ewing, Courtesy Public Art Fund, NY
EXHIBITION: Sam Falls: Light over Time, Public Art Fund MetroTech Center, Brooklyn, July 30, 2014 – May 29, 2015
Photographer Sam Falls pushes the boundaries of artistic practice by playing with heat sensitive tiles, metals, glass, and other materials in this interactive exhibit. As with film, each material reacts to the elements- sun, heat, and rainfall- in diverse and thrilling ways. In painting some of his surfaces with ultraviolet protective paint, Falls traces the effects of time and light on everyday objects.