Feast On This Art: Best of Thanksgiving Weekend

Keep seeing, keep looking! This is a weekly, mostly Brooklyn-based compendium of art happenings.

Dana Powell at Sardine Gallery

SARDINE: CLOSER THINGS — DANA POWELL
It’s a cornucopia! How appropriate. Sardine is full of Dana Powell’s bananas, apples, pumpkins, and apricots, all smallish (8″x10″), and softly oiled on linen. Fruits have always been sexy, but these aren’t Victoria’s Secret fruits, or even American Apparel fruits—they’re Hanes at home alone behind half-drawn shades, maybe with a French 75 (classy) or a slender spliff (also classy).
Exhibition open through December 18. Image: Dana Powell, Bananas, 2016.

Loren Britton at The Knockdown Center

THE KNOCKDOWN CENTER: READ MY LIPS—LOREN BRITTON + KERRY DOWNEY
Sometimes the easiest way to comprehend something is to look away (there’s science behind that statement). I do recommend looking at Loren Britton and Kerry Downey’s work—it’s just that their combination of video, sculpture, and painting works its hardest when it’s looking away. They invoke art historian David J. Getsy to explain: “What happens when the body is invoked but not imaged?”
Exhibition open through December 18Image: Loren Britton, Bud, 2015.

Eyeworks Animation Festival at Pioneer Works

PIONEER WORKS—EYEWORKS FESTIVAL OF EXPERIMENTAL ANIMATION
By Saturday, a break from family and reality will be welcome: thankfully, Eyeworks is hosting their sixth annual celebration of avant-garde cinema and classic character animation at Pioneer Works just in time. Screenings happen in two chunks and include 16mm, 35mm, and video from 1969 to 2016, including Suzan Pitt’s Crokus (1971) and Martin Sulzer’s King James Version Genesis Chapter Nineteen (2015). For a taste, watch the trailer here.
Screening in two segments on Saturday, November 26 at 6:00PM and 8:30PM.

STUDIO MUSEUM HARLEM: THE WINDOW AND THE BREAKING OF THE WINDOW
Nope, not in Brooklyn, but absolutely worth the weekend trek. The title of this show is taken from Pope.L’s 2004 drawing Black People Are the Window and the Breaking of the Window, and showcases current and historical expressions of protest. Kerry James Marshall, having a big moment at the Met, seems (almost) even more ferocious here—his signs, including Burn Baby Burn and By Any Means Necessary are loud and clear. Required viewing.
Exhibition open through March 5, 2017

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