ORTEGA Y GASSETT PROJECTS — ABOUT LOOKING: MATT PHILLIPS + TRAVIS FAIRCLOUGH
Catherine Haggarty curates two wistful, quiet painters at this Gowanus space—it’s like a blanket against terror. The title, About Looking, is borrowed from the late John Berger’s book of the same name. “The field that you are standing on appears to have the same proportions as your own life,” he wrote. Haggarty uses this show as a time to become more aware of the field, of ourselves, and of the stillness. Is this inaction? No; it feels more like preparation.
Exhibition opens Friday, January 27, 6:00PM — 9:00PM. Open through February 19.
UNDERDONK — SISTER OUTSIDER
Closing this weekend! This large-ish group show honors Audre Lorde, author of Sister Outsider, and her visions of protest and solidarity. Cristina de Miguel’s portraits are fruity and loose, dangly and unkempt; Troy Michie’s “Black Orpheus” is cuttingly sexy; Rachel Sussman, whose photographs you might remember from the exhibition Oldest Living Things in the World at Pioneer Works, shows a photograph of those same ancient, mossy rocks. Survival.
Open through Sunday, January 29.
INTERFERENCE ARCHIVE — FINALLY GOT THE NEWS: THE PRINTED LEGACY OF THE U.S. RADICAL LEFT, 1970-1979
Brad Duncan, with all due respect, is a nerdy little white guy who wears those dark blue white-flecked L.L. Bean sweaters and tiny little glasses. But is he radical? Turns out he is: he has gathered piles and piles of material from the hotbed of revolutionary activity that was the 70s. From the Puerto Rican Young Lord’s Party to Amiri Baraka’s Congress of African People to queer socialist pamphlets, this exhibition, in collaboration with the Interference Archive, showcases an incredible array of leftist printed ephemera. Not to be missed.
Exhibition opens Thursday, January 26 7:00PM — 10:00PM. Open through May 14.
SARDINE GALLERY: PROCESS +/- PATTERN
Pattern has been dismissed as decorative, crafty, a cop-out; Target-art territory. Shane Drinkwater, Willum Geerts, Heidi Hankaniemi, Keigo Takahashi, and Karen Tepaz join forces in this show that wonders if an artist’s process has more to do with pattern than we think. We’ll see the “use of repeated forms; the measured progress of stitches; successive iterations of prints.” Artists hail from Tasmania, Finland, Utrecht (the city), and Brooklyn.
Exhibition opens Saturday, January 28 6:00PM — 9:00PM. Open through March 5.
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY — A NIGHT OF PHILOSOPHY & IDEAS
This event started in Paris, in 2010, and is the invention of Mériam Korichi. Subsequent iterations happened in London and Berlin, and last year’s took place on the Upper East Side, at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy. This year, the Brooklyn Central Library at Grand Army Plaza will host a free 12-hour exchange of ideas, featuring “top philosophers from around the wold.” Questions like “what is home?” and “what is democracy?” are discussed alongside dances from Trisha Brown and screenings from Laurie Anderson. At 4:00 a.m., Bruce Bégout will talk about the philosophy of the night. For events by hour, check this program. Free.
Event runs Saturday, January 28 from 5:30PM — Sunday, January 29 at 7:00AM.