A weekly compendium of mostly Brooklyn-based, always edifying art happenings.
If you’re not decorating your apartment with gourds, you should be seeing Rachel Libeskind perform tonight at the Center for Jewish History (with music from Danielle Aykroyd and Elvis Perkins). If you’re not protesting pumpkin spice, you should head to Red Hook for some delusional duality at Fastnet Gallery on Saturday night. If you’re not spending several hours planning your Halloween costume, you’re doomed—but you should spend all the time you saved by seeing Omari Douglin’s beautiful, terrifying show at Mrs. Gallery. Have a lovely weekend, everyone, and happy fall.
CENTER FOR JEWISH HISTORY: HOLY TRASH: MY GENIZAH — RACHEL LIBESKIND
Brooklyn-based artist Rachel Libeskind has a heavy international resume, including installations and performances in Paris, London, Milan, Rome, Austria, and Lithuania. The Center for Jewish History is lucky to host her here in New York, with a performance that links the genizah, a holding place for Hebrew texts that can’t be tossed—”don’t forget to google search #genizah” says Libeskind on her Instagram—with a more modern take on archiving, identity, and sorting. The show includes a ton (literally) of cast concrete books and other objects, some formerly owned by the American Jewish Historical Society.
Opening & Performance: September 22 6:30PM — 8:00PM; Exhibition through December 2016
FASTNET: LEAD HAM — BRIAN HUBBLE
“A degree of suspicion and mistrust is integral to engaging with his ideas and motives,” writes James Powers in the press release for Brian Hubble’s solo show, opening this Saturday in Red Hook. Dark dualities, sports, and stealing (plagiarism, borrowing, misrepresentations of all kinds) have been part of Hubble’s wily, sweetly funny work in the past; expect more of the same in the appropriately dubbed Lead Ham.
Opening: September 24 5:00PM — 8:00PM; Exhibition open through October
MRS. GALLERY: A NIGHT IN KUMLADIA — OMARI DOUGLIN
A Night In Kumladia, a solo show with painting, sculpture, and poetry by Omari Douglin, is the inaugural exhibition for Mrs. Gallery. The works are fantastical, hypnotic, and questioning—if every character from Where the Wild Things Are kept up with national and international news, the results might look something like this. Make the trip; Douglin is destined for big things soon.
Exhibition open through November 5 2016