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Postcard from New York by Clio Art Fair I January 16-22, 2023

Postcard from New York by Clio Art Fair I January 16-22, 2023

Here is your weekly appointment with our #PostcrdFromNewYork, realised in collaboration with Clio Art Fair!

Let's discover the upcoming art events in the Big Apple!


In Museum

Refik Anadol: Unsupervised

@ MoMA

Through Mar 5, 2023


What would a machine dream about after seeing the collection of The Museum of Modern Art? For Unsupervised, artist Refik Anadol (b. 1985) uses artificial intelligence to interpret and transform more than 200 years of art at MoMA. Known for his groundbreaking media works and public installations, Anadol has created digital artworks that unfold in real time, continuously generating new and otherworldly forms that envelop viewers in a large-scale installation.

Unsupervised is a meditation on technology, creativity, and modern art. Anadol trained a sophisticated machine-learning model to interpret the publicly available data of MoMA’s collection. As the model “walks” through its conception of this vast range of works, it reimagines the history of modern art and dreams about what might have been—and what might be to come. In turn, Anadol incorporates site-specific input from the environment of the Museum’s Gund Lobby—changes in light, movement, acoustics, and the weather outside—to affect the continuously shifting imagery and sound.

AI is often used to classify, process, and generate realistic representations of the world. In contrast, Unsupervised is visionary: it explores fantasy, hallucination, and irrationality, creating an alternate understanding of art-making itself. The installation is based on works that are encoded on the blockchain, a distributed digital ledger, which stands as a public record of Anadol’s art. “I am trying to find ways to connect memories with the future,” the artist has said, “and to make the invisible visible.”

Visitors to Refik Anadol: Unsupervised have an opportunity to commemorate their experience with a free, blockchain-based memento, available via QR code on the second floor outside the Marron Atrium. Please note that mementos are being minted in limited editions of 5,000.

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In Galleries

ROE ETHRIDGE: American Polychronic

@ Gagosian NYC

Jan 13 - Feb 25, 2023

Gagosian is pleased to announce American Polychronic, an exhibition of new photographs by Roe Ethridge that shares its title with the recently published first comprehensive survey of the artist’s work from 1999 to 2022. Another exhibition of new work by the artist, also titled American Polychronic, is concurrently on view at Andrew Kreps Gallery from January 13 to February 18, 2023.

Moving within and between photographic genres, from art historically informed portraiture and still-life composition to the styled and coded world of the fashion shoot and the bottomless well of stock and online imagery, Ethridge juxtaposes staged scenes with chanced-upon vignettes, pursuing a formal language that trades in visual friction and the wry transgression of structural rules. His ever-expanding catalogue of hybrid images reflects the textures of contemporary American society, expanding on a formal sensibility peculiar to the “generic Methodist, Southern, middle-class world” in which he grew up.

Polychronic essentially means to do more than one thing at a time,” Ethridge explains of the exhibition’s title. “It’s also a way to describe a cultural notion of time. In the moment, it feels like we are all polychronic by choice or by necessity.” Thus, the term connotes the influence of overlapping contexts on the unfolding of events across a multiverse of images. In Ethridge’s new monograph, images produced for exhibition over the course of twenty-four years are arranged from oldest to most recent, while commercial and editorial photographs appear in the opposite order. The much more focused selection of works on view in the exhibition makes use of the New York gallery space to highlight resonances between the images; in its restrained design, the installation forms an effective counterpoint to the densely packed feel of the book.

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In Brooklyn

50 Years since Roe: A Convening on Reproductive Justice

@ Brooklyn Museum

Sunday, January 22, 2023 I 12–5 pm

Join us for an afternoon of art, film, and storytelling on the fiftieth anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court Roe v. Wade decision and the opening weekend of Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter: Ain’t I a Woman

12–5 pm Abortion Stories USA BK
Since the dismantling of Roe in 2022, activists and artists have hosted “abortion story shares” as a tool for community-building, healing, and transforming public opinion. Participate in one by listening to stories from people who have had an abortion and, if desired, sharing your own. Initiated by artist and organizer Rebecca Goyette, Abortion Stories USA celebrates the bodily autonomy of women and queer and trans people by providing space for first-person narratives about abortion and reproductive injustice. This session features facilitation and artwork by Goyette as well as Wildcat Ebony Brown, Christen Clifford, Carolina Franco, Amy Khoshbin, Cassandra Neyenesch, and Lydia Nobles.

1–1:30 pm Exhibition Tour: Ain’t I a Woman
Overlook Gallery
Join Jaileen Pierre-Louis, former CITI Intern, Center for Feminist Art, for a tour of Baxter’s exhibition, which connects Black women’s fight for bodily autonomy to the legacy of Roe

2–3:30 pm Screening with Mary Enoch Elizabeth Baxter and Catherine Morris
An artist, advocate, and educator, Baxter presents her documentary Ain’t I a Woman. Through the film, Baxter advocates for incarcerated women’s rights and prison abolition by delving into her own harrowing experience of being shackled for forty-three hours while giving birth to her son. Followed by a conversation between the artist and Catherine Morris, Sackler Senior Curator. 

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Derrick Adams: The City Is My Refuge

@ Penn Station

Jan 19, 2023 - Jun 2023


Amtrak has commissioned critically acclaimed multimedia artist Derrick Adams to create an expansive new work for Art at Amtrak, the year-round public art initiative recently launched at New York Penn Station. The installation, titled The City Is My Refuge opening Jan. 19, 2023 and running through the Summer, marks the first time a single artist has taken over the entire concourse used for the program, providing a truly immersive experience.

Art at Amtrak has succeeded at transforming New York Penn Station into a destination for inspiring encounters with contemporary art,” said Amtrak Director, Planning and Development, New York Penn Station Sharon Tepper. “We can’t wait to see the initiative grow further as the visionary Derrick Adams installs vibrant new work throughout the station.”

Adams, who frequently rides Amtrak between New York City and Baltimore, has created an installation at the bustling Penn Station that highlights the wonders of what the urban environment can offer if you seek it. The City Is My Refuge reframes the city as a place where the natural world shares space with humanity, and where one can find peace.  In addition to the visual elements of the installation, Adams is creating an audio component that will be accessible via QR code.

Adams says, “I’m excited by the opportunity Art at Amtrak offers to share my work with the enormous public that passes through New York Penn Station each day. I hope The City Is My Refuge gives them what the city gives to me: a sense of wonder, purpose, and connection.”

The City Is My Refuge is part of a banner moment for Adams in New York. The major solo exhibition Derrick Adams: I Can Show You Better Than I Can Tell You, made up of 16 large-scale works from his new series Motion Picture Paintings, is on view at the FLAG Art Foundation (545 West 25th St.), from Jan. 12-March 11, 2023.

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