8 New York Art Picks for This Week, From Bruce Davidson's Subway Photos to Picasso's Precocious Drawings

8 New York Art Picks for This Week, From Bruce Davidson's Subway Photos to Picasso's Precocious Drawings
A detail of "Subway" by Bruce Davidson
(Aperture and Magnum Photos 2011)

For the weekly ARTINFO Agenda, our editors select the best in New York City art openings, performances, lectures, and exhibitions to help you plan out your busy schedule. Here are our picks for October 12 through 18.  





THU 10/13 Bruce Davidson's "Subway" at Aperture Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, opening 6 - 8 p.m., aperture.org

Photographer Bruce Davidson's "Subway" series, which documented New York City in a 1986 book, has become iconic for its juxtaposition of humanity against urban machinery. With the help of a strobe flash, Davidson explored "the hollow darkness of the tunnels" and the isolation of individual passengers. See the prints in this Aperture exhibition.

THU 10/13 Amy Pleasant's "On the Ground Below" at Jeff Bailey Gallery, 625 West 27th Street, opening 6 - 8p.m., baileygallery.com 

Pleasant's new figure-centric paintings and drawings position viewers inan unidentified narrative, playing with spatial and temporal arrangement and arriving at a playful and gestural new series.

FRI 10/14 Art for Tibet Annual Charity Event and Art Auction, Joshua Liner Gallery, 548 West 28th Street #334 6 - 9 p.m., artfortibet.com

Need something good to do with your Friday night? Why not stop by to support the doughty non-profit Tibetan solidarity outfit Students for a Free Tibet. The art show, and accompanying auction (which can be accessed online) features a mix of Tibetan artworks and more contemporary fare, including a Ryan McGinness six-color silkscreen, a Shepard Fairey mandala, mixed-media work by Swoon, a signed inkjet print of the Beastie Boys (supporters of the cause), and — yes! — a set of "Space Necromancer" figurines from Bravo's newest art reality star, the Sucklord.


THU 10/13 Rhizome's "Keeping it Online" at the New Museum, 235 Bowery Street, 5:00 p.m., $8 non-members, rhizome.org

Rhizome's "Keeping it Online" presentation will explore the new-media-oriented non-profit's ArtBase, an archive that preserves and contextualizes "artistic practices, digital artifacts, and the historic legacy of artists engaged with emerging technologies." As one of the chief proponents of digital preservation, this event is a must-see for anyone involved in the online art community. 

SUN 10/16 Loren Munk artist talk at Lesley Heller Workspace, 54 Orchard St., 4:30 p.m., lesleyheller.com

The man known for his colorful maps of the art world opens up in an artist talk about his complex diagrams. Munk's meticulously painted infographics are both about the art world and of the art world. The works remain on viewat the Lower East Side Gallery through the end of the week.

TUE 10/18 "Talk to Me: A Symposium" at MoMA's Theater 1, 11 West 53rd Street, events throughout the day, moma.org

Based on the ideas explored in curator Paola Antonelli's mammoth interactive technology show of the same name, "Talk to Me: A Symposium" presents thinkers, artists, and writers considering topics like "xtreme communication," "talkative cities," and "translating worlds." If you're looking for the future, it's here.


Picasso's drawings at the Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, through January 8, 2012, frick.org

For a look at a different side of the artist than the one shown off endlessly at MoMA, the Frick provides a comprehensive exhibition of Picasso's drawings, deeming him to be "the greatest draftsman of the 20th century." The show even includes sketches from Picasso's youth.

Nicola Lopez's "Landscape X" in The Guggenheim Rotunda, 1071 5th Avenue, through October 25, guggenheim.org

Part of the "Intervals" series, this site-specific sculptural collage will take up three levels of the museum's iconic rotunda, attaching itself to the floor, walls, and ceiling like a parasitic organism. The piece weaves print, painting, chain-link fencing, and orange mesh barriers together into a commentary on the museum's existing architecture and the vocabulary of interior and exterior space.