The art world seems to recognize that it's time to get outside. The Indianapolis Museum of Art recently inaugurated its new sculpture garden and New York gallerist Sean Kelly has opened an upstate New York getaway for artists, a perfect summer destination. On the hottest days, though, it may be best to stay inside, cuddled in bed, air-conditioning blasting, listening to art-world-approved music like The Books and Andres Serrano. Cooler temperatures will, of course, return soon enough, like this fall, when Christie's will send Dennis Hopper's art collection to the auction block.
Below, three Saturday events we heartily recommend (and visit ARTINFO for the rest of our gallery opening picks).
New Museum Block Party
New Museum (235 Bowery and Sara D. Roosevelt Park)
Saturday, 12-5 p.m.
The powerful and secretive parks commissioner Robert Moses built and named the Sara D. Roosevelt Park -- site of the New Museum's annual rollicking block party -- in an effort to court the favor of his bitter rival Franklin Delano Roosevelt. (Sara was FDR's mother.) Roosevelt was unimpressed. Nonetheless, Moses' gesture fits in nicely with the neighborhood's defining characteristic: the constant flux that has existed there for more than a century. It's become the home of fledgling galleries in recent years, and bigger names are entering the area. Passes for free admission to the museum will be available in the park, where there will be games, crafts, and plenty of family fun. Venturing inside, glance across the street to 222 Bowery for a hint of a previous version of the Lower East Side. William S. Burroughs once lived in that building, and British artist Brion Gysin, star of a current New Museum retrospective, was known to stay there while in town. One more reason to visit the block party: all of the nearby shows that are based on Richard Price's "Lush Life" are now open.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Saturday, July 24, 3-7:45 p.m.
When MoMA P.S.1 was forced to move its recent M.I.A. concert indoors, Sharon Hayes graciously let Klaus Biesenbach and company temporarily remove her sprawling "Greater New York" installation to make way for the terrorist-feigning diva. Now Hayes will have a turn to take center stage, spinning spoken-work records in Frank Lloyd Wright's rotunda. Given her predilection for mixing art and social commentary, it seems likely that there will be more to this than a straightforward sound performance.
MoMA P.S.1 (22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens)
Saturday, July 24, 12-9 p.m.
This is a summer party that needs no introduction, but this Saturday's festivities seem particularly noteworthy. Identity-morphing genius Kalup Linzy, who recently added "soap-opera star" to his resume with a guest spot on "General Hospital," will be celebrate his birthday with a special performance. Beats will arrive courtesy of DJ /rupture, Dutty Artz, and JD Samson of electro group Le Tigre. Surprise guests -- and beer -- have been promised. Expect a full house.
- Andrew Russeth
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