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Art Break: African American Marching Bands at Storefront, Torres-García at Acquavella, and Four Exhibits at the Drawing Center

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 9, 2018

We all know that New York City has a lot of choices when it comes to art galleries, maybe too many. How do you find the interesting, innovative work that sparks your imagination?  That’s where Art Break can help. This week we’re showcasing three galleries known for presenting works that go outside the traditional boundaries of art, making for a genuinely exciting visitor experience. So take a break from the daily grind and take a look at something new – you’ll be glad you did!

The Storefront for Art and Architecture brings art and cultural/social commentary together in unexpected ways. This week they are opening Marching On: The Politics of Performance, examining the history and cultural significance of African American marching bands. Bryony Roberts and Mabel O. Wilson combine meticulous research with performance art to create a thought provoking installation that honors past practitioners as well as contemporary musicians. The Marching Cobras of New York, a youth performance group, are scheduled to play from 5-5:30 pm at the show’s opening on April 14, 2018. To see a sample of their dynamic performing style click here.

Inspirational image for ‘Marching On: The Politics of Performance’ by Bryony Roberts, Mabel O. Wilson, and the Marching Cobras of New York; commissioned by the Storefront for Art and Architecture.

For more information about Marching On: The Politics of Performance on view from April 14 through June 9, 2018 click here.

The Storefront for Art and Architecture
97 Kenmare Street
Hours: Tu-Sat: 11 – 6
Admission: Free

Joaquín Torres-García; Arte constructive universal [Universal Constructive Art] 1942; Tempera on wood, 60-9/16 x 60-1/2 inches © Alejandra, Aurelio and Claudio Torres, Sucesion J.Torres-García, Montevideo 2017.

Another interesting exhibition starting this week is The Worlds of Joaquín Torres-García (April 12 – May 25, 2018) at Acquavella Galleries. This collection of over 60 works marks the first comprehensive showing of the artist’s works in the United States since the 1950s. Torres-García was an innovator in modernist circles, starting several artistic movements in Europe and Latin America. He’s still very much appreciated in his home country of Uruguay, where there is a beautiful museum dedicated to his work and influence.

Joaquín Torres-García; Representación de la Tierra-Pachamama [Representation of Earth-Pachamama] 1944; Oil on wood, 20 x 34-5/8 x 2 inches; © Alejandra, Aurelio and Claudio Torres, Sucesion J.Torres-García, Montevideo 2017.

For more information on the gallery exhibition, click here.

Acquavella Galleries
18 East 79th Street
Hours: Mon – Fri: 10-5
Admission: Free

Terry Winters, Untitled (2011); graphite and gouache on paper; 22 1/4 x 30 inches; courtesy of the artist and the Matthew Marks Gallery / The Drawing Center.

The Drawing Center has just opened four shows: Terry Winters: Facts and Fictions and Hipkiss: Bulwark (both April 6 – August 12, 2018), Eduardo Navarro: Into Ourselves (April 6 – April 22, 2018), and Inka Essenhigh: Manhattanhenge (April 6, 2018 – February 24, 2019). Each presentation reflects radically different approaches to drawing, giving the visitor plenty to see and think about. You can learn about the artists and their work here. The Center will also have a series of events based on these shows: first up is a conversation with Eduardo Navarro on Wednesday, April 11 at 6pm. Tickets are $5 and can be purchased here.

Hipkiss, Bulwark #2, #3, #6, #8, #9, 2017. Five drawings: graphite, silver ink, silver tape, and metal leaf on Fabriano 4 paper; 89 x 16 inches, each; courtesy of the artists / The Drawing Center.

For a full list of public programs click here.

The Drawing Center
35 Wooster Street
Hours: Wed: 12-6, Thu: 12-8 (from 6-8 pm is free), Fri – Sun: 12-6
Admission: Adults: $5, Seniors & Students: $3, Children under 12: Free, Members: Free

Inka Essenhigh, Manhattanhenge (2018); photography: Martin Parsekian; courtesy of The Drawing Center.


Cover: ‘Marching On: The Politics of Performance’ by Bryony Roberts, Mabel O. Wilson, and the Marching Cobras of New York; commissioned by the Storefront for Art and Architecture, 2017; image by Bryony Roberts.


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