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.
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
18 East 79th Street
Hours: Mon – Fri: 10-5
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.
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
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.