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Art Break: Freud at the Center for Book Arts, Mixed Media at CRUSHCURATORIAL, Four Shows at MoMA PS1, and Art on the High Line

Freud at the Center for Book Arts

By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018

Humans and their place within the community, landscape, and the planet in general, is a topic of fascination to artists throughout the centuries. Art Break is looking at several shows opening this week that examine and discuss how people embrace and reject the world, through everything from thoughts to activity.

Ken Campbell

Ken Campbell, Tilt the Black Flagged Streets (1988), ed. 35 of 80; letterpress, black cloth binding with paper board in slipcase; 8.9 x 11.6 x 0.9 in; courtesy of Special Collections, Wellesley College Library / Center for Book Arts.

Center for Book Arts will be showing Freud on the Couch: Psyche in the Book and Bethany Collins: Occasional Verse, two exhibits that demonstrate the wide range of the Center’s mission (April 20 – June 30, 2018). In the first, visual interpretations of psychological concepts are created by various artists. In the second show the work of one artist, Bethany Collins, examines the classic American song “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” through two hundred years of history and political thought. On April 27, there will be a roundtable discussion with artists on Freud and his work. For more details click here.

Marian St. Laurent; Mind Games for 2

Marian St. Laurent; Mind Games for 2: An Adult Activity Book (2007), Ed of 20; letterpress with staple biding; 11 5/8 x 16 ¾ in; courstesy of the Center for Book Arts.

Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
Hours: Mon – Fri: 11-6, Sat: 10-5
Admission: Free



Promotional image from exhibit; courtesy of the artists and CRUSHCURATORIAL.

CRUSHCURATORIAL presents Virginia Lee Montgomery and Selva Aparicio: Open Mind (April 19 – May 19, 2018). Montgomery works in sculpture, video, and performance art, Aparicio in sculpture. Both artists use a mix of material and accidental discovery as a starting point for discussing human thinking and behavior. For more details click here.

Selva Aparicio: TEJO

Selva Aparicio: TEJO, an interactive, floor-piece sculpture cast in concrete from the skin imprints of cadavers; courtesy of artist and CRUSHCURATORIAL.


Virginia Lee Montgomery

Virginia Lee Montgomery, still from PONY HOTEL, a surreal six-minute film where she braids together a tale of three ponytails: real, prop, and fantasy; courtesy of artist and CRUSHCURATORIAL.

526 West 26th Street, Suite 709
Hours: Fri – Sat: 12-5
Admission: Free


MoMA PS1: Four new shows give visitors a dizzying array of thought provoking art examining the human condition: Julia Phillips: Failure Detection (sculpture works), Projects 108: Gauri Gill (photography), Fernando Palma Rodriguez: In Ixtli in Yolotl (sculpture works)and Land: Zhang Huan and Li Binyuan (photographs and video of performance works). Each artist applies their unique background to their work, providing a true global experience in the heart of Queens. (All shows April 15 – September 3, 2018). For more details click here.

Julia Phillips

Julia Phillips; Extruder (#1) (2017); partially glazed ceramics, screws, metal structure, metal pipes, concrete tiles, lacquer; image courtesy the artist.


Fernando Palma Rodríguez

Fernando Palma Rodríguez; Papalutzin (2011); microcontrollers, light sensors, electronic sensor and aluminum; image courtesy the artist and House of Gaga, Mexico City.

22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens
Hours: Thurs – Mon: 12-6 Admission: Adults: $10, Seniors and full-time students (with ID): $5, Children under 16 years of age: Free, Residents of NYC (proof of residency required): Free


Maria Thereza Alves

Maria Thereza Alves, Seeds of Change: New York — A Botany of Colonization; installation view Vera List Center/Sheila C. Johnson Design Center, The New School, November 2017; photo: David Sundberg, courtesy of Vera List Center for Art and Politics / The High Line.

And finally, now that we all want to be outside again The High Line park has a group show to welcome the warmer weather. Various artists: Agora (April 19, 2018 – March 2019), is a group show taking on the theme of art and its relationship to public space. Nine artists have been invited to participate in this event and their work is on display throughout the length of the park. Make sure you get there before the summer visitors come to town. For more details click here.

The High Line
Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues
Hours: Sun – Sat: 7am-10pm
Admission: Free

Mariechen Danz

Mariechen Danz, Knot in Arrow: The Dig of No Body (2011); installation view, Based in Berlin, KW, Hamburger Bahnhof & other locations; photo: Nina Hoffmann, courtesy Mariechen Danz / The High Line.

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Cover: Sable Elyse Smith, ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ (2018); High Line Art.


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