The DART Board: 05.11.2022

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday May 11, 2022

May 10-20: 10th Anniversary NYCxDESIGN Festival | Live and Online

The lineup for NYCxDESIGN’s 10th Anniversary Festival is now live!  New York City’s official celebration of design showcases the best of New York City design in person and virtually through open studio tours, workshops, public installations, talks, tours, and more. 

May 10-20, Craft in Transition: An exhibition merging the dynamic artwork of 12 established and emerging artists and designers of the Female Design Council with Carl Hansen & Søn’s heritage furniture in a collaborative exhibition that celebrates craftsmanship, process and thoughtful design. Featured artists share a process-driven practice, a dedication to using their hands to make their visions come to life. The exhibition highlights artists whose intricacy and repetition has resulted in stringent designs, colorful artworks, thoughtful use of repurposed materials and the ability to make beauty out of trash and raw goods. Although the works span different histories and concepts, Craft in Tradition showcases the beauty of intricate craft, timeless design and cultural relevance that will stand the test of time. Carl Hansen & Son New York Showroom251 Park Avenue South 13th floor

SVA presents The 45 Degrees (above), an exhibition honoring Hugh Stubbin’s 45° top of the formerly named Citicorp Building, with product designs of the 1970’s re-imagined by School of Visual Arts 3D Design students. Led by Kevin O’Callaghan, SVA, Chair, 3D Design and Dr. Carol Bentel, SVA, Chair, BFA Interior Design: Built Environments. Info

May 13, 3:00-8:00 pm: Industry City Design Festival

During Industry City Design Festival, Industry City’s Brewers + Distillers and food purveyors will be hosting special programing, cultural dinners, cocktail specials, and a range of pop-up events to celebrate design. Located throughout the Industry City campus there are over 40 food and drink establishments with their own unique flavor and culture. Throughout ICDF there will be multiple opportunities to taste special menu items and meet select makers through dinner series, tours, and programing. Please see Industry City website for more details.

Events and Info 
May 19, 4:00-6:30pm: Flatiron Open Studios Crawl, includes an introduction to letterpress printing at Center for Book Arts and a tour of the secret spaces of the Flatiron Building, to name a few. Register



Tuesday, May 17, 2022 at 7- 8 pm, online: I Dreamed a Garden: Inspired Gardens--Remembered, Observed, Imagined at New York Artists Circle

The New York Artists Circle presents “I Dreamed A Garden: Inspired Gardens — Remembered, Observed, Imagined,” an exhibition of visual art by 45 NYAC artists, together with the great literature that inspired them. Creating a kaleidoscopic gallery, these artists have gathered their interpretations of their Garden Dreams from memory, observation and imagination. Curated by Lois Bender, it’s on view May 15 - August 31, 2022 on the NYAC website

Above: Persephone’s Gate by Peggy Roalf; monoprint on paper, 2022. I love the lawlessness of gardens that are grown primarily for pollinators. Within the chaotic light and color of this vegetation I find an energy lacking in precisely ordered beds and borders. 

This energy informs my recent abstractions in acrylics and in monotype. I have recently experienced a cross-pollination between printmaking and painting—much like the raucous phenomenon that prevails in my garden. The title of the monotype above refers to the Greek divinity identified as the gatekeeper of Spring who bestows everlasting life through Nature. @peggy.roalf


Through May 27: Willie Cole | No Strings at Alexander and Bonin

Willie Cole, whose found-object assemblage can also be viewed in the Afrofuturist period room Before Yesterday We Could Fly at The Met, presents sculpture made from repurposed musical instruments (left) as part of Yamaha’s recycling program.

As he deftly transforms guitars and pianos into elephants, dogs, and birds, Cole also explores the visual resonances between musical instruments and the instruments of slavery. Sales of work will benefit the music department of the public high school attended by the artist, Arts High in Newark.
Alexander and Bonin, 59 Wooster Street, New York, NY Info



Through June 11: Francis Bacon | Faces & Figures at  Skarstedt Gallery NYC

The exhibition brings together a group of masterworks spanning the 1950s to the 1970s featuring depictions of some of his most beloved friends, lovers, and muses—Peter Lacy, George Dyer, Muriel Belcher, and Henrietta Moraes. Together with an intimate self-portrait and a portrait of Pope Pius XII, the exhibition traces poignant moments of loss and companionship through the perennial influences that have come to define Bacon's oeuvre. Above: Three Studies for a Portrait, 1975

Bacon's raw images contort their subjects in such a radical manner that they permanently altered the genre of figurative painting in the twentieth century. Yet even while the figures twist and writhe in distortion, there remains a distinct sense of truth in his work. As Milan Kundera noted, "Looking at Bacon's portraits, I am amazed that, despite their 'distortion', they all look like their subject…. However 'distorted', these portraits are faithful. That is what I find miraculous."



Through July 10: Breyer P-Orridge: We Are But One at Pioneer Works

In their multi-year Pandrogyne project, artists and lovers Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge and Genesis Breyer P-Orridge underwent a series of bodily modification operations to fuse into BREYER P-ORRIDGE. We Are But One, the pair’s first major exhibition since Genesis died in 2020, features photographs, sculptures, and works on paper linked to this ambitious undertaking, as well as an elaborate shrine installation created by Genesis’s daughter, Genesse P-Orridge.

Save the date: May 26, Pioneer Works will screen archival footage selected by Jacqueline Castel, director of a forthcoming documentary on an occult and chaos magic fellowship of which Genesis was a founding member. Info

Pioneer Works, 133 Imlay Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn, NY Info

Note from the Home Office

Join Peggy for an eight-week course in Self-Discovery through Symbolic Self-Portrait starting May 28 at El Barrio’s Artspace PS109! Funded by NYC Department of Cultural Affairs and the City Council, and organized by Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the course and art materials are free. Info Note: Information session is Saturday, May 14, 2 to 5 pm at El Barrio's Artspace PS109!