Weekend Update: 09.28.2023

By Peggy Roalf   Thursday September 28, 2023


Thursday, Sept 28, 6-8pm: Book signing for Rodney Smith at Staley-Wise

Join curator/editor Paul Martineau and Leslie Smolan for a book signing in conjunction with the exhibition, Rodney Smith: A Leap of FaithAbove: Self-portrait with Leslie Smolan, 1990

This exhibition reflects a marriage of precise order and geometry with surrealism and eccentricity within Rodney Smith’s images. Paul Martineau, Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museum, describes Smith’s work “Like Lewis Carroll’s ‘Alice in Wonderland’, his photographs lead us down the rabbit hole to a fantastical place that is just beyond our reach.” Armed with recurring props including bowler hats, topiaries, bicycles, and staircases while sharing stylistic themes with Rene Magritte, Andrew Wyeth, and Tim Burton, Smith’s photographs encompass a carefully crafted world that is somehow both solemn and whimsical - and uniquely his own. Info

Staley-Wise Gallery”, 100 Crosby Street, New York, NY 


Thursday, Sept 28, 6:30-8:30pm: Timothy Goodman at The One Club

Join Timothy Goodman for the live recording of Randy Cohen’s inspiring podcast, Person, Place, Thingorganized by Type Directors Club. You will be the first to hear this brand new episode where Timothy will discuss what inspires him. Timothy’s lettering can be found all over the city of New York– on walls, packaging, clothes, products, magazine covers, and even one sanitation truck for top national  brands. He regularly partners with not-for-profit organizations and schools to create art for communities in NYC. Tickets

The One Club, 450 West 31st Street, FL6, New York, NY


Friday, September 29: Sightlines | Metal Arts in Africa at Bard Graduate Center

SIGHTLINES on Peace, Power & Prestige: Metal Arts in Africa includes metal  works by contemporary artists including Otobong Nkanga, Radcliffe Bailey, and Lubaina Himid presented alongside dozens of nineteenth- and twentieth-century objects ranging from ceremonial swords to currency. As the exhibition traces the art historical significance of African metal art, it simultaneously delves into its sociopolitical implications. 

Bard Graduate Center, 18 West 86th Street, New York, NY Info



Saturday, September 30, 1:30-6:3-pm: Socrates Annual 2023

This exhibition marks the culmination of the 2023 Socrates Annual Fellowship, which awarded six artists funding, access to the Park’s outdoor studio, and the production support needed to realize ambitious public artworks. Their five projects reflect on diverse stages of growth, change, and renewal.

SkowheganPERFORMS will return to Socrates Sculpture Park with new, site-specific performance art by Skowhegan alumni as part of the festivities.

And Yoga with Jen Bolt Batson & Yojaida Estrella continues on Saturdays, 98:30-11am, through to October 15.­
Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, NY Info


Planning ahead: October 7-9, noon-5pm: Sensational Seeds Weekend at NYBGH

Join the Botanical for this harvest weekend, with hands-on gardening, crafts, and exploration throughout the state-of-the-art Edible Academy campus. 

NYBG guides will offer tours of the African American Garden: The Caribbean Experience, curated by Dr. Jessica B. Harris—a space that celebrates the plants of the Caribbean and the ways they’ve influenced foodways here. Savor culinary demonstrations presented by local chefs and culinary educators using seasonal crops from the garden that will inspire chefs of all ages. Recipes will be shared to take home following each workshop. Enjoy live entertainment with  Doc Wallace Trio for live music and entertainment all weekend long as you explore the Edible Academy! Info

New York Botanical Garden, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, NY Info