The DART Board: 04.10.24

By Peggy Roalf   Wednesday April 10, 2024



Thursday, April 11, 6-7pm: Rose B. Simpson | Seed at Madison Square park

Simpson and other artists of her generation are resetting long-entrenched art historical interpretation around the soaring capacity of figuration. With Seed the artist creates sentinels in weathered steel and bronze that lead with angularity and durability; industrial bolts fasten masks forged in bronze to sections cut from ten-foot-long steel sheets. Simpson constructs planar compositions that at only three-quarters of an inch deep have an exquisite fragility, like that of a towering paper doll flattened over generations and held in place by a folded steel stand. She shapes symbolism in each sculpture, where the Native past is enduring and resonant. 

In Madison Square Park, seven eighteen-foot-high sentinels convene in a circle supporting and nurturing a female form who emerges from the earth. In Inwood Hill Park [reception from 9-10am], one sculpture faces the ancient wood in acknowledgment of Native histories deeply connected to the land; the other looks outward to the Hudson River, part of a trade route that brought settlers who worked to obliterate Native people and practices beginning in the 1600s.

Throughout the run of the exhibition, free public programs will be held with Simpson, artists, neighbors, and Native and area cultural leaders

Madison Square Park, Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street, NewYork, NY Info



Thursday, April 11, 5-8pm: Yves Klein and the Tangible World at Lévy Gorvy Dayan

This exhibition devoted to the engagement of the body in the visionary French artist’s oeuvre, curated in collaboration with the Yves Klein Foundation, brings together nearly 30 examples of Yves Klein’s Anthropométries (1960–62) and Peintures de feu (Fire Paintings, 1960–62), as well as Sculpture tactile (Tactile Sculpture, conceived c. 1957) in the first focused juxtaposition of these works

Klein’s paintings affirm his conviction that art should exude life. His Anthropométries and Peintures de feu exemplify this ethos, possessing traces of living flesh and imprinted memories of fire, water, earth, and air. Klein once wrote, “The link between spirit and matter is energy. The combined mechanism of these three elements generates our tangible world, which is claimed to be real but is in fact ephemeral.” Through direct physical contact and alchemy, energy is captured and transferred in the works on view, binding the soul and the material support.

On the occasion of the exhibition Yves Klein and the Tangible World, Lévy Gorvy Dayan will present a performance of Klein’s Monotone-Silence Symphony at St. James’ Church, New York, on Wednesday, May 1, at 6:30 pm. Tickets

Lévy Gorvy Dayan, 19 East 64th Street, New York



Thursday, April 11, 6-8pm: Dumbo Gallery Night

On the first Thursday of every month, DUMBO’s galleries stay open late for a night of art, gallery openings, artist talks, and live performance. Visitors enjoy incredible views of the East River and the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges as they walk along the waterfront from one gallery to the next and can enjoy local drink specials at DUMBO stalwart Superfine. This month 17 galleries are participating,

Join an Insisder’s Tour from 6 oy 7 pm, free with RSVP



Friday, April 12, 6:30-8 PM: Pictures on a Screen: Thomas Nozkowski at Cooper Union

The Brooklyn Rail and The Cooper Union School of Art present a free screening of the documentary Looking at Pictures on a Screen: Thomas Nozkowski, which enters the homes of Nozkowski’s friends, family members, collectors, and critical champions to explore his life and work. The documentary on Nozkowski (1944-2019), an abstract painter and a 1967 alumnus of The Cooper Union, was produced and directed by Gabriel Rodriguez-Fuller, who also graduated from The Cooper Union decades later. The screening will be followed by a panel featuring artists Suzanne Joelson and Chris Martin as well as writers David Levi Strauss and Robert Storr, all of whom are featured in the film. Curator Sid Sachs moderates. Watch the trailer.

The Cooper Union the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets), New York, NY Register



Friday, April 13, 4-6pm: Closing party Kazuo Ishikawa | Imaginary Landscapes at Viridian

It has been said that Kazuo Ishikawa finds himself always looking for hidden landscapes as he gathers together a variety of materials to create an artwork. To bring these elements to life, he makes the invisible visible to the viewer through juxtaposing the inconsistencies and complexities. Approaching his constructions from multi-dimensional perspectives, the works he creates possess complex spatial considerations that defy easy interpretations. Above: Satoyama In Winter, Mixed media

Ishikawa’s imaginary landscapes begin with hidden landscapes akin to blueprints – a basic landscape drawing of sorts, of spaces “seen” that don’t exist in three-dimensional space, for they are “hidden” in his imagination. The artist creates the works intuitively, using the drawing as a beginning and then fitting together the found elements like a jigsaw puzzle, but with many layers of meaning.

At 4pm, Geo Koryn presents a Butoh-inspired contemporary dance performance 

Viridian Artists547 West 27th or 548 West 28th Street, Suite #632, New York, NY Info



Sunday, April 14: Last Chance for Raven Chacon at Swiss Institute

A 2023 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow and the first Native American artist to receive the Pulitzer Prize for music in 2022, Chacon works through sound, video, scores, performance and sculpture to address Indigenous sovereignty and environmental justice. Above: “Field Recordings” (1999), a recording of places in the Southwest chosen for their quietness, which are then amplified to their maximum volume.

The show brings together groundbreaking works from the last 25 years with a newly commissioned sound and video installation, novel iterations of pioneering works, and a major public art mural on SI’s building. The exhibition spans diverse geographic contexts: Sápmi (the Sámi homeland traversed by the present-day nation states of Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia) and Lenapehoking, or New York, in Turtle Island. Both locations share Indigenous histories and presents that colonialism has attempted to eradicate for centuries. Yet they are also sites where resilience, or, in the words of cultural theorist Gerald Vizenor, survivance, continues to thrive. A Worm’s Eye View from a Bird’s Beak highlights the multidisciplinary depth of Chacon’s prolific practice of the past 25 years. Between past, present and future, silence and noise, violence and resilience, Chacon’s work proposes new as well as ancient ways of relating through which alternative politics may be glimpsed. Info

Performance at 4pm: To commemorate the closing of Raven Chacon’s solo exhibition at SI, please join us on our rooftop to witness a performance by White People Killed Thema trio formed by Chacon with musicians Marshall Trammell and John Dieterich. The trio, according to its members, is “one of several imaginings of new designations, calamities and celebrations.”

Swiss Institute, 38 St. Marks Place, New York, NY Info