New York City Fall Lineup: My top #art and #film exhibits of the season

Myself rocking out at a summer opening at Eyebeam, whose "PRISM Break Up" series makes my must see list.

Myself rocking out at a summer opening at Eyebeam, whose “PRISM Break Up” series makes my must see list.

“Magritte: The Mystery of the Ordinary, 1926–1938” @ Museum of Modern Art

I remember when this retrospective was announced, Hyperallergic magazine dubbed Rene Magritte the “Artist Who Embodies Teenage Intellectual Angst”. This show will be a blockbuster, and will always be bursting at the seems with New Yorkers and tourists alike. But Alas! These trompe l’oeil paintings will not be missed!

September 28, 2013–January 12, 2014

Cost: Free Fridays 4:00 – 8:00 PM

“Robert Indiana: Beyond Love” @ the Whitney

An artist of the late 20th century, Indiana’s artwork addresses fundamental post-war issues through a Pop-inspired ironic lense. His use of typography, primary matte colors, and inspiration from information graphic design including highway and road signs transfigures everyday iconography into critical artworks.

September 26 – January 5, 2013

Mike Kelley @ MoMA PS1

I am not familiar with Mike Kelley, but I like what I see.

From MoMA

“Regarded as one of the most influential artists of our time, Mike Kelley (1954–2012) produced a body of deeply innovative work mining American popular culture and both modernist and alternative traditions—which he set in relation to relentless self- and social examinations, both dark and delirious.”

I love PS1, and any excuse to visit this serene museum is a trip in itself. Plus great art by a world-renowned artist? No more excuses.

October 13, 2013 – February 2, 2014

“PRISM Break Up” @ Eyebeam

The politics of Surveillance is a hot topic of our contemporary culture and has been for some time. Think of Michel Foucault’s philosophy on the Panopticon in “Discipline and Punish”, or George Orwell’s futuristic novel “1984”. Whomever we target as our “Big Brother” during this age of globalization through technology, bodies of authority grow with our cyberworld and continue to innovate new modes of surveillance. Eyebeam in Chelsea will host “PRISM Break Up”, a series of art and technology events dedicated to discussing Surveillance politics.

October 4 – October 6, 2013

Cost:  Free

The 51st New York Film Festival

 Contemporary films for contemporary minds.

My picks:

“At Berkley” : Director Frederick Wiseman looks at the University of California, Berkeley, from multiple angles in order to arrive at a rich portrait of a world renowned Institution of higher learning.

“Her” : Director Spike Jonze and stars Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson examine relationships in the 21st century. This sci-fi-esque love story between a man and his state of the art Operating System begs to question the politics of love during the internet age. As love continues to redefine itself through technology, will we exchange direct human contact for our instantly-fulfilling interactions with our hand held gadgets?

September 27 – October 13, 2013

Sergei Eisenstein @ Anthology Film Archives

I love going to Anthology. I love its location in the East Village. Its lack of concessions stand allows all focus to fall onto the films they show. For their “Essential Cinema” program Anthology will be showing a few Eisenstein classics, including “Battleship Potemkin”, “Strike”, “October”, “Old and New”, and “Ivan the Terrible: Parts 1 & 2”. I suggest his flagship “Battleship Potemkin” if you are not familiar with this early 20th Century Soviet Russian Direct. Be prepared for groundbreaking cinematography and propagandist themes in thrilling black and white 35 mm.

Mike Kelley @ MoMA PS1

Mike Kelley @ MoMA PS1



  1. angela · September 27, 2013

    Great post ~ MoMA is on list – hopefully, midweek visit will mean a better chance of experiencing the art. Ironically, Art Crit assignment this week is on Mike Kelley – sad I will miss. ~ a

    • dlkalamaras · September 28, 2013

      I’ll be going to the Mike Kelley exhibit, check back for my thoughts and some pics of the exhibition. Have fun on your NYC trip, its beautiful here in the Fall!

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