First, a compulsory “Oh right, it’s Armory Week” note: Oh right, it’s Armory Week. Keep it local this Saturday, March 9th, ’cause it’s Brooklyn Armory Night and the 11th anniversary of Williamsburg Afterhours. Galleries in Bushwick, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg will be open until 10pm with participating bars/restaurants; thanks to WAGMAG and Pernod, there’s an app to make you a well-informed lushexcursionist.
Second: Here’s a list of some other picks, much shorter and sweeter than a 12-hour filibuster.
Rachel de Joode: “The Hole and the Lump” at Interstate Projects
I know nothing about clay except for the fact that it makes me think of Patrick Swayze, shirtless, in Ghost. Uncouth? Maybe. Rachel de Joode, a Berlin-based artist and founder of META Magazine, has thought about it differently after talking to a Mexican shaman about the Mayan belief that human bodies came from clay. With this in mind, “The Hole and the Lump” is corporeal in more ways than one. Through March 17.
66 Knickerbocker Ave
Brooklyn NY 11237
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“In Search Of…” at TSA
The third installation of an expanded traveling exhibition, “In Search Of…” is partly inspired by a 1970s television series of the same name. Notably narrated by Leonard Nimoy, the show piqued interest in the paranormal, dedicating entire episodes to cryogenics, psychic detectives, and Siberian fireballs. At TSA, “In Search Of…” investigates a kind of alternate reality not through pop anthropology but with a triple Venn diagram where “science fiction, mythology, and alternative histories” intersect—and all without being anything like a Star Trek convention. Through March 31.
44 Stewart Ave, #49
Brooklyn NY 11237
“eMERGING: Visual Art & Music in a Post-Hip-Hop Era” at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts
Self-defined as a “curatorial experiment,” eMERGING combines visual art and music (as one might hope/expect) in this exhibition on contemporary global hip-hop culture. Featuring work by a line-up of artists, filmmakers, and musicians that includes dream hampton (co-producer of Notorious B.I.G.: Bigger than Life and co-author of Jay-Z’s Decoded) and Steven Ellison (better known as Flying Lotus OH DID YOUR EARS JUST PERK UP?!), eMERGING is likely way better than your music theory class. Later this month, MoCADA is screening The Oversimplification of Her Beauty (Terence Nance) and Native Sun (Terence Nance, Blitz the Ambassador). Through May 26.
80 Hanson Place
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Danny Ghitis: “Harlem Valley” at Recession Art
I’ve been to Northern New York once (okay, maybe thrice?) and never went back. In what Danny Ghitis describes as being “neither here nor there,” the Harlem Valley is both right next door and worlds away. It’s a seemingly sober, small town landscape: motor vehicles, marksman trophies, convenience stores, corrals. Grand Re-Opening on March 9, 6-10pm.
47 Bergen Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201