Edit – October 2018
Trisha Baga at Greene Naftali Gallery
The last traces of summer have fallen away, along with the buzzing, oversimmered mindset of that season’s sticky climate. Thinking more clearly, the senses activate. There is a scent on the air, or rather, several — a certain cool freshness balanced by the dry, warm odors of rekindled hearths and decaying plant matter. The combination is intoxicating; go out and throw yourself into it. This month, we explore the bottomless mind of artist Elizabeth Jaeger, celebrate the seminal careers of Meredith Monk and Trisha Brown, and feast upon the immaculate delights of Midtown Manhattan's Kokage.
There is no mystery surrounding the identity of the artist when encountering one of Elizabeth Jaeger's works. Whether through the ecstatic facial expression of a figure sculpture, the obscure shape of an amphora, or a thoughtful contrast of materials, she has built out her own universe — one that is immediately recognizable, and which deals with themes that are no less immediate. People have been busy dissecting her work since she began, but rather than pick up a scalpel of our own, we thought it best to seek understanding with her words as a guide.
- Date Oct 3 - Feb 3
- Location Musée Bourdelle
The Musée Bourdelle is painfully overlooked by most people visiting Paris, and even a lot of residents will tell you they have never been, or even heard of it. We implore you not to join these unfortunate masses, because this small institution boasts one of the most enveloping environments of any museum in town. It is named after Antoine Bourdelle, who was as much a sculptor as he was a collector of friends that also sculpted. Many of these friends, such as Alberto Giacometti and Auguste Rodin, went on to dominate the art world, and pieces by these two masters and many more are represented in the newly opened exhibition: Transmission/Transgression.
- Date Always
There isn’t enough space on this page to accurately describe Lisbon-based record label, Principe. Each artist on their roster blends a dizzying array of world music styles to create a frenetic sound in both rhythm and design. In their roughly decade-long tenure as official representatives of contemporary Portuguese music, they have produced world-traveling superstars like Marfox and DJ Lilicox, artists that have truly done their part in reimagining the future of music. Their newest release is a full-length from longstanding associate Niagara, who injects the Kuduro and Batida-inflected beat structures with extra doses of IDM, making it possibly the most mind-bending piece of wax to exit their camp yet.
- Location SIFF Cinema Egyptian
- Date Oct 9
Few individuals can claim greater influence over design today than Dieter Rams, whose ten principles of good design and countless iconic products for Braun have provided a philosophical and aesthetic compass for makers in the modern era. Likewise, few can claim to comment on such a figure with as much authority as Gary Hustwit, the independent filmmaker and photographer whose ‘Design Trilogy’ documentary series has provided the most thoroughgoing analysis of Euro-American design currently on film. Thanks to a highly successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, the two have collaborated on Rams, a full-length documentary featuring in-depth conversations with the man himself on the triumphs, challenges, and inspirations of his prolific and lengthy career, undergirded with a shimmering soundtrack by none other than Brian Eno. A screening scheduled at Seattle’s stunning SIFF Cinema Egyptian theater this month offers the perfect setting to immerse one’s self in the melding minds of Rams and Hustwit. We imagine that upon exiting the auditorium, the world will look a bit more logical than it did before the lights dimmed.
TRISHA BROWN DANCE COMPANY
- Location BAM
- Date Oct 10
Trisha Brown danced in silence. She danced in desolate parking lots, on rooftops, on her back, in water, and suspended perpendicular against the face of a skyscraper. She collaborated with Robert Rauschenberg, with Laurie Anderson, with Donald Judd. The easy, natural gestures we take for granted each day were, to Brown, the stuff of transcendent beauty, and formed the foundation of what we now know as modern dance over the course of her long career. In 2017, she passed away at the age of 80, but her legacy lives on in virtually every dance performance choreographed since. This October, the Brooklyn Academy of Music is set to revisit three highlights from Brown’s early career: Ballet (1964), Pamplona Stones (1974), and Working Title (1984) in a remarkably arranged triptych performance by Brown’s enduring company of dancers.
MEREDITH MONK & VOCAL ENSEMBLE: "CELLULAR SONGS"
- Date Oct 14 - Oct 16
- Location (le) poisson rouge
Over the course of her fifty-year career, Meredith Monk has not only redefined the vocal medium but transcended it, pioneering the craft of interdisciplinary performance with the gentle hand of an otherworldly entity. Her work has been described as ‘shockingly serene,’ weaving movement, image, light, and sound together in wildly unique and transportive arrangements. In March 2018, Monk’s latest performance, Cellular Sounds, debuted to sold-out crowds; this October, appreciators will have another chance to experience the groundbreaking performance over the course of three nights. Conceived as a meditation on the nature of the biological cell as a metaphor for human society, Cellular Sounds features an entirely female ensemble whose individual talents are celebrated with startling balance and individuality. Don’t miss out this time.
- Date Oct 9
- Location Performance Art Space
Through Nora N. Khan’s labrynthian writing, Sondra Perry’s digital worlds, Caitlin Cherry’s ceaselessly unfolding paintings, and American Artist’s… art, an incredible group of thinkers aims to tackle some of the most serious issues surrounding race by involving spectators in ApocalypseRN — their vision of the future. Much like writer Octavia Butler used her barely fictional sci-fi novels to bring attention to very real contemporary fractions, the press release for ApocalypseRN would have us believe that these four look to navigate desperately important themes through conceptional invention laced with hard facts. We won’t look to speculate any further, but we can assure you that this is one exhibition that will be resonating with its participants for decades to come.
- Location Kokage
- Date Always
Eating at Kokage is a total experience. From the delicate craftsmanship of the ceramics they employ, to the Ryuichi Sakamoto-curated playlist that manages to be both soothing and highly stimulating, and right on through to the Kyoto-sourced soaps in the bathroom, every element of this establishment invokes one’s inner bliss. The food is, naturally, the centerpiece, boasting a remarkable depth of clean flavor that perfectly matches its organic presentation. The seasonal Shojin prix fixe menu is the ultimate representation of their techniques, focusing on four vegan courses that best encompass the feelings of the season through both taste and visual arrangement. The bowls you will see filling up the tables around you are often filled with the restaurant's signature soba, with seasonal mushroom and tempura varieties being especially popular choices. The saba-zushi, however, is an essential not to be missed — a mackerel and rice loaf specialty from Kyoto that has been melting in people’s mouths for thousands of years. There are many other rotating specialties to choose from as well, from cod roe to firefly squid to beef croquettes.