As we hit the final month of the election, the Rauschenberg Foundation addresses the diversity of American politics with a wide-ranging exhibition, including Alex Katz, Robert Rauschenberg, Elizabeth Peyton, Richard Phillips, and Swoon. Explore New York this week through its distinctive architecture or in the company of cultural figures selected by the New Yorker magazine. In Brooklyn, browse a massive record fair in Williamsburg and see independent films in Bushwick, where you can also descend into a basement to see Mark Flood’s black light paintings.
1. Affordable Art: It Exists
The Tunnel, Chelsea, October 4-7
Think you can’t afford quality contemporary art? Think again: the Affordable Art Fair hosts more than sixty galleries with art priced between $100 and $10,000.
2. Take Art to the Streets!
14th Street, October 5-15
Over one hundred artists from all over the world are bringing art into public space for Art in Odd Places, a “festival of transformative ideas.”
3. The Guggenheim Puts on a Variety Show
Solomon R. Guggeinheim Museum, October 9, 7:00 p.m.
The Guggenheim’s stillspotting nyc series has made it’s way through each borough over the past year, and now the project is wrapping up with Improv Everywhere’s Audiogram in the Bronx. To celebrate, the museum is throwing a variety show finale in collaboration with experimental music festival Unsound. Learn how to win tickets!
4. Bushwick Film Festival
Paperbox Music & Art Complex, October 5-7
Bushwick, home to many of Brooklyn’s artists, shows off its independent film, art, and music.
5. Unlock the City’s Architecture
New York City, October 6 and 7
Spend the weekend exploring breathtaking architecture and design throughout the five boroughs. Open House New York provides free access to numerous site talks and tours.
6. Tour the Frick with Art Critic Peter Schjeldahl
New York City, October 5-7
The New Yorker magazine’s three-day festival teems with unusual activities, screenings, and discussions. How about having Sunday morning coffee with art critic Peter Schjeldahl after accompanying him on a tour of the Frick?
7. What Happened to Graffiti?
New Museum, October 4, 7:00pm
End your Thursday evening with a screening of 1984 documentary Graffiti/Post Graffiti, followed by a panel discussion featuring artists Patti Astor, Fab Five Freddy, and Lady Pink, as well as film directors Paul Tschinkel and Marc Miller.
8. Brooklyn Flea Record Fair
Smorgasburg (27 North 6th St.), October 6, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
What’s not to love about sifting through endless record booths while simultaneously chowing down on an amazing feast from Smorgasburg/SmorgasBar?
Boys Don’t Cry
Baang and Burne Contemporary, October 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Explore the desires and fears of artists Joseph Cultice, Chris Jehly, and Rich Tu through illustration, photography, and painting.
Picasso in Monochrome
Solomon R. Guggeinheim Museum, October 5
Picasso took inspiration from limited color palettes throughout his career—this exhibition at the Guggenheim is the first to focus on the artist’s use of black, white, and gray.
Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space, October 3
As we hit the final stretch of the election season, the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space presents We the People, an exhibition reflecting the diversity of American voters. Artists include Alex Katz, Robert Rauschenberg, Elizabeth Peyton, Shirin Neshat, Nate Lowman, Richard Phillips, and Swoon.
Mark Flood’s Bushwick Basement
Grimm Schultz, October 4, 6:00 p.m.
Enter if you dare: Mark Flood’s blacklight paintings create a manic, eerie atmosphere awash in ultraviolet rays.
Top image: Tate Foley, Media Blitz, 2012, ed. of 8, 24 × 18″, 2-color screenprint. Courtesy of Recession Art. Available at the Affordable Art Fair.