We’ve been on Paulgar’s case for a ‘This Month in NYC’ guide for a few weeks now, and he’s finally come through.
Granted, there’s only about a week of November left, but he’s picked some fun stuff that’ll run into next month, so I guess it all works out fine. Here’s Paul:
David Lynch: Squeaky Flies in the Mud – David Lynch is one of my all-time favourite artists. He’s best known for directing films like as Eraserhead, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Dr., and the cult classic David Lynch Cooks Quinoa. And, love or hate it, in 2017 he brought back the beloved 90’s television series Twin Peaks and threw in a two and a half minute bar sweeping scene. But Lynch has contributed much more than long takes and unrepeatable cinematic style—he’s also contributed to art in the form of photographs, illustrations, mixed media, and paintings. Currently, Lynch is showing his mixed media paintings, watercolours, sculptures, and furniture in a multi-medium presentation—his first showcase in New York City since 2012. Like his movies and television, the show is macabre and hilarious, and an absolute must-see. On view through December 21st. Sperone Westwater, 257 Bowery, New York, NY.
Depeche Mode: SPiRiTS IN THE FOREST – Okay, start the tape, please! If the new Depeche Mode film is even a fraction as good as it’s 1989 predecessor, Depeche Mode: 101 (directed by the legendary Daniel Pennebaker), I would immediately purchase a ticket for one of the limited screening dates in Manhattan. 101 is one of my favourite live music documentaries. It pairs the band’s infamous Rose Bowl Pasadena show with a radio contest that comically brings fans on the tour leading up to the closing show. The new film appears to take a similar but more dramatic approach, showcasing the relationship between fans, music and touring. If the SPiRiTS IN THE FOREST film happens to get you pumped up for a Black Celebration, there’s an afterparty for the first screening at the legendary NYC goth spot The Pyramid Club. November 21st & 24th at Cinepolis Chelsea. 260 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY. Afterparty: The Pyramid Club, November 21st. 8pm-4am, 21+, $6 cover, S&M gear optional.
Clan of Xymox (w/ The Bellwether Syndicate) – The days are getting shorter, it’s the end of Autumn and Darkwave season is upon us. I can’t think of a better way to get your goth on then catching the Xymox show. Make sure to match your blacks, drink some wine, and tread the trail of decaying foliage down to Le Poisson Rouge before the city freezes over and you’re left crying in the wind. November 23rd at Le Poisson Rouge: 158 Bleecker St, New York, NY. Tix Here.
Vegan Thanksgiving at Petisco Vegano – This was my favourite neighbourhood cafe when I lived in Chinatown, and it’s recently jumped back to the top of my list since they overhauled the menu and become completely plant-based. I find their menu to be delicious, inspired, and Mediterranean-inspired. And now I sound like some half-assed food critic. Thanksgiving is a lame holiday but if you’re a city orphan and want a cruelty free meal, I’d suggest grabbing one of your delinquent buddies and trying their special Thanksgiving menu. 189 E Broadway, New York, NY. 10002 (Sat-Sun) 9am–11pm (Mon-Fri) 11:30am–11pm (212) 387-0366
Agnes Denes: Absolutes and Intermediates – ‘The turn of the century and the next millennium will usher in a troubled environment and a troubled psyche.’ – Agnes Denes, 1990.
Agnes Denes may be difficult to summarize, but I can state with confidence that she is punk fuckin’ rock. The 88-year-old conceptual artist has been making art for over 50 years, and her work touches on environmental and sociological issues that are trending today. Her mediums include (but are not limited to) sculpture, drawing, poetry, and printing. She was also an early adaptor of computer technology, creating one of the first holographic art pieces. In 1982 she conceptualized, planted, tended, harvested and documented the process of what may be her most recognizable works: Wheatfield — A Confrontation. This she did in a lower Manhattan landfill that is now Battery Park. With this, she hoped to draw the public’s attention to what globalized society was taking for granted: food and energy resources, economic and social growth that respects quality of life for individuals and the community, and the abuse and mismanagement of our land. Also, completed in 1996, Tree Mountain – A Living Time Capsule, was the first man-made virgin forest. Situated in Western Finland. The Tree Mountain forest is legally protected for the next four hundred years. Her retrospective at The Shed is divided across two floors and details over 150 works from her career. I couldn’t tell you why it’s taken this long for her to have a full retrospective in NYC, but the timing—with the crisis our planet is in and with the wicked running the show—couldn’t be better. Denes imagines a new world where people use introspection and philosophy as the dominant methodologies for navigating the future. Perhaps we should take notes? Through March 22 at The Shed: 545 West 30th Street, New York, NY. #646-455-3494
Lil Peep: Everybody’s Everything – I won’t pretend to know much about Lil Peep besides the fact that he is one of the very few contemporary artists that does not make me cringe, puke, and cry at the current state of music. I’m becoming old and bitter, standing next to the radio and asking myself ‘who listens to this bullshit!?’ I generally loath and ignore anything that I didn’t discover by the time I was 25, and especially anything considered a ‘crossbreed’. The whole crossover thing always sucks: rap-metal, Christian-rock, whatever the fuck the Red Hot Chili Peppers are… Somehow, though, Lil Peep mixed 37, 875 musical styles and became a shining example of how to evolve in the bleak emptiness of today’s entertainment business. And now there’s a documentary. With a perfect blend of exuberance and desolation, executive producer Terrance Malick with directors Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan have created an intimate and honest portrayal of an artist’s rise and fall. You do not want to miss Lil Peep: Everybody’s Everything. FiLm Noir Cinema: 122 Meserole Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. November 19th-21st
Reza Shafahi: Pomegranate Garden – Skateboarder, artist, curator, and friend Tony Cox just had an amazing solo show this summer (Shadow Bathing at Marlborough Gallery) and instead of taking a break, he curated the second showcase at his private gallery, Club Rubarb in Chinatown, Manhattan. This is the first presentation of work by Reza Shafahi in the Americas. Self-taught, Shafahi came to art-making in 2012 at the age of 72, some years after retiring from a professional wrestling career. Shackled figures and libertine fantasies are executed with muted jewel tones and traditional Persian motifs, both mocking and mirroring some of the paradoxes embedded in Middle Eastern culture. It’s by appointment only and it’s an intimate experience that will remind you there is still a genuine scene in New York. Club Rubarb by appointment through February 19th, 2020. For further information or inquiries please contact Tony Cox at email@example.com
High On Fire (w/ Power Trip, Devil Master, and Creeping Death) Matt Pike topless, Matt Pike topless, Matt Pike Topless! Roll up and roll out to see the Electric Messiah fire it up and burn it down. Elsewhere Hall: 599 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY. 11237 November 21st & 22nd.
Supreme: Supreme Vol. 2 – This is some shameless self-promotion shit right here, but fuck it, this publication is really well done and I landed a full-bleed, double-page spread in the middle of it. My contribution features our late and very dear friend Dylan doing that switch flip over the east coast-sized table at 12th & A in the opening line of his Cherry part. I’m proud of that. I’m proud of everyone’s contribution to this book. And I’ll always be proud of Dylan. Supreme: 190 Bowery Street, New York, NY. PH: 212.966.7799
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Supreme (Vol 2) published by Phaidon – Special Supreme Edition. 11/21/2019. This Fall, Supreme will release its second hardcover monograph, published by Phaidon. Following the first monograph, published in 2010, the book documents the brand’s visual history from 2010-2018, including products, collaborations and cultural documentation. The book also includes a poem by Harmony Korine and essay by Carlo McCormick, and features projects with David Sims, Nobuyoshi Araki, Kate Moss and Dash Snow, among others. The 351-page book also features a product index of T-Shirts and select Lookbook imagery from Supreme’s archives. The Supreme edition of the book comes in a slip case and includes a poster and sticker. This edition will be available exclusively in Supreme stores and online on November 21st. Available in Japan on November 23rd.
William Strobeck: My Lovely Mess – It seems as if everyone and their mother went to the opening of My Lovely Mess at Milk. It was like a giant house party in his modest Lower East Side apartment—perfectly replicated and transplanted into the gallery as the main feature of his show. Every single detail was dialled down to a molecular level. It also features beautifully printed photograph selects, tons of archival photo printed wallpaper, and a series of short films retrospecting his documentation of skateboarding, lifestyle, fashion, and culture in his own unique and masterful style. You won’t take everything in with one viewing so please, please, please attend a second, third or fourth time before it closes on December 1st. If you’re lucky, you’ll get your very own photograph in front of his famous Chinatown apartment, or score some of the amazing merchandise curated by Milk and Fucking Awesome. Milk Gallery 450 W 15th St, New York, NY. 10011. Show extended through December 1st.
Lower East Side Neighborhood Group: Extinction Rebellion – This is not a drill! This is not a drill! Got a plan to save humanity from climate breakdown? Please join the Lower East Side Neighborhood Group to discuss how fucked we are and what you can do to help battle climate change. The Blind Barber 339 East 10th St. New York, NY. Saturday, November 23rd, 12pm.
Natural Koncept: Steady Creepin’ – Natty fuckin’ Kons is back with a new full-length video that will surely melt faces. This Friday in the LES, Steady Creepin’ will premiere after a screening of AriZona’s De’ja Vu Tour, with an after-party at our favourite New York watering hole Max Fish. The NK team is currently fully stacked with team riders: JZ Radical, Chris Kays, Dave Davis, Brandon Bonner, Carlo Carezzano, TalKual, JP Velez, and JJ. I guarantee this film will be full of jaw-dropping skateboarding, as well as insane antics. The only question I have is will Bob Gnarly and Choppy Omega make cameos? Natural Koncept: Steady Creepin’ screening at Teatro Latea 107 Suffolk St. November 22nd 8 pm. Max Fish 120 Orchard Street New York, NY 10002