image courtesy of Roulette

Interesting. Unusual. Uniquely NYC. Highlights of this week’s top events include oyster, Judith Godwin: An Act of Freedom, HYPHENATED-AMERICANS and more. Get the NYC-ARTS Top Five in your inbox every Friday and follow @NYCARTS on Twitter to stay abreast of events as they happen.

    The American Experiment: Shakedown

    Maysles Cinema

    Manhattan

    Sat, Feb 16, 2019, 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

    "Shakedown" is the story of Los Angeles' black lesbian strip club scene and its genesis. Owned and operated by women, underground and illegal in nature, the club Shakedown is the darker, faster, younger iteration of this dance culture. The film is a window into this world. Shakedown emerged from a post-riots, post-OJ, post-integration but still very racially divided Los Angeles. In this divided city Shakedown is an independent, all black and all female cash economy.  Shakedown chronicles the ...

    Lesley Dill: Sculpture: 1994-2018

    Nohra Haime Gallery

    Manhattan

    Fri, Jan 18, 2019 - Sat, Mar 02, 2019

    “Sculpture: 1994-2018”, Lesley Dill’s second solo show with Nohra Haime Gallery, is on view until March 2, 2019. This survey of 18 works captures Dill’s use of the power of written language to create art with a profusion of textures, forms and materials. The materials used in these works include wood, bronze, fabric, copper, glass, horsehair, paper, feathers and thread. The common element, drawing together her disparate images and materials, is the written word: poetic ...

    oyster

    Roulette

    Brooklyn

    Wed, Feb 20, 2019 - Thu, Feb 21, 2019

    On February 20 and 21, composer and multidisciplinary artist Joe Diebes (BOTCH, WOW) will present "oyster", an experimental opera about the life and work of folk and blues archivist Alan Lomax. "oyster" explores Cantometrics, Lomax's system of numerically analyzing and coding all forms of sung music, not only a precursor to the algorithms that guide Pandora, Spotify and other music services today, but also one of the earliest forms of big data collection in general. Embedded in this ...

    Judith Godwin: An Act of Freedom

    Berry Campbell Gallery

    Manhattan

    Thu, Feb 14, 2019 - Sat, Mar 16, 2019

    Continuing through March 16, Berry Campbell will feature the exhibition “Judith Godwin: An Act of Freedom”, which showcases the artist’s mastery of Abstract Expressionism, as well as her command of color and tone. From 1950, when she first exhibited her work, to the present, Godwin has been using a language of abstract form to respond to life and nature in a direct and passionate style. Through her studies with Hans Hofmann, her long association with Martha Graham’s expressive ...

    HYPHENATED-AMERICANS

    Merkin Concert Hall

    Wed, Feb 20, 2019, 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

    With its new program "HYPHENATED-AMERICANS" the New York Festival of Song honors composers from abroad who have based their musical lives in the U.S. along with first-generation American composers whose close links to their parents’ homelands can be heard through their compositions. The concert features works by Bright Sheng (Chinese-American), Daniel Sabzghabaei (Persian-American), Roberto Sierra (Puerto Rican-American), Clarice Assad (Brazilian-American) and others.

Judith Godwin: An Act of Freedom

530 W. 24th St.

new york NY 10011

2129242178

Continuing through March 16, Berry Campbell will feature the exhibition “Judith Godwin: An Act of Freedom”, which showcases the artist’s mastery of Abstract Expressionism, as well as her command of color and tone. From 1950, when she first exhibited her work, to the present, Godwin has been using a language of abstract form ...

oyster

509 Atlantic Avenue

Brooklyn N.Y. 11217

9172670363

On February 20 and 21, composer and multidisciplinary artist Joe Diebes (BOTCH, WOW) will present "oyster", an experimental opera about the life and work of folk and blues archivist Alan Lomax. "oyster" explores Cantometrics, Lomax's system of numerically analyzing and coding all forms of sung music, not only a precursor to the algorithms ...

HYPHENATED-AMERICANS

129 West 67th Street

New York N.Y. 10023

2125013330

With its new program "HYPHENATED-AMERICANS" the New York Festival of Song honors composers from abroad who have based their musical lives in the U.S. along with first-generation American composers whose close links to their parents’ homelands can be heard through their compositions. The concert features works by Bright Sheng (Chinese-American), Daniel Sabzghabaei (Persian-American), Roberto Sierra (Puerto ...