Suggested Reading: Exhibitions, Panels, Conflicts, The spokesperson of our Generation (?)…Oh My!

– A new exhibition “What Nerve! Alternative Figures in American Art, 1960 to the Present,” at the RISD Museum in Providence begins to expand the important representational work that was happening through the 60s and 70s that wasn’t coined Pop Art, Op Art, Minimalism, Color Field, Conceptual art, etc, etc, etc…. It’s nice to see this topic being explored on a larger scale. Unfortunately the artists of the Rhino Horn group and some other essential figurative painters/sculptors from the 60s and 70s were left out this time. The exhibition is on view through January 4th so go North my friends! via NY Books

– If you haven’t seen the Chris Ofili show at the New Museum, you’ve still probably heard all about it. It is becoming the talk of the town with another rave review. via Village Voice

– How does Kara Walker follow up her monumental installation inside the former Domino Sugar Factory? Elaborate on this historical work on a much smaller scale of course. “Walker is now working toward a gallery show, opening November 21 at Sikkema Jenkins & Co. in Chelsea, that will elaborate on A Subtlety’s creation and aftermath. Besides a group of the boy attendants (most of whom were cast in caramel-colored resin), it will include her studies and two videos, one made from footage of the piece being destroyed and another from footage Walker shot during the show’s run.” Carol Kino has the full story. via WSJ

– On Monday November 17th from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM More Art is co-hosting a panel with the Critical and Visual Studies program at SVA on art as an advocacy for the homeless. “No Fixed Address” will focus on how art can be used as a transformative tool for the homeless, and the ways in which artists can get involved. More Art will screen a short film about Residents of New York, a public work by Andres Serrano as a case study for using art to help raise the cultural consciousness surrounding this critic issue. Representatives from the Department of Homeless Services, Theater of the Oppressed, Picture the Homeless, and New York Cares will join moderator William McAllister in this timely and meaningful conversation. For more information check out: http://moreart.org/no-fixed-address/

– It’s no surprise that Conflict Kitchen’s Palestinian programing is coming under siege by conservative groups. “The restaurant’s menu and programming focus on the food and culture of countries where the US is engaged in a conflict, an effort to foster understanding between populations whose governments are at odds — but not everyone is eating up their culinary diplomacy. After a deluge of right-wing media coverage, the organization temporarily closed the restaurant on Friday after receiving a letter containing death threats.” Today, Conflict Kitchen’s founders reopened and defended their project. via Hyperallergic

– In a year of fairly controversial exhibitions here is perhaps the frontrunner. “I choose sex workers because great art is like great sex” – Ryder Ripps’s “ART WHORE,” which is documented on the artist’s livejournal, “solicits sensual masseuses from Craigslist to make drawings for him in order to demonstrate that he’s being exploited as an artist.” via Art F City

– Apparently someone thinks “Banksy is the voice of our generation.” To each their own….via Arts.Mic

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