Josephine Meckseper’s new vitrines are very shiny. They have chrome steel frames, tall glass windows and mirrored floors. Some have fluorescent lighting, and some are more than 8 feet tall. As with much of the midcareer New Yorker’s earlier work, they feature found objects and sculptures—replicas of Brancusi’s Endless Column and other early-20th-century works, ads for Chanel perfume and 2(X)ist men’s underwear, mannequin legs for modeling stockings or shoes, the odd bathroom plunger—plus some bland little abstract paintings.
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MONDAY, APRIL 9
Artist Talk: “Subjective Histories of Sculpture: Josephine Meckseper”
Josephine Meckseper’s elaborate installations, photographs and videos explore the relationship between politics and consumer culture, particularly with respect to fashion and advertising, and the homogenizing effects of capitalism. Ms. Meckseper is next up in this lecture series, organized in collaboration with the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at the New School, which aims to present histories that question convention and offer alternative ways for understanding the evolution of sculpture. —Rozalia Jovanovic
SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, 7 p.m.
Josephine Meckseper’s faux wildcatting project in East Midtown is almost complete. The 25-foot-tall pump jack sculptures, sponsored by the Art Production Fund, are scheduled to roar into motion on Monday at the corner of 46th Street and 8th Avenue, giving the illusion that oil is being pumped from underneath Manhattan.
Beginning March 5, Josephine Meckseper will install two 25-foot oil rigs in Times Square as part of the Art Production Fund’s “Last Lot” series, the organization recently announced in a press release.
Andrea Rosen Gallery just sent over a press release announcing that it is going to be working with German artist Josephine Meckseper and Argentinian video-installation mistress Mika Rottenberg.
Quality restaurant art is nothing new, especially in New York. When it opened in the late ’50s, the Four Seasons Restaurant, in the iconic Seagrams Building, had art by Picasso, Miró and Jackson Pollock on the walls. (The dining room was meant to get a series by Mark Rothko, but he pulled out of the project, and the paintings now hang in three museums.) The food/art nexus may have culminated with the freewheeling 1970s, when Gordon Matta-Clark had his restaurant, Food, in Soho—compared with that, most restaurant offerings seem pretty staid. These days, you can go to Casa Lever, in the architecturally groovy Lever House, and gaze at myriad Warhol prints of celebrities—Hitchcock, Sly Stallone—while you’re eating your $52 “Costata” T-bone steak. And if you’re looking for something a bit more classical, there’s always Maxfield Parrish’s monumental mural, Old King Cole, which hangs elegantly above the bar in the St. Regis Hotel. But a new joint set to open by the end of the year is bringing New York restaurant art to a whole new level of downtown hipness.