HOUSE OF YES
Bushwick’s consent-positive, costume-mandatory Halloween parties are right around the corner at the House of Yes! Indulge in a night of all things psychedelic and surreal at the “House of Hallucations” on October 27 from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m.. Looking for something a little more spiritual? Head to their “Gala of the Gone” on October 31 from 9 p.m. to 3 a.m. and live your ghostly fantasy. Tickets are available through Eventbrite and selling fast!
ZEV RECTOR / ACTIVE CULTURES / MELTING POINT
Self-described as a “dance benefit experimental film,” this Halloween party is guaranteed to stand out from the rest. “Simulation Crash,” held on October 26 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., is raising money for Al Otro Lado, a nonprofit providing legal aid to Mexican deportees, migrants, and refugees.
NORWOOD / FREELANCING FEMALES
“I Hate Writing - I Love Having Written” has it all: esteemed panelists, cocktails, and networking! Stop by Norwood on October 23 from 7 to 9 p.m. to learn all about the changing world of writing.
The largest survey to date of Armenian art is currently showing at the Met Fifth Avenue. Down the street at the Met Breuer, “Everything Is Connected: Art and Conspiracy” compares work from artists who dug into public record to uncover corruption and artists who delved into the fantastical to discuss deceit through abstraction.
At the Jewish Museum, works are on display by Chagall, Lissitzky, Malevich and other artists of the People’s Art School, founded by Chagall 100 years ago to further Bolshevik values of collectivism, education, and innovation. Having endured rampant anti-semitism, Chagall finally obtained full Russian citizenship after the Russian Revolution of 1917 and the passage of an anti-discrimination law, leading to his creation of an art academy open to all creators, free of charge.
El Museo del Barrio is exploring place, community, and urban crisis in “Down These Mean Streets,” featuring photography by ten Latinx artists. From portraits to landscapes to mixed media installations, this show pushes and bends ideas of culture and political expression.
The 17th installation of the “Selects” series is up at the Cooper Hewitt, this time curated by Rebeca Méndez, who draws from the museum’s permanent collections to spark connections between humanity, nature, design, and technology. Also on view is “Tablescapes: Design for Dining,” three elaborate table set-ups from distinct eras that observe how the ritual of communal eating transforms to reflect the contemporary society.
Photo by Maura Kelly