The dog days of summer are quickly approaching, and New York’s art spaces are providing some welcome respite. As we ride out a prolonged heat wave, some exhibitions are embracing the casual calm of the city in late summer, with others reminding us to stay focused on the political challenges ahead. Our highlights for August include excavations of feminist surrealism, retrospectives dedicated to underground legends, and contemporary perspectives on print media. Stay cool out there, y’all.
Portia Munson: Bound Angel
When: through August 19
Where: P·P·O·W Gallery (392 Broadway, Tribeca, Manhattan)
Portia Munson’s latest solo show at PPOW is a delightful smorgasbord of high-femme ephemera. Installations, sculptures, and drawings explore the artist’s preoccupation with kink, introversion, nihilism, and romance. Drenched in shades of white and hot pink, Munson’s angels are bound not just by rope but also a deep desire to carve out a heaven of their own making.