November is upon us, which means it’s once again time to commemorate a settler holiday and undergo some unsettling midterm elections. Rather than linger on present tensions, however, the city’s art spaces are reflecting on the last year of programming and looking ahead to 2023 with exhibitions dedicated to the abolitionist roots of skateboarding, traditions of community organizing in Brooklyn, and the Indigenous roots of Latin American art. Stay warm, New York, and don’t let Daylight Savings get you down!
Jimmy DeSana: Submission
Queer icon Jimmy DeSana contorted his own body to reveal its true elasticity. His first museum retrospective shows how the East Village-based artist embodied the 1970s No Wave movement, which was often described as “anti-art.” Portraits of Debbie Harry and Laurie Anderson complement his contorted self-representations and punk album covers designed for friends. While DeSana’s career was cut short by the AIDS crisis, his art resonates amid renewed critiques of gender conformity and the American dream.
Brooklyn Museum (brooklynmuseum.org)
200 Eastern Parkway, Crown Heights, Brooklyn
November 11, 2022–April 16, 2023