When Italian art collector Pierpaolo Barzan was brainstorming a concomitant exhibition for DEPART Foundation, an artist-community-driven organization he launched this year in Rome, he wanted something with big energy. So naturally, he came looking for it in New York City. Barzan approached Kathy Grayson of Deitch Projects and Grayson came up with the aptly titled "New York Minute," a group show featuring 60 artists from all over the world who are spiritually rooted in New York. The newly overhauled MACRO Future, part of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Rome, will be the hosting site for this multi-layered program that will include fashion (Threeasfour), commerce (aNYthing) and music (Gang Gang Dance), alongside visual artwork. "The whole concept was very natural, because it was based on real-life connections," says Grayson, the 28-year-old curator of "NYM." "I wanted to illustrate the community that is in existence. So in a way it's already curated -- I just had to hone it." Grayson chose three groups she felt organically represented the community she's describing -- street punk (the late Dash Snow, Aurel Schmidt), wild figuration (Chris Johanson, Takeshi Murata) and new abstraction (Xylor Jane, Ara Peterson). "The hard part was making it authentic and yet being sensitive about not putting New York on a pedestal. Ultimately, the goal for me is to show people artistic communities can come from anywhere, not just New York."
New York Minute opens at MACRO Future in Rome on Sept. 19.
We recommend the following locally grown shows in New York City:
(1) Tauba Auerbach at Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster St., through Oct. 17
(2) Urs Fischer at the New Museum, 235 Bowery, Oct. 28 through Jan. 24
(3) Chris Ofili at David Zwirner, 525 W. 19th St., through Oct. 24
(4) Talia Chetrit at Renwick Gallery, 45 Renwick St., through Oct. 10
(5) Peter Coffin at City Hall Park, 31 Chambers St., Oct. through May