Ten Art Happenings to See This Fall

From coast to coast, and across the pond, Creative Capital Grantees are presenting must-see works that invigorate this fall’s art season. Here are a few of our top picks; check out our calendar for even more!

Garrett Bradley's American Rhapsody Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody

September 10, 2022–February 19, 2023
Garrett Bradley: American Rhapsody
is the first solo museum presentation of the work of Los Angeles- and New Orleans-based artist and filmmaker. All the Beauty and the BloodshedThe exhibition features a selection of recent single and multi-channel films and videos, including America (2019), in which Bradley constructs a visual archive of early African American cinema and poignantly asks what it might mean to model a history of black visuality and representation that privileges depictions of pleasure over spectacles of pain.

Martine Syms’sThe African Desperate Martine Syms’s The African Desperate
BAM (and in theaters)
Opens September 16, 2022
Bridging the worlds of contemporary art and film, Martine Syms follows 24 introspective yet wild hours in the life of Palace, a visual artist finding her way just after graduating from a predominantly white MFA program in upstate New York. This autobiographical story, starring Diamond Stingily and inspired by Syms’ time at Bard College, satirizes the racism of the art world, tracing reactions to Palace’s inclusion in the Venice Biennale and her very presence. 

Bayley Sweitzer and Adam Khalil’s Nosferasta: First Bite Bayley Sweitzer and Adam Khalil’s Nosferasta: First Bite
September 19, 2022
Filmmakers Adam Khalil and Bayley Sweitzer present a 30-minute version of their Creative Capital Project, a riotously imaginative vampire movie created in collaboration with the artist and musician Oba. Nosferasta: First Bite rewinds five centuries of colonial destruction to tell Oba’s origin story: an escapee from a slave ship sailing from West Africa to the Caribbean, he washed ashore only to encounter the vampire’s kiss of a blood-sucking Christopher Columbus. From present-day New York City, Oba recounts his travails as an undead accomplice to imperial conquest in the so-called New World, and how he eventually broke free from Columbus’s spell. 

Vijay Iyer Photo by Stacy Kimball Vijay Iyer & the London Philharmonic
October 1, 2022
Vijay Iyer, one of the most exciting jazz pianists of our time, plays a jazz-influenced performance with musicians from the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Program includes Vijay Iyer: The Law of Returns for piano quartet, The Window for cello & piano, and The Diamond for violin & piano.

Laura Poitras’s All the Beauty and the Bloodshed Laura Poitras’s All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
New York Film Festival
October 7, 2022 
Winner of Venice International Film Festival’s Golden Lion Award, this essential, urgent, and arrestingly structured new documentary weaves two narratives: the fabled life and career of era-defining artist Nan Goldin and the downfall of the Sackler family, the pharmaceutical dynasty Goldin personally took on in her fight to hold accountable those responsible for the deadly opioid epidemic. 

Abigail Deville: Bronx Heavens Abigail Deville: Bronx Heavens
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
October 12, 2022–April 9, 2023
Abigail DeVille
: Bronx Heavens examines the myths and realities of local, familial and ancestral histories and the convoluted notion of freedom in a country fraught with oppression and racism. The Bronx has served as a sanctuary for immigrant and migrant communities over the last 120 years, including for Abigail DeVille and several generations of her family who have lived in the area and were part of the Great Migration. With a humanizing lens, her work utilizes found materials and detritus to unearth forgotten narratives of communities of color. 

Emily Johnson: Being Future Being Emily Johnson: Being Future Being
New York Live Arts
October 20–22, 2022
Celebrated for a distinguished body of dance works, Emily Johnson unites audiences in a shared experience of movement, place, history, collective action, and the continuance of Indigenous cultural practices and perspectives. Her newest dance performance and process, Being Future Being, delves into the power of creation, with new stories that seek to sustain a world that must begin again. Featuring an original score by fellow Creative Capital Grantee, composer Raven Chacon, Being Future Being conjures present joy as it seeks to build a radically-just and Indigenized future, one we can live in now and foster for generations to come.

Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces
New Museum
November 10, 2022–February 5, 2023
Theaster Gates’s work in the areas of sculpture, social practice, collaborative performance, and archiving has made him one of the most compelling artists active today. In this exhibition, Gates honors the radical thinkers who have shaped his city and the United States as a whole. This presentation will comprise a selection of works including paintings, sculptures, videos, performances, and archival collections that together memorialize both heroic figures and more humble, everyday icons. 

Nick Cave: Forothermore Nick Cave: Forothermore
Guggenheim Museum

November 18, 2022–April 10, 2023
Nick Cave has become internationally celebrated for his elaborate installations and textile works, including his iconic Soundsuits, which blend sculpture, costume design, and instrument-making. Nick Cave: Forothermore will be a survey exhibition covering the entire breadth of the artist’s career, and it will feature sculpture, installation, video, and rarely seen early works. 

Nikyatu Jusu’s Nanny Nikyatu Jusu’s Nanny
In Theaters – November 23, 2022
On Prime Video –
December 16, 2022
Winner of Sundance Film Festival’s U.S. Grant Jury Prize, this narrative feature film follows Aisha, an undocumented nanny in New York City caring for the privileged child of an Upper East Side family. As she prepares for the arrival of the child she left behind in her native country, a violent presence invades her reality, jeopardizing the American Dream she has so carefully constructed.

More News & Stories