you should get out more
Our monthly round-up of openings, events, wild orgies, new releases, and—since you can’t go out every night—things on screens you can watch in bed.
NEW YORK, LONDON, MILAN, AND PARIS
1. The Spring / Summer 2020 collections kick off in New York on September 5 and go without stopping until October 1 in Paris. Hair stylists, charge your crystals.
2. LIAF, the Lofoten International Arts Festival, is a biennial festival for contemporary art that takes place at the ends of the earth—or, just about. Lying within the Arctice Circle, the Lofoten archipelago is considered one of Norway’s most gorgeous natural wonders. For the month of September, artworks will be part of the landscape, displayed on mountain tops, in parks, private buildings, and, as happened one year, a fish rack. Now through September 30.
3. Last year the painter Amy Sherald made headlines when her official portrait of the former First Lady Michelle Obama was unveiled at the National Portrait Gallery. On the heels of that success, Hauser & Wirth is exhibiting Sherman’s latest collection of vibrant, realist paintings, in which Sherman continues to explore, upend, and challenge notions of black American identity. “Amy Sherald the heart of the matter…” opens September 10.
4. Harmony Hammond, artist, feminist, and author of Lesbian Art in America, has been blazing trails throughout her career, but—or perhaps because of her boldness—Hammond, who is 75, had her first career retrospective this spring. Material Witness, Five Decades of Art closes September 15 at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.
5. Another pioneer, Maria Lassnig, is being honored at the Albertina Museum on what would have been her hundredth birthday. Credited with coining the term “body consciousness,” Lassnig put her own body front and center in her work in radical and ultimately highly influential ways. “Maria Lassnig. Ways of Being” opens September 6.
6. In Swahili nyege nyege means “an uncontrollable urge to move, shake, or dance.” The Nyege Nyege Festival, held on the shores of the Nile, intends for its attendees to do just that. From September 5 – 8.
7. The 14th Annual Trans-Pecos Festival of Music + Love runs from September 26 – Sunday 29 in the extremely remote, extremely hip outpost of Marfa. If you need a break from the music, Donald Judd’s soothing Chinati Foundation is right next door.
8. Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival and “traveling funfair,” officially commences in Bavaria on September 21. The beer and pretzels will flow until October 6. If you’d rather celebrate in a crowd smaller than six million—the average number of attendees who flood Munich’s streets each year—chances are there’s a beer hall near you where someone will be wearing lederhosen.
9. On September 21 the City of Lights will host the Paris Techno Parade, a daylong party of DJs on floats spreading electro beats from the Bastille to the Île Saint Louis.
10. New releases to get you in the back-to-school groove:
The Testaments is Margaret Atwood’s highly-anticipated follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale, written 21 years later (Nan A. Talese, September 10).
Celebrated novelist Ann Patchet delivers her next book, The Dutch House, on September 24 (Harper).
Also out on September 24: The Water Dancer, the first novel by the National Book Award–winning author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates (One World).
11. Strippers, stars, and stolen art.
Based on a true story and starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, Julia Stiles, and Lizzo, “Hustlers” opens September 19.
First Hollywood, now space. With “Ad Astra” already getting buzz it looks like Brad Pitt is back. Featuring Tommy Lee Jones, Liv Tyler, Ruth Negga, and Donald Sutherland. Opens September 20.
Based on Donna Tartt’s runaway bestelling novel of the same name, “The Goldfinch” opens September 27 with Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Sarah Paulson, and “Stranger Things'” Finn Wolfhard.
12. Endings and beginnings:
“American Horror Story: 1984” is the ninth installment in Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story franchise. Look for new cast member Angelica Ross among the 80s slasher flick references when the season premieres on Netflix on September 24.
The groundbreaking Netflix series “Transparent” goes out with a bang and a dance number. The show’s musical finale airs September 27.