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Gallery Owner David Zwirner is once again staging an exhibition from Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, who works primarily in contemporary sculpture and painting. Kusama is best known for her interactive installations and a distinctive painting style with brightly colored polka dots. The last time Zwirner hosted a Kusama exhibition, the famed ‘Infinity Mirrored Rooms’ in November 2017, the line to get into his Chelsea gallery was well over two hours long, even with a one-minute time limit in the room for groups of four. The new exhibition features another infinity room called “Dancing Lights That Flew Up Into The Universe,” along with dozens of paintings, reflective sculptures and an LED light and mirror display called “Ladder to Heaven.” The exhibit opens Nov. 9 at David Zwirner’s gallery, located at 537 West 20th Street.
Producer, editor and theatrical artist Maggie Cino is directing a gender-swapped production of “Macbeth,” now playing at The Brick theater in Williamsburg. The play, set in a post-apocalyptic future where power structures are crumbling and gender roles are turned on their head, stars Moira Stone as Macbeth and Mick O’Brien as Lady Macbeth. Other female and nonbinary actors are playing traditional male roles and male actors are playing women, while wearing costumes that match the actors’ real-life identity. “One of the things that it does is it frees you from all the clichés that this play usually comes with,” Cino told the Brooklyn Paper. “Unsex Me Here: The Tragedy of Macbeth” runs at The Brick through Nov. 23rd.
Miriam Sicherman, a 20-year Brooklyn resident and longtime public elementary school teacher, is releasing a new book about a rural community of garbage workers that once existed on a now-vanished island in New York City. Barren Island was a swampy speck in Jamaica Bay where, beginning in the 1850s, a motley group of new immigrants and African Americans processed mountains of garbage and dead animals to make a living. In the book, Sicherman explores how the residents of Barren Island built businesses, created public schools and established a quintessentially American community, which persisted until 1936, when they were evicted by Robert Moses. The author will give a reading Nov. 24 at Spoonbill & Sugartown.
Brooklyn College Professor Emeritus and American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Famer Don Landolphi is assembling a baseball team for blind players. The game, which uses a beeping ball and clappers at bases to give the players auditory cues, originated in Italy but is now played in several countries. Landolphi has taught blind baseball clinics at Central Park and held a few practices in Brooklyn. He’s currently struggling to find a home field that will be accessible to his unsighted players. “I have faced many roadblocks, but after watching individuals play this game, I cannot give up. Not easy when you are 78 years old,” Landolphi told the Brooklyn Eagle.