United by their contempt for the “star-making machinery of the art market,” the Bruce High Quality Foundation, an anonymous group of mostly Cooper Union grads, formed in 2004 to poke fun at the establishment. Named for a fictional artist (Bruce High Quality) who died on 9/11, the group runs a free, unaccredited art school (The Bruce High Quality Foundation University), hosts the biennial show the Brucennial, and pull pranks wherever they can (they once dressed as football players and rammed into public sculptures around Manhattan). In a major retrospective titled Ode to Joy, 2001–2013, the collective will display more than 50 works in installation art, painting, photography, sculpture, live performance, and video. Some of the highlights include a reinterpretation of Théodore Géricault’s the Raft of the Medusa (but with hipsters) and a site-specific classroom installation depicting the World Trade Center with a photocopier that speaks.
Mondays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Starts: July 2. Continues through Sept. 22, 2013