Editors’ Picks: 17 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week

There are also talks with Derrick Adams and about the late Carolee Schneemann.

H.C. Westermann, LA California (1964). Courtesy of Venus Over Manhattan.
H.C. Westermann, LA California (1964). Courtesy of Venus Over Manhattan.

Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. See them below.

 

Monday, April 1–Saturday, April 27

Harold Weston, Gothics Mountain, Autumn, 1922, oil on canvas, 16 x 18 inches

1.  “The Painted Environment: Landscapes and Still Lifes by Harold Weston” at Gerald Peters Gallery

Gerald Peters Gallery, NY presents an exhibition of landscape and still-life paintings by the American artist Harold Weston. Weston eschewed the urban aesthetic and imbued his landscapes with elements from the natural world. This show focuses on the works he created between 1918 and 1971.

Location: Gerald Peters Gallery NY, 24 East 78th Street
Price: Free
Time: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Neha Jambhekar

 

Tuesday, April 2

Still from The Unwelcome Guests, 1961, 8mm Silent Film, 7 minutes

Still from The Unwelcome Guests, 1961, 8mm Silent Film, 7 minutes

2. “Mimi Gross: Film Screenings” at Eric Firestone Gallery

In the 1960s and ‘70s, Tribeca-based artist Mimi Gross directed more than a dozen experimental films and performed in others—namely, those of her friend, the Swiss photographer and filmmaker Rudy Burckhardt. The evening, which coincides with an exhibition of her paintings at the gallery, offers a rare opportunity to reconsider this overlooked aspect of her artistic production. A Q&A with Gross will follow the screening.

Location: Eric Firestone Gallery, 4 Great Jones Street, #3
Price: Free
Time: 6:30 p.m.

—Katie White 

 

Thursday, April 4 

Alec Soth, Vince. New York City (2018). © Alec Soth. Courtesy of Sean Kelly, New York.

3. Alec Soth in Conversation With Vince Aletti at Sean Kelly

One of the highlights of Alec Soth’s latest exhibition, “I Know How Furiously Your Heart Is Beating,” is a portrait of photography critic Vince Aletti, foregrounded against neat stacks of old photos in his New York home. Aletti and Soth will meet again this Thursday for a public discussion at Sean Kelly, followed by a book signing by the artist.

Location: Sean Kelly, 475 10th Avenue
Price: Free
Time: 6 p.m.—8 p.m.

—Taylor Dafoe

 

Thursday, April 4 

A detail from Katie Bell's exhibition "A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place” at Smack Mellon. Courtesy the artist.

A detail from Katie Bell’s exhibition “A Place for Everything and Everything in Its Place” at Smack Mellon. Courtesy the artist.

4. Artist Katie Bell in Conversation with Gabriel de Guzman at Smack Mellon

Artist Katie Bell, who has a marvelous solo show up at Smack Mellon in Brooklyn, will be talking about her work with the space’s curator and exhibitions director Gabriel de Guzman. Their wide-ranging discussion will cover her approach to large-scale installation (one work in the show covers a large section of Smack Mellon’s 24-foot walls) and how she integrates fragments of detritus, like parts of a discarded hot tub, into her work.

Location: 92 Plymouth Street
Price: Free
Time: 6:30 p.m.

—Tanner West

 

Carolee Schneemann, <em>Up to and Including Her Limits</em>. Photo courtesy of the artist's estate/NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

Carolee Schneemann, Up to and Including Her Limits. Photo courtesy of the artist’s estate/NYU Tisch School of the Arts.

5. “Carolee Schneemann: This Kinetic Life” at NYU Tisch School of the Arts

The life and career of the late, great feminist performance artist Carolee Schneemann is the subject of a salon-style conversation with André Lepecki, Barbara Browning, Malik Gaines, and Karen Finley. They’ll discuss Schneemann’s continued political relevance, among other topics.

Location: NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Richard Schechner Studio, 721 Broadway
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Thursday, April 4–Sunday, April 7

ArtExpo New York. Photo courtesy of ArtExpo New York.

ArtExpo New York. Photo courtesy of ArtExpo New York.

6. “ArtExpo New York” at Pier 90

The Photography Show presented by AIPAD isn’t the only art fair hitting New York’s far West Side this week. A couple of piers south, ArtExpo New York is back for its 41st year—like the Armory Show, the fair is moving from the structurally unsound Pier 92 to next door Pier 90. The 2019 theme is “transform,” as interpreted by more than 400 exhibitors.

Location: Pier 90, 711 12th Avenue at West 48th Street
Price: General admission, $20
Time: Trade preview Thursday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Nan Stewert

 

Thursday, April 4–Saturday, May 4

Hollis Heichemer, Roadless expanses #3 (2019). Courtesy of the artist and Hollis Taggart.

7. “Hollis Heichemer: Happenstance at Hollis Taggart Project Space

Painter Hollis Heichemer’s first show at Hollis Taggart’s project space in Chelsea will feature a selection of her oil paintings, in addition to never-before-seen works on paper. The native New Yorker is interested in what she calls “the moment something shifts.”

Location: Hollis Taggart Project Space, 507 West 27th Street
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein

 

Thursday, April 4–Saturday, May 11

Courtesy of Kravets/Wehby Gallery

8. “Wendell Gladstone: Lover’s Lair” at Kravets/Wehby Gallery

Most recently exhibiting at Art Los Angeles Contemporary with Shulamit Nazarian this past February, Wendell Gladstone is back in New York for another solo show with Kravets/Wehby Gallery. Gladstone’s Art Deco-meets-Jolly Rancher paintings are perfectly fitting for the first week of April gallery openings.

Location: Kravets/Wehby Gallery, 521 West 21st Street
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Cristina Cruz

 

Thursday, April 4–Friday, May 24

Lucian Freud, <i>Naked Man, Back View</i> (1991-92). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1993 (1993.71), © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images

Lucian Freud, Naked Man, Back View (1991-92). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; © The Lucian Freud Archive / Bridgeman Images.

9. “Lucian Freud: Monumental” at Acquavella Galleries

This major loan exhibition focuses on Freud’s naked portraits, a subject that has been a major part of his oeuvre. The show, which features 13 images of models he painted throughout the 1990s and 2000s, was curated by the artist’s longtime studio assistant and friend David Dawson.

Location: Acquavella Galleries, 18 East 79th Street
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella

 

Thursday, April 4–Saturday, June 8

Mary Bauermeister, <em>Brian O'Doherty Commentary Box</em> (2017). Photo courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery.

Mary Bauermeister, Brian O’Doherty Commentary Box (2017). Photo courtesy of Michael Rosenfeld Gallery.

10. “Mary Bauermeister: Live in Peace or Leave the Galaxy” at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery

A member of the Fluxus movement in the 1960s, living legend Mary Bauermeister gets her first solo show with Michael Rosenfeld. The artist is showing new work as well as examples from all her major series, including her stone relief sculptures and captivating “Lens Boxes,” filled with minuscule handwritten text and sculptural objects.

Location: Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 100 Eleventh Avenue
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Friday, April 5

Ethan James Green, <em>Gogo and Ser</em> (2015). Photo courtesy of Aperture.

Ethan James Green, Gogo and Ser (2015). Photo courtesy of Aperture.

11. Aperture Spring Party at the Times Square EDITION Hotel

As spring gala season kicks into full swing, Aperture celebrates the release of its new monograph of Ethan James Green’s black-and-white photographs of queer New York City creatives. The dress code is “Express Yourself,” and the evening will include a performance by artist Martine Gutierrez and music from DJ Greg Poole.

Location: The Times Square EDITION, 701 Seventh Avenue
Price: Dinner seats from $1,000, party $75
Time: Pre-party dinner, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.; party, 8:30 p.m.–late

—Sarah Cascone

 

Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6

The Frick Collection from 5th Avenue. Photo courtesy of the Frick.

The Frick Collection from 5th Avenue. Photo courtesy of the Frick.

12. “The Symposium on the History of Art” at the Frick Collection and the Institute of Fine Arts

Talks at this year’s art history symposium at the Frick and the Institute of Fine Arts include “Artemisia Gentileschi and the Development of the Neapolitan Virgin Martyr Portrait” (10:20 a.m., Saturday), and “ ‘& I framed you’: Carrie Mae Weems Finds Subjectivity within the Parerga” (3:40 p.m., Friday).

Location: Friday, Institute of Fine Arts, 1 East 78th Street; Saturday, the 1 East 70th Street, Frick Collection,
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Through Saturday, April 6

H.C. Westermann, <em>Repent</em> (n.d.). Courtesy of Venus Over Manhattan.

H.C. Westermann, Repent (n.d.). Courtesy of Venus Over Manhattan.

13. “H.C. Westermann: Works on Paper” at Venus Over Manhattan

H.C. Westermann currently has a major retrospective at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, but you can also catch him closer to home in this exhibition of 25 drawings, illustrations, and other works on paper. The gallery has also installed a a portion of the artist’s studio on site for the duration of the show.

Location: Venus Over Manhattan, 980 Madison Avenue
Price: Free
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Saturday, April 6

Lorraine O'Grady, <i>Art Is (Troupe Front)</i>, 1983/2009. © 2018 Lorraine O’Grady/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York.

Lorraine O’Grady, Art Is (Troupe Front), 1983/2009. © 2018 Lorraine O’Grady/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. Courtesy Alexander Gray Associates, New York.

14. “Isobel Harbison: Performing Image Book Launch” at the Swiss Institute

In Performing Image, Goldsmiths lecturer Isobel Harbison explores the synergy between live performance and image-making from the 1960s to the present. By analyzing artists ranging from Robert Rauschenberg and Lorraine O’Grady (whose Art Is (Troupe Front) was a standout at the Brooklyn Museum’s presentation of “Soul of a Nation”) to Martine Syms and Wu Tsang, she unpacks the ways in which behavior and self-presentation are often just as influenced by the visuals we create as the inverse. Harbison will further unpack some of the book’s core themes with Swiss Institute curator Laura McLean Ferris.

Location: Swiss Institute, 38 St. Marks Place
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 5 p.m.

—Tim Schneider

 

Through Sunday, April 7

Macy's Flower Show. Photo courtesy of Macy's.

Macy’s Flower Show. Photo courtesy of Macy’s.

15. “The Flower Show” at Macy’s

This year’s Macy’s flower show—now in its 45th edition—uses some 5,000 different bloom varieties to create an out-of-this-world tableau. Titled “Journey to Paradisios,” the free floral art installation imagines a rocket ship journeying to a far-away planet.

Location: Macy’s Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street
Price: Free
Time: Sunday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Sunday, April 7–Sunday, August 18

Hector Hernandez, <em>Bulca</em> (2015). Courtesy of the artist and UCR ARTS.

Hector Hernandez, Bulca (2015). Courtesy of the artist and UCR ARTS.

16. “Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas” at the Queens Museum 

This traveling exhibition from UCR Arts at the University of California, Riverside, examines the work of 30 international Latinx artists embracing science fiction to tell the stories of colonialism and migration. The museum opens its other spring exhibition, “Alexandria Smith: Monuments to an Effigy,” the same day.

Location: The Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens
Price: Suggested admission, $8
Time: Opening reception, 1 p.m.–5 p.m.; Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

 

Through Saturday, April 20

Installation view of "Derrick Adams: Interior Life" at Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery. Photo by Andy Romer, courtesy of Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery.

Installation view of “Derrick Adams: Interior Life” at Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery. Photo by Andy Romer, courtesy of Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery.

17. “Derrick Adams: Interior Life” at Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery

Derrick Adams current show at Luxembourg & Dayan show features works from the artist’s “Deconstruction Worker” series, custom wallpaper designs depicting imaginary domestic interiors. (Previously, this listing referenced a talk with the artist and curator Savona Bailey-McClain; we regret to inform readers that that event is private.)

Location: Luxembourg & Dayan Gallery, 64 East 77th Street
Price: Free
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; closing 2:30 p.m. Saturday, April 6

—Sarah Cascone

 


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