Editors’ Picks: 11 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week

This week, the Brooklyn Museum hosts a panel of female museum directors, and Susan Cianciolo has a show at Bridget Donahue Gallery.

Work by Susan Cianciolo, courtesy of Bridget Donahue, NYC.

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


Monday, February 3–Saturday, April 4

Mira Dancy, ,I>Pink Corona</i> (2020). Courtesy of Chapter NY & Galería Agustina Ferreyra, Mexico City.

Mira Dancy, Pink Corona (2020). Courtesy of Chapter NY & Galería Agustina Ferreyra, Mexico City.

1. “Mira Dancy: Supple as the Supplicant” at Chapter NY

The title of New York-based painter Mira Dancy’s new show at Chapter NY, in collaboration with Galería Agustina Ferreyra in Mexico City, “Supple as the Supplicant,” is in line with Dancy’s poetic descriptions, often using religious terminology to describe her female-centric paintings. In this series, Dancy rhapsodizes in pink, though it’s unclear if the color is the supplicant, the women who inhabit her paintings, or the artist herself.

Location: Chapter NY, 249 East Houston Street, 6th floor
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; open daily, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein


Tuesday, February 4

From left: Anne Pasternak, Kaywin Feldman, Nathalie Bondil.

From left: Anne Pasternak, Kaywin Feldman, Nathalie Bondil.

2. “Conversation: Women Leaders in the Arts” at the Brooklyn Museum

Three women at the forefront of museum leadership are coming together for a conversation on the past, present, and future of their respective institutions. The panel will be moderated by WNYC’s Alison Stewart, and will include panelists Anne Pasternak of the Brooklyn Museum; Kaywin Feldman of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, and Nathalie Bondil of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts.

Location: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
Price: Free, reservation is required
Time: 7 p.m. (also streaming on Vimeo)

—Caroline Goldstein


Friday, February 7—Sunday, April 5

Photograph by Bruce Gilden, courtesy Magnum Photography. © Bruce Gilden.

Photograph by Bruce Gilden, courtesy of Magnum Photography. © Bruce Gilden.

3.“Bruce Gilden: Lost and Found” at 10 Corso Como

Fashion, art, and design space 10 Corso Como and Magnum Photos present an exhibition of Bruce Gilden’s early New York street photography from the mid-1970s and ’80s, as well as his more recent fashion images. The show is the result of a happy accident: the rediscovery of some 2,000 rolls of 35mm film from Gilden’s early days in New York City. The film had been relegated to filing cabinets, yet in the Summer of 2017, after moving houses, Gilden found them again. They depict raw, close-up pictures of a long-vanished New York.

Location: 1 Fulton Street (enter at Fulton and South Street)
Price: Free
Time:  Monday–Saturday 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
—Eileen Kinsella


Thursday, February 6–Sunday, March 8

Julia Bland, Sway/ Split/ Sliver (2018). Courtesy of the artist.

4. “Julia Bland and Michelle Segre” at Derek Eller Gallery

Though they’re vastly different artists, the (literal) thread tying Julia Bland and Michelle Segre together is their work with fiber. Bland employs a loom to craft geometric designs that recall quilts or Spirographs, creating large, colorful tableaux. On the other hand, Segre works more fluidly, weaving without tools to create more organic, sculptural pieces that have a totemic quality. 

Location: Derek Eller Gallery, 300 Broome Street New York
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein


Friday, February 7—Tuesday February 11

Ahmed Badr, <i>See/Unsee</i> ( 2019). Image courtesy of the artist and Christie's.

Ahmed Badr, See/Unsee (2019). Image courtesy of the artist and Christie’s.

5. “Educate” Charity Auction at Christie’s

The aim of the exhibition and opening event is to raise money for the Luminos Fund, which provides education and art to refugee children in conflict zones. The exhibition will include the work of 35 artists, who will be exhibiting approximately three works each. The artists will keep the proceeds from two of the works, and donate all of the proceeds from the third to the Luminos Fund. Those works will be sold in a silent auction the evening of the opening. The show will incorporate the work of up-and-coming artists including Helen Beard, Devin Reynolds, QimmyShimmy, Charles Johnstone, Sarp Kerem Yavuz, Robert Ferrer i Martorell, and Ahmed Badr (who is himself an Iraqi refugee and recently collaborated with Greta Thunberg on a large-scale UN art project). All funds from opening night ticket sales till go to the Luminos Fund.

Location: Christie’s, 20 Rockefeller Plaza
Price: $25
Time: Opening reception, 6:30–9 p.m.; open daily, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella


Friday, February 7—Saturday, April 4

Ben Sakoguchi, <i>Orange Crate Label Series: Maurice Utrillo V Brand</i> (c.1974-81). Courtesy of Ortuzar Projects.

Ben Sakoguchi, Orange Crate Label Series: Maurice Utrillo V Brand (c.1974-81). Courtesy of Ortuzar Projects.

6. “Ben Sakoguchi: Made In U.S.A.” at Ortuzar Projects

Opening at Ortuzar Projects is a survey of Ben Sakoguchi, a California painter who, for more than five decades, has mined the pools of pop art, poster design, and straightforward figuration for his caustic critiques of American history. Sakoguchi’s long-running “Orange Crate Labels” series adopts the language of vintage fruit packaging to address everything from our cultural obsession with celebrity to racist depictions of minorities in media, while his “Towers” paintings train a trenchant eye on the surveillance turrets surrounding Japanese internment camps during World War II.

Location: Ortuzar Projects, 9 White Street
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; open daily, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Taylor Dafoe


Friday, February 7—Sunday, March 15

Krista Louise Smith, Bad Dreams. Courtesy of Carvalho Park.

7. “Sonnets of the Subconscious: Merve Iseri and Krista Louise Smith” at Carvalho Park

Opening this Friday at Carvalho Park is a two-person show featuring paintings and sculptures by Krista Louise Smith and Merve Iseri. “Sonnets of the Subconscious” is a “monument to nightmares, the irrational anxieties that abruptly disrupt the dreamscape.” Krista Louise Smith’s work Bad Dreams depicts one of the worst nightmares of all time—that of one’s teeth falling out. Making it even more terrifying, the pieces will be laid out across the gallery’s main space to a length of 24 feet.

Location: 112 Waterbury Street, Brooklyn
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.; by appointment

—Cristina Cruz


Sunday, February 9–Sunday, March 29

Susan Cianciolo, <i>Spirit Guides</i> (2019). Courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue.

Susan Cianciolo, Spirit Guides (2019). Courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue.

8. “Susan Cianciolo Spirit Guides: Paintings 1990–2020” at Bridget Donahue

Throughout her decades-long career, artist and designer Susan Cianciolo has moved fluidly between the worlds of fine art and fashion, dabbling in theater, graphic design, and even poetry, and draws these varied interests into an unexpected harmony within her creations. She famously founded the Run Collection, a line of hand-made clothing composed of recycled garments and textiles, and released 11 collections from between 1995 and 2006. This exhibition is a look back at 30 years of her painting practice, which the artist interprets spiritually, writing in an accompanying poem, “paint allows the opportunity for divine encounter.”

Location: Bridget Donahue, 99 Bowery, 2nd Floor
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Sunday 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Katie White


Sunday, February 9

The original exhibition poster for Robert Morris at Leo Castelli in 1974. Courtesy of Castelli Gallery.

The original exhibition poster for Robert Morris at Leo Castelli in 1974. Courtesy of Castelli Gallery.

9. “Robert Morris, VoicePanel Discussion” at Castelli Gallery

Castelli Gallery is restaging Robert Morris’s audio installation Voice, from 1974, in the gallery, and on Sunday, February 9, are hosting a panel discussion featuring Mónica Amor, Christophe Cherix, James Meyer, and moderated by Pepe Karmel. Morris’s work was originally shown at Leo Castelli as part of the exhibition “Robert Morris: Labyrinths-Voice-Blind-Time,” which was accompanied by the now infamous poster of a bare-chested Morris wearing a dog collar and chains.

Location: Castelli Gallery, 24 West 40th Street
Price: Free
Time: 3 p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein


Through Saturday, March 21

Installation View "Julian Charrière: Towards No Earthly Pole," 2019. Courtesy of Sean Kelly Gallery.

Installation view of “Julian Charrière: Towards No Earthly Pole,” 2019. Courtesy of Sean Kelly Gallery.

10. “Julian Charrière: Towards No Earthly Pole” at Sean Kelly Gallery

Swiss German artist Julian Charrière immerses visitors in a nocturnal journey through the world’s disappearing glacial landscapes in his second solo exhibition with the gallery. An amateur explorer and scientist, Charrière made several expeditions to Iceland, Greenland, and some of Europe’s highest mountain peaks to weave together a haunting and majestic 102-minute film that hints at the sublime experience of nature. Accompanying the film are a series of his new sculptures; composed of perforated boulders, these works were inspired by geological “erratics,” rocks which have been transported by glaciers to incongruous new landscapes.

Location: Sean Kelly, 475 Tenth Avenue
Price: Free
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Katie White


Through Saturday, March 28

Nicholas Galanin, <i>Land Swipe</i> (2019). Courtesy the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York.

Nicholas Galanin, Land Swipe (2019). Courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York.

11. “Nicholas Galanin: Carry a Song / Disrupt an Anthem” at Peter Blum

Fresh off being featured in the 2019 Whitney Biennial—and being among the artists whose demands to remove their work from the show helped push embattled trustee Warren B. Kanders out of the boardroom for good—Nicholas Galanin returns to New York for his first solo gallery exhibition in the city. The show brings together works in multiple media to surface the stories and resilience of Indigenous American communities (especially the Tlingit and Unangax̂ communities of which Galanin is a part), as well as visualize the inherent conflict between their independence and the merciless colonial history of the United States.

Location: 176 Grand Street
Price: Free
Time: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturdays, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Tim Schneider

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