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

From a Lunar New Year party at PS1 to a 'Female Masters' show at the Colnaghi Foundation, here are our picks for the week's top events and openings.

Photo by Xeno Rafaél.
niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa. Photo by Xeno Rafaél.

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

Monday, January 28

Courtesy of the Colnaghi Foundation.

1.“Female Masters” at the Colnaghi Foundation

In conjunction with “Artfully Dressed: Women in the Art World,” on view now at Sotheby’s, the Colnaghi Foundation will present a discussion of three trailblazing female artists: Magaretha Haverman, Artemisia Gentileschi, and Hilma Af Klint. The first portion of the evening will feature a lecture by former Sotheby’s staffer Christina Eberli, while the second half will open up to a panel with women in the art world moderated by journalist Rupa de Conti-Mikkilineni. The event is free, but space is limited. Contact the Colnaghi Foundation to RSVP.

Location: Colnaghi Foundation, 38 East 70th Street
Price: Free (RSVP required)
Time: 6:00 pm on Monday, January 28

—Taylor Dafoe

Tuesday, January 29

The Whitney Art Party. Image courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

The Whitney Art Party. Image courtesy of the Whitney Museum of American Art.

2. 2019 Art Party at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Catch the Whitney’s current slate of exhibitions, including the blockbuster Andy Warhol retrospective, during the museum’s annual Art Party, hosted by its young patron group, the Whitney Contemporaries.The evening’s festivities include cocktails and DJ sets, and the proceeds benefit the institution’s education initiatives, such as the Independent Study Program. Natasha Lyonne, a star of Orange Is the New Black, is one of the event co-chairs.

Location: Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street
Price: $250
Time: 9 p.m.–12:30 a.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Josephine Meckseper, still from <em>Pellea[s]</em>, 2017–18. Image courtesy of the Kitchen.

Josephine Meckseper, still from Pellea[s], 2017–18. Image courtesy of the Kitchen.

3. “Josephine Meckseper: PELLEA[S] Screening and Q&A” at the Kitchen

Josephine Meckseper’s film PELLEA[S] updates (and politicizes) Maurice Maeterlinck’s 1892 tragic romance Pelléas et Mélisand by blending staged scenes with documentary footage from two flashbulb moments in recent American culture: the 2017 inauguration of president Donald Trump and the Women’s March it inspired. The screening will be followed by a Q&A between the artist and Tim Griffin, the Kitchen’s executive director and chief curator. (Timothy Taylor, located directly across the street, will also extend the hours for Meckseper’s exhibition “Scene VI” until 9 pm in league with the event.)

Location: The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Price: Free
Time: 6:30 p.m.

—Tim Schneider


Through Thursday, January 31

"niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa: Black Power Naps" installation view at the Performance Space New York. Photo by Da Ping Luo.

“niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa: Black Power Naps” installation view at Performance Space New York. Photo by Da Ping Luo.

4. “niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa: Black Power Naps” at Performance Space New York

This exhibition, recently recognized with a Creative Capital Award, looks to raise awareness of just how hard people of color have to work in the US to overcome inherent disadvantages. Presenting rest itself as a privilege more readily available to white people, niv Acosta and Fannie Sosa have created an installation both celebrating and inviting idleness, inviting people of color to interact with waterbeds, hammocks, a trampoline, and a canopy bed titled Black Power Base.

Location: Performance Space New York, 150 1st Avenue, fourth floor
Price: Free
Time: Wednesday and Thursday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Thursday, January 31–Thursday, February 28

Installation view of “Jen DeNike: The Scrying Trilogy” (2010). Courtesy of Anat Ebgi.

5. “Jen DeNike: Crystal Cut Levitation” at signs and symbols

In the follow-up to her groundbreaking ballet performance SCRYING, which debuted at MoMA in 2010, artist Jen DeNike is presenting the kick-off performance to her solo show, “Crystal Cut Levitation,” at signs and symbols gallery. The performance will be accompanied by a full-gallery installation of monochromatic collages, plus hand-woven hammocks and three ballet dancers.

Location: signs and symbols, 102 Forsyth Street
Price: Free
Time: Opening performance, Thursday, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.; Tuesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein


Friday, February 1

Image courtesy of BUBBLE T.

Image courtesy of BUBBLE T.

6. Night at the Museum: Lunar New Year Party at MoMA PS1

Celebrate the start of the year of the pig at PS1’s third-annual Lunar New Year party, featuring DJ sets and live performances, as well as food and drink from restaurants including Jeepney and the museum’s own M. Wells. Roving dance party BUBBLE T is hosting and transforming the museum’s VW Dome into something it’s calling the BOBADOME. The museum’s galleries will also be open late, giving guests a chance to catch a last glimpse of the Bruce Nauman retrospective.

Location: MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens
Price: $15
Time: 8 p.m.–12 a.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Friday, February 1–Monday, July 15

Hevajra (central detail); China; Ming dynasty, Yongle Period, (circa 1417–23). Photo courtesy of Pritzker Collection.

Hevajra (central detail); China; Ming dynasty, Yongle Period, (circa 1417–23). Photo courtesy of Pritzker Collection.

7. “Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism” at the Rubin Museum of Art

The Rubin examines the concept of rule by divine mandate in Buddhist Tibet, with more than 60 works of art dating from the eighth to the 19th centuries. Art, politics, and religion intersect in these works, which showcase the power of the image for political propaganda in a context the Western world might not normally consider.

Location: The Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street
Price: General admission $19, opening reception free and open to the public
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Monday and Thursday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Wednesday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Saturday, February 2–Saturday, March 16

Candida Höfer, <em>Palacio de Bellas Artes Ciudad de México III</em> (2015). Photo courtesy of Sean Kelly.

Candida Höfer, Palacio de Bellas Artes Ciudad de México III (2015). Photo courtesy of Sean Kelly.

8. “Candida Höfer: In Mexico” at Sean Kelly Gallery

Candida Höfer’s latest large-scale photographs of architectural interiors were taken in Mexico in 2015 as part of a cultural exchange program called the Mexico-Germany Dual Year. The resulting works document more than 600 years of architectural history, from the Baroque to Neoclassical periods, all in gorgeous color.

Location: Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 Tenth Avenue
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Sunday, February 3

Matthew Broderick and Geza Röhrig in <em>To Dust: Death and the Necrobiome</em>. Film still courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image.

Matthew Broderick and Geza Röhrig in To Dust: Death and the Necrobiome. Film still courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image.

9. Preview Screening of To Dust: Death and the Necrobiome at the Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image is giving movie-goers an early peek at To Dust, a rumination on death and biology starring Matthew Broderick and Geza Röhrig. Producers Emily Mortimer and Alessandro Nivola will be on hand to introduce the film, while director Shawn Snyder, microbiologist Maria Gloria Dominguez-Bello, and Röhrig will participate in a conversation afterward. The film will be released February 8 at New York’s Village East cinemas.

Location: Museum of the Moving Image, Redstone Theater, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens
Price: $15
Time: 6:30 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through Sunday, February 3

Toyin Ojih Odutola, <i>Paris Apartment</i>, 2016-2017. ©Toyin Ojih Odutola. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

Toyin Ojih Odutola, Paris Apartment, 2016-17. ©Toyin Ojih Odutola. Image courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York.

10. “For Opacity: Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn” at the Drawing Center

United by their commitments to portraiture, themes of personal identity, and the medium of drawing, the trio of Elijah Burgher, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Nathaniel Mary Quinn are enlivening the Drawing Center with a paean to diversity. Each artist pairs previously completed works with newly produced ones to explore the ways in which self-conception is determined as much by what we obscure as by what we make plain.

Location: The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street
Price: Free on Thursday, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; All other times adults, $5; students and seniors, $3; Free for children under age 12, members, and visitors with disabilities
Time: Wednesday, Friday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.

—Tim Schneider


Through Saturday, February 9

Detail of Jaye Moon’s Thin Red Line (2018). Courtesy of Marisa Newman Projects.

11.  “Jaye Moon: Thin Red Line” at Marisa Newman Projects

For her show at Marisa Newman Projects, the Seoul-born, New York-based artist Jaye Moon reinterpreted the script of Terrence Malick’s 1998 film The Thin Red Line in English Braille. To do so, she arranged 56,576 plastic tiles on the gallery floor, inviting visitors to carefully walk over them as they consider the lines we draw between violence and courage in times of war.

Location: Marisa Newman Projects, 38 West 32nd Street, Suite 1602
Price: Free
Time: Wednesday–Saturday, 1 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Taylor Dafoe

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