Editors’ Picks: 16 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week
Here's what's on our radar this week.
Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Tuesday, June 5
1. “Jeff Koons: David Rockefeller Lecture on Art and Business” at the New York Institute of Technology
For better or for worse, Jeff Koons has teamed up with the likes of Snapchat and and Louis Vuitton, so he’s well equipped to talk about arts and business collaborations for this annual lecture from Americans for the Arts. He’ll be joined by Laurent Gaveau, head of the Google Arts & Culture Lab, which tapped Koons to make a line of phone cases.
Location: NYIT, Auditorium on Broadway, 1855 Broadway
Time: Reception, 5:30 p.m.; lecture 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 5–Friday, August 17
A highlight of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s recent show “Fictions,” Genevieve Gaignard exploits her mixed-race background in works that upend expectations about beauty, race, and class. In her first New York solo show. For the occasion, the Los Angeles-based artist created new self-portraits and collages addressing the malleability of personal identity, which is all too often a cultural construct.
Location: FLAG Art Foundation, 545 West 25th Street, 10th Floor (in the Chelsea Arts Tower)
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; summer hours Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Wednesday, June 6–Sunday, September 9
In his first solo exhibition in the US, Guatamalan-born artist Naufus Ramirez-Figueroa explores a construction project from the 1980s, where the government’s quest to build a dam in the Chixoy River Valley resulted in brutal and widespread massacres, and the displacement of thousands of the Achi Mayan people. The lasting effects of the trauma are still visible in the families and local communities, and the artist has created a series of sculptures and a video on the subject of domestic displacement, and the fractured remains of the indigenous heritage.
Location: New Museum, 235 Bowery
Price: General admission $18
Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday–Sunday: 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Thursday, June 7
4. Young Members Party and Preview Screening of Ocean’s 8 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
In honor of the upcoming Ocean’s 8, in which an all-female squad of thieves attempts to rob the Metropolitan Museum of Art during the swanky Met Ball, the museum has dubbed this year’s Young Members Party “The Heist of the Summer.” Attendees have the option to catch the star-studded film a day before its release before dancing the night away in their best summer-chic attire.
Location: Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Temple of Dendur in the Sackler Wing, 1000 Fifth Avenue; pre-party screening at the AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13, 1998 Broadway
Price: $200, or $300 including movie screening
Time: Pre-party screening, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.; party, 8:30 p.m.–11:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 7–July 1
5. “Nick Cave: The Let Go” at the Park Avenue Armory
Nick Cave invites viewers to embrace the cathartic power of dance with his new installation and performance art piece Let Go, which transforms the Park Avenue Armory Drill Hall with a 40-foot-tall, kinetic, multi-colored Mylar sculpture. There will be weeknight performances, featuring the artist’s sculptural soundsuits, and DJ sets on the weekend, when visitors are able to explore the installation.
Location: Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue
Price: $35 for performance tickets, $17 for installation visits
Time: Performances Wednesday–Friday 8 p.m. with installation visits 7:30 p.m.–11 p.m.; Installation hours Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, June 7–Friday, August 10
In 1973, after the Polaroid Corporation gifted him its new SX-70 camera model, Lucas Samaras discovered that the emulsion on an instant photograph remained wet several minutes after the image was made. It didn’t take the artist long to exploit this fact, interrupting the film’s development and altering the captured imagery. The resulting body of work, Samaras’s landmark “Photo-Transformation” series, feature strange, often unsettling self-portraits that feel as much like paintings as they do photographs. A new exhibition at Craig F. Starr Gallery brings together 68 pictures from this group, chosen in collaboration with the artist himself.
Location: Craig F. Starr Gallery, 5 East 73rd Street
Time: Monday–Saturday, 11:00 am – 5:30 pm
Friday, June 8
7. “Samuel H. Kress Lecture in Museum Education: Reimagining New York City’s Monuments” at the Frick Collection
Darren Walker, co-chair of the Mayoral Advisory Commission on City Art, Monuments, and Markers, which recently announced plans for how to deal with statues honoring controversial figures such as Christopher Columbus, gives a talk about the role of the monument in 21st-century America. The event is currently wait-listed, but you can catch a live stream on the museum website.
Location: Frick Collection, Music Room, 1 East 70th Street
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 4 p.m.–5 p.m.
8. Book Party for Rene Ricard 1979–1980 at Printed Matter, Inc.
Celebrate the re-release of the first poetry collection by art critic and painter Rene Ricard, who appeared in Andy Warhol’s films, with an evening of readings by Rijard Bergeron, Raymond Foye, Shiv Kotecha, Matt Longabucco, Eileen Myles, Coco Fitterman, and Joseph Henry. The bilingual French-English edition is published by Éditions Lutanie (Paris).
Location: Printed Matter, Inc., 231 11th Avenue
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
Friday, June 8–Wednesday, September 12
The Guggenheim brings together over 175 Alberto Giacometti (1901–1966) sculptures, paintings, and drawings, for the first major US museum show in 15 years dedicated to the celebrated Swiss Modernist artist. Going beyond the stylized figurative sculptures for which he is best known, the exhibition highlights early work influenced by Cubism, Surrealism, and African, Oceanic, and Cycladic art, while also showcasing archival documents related to Giacometti’s close relationship with the Guggenheim, which hosted his first-ever museum show, back in 1955.
Location: The Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue
Time: Sunday–Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m.–5:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–7:45 p.m.; Tuesdays from June 19–September 11, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Friday, June 8–Sunday, February 3, 2019
10. “Escher. The Exhibition & Experience” at Industry City
Catch over 200 works by Dutch artist M.C. Escher, known for illustrating mind-bendingly impossible spaces, in this traveling exhibition—which has attracted over one million guests at previous stops in cities around the world. It’s organized by Mark Veldhuysen, longtime curator of the M.C. Escher Foundation Collection, and Escher expert Federico Giudiceandrea, and also features Instagram-ready photo ops where visitors can pose in rooms inspired by the artist’s optical illusions.
Location: Industry City, 34 34th Street, Building 6, Brooklyn
Price: General Admission $20
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, June 9
Historian Dominique Jean-Louis leads a bus tour through Harlem highlighting the accomplishments of women of color. It’s part of the programming for “Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics” (on view through August 5), the Museum of the City of New York’s exhibition on how the state’s women got the vote and other major milestones for women in the last century New York political history.
Location: The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at East 103rd Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Paul Ramírez Jonas earns the next slot in this ongoing series of talks featuring contemporary artists in dialogue with the museum’s special exhibitions. His contribution promises a unique angle on “Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985” (on view through July 22), expressed through his experience creating participatory sculptures and mining shared histories—both valuable touchstones for the show.
Location: Brooklyn Museum, Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art and Morris A. and Meyer Schapiro Wing, 200 Eastern Parkway, 4th Floor
Price: Free for members; $16 for non-members (includes general admission to the museum)
Time: 2 p.m.–3 p.m.
Saturday, June 9–Sunday, January 13, 2019
Timed to coincide with the current exhibition, “Saturated: The Allure and Science of Color” (on view through January 13, 2019), the Cooper Hewitt is unveiling six textiles by the American designer Richard Landis. Using a grid-like pattern as the skeleton, Landis weaves intricate and optically challenging designs that use color relationships to add layers of dimensional and texture.
Location: Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, 2 East 91st Street
Price: General admission $16
Time: Monday–Friday & Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.
Saturday, June 9–Sunday, September 2
14. “DAYBREAK: New Affirmations in Queer Photography” at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art
See 12 takes on the complex subject of queer identity in this group show of emerging photographers who work in a wide range of styles and techniques. The featured artists are Kevin Aranibar-Molina, Elliott Jerome Brown Jr., Ryan James Caruthers, Ryan Duffin, Andrew Jarman, Mikaela Lungulov-Klotz, Groana Melendez, Vanessa Rondón, Alexis Ruiseco-Lombera, Matthew Papa, Jess Richmond, and Elias Jesús Rischmawi.
Location: The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, 26 Wooster Street
Price: $9 suggested admission
Time: Wednesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.
Through Saturday, June 9
15. “Jane Freilicher: ’50s New York” at Paul Kasmin Gallery
Paul Kasmin has taken on the estate of Jane Freilicher (1924–2014), presenting an exhibition of still lifes and portraits paintings in New York in the 1950s, as well cityscapes painted of the view from the window of the Lower Manhattan art studios where she worked during that period. In contrast to the prevailing American schools of Abstract Expressionism, Minimalism, and Pop, Freilicher painted representational scenes of domestic life and urban scenes.
Location: Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 Tenth Avenue
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
16. “Five Years at Nahmad Contemporary” at Nahmad Contemporary
A star-studded line up at Nahmad Contemporary gets a jump start on summer group show season with this exhibition celebrating the gallery’s fifth birthday, with work by the likes of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lucio Fontana, Joan Miró, Sigmar Polke, Richard Prince, Mark Rothko, Egon Schiele, Rudolf Stingel, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, and Christopher Wool.
Location: Nahmad Contemporary, 980 Madison Avenue
Time: Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
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