Editors’ Picks: 16 Things to See in New York This Week
As we look forward to the start of spring, there's plenty of art to see in New York.
`Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Monday, March 19
1. “Lecture: Making Things Very Public” at the Cooper Union
Mischa Kuball, a professor at the Academy of Media Arts, Cologne, will give a free lecture at the Cooper Union to discuss his ongoing series, “public preposition.” Kuball’s work uses light to literally illuminate notions of the “public sphere” in art and architecture by staging ephemeral interventions and performance projects.
Location: The Frederick P. Rose Auditorium, at 41 Cooper Square (on Third Avenue between 6th and 7th Streets)
Time: 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21
2. Glenn Fuhrman and Jack Shear in conversation on the exhibition “Ellsworth Kelly: Black and White Works” at the FLAG Art Foundation
For FLAG’s 10th anniversary, Jack Shear has curated a show featuring several little-known bodies of artwork from the first and last decades of Ellsworth Kelly’s career. “Being involved with Ellsworth’s artistic and personal life for 32 years,” Shear said in a statement, “I have a way of knowing the work differently than anyone else does. What I tried to do with the exhibition is to show the range of Ellsworth’s work and conceptual ideas. I hope to surprise.”
Location: The FLAG Art Foundation, 545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor
Price: Free with RSVP
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.
UPDATE: Due to expected snow, this event has been rescheduled for Tuesday, April 3.
Through Wednesday, March 21
3. Highlights of the Dorrance “Dodo” H. Hamilton Collection at Carlton Hobbs
Before the collection of Philadelphia’s collector and philanthropist Dorrance “Dodo” H. Hamilton hits the auction block at Freeman’s auction house on April 29 (a second auction of jewelry is slated for May 9), there will be an exhibition of the highlights at Upper East Side gallery Carlton Hobbs (starting Sunday, March 18). Hamilton, a billionaire heiress to the Campbell’s soup fortune—her father John invented the condensing process and was later president—passed away last April, at the age of 88. Her collection reflects her love of nature and horticulture—with several strong examples of landscapes, seascapes, and still-lifes. The exhibition at Carlton Hobbs gallery will showcase works by Paul Cézanne, Eugêne Boudin, Henri Fantin-Latour, Pierre-Joseph Redouté, Maurice Prendergast, William Trost Richards, and Childe Hassam.
Location: 60 East 93rd Street
Time: 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Wednesday, March 21–June 30
4. “The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830–1930” at the Americas Society
“The Metropolis” exhibition made its debut at the Getty Institute’s presentation of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA earlier this year and now it will be on view for the East Coast contingent. A compilation of historic maps, prints, drawings, and photographs depicting the shifting landscape of architecture and infrastructure throughout some of the largest cities of Latin America.
Location: The Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue
Time: Opening reception, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 12–6 p.m.
Thursday, March 22
5. “Watermarks for Water” hosted by Getty Images
To recognize World Water Day, which takes place March 22, Getty is hosting a one-day pop-up show showcasing images depicting places around the globe that suffer from a lack of clean drinking water. The show’s title plays off Getty’s use of watermarks to protect the copyright of its images. Ten percent of proceeds from the sale of the artworks, all by well-known photographers, will go toward Charity Water.
Location: 45 Lipsenard Street
Time: 10 a.m.–7 p.m.
Thursday, March 22–Saturday, April 28
6. “In Tribute to Jack Tilton: A Selection from 35 Years” at Tilton Gallery
To celebrate the gallery’s 35th anniversary, Tilton is honoring the late founder and pioneering gallerist Jack Tilton, who died last year. The exhibition features work by 31 artists including Ed Clark, Nicole Eisenman, Fred Tomaselli, and Ruth Vollmer—all of the artists represented have had at least one solo show at the gallery.
Location: Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76 Street
Time: Opening reception, 5:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, March 22–Sunday, April 22
7. “Steve DiBenedetto: Toasted with Everything” at Derek Eller Gallery
Blending representation and abstraction in psychedelic fashion, Steve DiBenedetto’s paintings reveal a baroque, mystical world of his own creation.
Location: Derek Eller Gallery, 300 Broome Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, March 22–Wednesday, April 25
8. “Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda” at Alma Zevi, New York
Venice’s Alma Zevi gallery launches a New York outpost with this exhibition of glass sculptures made in Murano by Marcantonio Brandolini d’Adda. The artist repurposes cotissi, rough glass fragments, adding them to the smooth surfaces of his sculpture to create rocky landscapes. The works are hung from thick metal chains in a site-specific installation.
Location: Alma Zevi, New York, 504 West 22nd Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, March 23 and Saturday, March 24
9. “Constance DeJong & Tony Oursler: Relatives” at the Kitchen
Artists Constance DeJong and Tony Oursler are reprising their performance, “Relatives,” originally commissioned by the ICA Boston in 1988 and performed at the Kitchen in ’89. The work tells the story of family members using a combination of DeJong’s spoken text with Oursler’s video projection.
Location: The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Time: 8 p.m.
Friday, March 23–Sunday, March 25
10. “CineVardaUtopia: The Films of Agnès Varda, Part One” at the Museum of the Moving Image
Fresh off her Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature (for Faces Places, in collaboration with JR), Agnes Varda’s long-deserved moment in the public retina continues with two weekends of screenings at the Museum of the Moving Image. The first kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday with Cléo from 5 to 7 (1962), her New Wave masterpiece tracking a glamorous Parisian model through the City of Love, in real time, as she copes with the all-too-pedestrian agony of waiting for a potentially life-changing biopsy result. Saturday and Sunday include screenings of three other Varda classics: Vagabond (1985), Le Bonheur (1965), and Lions Love (…and Lies) (1969). See all four, and Varda pops out of your local bodega and hands you a heart-shaped potato. (Okay, maybe not, but you can’t completely rule it out….)
Location: The Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens
Price Per Film: $15 adults; $11 seniors and students; $7 youth (ages 3–17)
Time: Showtimes vary; see schedule for details
Through Saturday, March 24
11. “Lorna Mills: The Great Code” at TRANSFER
TRANSFER gallery is celebrating both its five-year anniversary and the end of its current exhibition, featuring animated GIFs and prints by Lorna Mills. The closing reception will feature a screening of eight moving image works curated by artists Rollin Leonard, Daniel Temkin, Giselle Zatonyl, Faith Holland, Carla Gannis, and Mills to mark the end of past shows at the gallery, a practice first introduced by Mills back in 2013.
Location: TRANSFER, 1030 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
Time: Closing reception, 6 p.m.–10 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m., or by appointment
Saturday, March 24–Sunday, March 25
12. FUNHOUSE, an Interactive Book Fair at the Drawing Center
This unique event, organized by Gabe Fowler of Desert Island and Molly Gross of the Drawing Center, allows guests to collaborate with graphic artists and illustrators to create their own unique books. (The artists will also be selling their more traditional wares in the fair’s general store.) In keeping with the fair’s name, there will also be social media friendly photo ops in the form of funhouse mirrors and life-size interactive cutouts, as well as panels and other programming.
Location: The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Sunday, March 25
13. “FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures” at the Museum of Chinese in America
In 1993, the Golden Venture ran aground in New York City. Aboard were 286 undocumented Chinese immigrants, who were detained at York County Prison for years following the crash. While their asylum case was pending, they created some 10,000 sculptures as part of a political art project designed to draw attention to their plight. A selection of 40 pieces from the Museum of Chinese in America collection, which blend traditions of Chinese folk art with Americana-tinged imagery, is on view in the exhibition.
Location: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street
Price: $10 general admission
Time: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Sunday, March 25
14. “A City Made by Women: A Symposium” at the Museum of the City of New York
Timed to Women’s History Month, MCNY celebrates feminist activism with a conversation from leading writers and scholars highlighting the work of women in New York over the past century. The panel will be preceded by a keynote speech by Teen Vogue executive editor Samhita Mukhopadhyay. Tickets include museum entry, so it’s also the perfect opportunity to see the current show “Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics.”
Location: The Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at East 103rd Street
Price: $20 general admission
Time: 1 p.m.–3 p.m.
Sunday, March 25–Sunday, April 8
15. “Once Upon a Springtime: Macy’s Flower Show” at Macy’s
Celebrate the official start of spring at Macy’s, which presents its annual exhibition of gorgeous flower art. This year’s edition is fairy tale themed, so expect the store to be transformed into an enchanted forest straight out of your favorite fantasy novel.
Location: Macy’s Herald Square, 151 West 34th Street
Time: Sunday, 10 a.m.–9 p.m.; Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–10 p.m.; closed April 1
Through Wednesday, March 28
16. “Celebrate Women!” at the National Association of Women Artists
The National Association of Women Artists is celebrating Women’s History Months with a group show featuring the work of Sandra Bertrand, Nancy Coleman Dann, Susan G. Hammond, Natalia Koren Kropd, Leah Raab, and Carol Richard Kaufmann.
Location: NAWA Gallery, 315 West 39th Street, Suite 508
Time: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
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