Editors’ Picks: 9 Things to See in New York This Week

See what's on this week from photography to immersive installations

Farah Al Qasimi, Pomegranate (2016). Courtesy of Helena Anrather.

Monday, March 20–Saturday, April 1

Hallie Neely. Courtesy of SVA.

Hallie Neely. Courtesy of SVA.

1. “Mentors” at the School Visual Arts
It’s the 25th anniversary edition of SVA’s photography “Mentors” show, pairing the work of the school’s photography students with that of their mentors, who, for 2017, include Guggenheim senior photography curator Jennifer Blessing, Aperture editor Michael Famighetti, and artist Roe Ethridge.

Location: SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception Thursday, March 23, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Tuesday, March 21–Sunday, May 7

Farah Al Qasimi, <em>Pomegranate</em> (2016). Courtesy of Helena Anrather.

Farah Al Qasimi, Pomegranate (2016). Courtesy of Helena Anrather.

2. “A Scream Runs Through the House” at Helena Anrather
Gallery veteran Helena Anrather debuts her own space with a group show featuring work by Nanu Al-Hamad, Farah Al Qasimi, Michael Assiff, Dylan Bailey, Dan Herschlein, Akira Ikezoe, Hannah Levy, Michelle Segre, and Kristin Walsh. The unifying conceit is “the souls of household objects,” with painting and sculptures that imbue the inanimate, from slices of toast to a laptop with psychic energy.

Location: Helena Anrather, 28 Elizabeth Street
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Wednesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Wednesday, March 22

Ito Sekisui V, <i>Neriage Large Plate with Line Patterns</i> (2016). Courtesy the artist and Onishi Gallery.

Ito Sekisui V, Neriage Large Plate with Line Patterns (2016). Courtesy the artist and Onishi Gallery.

3. Reception and talk for Ito Sekisui V’s solo show “Red Soil,” at Onishi Gallery
Last week’s much-hyped nor’easter Stella prompted Onishi gallery to push back this event to this Wednesday. Metropolitan Museum of Art curator Monika Bincsik will lead a talk about the 14th-generation ceramic artist’s fantastical, ethereal works, on view at the gallery through April 1. Unfortunately due to the scheduling change, the artist will not be in attendance at the talk, as originally planned. However, Nobu restaurant and Hokusetsu Sake Brewery will be on hand with food and local sake.

Location: 521 West 26th Street
Price: Free with RSVP to [email protected]
Time: 6:30 p.m.–8 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella

Thursday, March 23

Sowon Kwon, samsam (Uncle Uncle), 2013. Photo courtesy the artist and Triple Canopy.

4. S as in Samsam: Book Launch and Artist Talk with Sowon and Miwon Kwon at Triple Canopy
Sowon Kwon’s essay S as in Samsam, which was first published in the 22nd edition of Triple Canopy magazine, muses on the similarities between the Korean slang for teacher, sam, and the shorter version of Samuel as Sam. Kwon explores the interplays of formality and intimacy in language, tying together a constellation of connections between artists, musicians, friends, and teachers. The launch party for her book, S as in Samsam, published by Secretary Press and Triple Canopy, will be held on at Triple Canopy. Sowon Kwon will present an illustration and animation of her essay, and , will discuss language and social interaction with her sister, art historian Miwon Kwon.

Location: Triple Canopy, 264 Canal St, New York
Price: $7
Time: 7 p.m.

—Sarbani Ghosh

Thursday, March 23–Wednesday, April 22

Olafur Eliasson, <em>Space resonates regardless of our presence (Monday)</em>, 2017. Courtesy of Jens Ziehe.

Olafur Eliasson, Space resonates regardless of our presence (Monday), 2017. Courtesy of Jens Ziehe.

5. “Olafur Eliasson: The Listening Dimension” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Inspired by the results of the 2016 US election, Olafur Eliasson presents a new body of work exploring light, vision and movement that encourages viewers to really look at and listen to one another amid a disorienting environment of curved mirrored shapes.

“The arts and culture,” said the artist in a statement, “provide spaces in which people can disagree and still be together, where they can share individual and collective experiences that are ambiguous and negotiable. At its best, art is an exercise in democracy; it trains our critical capacities for perceiving and interpreting the world. Yet art does not tell us what to do or how to feel, but rather empowers us to find out for ourselves.”

Location: Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 West 21st Street
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Friday, March 24–Saturday, May 6

Postcommodity, <em>Es mas alcanzable de lo que se imaginaban</em> (2017). Courtesy the artists.

Postcommodity, Es mas alcanzable de lo que se imaginaban (2017). Courtesy the artists.

6. “Postcommodity: Coyotaje” at Art in General
Postcommodity, currently featured in the Whitney Biennial, gets its first New York solo show, curated by Kristen Chappa, showcasing their work on the US-Mexico border, engaging both with US Border Patrol and with Indigenous cultural groups. At a time when immigration is a hot button issue, Postcommodity goes beyond the stereotypes to examine the real-life experiences of those living on and around the border.

Location: Art in General, 145 Plymouth Street, Dumbo, Brooklyn
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception 6 p.m.–8 p.m.Opening reception, Tuesday-Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Friday, March 24–August 2


Doug Wheeler, <i>PSAD Synthetic Desert III</i> (1971). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Panza Collection, gift, 1991. ©Doug Wheeler

Doug Wheeler, PSAD Synthetic Desert III (1971). Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York. Panza Collection, gift, 1991. ©Doug Wheeler

7. “Doug Wheeler: PSAD Synthetic Desert III at the Guggenheim Museum
We’re already betting this this mouthful of an artwork title, originally created in 1971, will be a well-attended social media sensation. In this work, seminal Light and Space artist Wheeler transforms the structure and configuration of the museum gallery in order to control the viewer’s optical and acoustic experience. He will transform the room into a hermetic realm that is designed to minimize noise and “induce a sensate impression of infinite space” that the artist likens to the perception of vast space in the deserts of northern Arizona. Timed tickets are required and visitors can reserve tickets in advance. Walk-in tickets are available for select times. Each visitation group is limited to five people.

Location: 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York
Price: Tickets can be booked for two durations and are free with the cost of museum admission. Adults $25; Students and seniors (65+) with valid ID $18; Children under 12 Free; and Members Free
Time: Monday–Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, 10 a.m.–5:45 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–7:45 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella

Sunday, March 26

Street artist lmnopi at work. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.

Street artist lmnopi at work. Courtesy of the Museum of the City of New York.

8. Herstory Day at the Museum of the City of New York
Quilting, archiving, and art practices take center stage as the Museum of the City of New York celebrates Women’s History month with “an intergenerational celebration of women’s history in New York City.” Activities include a presentation by the Lesbian Herstory Archives, a screen-printing lesson,

Location: Museum of the City of New York, 1220 Fifth Avenue at 103rd Street
Price: Free with $18 suggested admission
Time: 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone

Through Saturday, April 29

Robert Swain: Color As Color installation view. Courtesy of MINUS SPACE.

9. “Robert Swain: Color as Color” at MINUS SPACE
Among a sea of immersive installations that happen to be en vogue lately, artist Robert Swain’s latest work emerges to entice and at times confuse our eyes. Swain began his affair with color in the 1960s and eventually developed his own system, which he has perfected and refined over the past 50 years, meticulously modulating each of his 30-part color circle by hue, value, and saturation. It is universal, as color affects all of us.

The exhibition is perhaps best described in the words of the artist: “color is a form of energy derived from the electromagnetic spectrum that stimulates our perceptual processes and is instrumental in conveying emotions.” And this is precisely the case when you’re surrounded by Swain’s vast grid. You feel it.

Location: MINUS SPACE, 16 Main St, Suite A. Brooklyn, NY.
Price: Free
Time: Wednesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–5 p.m. and by appointment.

—Kiki Olmedo

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