Editors’ Picks: 8 Things Not to Miss in New York’s Art World This Week

See new paintings by Jocelyn Hobbie and a mysterious, nighttime-only art experience co-organized by Louise Lawler.

Chloe Wise, Making inoffensive magic in your house (2018). Photo courtesy of Arsenal Contemporary.

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


Monday, November 19

Martin Scorsese directs Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator. Courtesy of the Koball Collection (Warner Bros).

MoMA Film Benefit Honoring Martin Scorsese at the Museum of Modern Art

For its annual gala, now in its 11th year, MoMA’s department of film celebrates the more than 50-year career of Martin Scorsese, director of such cinematic classics as Taxi Driver (1976), Goodfellas (1990), and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013). The evening will include cocktails, a seated dinner, and a screening of some of the filmmaker’s most renowned work.

Location: The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 Street
Tickets : Email [email protected]
Time: 7:30 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Tuesday, November 20

Hayley Silverman, <i>Submission</i>, (2018), courtesy of the artist, Bodega, New York and Veda, Florence

Hayley Silverman, Submission, (2018), courtesy of the artist, Bodega, New York, and Veda, Florence.

Hayley Silverman: Protect Me From What I Am” at the Swiss Institute

Silverman’s sculptures often take the form of detailed dioramas and tableaux, often suggesting votive shrines common to Catholic regions. In the artist’s first institutional show, Silverman presents a group of newly commissioned works, including industrially produced figurines purchased from factories. As a result of accidents in the production, they appear in states of headlessness, dissolution, or recombination.

Location: Swiss Institute, 38 St. Marks Place
Price: Free
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Friday 2 p.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella


Through Saturday, December 1

Exterior view of 80WSE during the exhibition "Edits and Projections." Photography by Carter Seddon. Courtesy of 80WSE.

Exterior view of 80WSE during the exhibition “Edits and Projections.” Photography by Carter Seddon, courtesy of 80WSE.

Edits and Projections” at 80WSE

If you like a good mystery, check out New York University’s project space on Washington Square East, which is advertising a show with little information other than that it was organized by art historian and Orchard gallery founder Rhea Anastas, artist Louise Lawler, and curator Robert Snowden. It is only open at night. And in place of a press release, it offers only a short list of credits and thanks. (The version I was emailed names pseudonymous artist Lutz Bacher and painter R.H. Quaytman, but neither appears on the same list that appears on 80WSE’s website.) So if you want to know what they’re all up to, you only have one choice: show up.

Location: 80WSE, 80 Washington Square East
Price: Free
Time: Wednesday–Saturday, 5 p.m.–9 p.m.

—Tim Schneider

Through Friday, December 21


Wang Yigang: Recent Works” at Mark Borghi Fine Art Inc.

Born in China in 1961, Wang Yigang is known for Abstract Expressionist-style paintings that embrace Western influences, reflecting the artist’s coming of age after the Cultural Revolution, as diplomatic relations resumed with the West. He studied at China’s Luxun Academy of Fine Arts in the 1980s and was part of the “Eighty-Five New Wave” art movement launched by young artists in 1985. In his latest show, Yigang shows mostly more recent work, with a selection of 14 canvases dating from the 1990s to 2016.

Location: Mark Borghi Fine Art Inc., 52 East 76th Street
Price: Free
Time: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

—Tanner West

Through Saturday, December 22

Jocelyn Hobbie, Ikate Bouquet (2018). Courtesy of the artist and Fredericks & Freiser.

Jocelyn Hobbie: New Paintings” at Fredericks & Freiser

For her third solo show at Fredericks & Freiser, artist Jocelyn Hobbie’s paintings created over the past two years are on display in all of their detailed, boldly colorful glory. The portraits depict women in floral clothes, with dewy-faces set against richly saturated backgrounds.

Location: Fredericks & Freiser, 536 West 24 Street
Price: Free
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein


Through Saturday, January 5

Vivian Maier, Untitled (1979). Courtesy of the artist and Howard Greenberg.

Vivian Maier: The Color Work” at Howard Greenberg Gallery

Since a trove of photographs taken by erstwhile nanny Vivian Maier was first discovered in the early 2000s, the artist’s work has been viewed on the same plane as that of masters including Joel Meyerowitz and Diane Arbus. At Howard Greenberg Gallery, Maier’s color photographs from the 1950s through the 1980s are on display, many for the first time.

Location: Howard Greenberg Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 1406
Price: Free
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Caroline Goldstein


Through Sunday, January 13

Sculpture by Nicola L. Photo courtesy of Arsenal Contemporary.

Sculpture by Nicola L. Photo courtesy of Arsenal Contemporary.

Chère” at Arsenal Contemporary

Historic works by pioneering feminist artist Nicola L., including a massive cushioned chair in the form of a woman, are joined by paintings and sculptures by three young Canadian women artists—Chloe Wise, Nadia Belerique, and Ambera Wellmann—who continue the artist’s use of the female form in their work. Wise’s work in particular responds to Nicola L.’s oversize stuffed sculptures, which take on a surreal quality.

Location: Arsenal Contemporary, 214 Bowery
Price: Free
Time: Wednesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

—Sarah Cascone


Through Sunday, March 3, 2019

Rochelle Feinstein, Happy Birthday x Rachel (2009). Courtesy of the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Rochelle Feinstein: Image of an Image” at the Bronx Museum of the Arts

Rochelle Feinstein’s first US retrospective is also something of a homecoming. On view now at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the show brings together 25 years of paintings and drawings from the borough native who’s known for her incisive exploration of language, color, and the role of images in contemporary culture.

Location: 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx
Price:  Free
Time:  Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.

—Taylor Dafoe

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