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.
Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting, and thought-provoking, shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Monday, November 19
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.
Tuesday, November 20
“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
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.
Through Saturday, December 1
“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
Time: Wednesday–Saturday, 5 p.m.–9 p.m.
Through Friday, December 21
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
Time: Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Through Saturday, December 22
“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
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Saturday, January 5
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
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Sunday, January 13
“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
Time: Wednesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Sunday, March 3, 2019
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
Time: Wednesday–Sunday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.
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