Editors’ Picks: 7 Art Events to See in New York This Week

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Wednesday, March 30–Thursday, May 26:

The Velvet Ribbon 2016

1. Gio Black Peter, “If We Do Not Destroy Ourselves” at Casa de Costa Gallery
Gio Black Peter, ne Giovanni Andrade Paolo Guevara, creates work relating to queer desire, and counts David Wojnarowicz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jean Cocteau, and Diego Rivera as influences, as well as Saint Genet. The frequently topless artist and performer has appeared in two films by underground film legend Bruce LaBruce, and got into a bit of trouble for Revolving Door (New Fuck New York), a 2011 music video directed by LaBruce, which featured loads of nudity.

“You need balls to make good art,” he told i-D in January. “I have big balls.”

At Casa de Costa, GBP will show recent paintings and drawings related to his adventures in the Big Apple and abroad, where a love of Cocteau, and male desire, is evident.

Location: 405 East 61st Street, 1D
Price: Free
Time: opening March 30, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., open by appointment Tuesday through Friday, 12:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

—Kathleen Massara

Wednesday, March 30—Sunday, May 1:


2. Hanna Liden, “No Weather Data Available” at the 56 Henry Gallery
Hanna Liden will show new works at the micro-sized 56 Henry Gallery on the Lower East Side. The Swedish, New York-based artist presents three cast-concrete sculptures, which, like much of her work, are composed of curbside detritus and recognizable urban material. Liden’s work utilizes everyday materials to satirize contemporary culture and the absurdity of modern life.

Location: 56 Henry Street
Price: Free
Time: 6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

—Henri Neuendorf

Thursday, March 31:

Twitter Art Exhibit.<br>Photo: Courtesy of Facebook.

Twitter Art Exhibit.
Photo: Courtesy of Facebook.

3. “Twitter Art Exhibit” at Trygve Lie Gallery
In a show that takes art out of the virtual realm and into the white box, artnet’s own Isha Setia is curating a “Twitter Art Exhibit” in midtown gallery Trygve Lie. Beyond its meta-media appeal, the exhibition of postcard-sized original art is also working towards a good cause. All of the proceeds will be benefit Foster Pride‘s HandMade program, which helps over 10,000 New York City children in foster care through mentoring and the arts.

Location: 317 East 52nd Street
Price: 1 card for $35; 3 cards for $95
Time: 6:00 p.m.–8:30 p.m.

—Rain Embuscado

Thursday, March 31—Saturday, April 30:

4. Stan Douglas, “The Secret Agent” and Thomas Ruff, “press++” at David Zwirner Gallery
It’s a double dose of contemporary art star power as David Zwirner opens major solo shows of Stan Douglas and Thomas Ruff simultaneously. For Douglas, it’s the US premiere of his new film installation The Secret Agent (519 West 19th Street) while a presentation of photographic series, spanning the artist’s career from the late 1980s to the present, will be on view at 537 West 20th Street. German artist Ruff’s latest series of photographic images include archival clippings from American papers that relate to the theme of space exploration (533 West 19th Street).

Location: 519, 525 & 533 West 19th Street
Price: Free
Time: 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

—Eileen Kinsella

Thursday, March 31—Saturday, May 28:

Taca Sui, <em>Pagoda of Six Harmonies</em> (2015).<br>Photo: Courtesy of Chambers Fine Art.

Taca Sui, Pagoda of Six Harmonies (2015).
Photo: Courtesy of Chambers Fine Art.

5. Taca Sui, “Steles—Huang Yi Project | 塔可碑錄黄易计划” at Chambers Fine Art
In the Chinese artist’s second solo exhibition at the Chambers Fine Art gallery space, visitors are invited to see images of remote locations in China. These photographs, which range from landscape to architectural structures as the pagoda above, are results of the artist’s yearning to discover new dimensions to his heritage.

Location: Garis & Hahn, 263 Bowery
Price: Free
Time:  Wednesday through Saturday; 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Sunday, 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m

—Rain Embuscado

Sunday, April 3—Wednesday, August 31:

Cao Fei

6. Cao Fei, “Straight Out of Times” at MoMA PS1
Beijing-based artist Cao Fei is known for her multi-media work that explores the exchange between fantasy and reality, and that reflects the challenges of the young Chinese generation in a rapidly changing society. You might have seen her 2014 video “La Town” about a mythical sunless metropolis frozen in time, or her 2004 video “COSPLayers” in which Chinese teenagers in anime get-ups act out their fantasies in Fei’s hometown of Guangzhou.

She is also currently included in “Hack Space” a show at the K11 pop up space in Hong Kong. Beginning April 3, MoMA PS1 will present a retrospective of her work including video, sculpture and installation, organized by MoMA PS1 director and MoMA chief curator-at-large Klaus Biesenbach with Jocelyn Miller. As a special treat, in conjunction with the opening of her show, Fei will join the Chinatown rap group Notorious MSG in a performance.

Location: 22-25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City
Price: Free
Time: opening April 3, 4:00 p.m.

—Rozalia Jovanovic

Through Sunday, April 17:

Sarah Awad, Reclining Woman I (Triptych), 2014. Photo: courtesy Garis & Hahn.

Sarah Awad, Reclining Woman I (Triptych), 2014.
Photo: courtesy Garis & Hahn.

7. “Beyond the Gaze: Women Painting Women” at Garis & Hahn
Female painters Sarah AwadSarah FauxJay Miriam, and artnet’s own Tatiana Berg take back the female nude with this group exhibition at Garis & Hahn. An exhibition description describes the work as “employing voyeurism from a uniquely female perspective” in order to identify “the pressure and sensitivities female painters deal with when working in an arena dominated by a specific, romanticized canon.”

Location: Garis & Hahn, 263 Bowery
Price: Free
Time:  Wednesday through Saturday; 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Sunday, 1:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m

—Sarah Cascone

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