Don’t worry about Tilda. As MoMA and the Armory become even greater parodies of themselves, and after a long series of depressing gallery trips, things outside the mega-art world are looking up. There’s great work up in Chelsea, for one, and this last month’s art events listings have all been hopeful. This week’s no different: Nick Cave ushers a herd of horses into Grand Central Station, Adam Parker Smith curates a show of 77 artists you should watch, and the Studio Museum is making a trip up to Harlem absolutely required.
Monday, March 25th
Today in New York City, Will Ryman brings a giant Poe-inspired raven to the Flatiron Plaza. That sounds awful, but there’s something majestic-sounding about Nick Cave’s herd of horses at Grand Central. You can observe the horses, or “students in sound suits,” as they make daily “crossings” at 11 AM and 2 PM all this week. There will be a special evening performance on Wednesday at Grand Central at 8:30 PM.
Flatiron Plaza, Grand Central
Tuesday, March 26th
Talk: Dana Schutz, New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting, & Sculpture
On the off chance that we can suck up just a tiny bit of glory from listening to Dana Schutz speak, we’ll be taking our sycophancy up to the Studio School. Plus, it’s free.
6:30, 8 West 8th Street
Thursday, March 28th
Openings in Chelsea, 6-8 PM
Wander around Chelsea for a large serving of openings on Thursday. A few we recommend:
- On 24th street, Eli Ping, one of the leaders of Regina Rex and now owner of his namesake Lower East Side Gallery, will be showing at Susan Inglett.
- On 23rd street, Steven Kasher will show the largest American survey yet of the leading Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama, who documented the fall of traditional ethical code in post-war Japan.
- On 22nd street, we were recommended to stop by a show of fast, movement-oriented landscape paintings by Judith Belzer at Morgan Lehmann.
- If you can make it over to the West Village, Elizabeth Peyton fans will want to head to Gavin Brown (620 Greenwich Street).
Three Openings, the Studio Museum
The Studio Museum has a sweep of what look like knockout exhibitions opening this week.
- Fred Wilson’s 1993 installation “Local Color,” one of his early mining-the-museum-style works from the Studio Museum, goes back on view.
- A study in generation gaps shows work by abstract impressionist Beauford Delaney and his star contemporary painters (Romare Bearden, Herbert Gentry, Alma Thomas) alongside current artists whose work falls squarely on the other side of Minimalism and Conceptual Art (Rashawn Griffin, Julie Mehretu, Kori Newkirk).
- On top of that, photographer David Hartt has captured Chicago’s Johnson Publishing Company, a modernist building home to Jet and Ebony Magazines. Within Hartt’s minimal, almost hollow compositions, lone objects and design motifs reflect some of the ideals of those magazines.
144 West 125th Street, Harlem
Friday, March 29th
Opening: Thanks, Lu Magnus
We’ve been eyeing artist Adam Parker Smith’s foam asses and steamy photos lately. He’s now curating a show of 77 artists, an index of people who are extremely active in the emerging scene. Hopefully this will mix up what we’re used to seeing in Brooklyn; in collecting work for the show, Smith went to each studio and, unbeknownst to the artists, stole a piece that relates to the artist’s larger practice.
6-9 PM, 55 Hester Street, Lower East Side
Opening: A Fine Line, The Front Room
We’ve been liking the direction Parallel Art Space has been taking lately, with strong work by emerging artists, and that’s fifty percent thanks to co-runner Rob de Oude. That’s no guarantee that this group show featuring the work of de Oude, Rodger Stevens, and Rosa Valado– all sharing an interest in wire sculpture and line drawing– will be any good, but it does make us want to go more.
7-9 PM, 147 Roebling Street, Williamsburg