Any art nerd who’s dreaming of taking this week off needs to take another look at their calendar. Galleries across the city are opening new shows, and there are plenty of talks too. Between art star Matthew Barney’s tell-all talk with Sir Norman Rosenthal at The 92nd Y this and upcoming talent Sara Cwynar’s show opening at Foxy Production this Friday, you’ll not lack art to see and discuss.
MoMA11 West 53rd Street
Museum Hours (with introduction by writer and director Jem Cohen)
A quiet movie about a friendship between an American woman who learns a distant relative is in the hospital and a museum guard. No grand revelations occur while looking at art, which generally speaking mimics the role of the museum in the lives of most of us.
AVA34 East 1st Street
7:00 PM to 9:00 PMWebsite
Ephemera: A synesthetic installation combining scent, sound and visual elements.
An exhibition that would please author of Perfume, Patrick Suskind; Ehemera: A synesthetic installation combining scent, sound and visual elements. The nose behind this project is Berlin-based Geza Schoen, who is known, according to the press release, for “various avant-garde/conceptual scents.” We’re a little confused about what defines a conceptual scent, but we’re told that musicians Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, and Steve Goodman (aka Kode9) have created sonic raw material which Schoen then reinterpreted to create three different scents: Noise, Drone, and Bass, respectively. These scents, named after sounds, are then used to develop more sounds.
Different days will feature the various sounds and scents, as follows:
Tuesday April 1st – Bass
Wednesday April 2nd – Drone
Thursday April 3rd – Noise
Friday April 4th – Bass
Saturday April 5th – Drone
Sunday April 6th – Noise
Ephemera is curated by Małgorzata Płysa and Mat Schulz from Unsound.
Artists include: Geza Schoen, Ben Frost, Tim Hecker, Steve Goodman, Manuel Sepulveda, Marcel Weber
92nd Street YKaufmann Concert Hall Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
8:00 PM, Tickets start at $29.00 eachWebsite
Matthew Barney and Sir Norman Rosenthal
29 bucks should be worth hearing Matthew Barney explain his work a little. Known for work that combines sculptural installation, performance art and video, Barney looks at the physical limits of the body and the mutability of sexuality. His films typically work with little to no narrative. Former Secretary of Exhibitions at the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Sir Norman Rosenthal will be interviewing Barney. Rosenthal was the curator behind the controversal traveling exhibition of 1997.
80WSE Gallery at NYU Steinhardt80 Washington Square East
5-8 PM Website
NYU MFA 2014 Thesis Exhibition in Three Parts
Take a gander at some untested talent. NYU’s MFA Thesis exhibition (in three parts) begins this Wednesday. The schedule below:
Part I: Cheryl Bentley, Don Edler, Yi Xin Tong
4/2/14 – 4/12/14
Opening Reception 4/2/14 5-8pm
Part II: Azi Amiri, Sofi Brazzeal, Samantha Fretwell, Tyson Robertson
4/23/14 – 5/3/14
Opening Reception 4/26/14 5-8pm
Part III: Jordan Albaugh, Nathaniel Axel, Lauren Klenow, Megha Mattoo
5/14/14 – 5/24/14
Opening Reception 5/14/14 5-8pm
Gagosian Gallery821 Park Avenue
6:00 PM to 7:30 PMWebsite
Urs Fischer, Last Supper
If you like Pawel Althamer’s Draftsmen’s Congress, where visitors are drawing on the walls in the New Museum, then you’ll probably want to head to Urs Fischer’s two-part show Last Supper. The show will take fired sculptures from his MOCA show, “YES,” an open house where 1,500 volunteers made clay sculptures.
And if you think the show’s “unprecedented directness” smells like bs, then you can at least check out Gagosian’s latest plunder, a brand new uptown space.
Pace Gallery534 West 25th Street
6:00 PM to 8:00 PMWebsite
Adam Pendleton attempts to shed some light on a gun battle that happened almost fifty years ago, between the Black Panther Party and the police. In a recent video, the artist shadows David Hilliard, a founding member and former Chief of Staff of the Black Panther Party, through Oakland. The show was sponsored by SF MoMA; Pendleton presents the video along with silkscreens and painting.
EFA Project Space323 West 39th Street, 2nd floor
6 PM - 8 PMWebsite
“The circle is simultaneously loud and soft” Kandinsky wrote once in a letter to a friend. He had some authority on the subject; Kandinsky had what’s known as “synesthesia”, a condition often described as “color hearing”. This exhibition takes things a step further by working with a concept of “ideaesthesia; a phenomenon in which concepts evoke perception-like experiences. The explanation of what this means is a little murky in the press release, which offers the scenario of understanding that “mu5ic” actually means “music” as one example but that’s fine. We expect the artists’ work—Joe Brittain, John Cage, Mia Goyette, Vladimir Havrilla, Rachel Higgins, Music Animation Machine (Stephen Malinowski), Mamiko Otsubo, Irgin Sena, Slobodan Stošić, Alina Tenser—will demonstrate show’s thesis.
Curated by Marco Antonini.
Foxy Production623 West 27th Street
6 PM to 8 PMWebsite
Flat Death, Sara Cwynar
“Kitsch is the means through which complex human experience is distilled down to simple, sentimental motifs and ideas,” Sara Cwynar observes in her ad for Kitsch Encyclopedia. This might explain why, though Cwynar’s photos embody the “fading glamour” of old tchotchkes, their fruity essence still makes us drool. (Disclaimer: we know from our benefit auction).
Theodore Art56 Bogart Street
6:00 PM to 9:00 PMWebsite
Oliver Wasow, Studio Projects
This event gets a write up even though there’s no press release to speak of, because we like the portraits we’ve seen. There’s two in total, but both photographs capture people in front of painted landscapes that appear to be hundreds of years old. It’s a simple juxtaposition of old and new, but it makes the work feel eerie at times.
Signal260 Johnson Avenue
7:00 PM to 10:00 PMWebsite
Hayden Dunham, Meriem Bennani; Paste
Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)535 West 22nd Street
5th floor, New York
12:00 PM to 7:00 PMWebsite
Nancy Holt: Daylong Tribute Screening
Land art pioneer Nancy Holt, who passed away in February, is probably best known now for her “Sun Tunnels”: 9-foot-wide tunnels aligned with the sun on the winter and summer solstices, and with holes lining up to constellations. So EAI is paying tribute to her video and film work with a marathon screening of her films and videos. Despite the mega fame of her husband Robert Smithson, Holt is still not known to mainstream audiences. EAI will be showing, among others, “Underscan” (1976), “Revolve” (1977), “Pine Barrens” (1975), and collaborations with Robert Smithson, including “Swamp” (1971) and “East Coast, West Coast” (1969).
The Suzanne Geiss Company76 Grand Street
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Website
What is it about weird specificity, that makes the surreal humor of David Lynch so appealing? “Particular Pictures” might have some answers to that question, with its title lifted from Twin Peaks’ Agent Cooper: “Acetylcholine neurons fire high, voltage impulses into the fore-brain. The impulses become pictures, the pictures become your dream. But no one knows why we choose these particular pictures”.
Curators Joshua Abelow and Emily Ludwig Shaffer have combined works spanning four decades by both emerging and established artists.
Artists include: Gene Beery, Brian Belott, Robert Belott, Anna-Sophie Berger, Jonathan Borofsky, Mira Dancy, Cheryl Donegan, Lukas Geronimas, Laeh Glenn, Daniel Gordon, Peter Harkawik, MacGregor Harp, Chris Johanson, Gregory Kalliche, Liegh Ruple, Rose Wylie
Good Work Gallery1100 Broadway
7 - 10 PMWebsite
It’s good to great to see emerging artists like Kyle Petreycik paired with more established names like Ariel Dill and Michael Bell-Smith. According the gallery and curator Zach Smith, “First Responders” brings together work by a group of artists that demonstrates the “primary urge to draw”. Basically, it’s a bunch of work that evolved from sketches and gestures.
Artists include: Ariel Dill, Michael Bell-Smith, Marley Freeman, Deanna Havas, Ben Horns, Katie Loselle, Orion Martin, Sam McKinniss, Kyle Petreycik, Eric Shaw
Sargent's Daughters179 East Broadway
New York, NY
6 PM - 8 PMWebsite
Dee Ferris, Barnaby Furnas and Annie Lapin
Sargent’s Daughters seems to be living up to its name, with a show of historically-grounded paintings by Dee Ferris, Barnaby Furnas and Annie Lapin. If that means more like Furnas’s epic Moby Dick squeegie paintings last year, then we’ll be happy.
247365 Manhattan131 Eldridge Street
And since it’s in the neighborhood, check out the new show at 247365 Manhattan. Our brains are too puny to understand this press release, but it has something to do with secret messages, rumors about the moon, and a movie scene taking place in “a downloaded 99¢ store on the moon”. Readers might have more luck deciphering this.