Open Sesame: Art Events in New York

9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week

TUESDAY, MARCH 24

Sculpture 43 Roaring forty (1968) by Carl Andre. COURTESY WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Sculpture 43 Roaring forty (1968) by Carl Andre.

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Lecture: Pierre Leguillon on Carl Andre at Dia Art Foundation
This is part of the ongoing Artists on Artists lecture series, which examines the work of contemporary artists in Dia’s collection and exhibition programs through the lens of their peers, and its title says it all. French, Brussels-based Leguillon will offer his take on the work of American sculptor Carl Andre.
Dia Art Foundation, 535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor, New York, 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25

Panel: Alex Bacon, Greg Lindquist, Phyllis Tuchman, and Amei Wallach at Hunter College Gallery
People either love or hate MoMA’s contemporary painting exhibition, “Forever Now.” To celebrate the polemical responses the show has inspired, The Brooklyn Rail has teamed up with Hunter College to present a panel featuring Alex Bacon, Greg Lindquist, Phyllis Tuchman, and Amei Wallach, moderated by painter Carrie Moyer, all of whom will offer their own thoughts on the exhibition and a number of other painting shows around town.
Hunter College Gallery, room 202, 205 Hudson Street (entrance on Canal Street), 7:30 p.m., New York, limited seating available

THURSDAY, MARCH 26

Nicole Eisenman's Seder (2010). COURTESY THE JEWISH MUSEUM

Nicole Eisenman’s Seder (2010).

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Talk: Nicole Eisenman at the Jewish Museum
Nicole Eisenman will discuss her painting Seder (2010), which depicts a Passover scene, with Joanna Montoya Robotham, a assistant curator at the museum. The painting is the latest work to be featured in the museum’s ongoing “Masterpieces & Curiosities” exhibition, and the talk the latest in the accompanying “Writers and Artists Respond” series.
Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue (at 92nd Street), 6:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m., New York, pay-what-you-wish admission (RSVP recommended) 

Opening: “True Monotypes” at International Print Center New York
As part of their 15th anniversary programming, ICPNY presents an exhibition at their Chelsea gallery that showcases the world of monotypes. Featuring emerging and established artists alike, expect monotypes by Chuck Arnoldi, Romare Bearden, Cecily Brown, Gregory Crane, Paul DeRuvo, Valentina DuBasky, Joellyn Duesberry, Carroll Dunham, Mary Frank, Lawrence Gipe, Sue Heatley, Jasper Johns, Jane Kent, Joyce Kozloff, Maya Lin, Judith Linhares, Eddie Martinez, Michael Mazur, Kate McCrickard, James Nares, Anne Neely, John Newman, Elizabeth Peyton, Matt Phillips, Susan Rothenberg, Sara Sanders, Dana Schutz, Richard Segalman, Stuart Shils, Steven Sorman, David Storey, Philip Taaffe, Donald Traver, Mary Jo Vath, Chuck Webster, William Weege, Christopher Wool, and Lisa Yuskavage. The exhibition, curated by Janice Oresman, will be on view through May 30.
International Print Center New York, 508 West 26th Street, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

Tomás Saraceno's 14 Billions (2010). COURTESY  STUDIO TOMÁS SARACENO

Tomás Saraceno’s 14 Billions (2010).

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Opening: Tomás Saraceno at Tanya Bonakdar
Artist-turned-architect Saraceno builds “an ebullient world of inflatable and airborne biospheres,” according to his website. That is the best, most succinct way to describe his delicately intricate, scientifically-supported installations resembling soap bubbles, spider webs, neural networks, and cloud formations that leave the visitor in a kaleidoscope of awe. These structures, which are also speculatively sustainable ways of living, are created using engineering, physics, chemistry, aeronautics and materials science principles. Saraceno, who holds an ongoing residency at MIT, has exhibited work alongside that of artists like Andy Warhol, Paul Chan, Mona Hatoum, Paweł Althamer, Jim Dine, and Bridget Polk at galleries and museums worldwide; this show, however, is dedicated to his work alone. Saraceno’s work is on view until May 2.
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 West 21st Street, New York, 6 p.m.–8 p.m. 

Opening: “Salon Style” at Studio Museum in Harlem
Senior curatorial assistant Hallie Ringle organized this show, which focuses on the use of hair and nails as specific bodily sites of identity and outlets of expression, touching on issues as diverse as gender, politics, and consumerism. Just as the show “merge[s] the seemingly superficial with the world of high art,” according to a press release, the show’s title refers both to beauty parlor trends and the historical tradition of stacking art works on top of each other in a limited space. Works in mediums such as painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, video, installation, and performance are on view until June 28.
Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 W. 125th Street, 12-9 p.m.

FRIDAY, MARCH 27

Opening: Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh at NUTUREart Gallery
Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh’s first solo New York show, co-funded by the British Council of Northern Ireland, takes the form of a gallery-wide installation and is titled “Upward Inflection.” Beginning with the mug shot of Danny Ray (or “The Cape Man,” James Brown’s personal valet and master of ceremonies), an anonymous actor brings life to Ray’s portrait by delivering a monologue while alternating between the roles of the “Master of Ceremonies” and the “Hype Man.” The sequence was filmed as an improvisation, and has a distinctly computer-age feel. The show runs through May 1.
NURTUREart Gallery, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.

SATURDAY, MARCH 28

Thomas Nozkowski's Untitled (P-96) (2011). COURTESY PACE GALLERY

Thomas Nozkowski’s Untitled (P-96) (2011).

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Reception: Thomas Nozkowski at Pace Gallery
This show features new paintings and mixed media drawings—mostly oil on panel and oil on paper—by Thomas Nozkowski. The simple colors and seemingly low-pixellated, organic designs of his abstract works belie a laborious decision-making process, in which he reworks form, color, and gesture for periods spanning days to years. Running from March 31 to April 24, the exhibition will also feature a first-ever look at drawings Nozkowski made during walks on Shawangunk Ridge near Napanoch, NY in 2014.
Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, New York, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.

SUNDAY, MARCH 29

Opening: Pierre Bismuth at Team Gallery
Pierre Bismuth, the Brussels-based French artist perhaps most widely known for co-winning the 2002 Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (with Charlie Kaufman and Michel Gondry), is having a solo show entitled “Where is Rocky II?” A decade ago, Bismuth learned about Ed Ruscha’s Rocky II, a yet-to-be-discovered artificial boulder that was hidden in plain sight in the Mojave Desert during the 1970s. Since then, Bismuth’s quest to discover the work (including hiring a private detective) has made the fake rock famous, and Bismuth is currently in the process of finishing a quasi-documentary of his obsessive search. This exhibition will feature two new video works, Where is Rocky II, Trailer and Where is Rocky II, Teaser (featuring the artist Lawrence Weiner), which play upon the usual audio and visual techniques employed by the entertainment industry to announce upcoming thriller films. The show is on view until April 26.
Team Gallery, 83 Grand Street (between Wooster and Greene Streets), New York, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

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