Open Sesame: Art Events in New York

9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week

Haverford Variation (1944), by Alexander Calder. COURTESY DOMINIQUE LÉVY GALLERY

Alexander Calder, Haverford Variation, 1944.



Opening: Alexander Calder at Dominique Lévy
“MULTIUM IN PARVO” (“much in little) is the Latinate name of this Calder exhibition, arranged in collaboration with the Calder Foundation. It presents Calder’s tiniest works, the heights of which range from the one to thirty inches, in an environment created by architect Santiago Calatrava.
Dominique Lévy, 909 Madison Avenue, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Opening: Rosson Crow at Sargent’s Daughters
“HYSTERIA: Spatial Conversations with Florine Stettheimer” marks Crow’s first solo show in New York since 2010, an exhibition of five works that demonstrate the artist’s response to the paintings of Florine Stettheimer. Crow is fascinated with Stettheimer’s unique depiction of “feminine” spaces, and “HYSTERIA” is a wink to the medical condition of Stettheimer’s time that supposedly only affected women.
Sargent’s Daughters, 179 East Broadway, 6-8 p.m.

Opening: Kacper Kowalski at The Curator Gallery
The Bill Shapiro-curated “Above and Beyond” show offers photographs by Kacper Kowalski. In his first solo show in the U.S., the Polish photographer combines his dual passions for photography and flying with his formal training as an architect, producing photos of landscapes that look quite abstract and free of context. A press release asks big questions: “What makes something beautiful?  Is it bold colors? Perfect shapes? Rhythmic patterns? But what if those soothing patterns are the result of industrial mining?  What if those rich colors are caused by chemical runoff? Can they still be beautiful?”
The Curator Gallery, 520 West 23rd Street, 6-8 p.m.

Opening: Reza Aramesh at Leila Heller
Iranian-born, London-based artist Reza Aramesh’s often makes politically-themed work, including the creation of five site-specific works at a New York nightclub. What is he up to this time?
Leila Heller, 568 West 25th Street, 6 -8 p.m.

Hippies (2013), by Lisa Yuskavage.  COURTESY DAVID ZWIRNER GALLERY

Lisa Yuskavage, Hippies, 2013.



Opening: Lisa Yuskavage at David Zwirner
Lisa Yuskavage’s new fantastic paintings and pastels are centered on a 2013 painting, Hippies, which shows five intersecting, Shiva-like nudes. Yuskavage, who is currently featured in the Met’s web series The Artist Project, uses cangiantismo and grisaille techniques in her depictions of male and female incubi and succubi. These works are a departure for Yuskavage, who has previously only included female subjects in her works.
David Zwirner, 533 West 19th Street,  6-8 p.m.

Opening: Emi Anrakuji at MIYAKO YOSHINAGA Art Prospects

Emi Anrakuji’s photos are dreamy, erotic “vignettes of jigsaw puzzle-like photographs of herself and others blur the boundaries between documentary and staged photography,” as a press release declares. Anrakuji’s fascination with her own body began after she had graduated from art school in Tokyo in the mid-1980s—she was hospitalized with a cerebral tumor that left her unable to make art for a decade. During a slow recovery, she regained the ability to make block prints, then she moved on to photographs.
MIYAKO YOSHINAGA Art Prospects, 547 West 27th Street, 2nd Floor, 6-8 p.m.

To be titled, detail (2015), by Brent Wadden. COURTESY MITCHELL-INNES & NASH GALLERY

Brent Wadden, To be titled, detail, 2015.


Opening: Brent Wadden at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Brent Wadden’s show (his first solo exhibition in New York) at Mitchell-Innes & Nash features eight new woven paintings by the Canadian, Berlin-based artist. What is a woven painting, you ask? It’s essentially a tapestry that thinks it’s a painting. A press release elucidates: “His abstract works complicate the painterly notion of surface, while reconsidering the concept of the handmade…the artist’s focus on form seeks to reinterpret traditional gender roles in art-making and craftsmanship.” Reinterpreting gender roles! Exciting.
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, 534 West 26th Street, 6-8 p.m.

Screening: Hairy Who & The Chicago Imagists at Nitehawk Cinema
Here’s a fun one. The Chicago Imagists were a group of grotesque surrealist artists in 1960s who were thoroughly uninfluenced by the trending New York art scene. The “Hairy Who?” was the name of several Chicago Imagist exhibitions at Hyde Park Art Center in 1966, 1967, and 1968. The group—and these influential exhibitions—are the subject of a documentary by Leslie Buchbinder, a screening of which will be hosted at Nitehawk this Thursday night as part of Nitehawk Cinema’s Art Seen series, in partnership with Frieze. Featured artists Gary Panter and Dan Nadel will be present for a Q&A after the film, during which, as always, mini burgers are available for consumption.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave, Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m., $15

Shakyamuni Beneficial to See (detail); Tibet (Drigung School Monastery); early 14th century; Pritzker Family Collection. COURTESY RUBIN MUSEUM OF ART

Shakyamuni Beneficial to See (detail), Tibet (Drigung School Monastery), early 14th century.



Opening: “Art with Benefits: The Drigung Tradition” at Rubin Museum of Art
The Rubin Museum of Art is highlighting 39 works of art from the important school of Tibetan Buddhism, the Drigung Kagyu School. The collection spans from about 1200 to the present day, and includes nine category types (The Buddha; The Teacher; The Footprint; The Hat; The Protectress; The Wrathful; The Deity; The Lotus Born; The Tree) with an explanation of the way each is believed to benefit the viewer.
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, 11:00 a.m.-10 p.m.

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