Open Sesame: Art Events in New York

9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week

Robert Irwin's Excursus, 1998-99. COURTESY DIA ART FOUNDATION

Robert Irwin’s Excursus, 1998–99.

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MONDAY, JUNE 1

Opening: Robert Irwin at Dia:Beacon
Light and Space artist Robert Irwin presents his Excursus: Homage to the Square3 at Dia:Beacon (a museum whose masterplan he created), 15 years after its first iteration premiered at Dia Center for the Arts in New York City. The original piece, Prologue: x183, was created as a tribute to artist Josef Albers’s painting series Homage to the Square, and similarly featured fluorescent lights installed in 18 maze-like chambers. Excursus will be on view at Dia:Beacon for two years.
Dia:Beacon, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, New York, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3

Panel: “Painting and the Legacy of Feminism” at Maccarone Gallery
Curator and writer Alison Gingeras will be moderating a discussion between artists Cecily Brown, Rosy Keyser, and Joan Semmel. The conversation is presented in honor of Brown’s show “The English Garden” and Keyser’s “The Hell Bitch” at Maccarone and Joan Semmel’s survey at Alexander Gray Associates.
Maccarone Gallery, 630 Greenwich Street, 7 p.m. The event is free, but an RSVP is required.

Scene from The Lack. COURTESY FILM SOCIETY LINCOLN CENTER

Scene from The Lack.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 4

Screening: U.S. premiere of MASBEDO’s The Lack at Lincoln Center
Italian video artists MASBEDO directed this film, which has been selected for the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s annual showcase “Open Roads: New Italian Cinema.” The group’s first feature film, written along with Iranian artist Mitra Divshali, premiered at the 2014 Venice Film Festival and features six female protagonists (Eve, Xiu, Greta, Anja, Nour, and Sarah) with concurrent stories who “search for meaning to fill the inner void in their lives.” Each story disregards the normal perimeters of time, and features backgrounds of “harsh [Aeolean] landscapes that are both apocalyptic and regenerative,” according to a release. MASBEDO will be present for a Q&A after the screening.
Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, 165 W. 65th Street, 9:15 p.m. Tickets are available online—$14 for the general public, $11 for affiliates, $11 for seniors (62+ years), $11 for students with valid I.D., and $9 for Film Society members with valid I.D.

Opening: “Abstraction” at Robert Miller Gallery
This group show featuring Al Held, Paul Jenkins, Lee Krasner, Yayoi Kusama, and Milton Resnick honors four of the most important painters of the 20th century, and Yayoi Kusama, who has taken Pop art into wonderfully strange territory. Not to be missed.
Robert Miller Gallery, 524 West 26th Street, 10 a.m.—6 p.m.

Opening: Ester Partegàs at Foxy Production
Ester Partegàs’s fourth solo show at Foxy, “The Passerby,” will feature two new sculpture series inspired by “objects so ubiquitous they are virtually invisible,” such as tarpaulins, buckets, containers, and labels, according to a press release. This mundane class of objects, referred to as the “infra-ordinary” by writer Georges Perec, are morphed into objects worthy of contemplation by virtue of their location, the gallery space. In a larger sense, Partegàs is asking us to look beyond the “illusion of the everyday.”
Foxy Production, 623 West 27th Street, 6-8 p.m.

Adam Winner's Viola, 2015. COURTESY JOSÉE BIENVENU GALLERY

Adam Winner’s Viola, 2015.

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Opening: Adam Winner at Josée Bienvenu Gallery
The artist’s first solo New York show is called “Scratchpad,” and features a series of abstract oil on linen paintings that depict Winner’s “distorted, subjective notion of his body, and the external manifestations of internal conflict,” an idea that surfaces less often in artwork created by men.
Josée Bienvenu Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, 6-8 p.m.

THURSDAY, JUNE 4

Symposium: Art Crime Symposium at NYU School of Law
NYU’s School of Professional Studies is hosting a three-day symposium on the rapidly growing market for stolen art and fraudulent reproductions. According to a release, “art crime ranks as the third-largest criminal enterprise in the world” and many U.S. arts institutions, museums, and universities are frequently confronted with the issue of repatriation of stolen or looted works. It continues through Saturday. The first day will be devoted to theft and fraud; the second day is dedicated to “looting and spoliation”; and the third day will feature talks on fakes and forgeries.
NYU School of Law, Lipton Hall, 108 West Third Street, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. See the full list of events here.

FRIDAY, JUNE 5

Performance: SCRAAATCH no. 9 at The Kitchen
SCRAAATCH no. 9 will be performed by performance art duo SCRAAATCH. Live sound processing and performative notation are combined to create an “intricate physical and aural choreography,” which touches on the universal difficulty of communication.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 4 p.m., Free

Agnieszka Kurant's Phantom Library, 2011–12. COURTESY GUGGENHEIM MUSEUM

Agnieszka Kurant’s Phantom Library, 2011–12.

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Opening: “Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim” at the Guggenheim
Bringing together upwards of 100 works from the museum’s permanent collection, “Storylines” celebrates the way contemporary artists use installation, painting, photography, sculpture, video, appropriation, and performance to tell stories, with or without the classical use of plot, character, setting, and so forth. The individual experience, whether as creator or consumer, is emphasized in this show, echoing the phenomenon of contemporary art in the age of social media. The earliest works in this show were created during the 1990s, though most were made after 2005.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, 10 a.m.-7:45 p.m.

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