Open Sesame: Art Events in New York

9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week

Jim Shaw, Labyrinth: I Dreamt I was Taller than Jonathan Borofsky, 2009, acrylic on muslin canvas stretched over plywood panels. COLLECTION ERIC DECELLE, BRUSSELS/COURTESY THE ARTIST AND GALERIE PRAZ-DELAVALLADE, PARIS/©F. DEVAL, CAPC MUSÉE D'ART CONTEMPORAIN DE BORDEAU

Jim Shaw, Labyrinth: I Dreamt I was Taller than Jonathan Borofsky, 2009, acrylic on muslin canvas stretched over plywood panels.



R.H. Quaytman’s 2015 work Chapter 29, חקק.



Opening: R. H. Quaytman at Miguel Abreu Gallery
Instead of working in series, conceptual artist R. H. Quaytman works in what she calls “chapters.” She’s now on her 29th, this one titled “חקק” (“haqaq,” or “engraving,” in Hebrew), part of which will go on view this week at Miguel Abreu Gallery. (It was shown in its full form earlier this year at the Tel Aviv Museum of Art, in Israel.) Known for her combination of photographic and painterly techniques, Quaytman will also debut new works that are based on a Paul Klee that she saw in Jerusalem’s Israel Museum. She noticed that Klee had placed a print on top of an engraving from 1520 and was determined to find out who made that underlying image. Using X-rays and thermography, Quaytman was able to track down the artist who made the engraving, and she then used this as an inspiration for her new works. A press release keeps Quaytman’s findings a mystery.
Miguel Abreu Gallery, 36 Orchard Street, 6–8 p.m.

Opening: “Museum of Stones” at the Noguchi Museum
Here are some points of reference for this exhibition: the rock David used to kill Goliath, the story of Scylla and Charybdis, the ancient Roman pebble used for voting, walls, standing stones, memorials. Museum of Stones, a massive installation by Brancusi-influenced Isamu Noguchi, will be supplemented with fifty works by thirty other contemporary artists, as well as by fifteen ancient Chinese rock-related objects, which are on loan from the Met.
Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, NY, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

One of Ceylan's works in his upcoming show at Paul Kasmin. COURTESY PAUL KASMIN

One of Ceylan’s works in his upcoming show at Paul Kasmin.



Opening: Taner Ceylan at Paul Kasmin
Here’s a new exhibition of work by Turkish hyperrealistic painter Taner Ceylan, his second at Paul Kasmin. We’re not quite sure what we can expect this time from the artist known for his sexually explicit works—but we can tell you with some confidence that prints of his paintings will be shown in the gallery’s bookshop, PK Shop.
Paul Kasmin Gallery, 297 Tenth Avenue, 6–8 p.m.


Opening: Brigid Berlin at Invisible-Exports
We’re very excited to tell you that Brigid Berlin/“Polk”, the amphetamine-loving, quintessential Warhol star, will be showing work in a show called “It’s All About Me.” We’re not sure of any other of the show’s particulars, except that the surprise will most likely be worth it.
Invisible-Exports, 89 Eldridge Street, 6–8 p.m.

Screening: Heart of a Dog at the New York Film Festival
Laurie Anderson’s first feature-length film in 30 years is an ode to her late dog Lolabelle, who the artist remembers here for playing piano and finger painting. But rather than being a love letter to Lolabelle, Heart of a Dog is an essay film—it doesn’t follow a narrative, and it doesn’t focus on one subject. Anderson, who has called the film a “cousin” to her recently-closed Park Avenue Armory commission, uses anecdotes and images of her dog to look at surveillance, New York after 9/11, and death itself. Switching visual perspective constantly, the film is about borders, the way that small events can reverberate through all of us, and the way that we all see things differently.
Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, 6 p.m., $20/$15

Opening: “Pixar: The Design of Story” at Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum
This exhibition is a rare peek into the design process behind the creation of Pixar favorites like Toy Story, Wall-E, Up, Brave, The Incredibles, and Cars, including relics such as rarely seen paintings, sculptures, hand-drawn sketches, and other original artwork. The show will emphasize the studio’s “process of iteration, collaboration and research,” according to a press release, and most importantly, Pixar’s process of cultivating 3-D emotion.
Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Process Lab, 2 East 91st Street, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.

Alberto Burri's Sacco 5P, 1953. COURTESY SFMOMA

Alberto Burri, Sacco 5P, 1953.


Opening: Alberto Burri at the Guggenheim
This exhibition, titled “The Trauma of Painting,” represents the first U.S. survey in over 35 years—and the most comprehensive show—of the works of post-World War II Italian painter and sculptor Alberto Burri. An innovator beyond his time, Burri’s recomposition of Western pictorial tradition was cited as an influence in later Arte Povera, Neo-Dada, and Process art movements. Though best known for his “Sacchi” series, crafted from reconstituted parts of burlap sacks and abandoned articles of clothing, audiences will receive an equally comprehensive education on his less-familiar Catrami (tars), Muffe (molds), Gobbi (hunchbacks), Bianchi (whites), Legni (woods), Ferri (irons), Combustioni plastiche (plastic combustions), Cretti, and Cellotex works.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, 10 a.m.–7:45 p.m.


Talk: Jim Shaw with Massimiliano Gioni at the New Museum
In Jim Shaw’s genuine, humorous paintings, angels, Alfred Hitchcock, Shrek, and disembodied hairpieces combine, creating a frenzy of images that seem to have nothing to do with one another. The fact is, however, that we’ve seen these characters and objects everywhere, and Shaw is not so much concerned with the way vernacular imagery has spread his subjects everywhere as he is genuinely interested by it. In between, Shaw looks at the role of counterculture and religion in America today. The Californian artist’s three-decade career will now be surveyed at the New Museum, in a show titled “Jim Shaw: The End Is Here,” opening on October 7. In honor of that show, Shaw will discuss his career with the curator Massimiliano Gioni. Shaw will also be signing copies of the exhibition catalogue at Metro Pictures the day before.
New Museum, 235 Bowery, 3 p.m., $10/$8


Opening: “Greater New York” at MoMA PS1
MoMA PS1 has been secretive about this iteration of “Greater New York,” the museum’s fourth since 2000. At this time of writing, an artist list hasn’t even been announced. What we do know, however, is that this “Greater New York” won’t focus on young, emerging artists, as it had in the past three versions. Though the focus will remain artists working in New York today, it will also include established, older artists for the first time. A short description of this year’s show says that this major change in the exhibition’s form is in response to “a city and art community that has changed dramatically since the first version of the survey.”
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, 12–6 p.m., free with museum admission

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