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9 Art Events to Attend in New York City This Week

Alexandra Bachzetsis, PRIVATE: wear a mask when you talk to me, 2018, performance still.



Performance: Alexandra Bachzetsis at the High Line
In PRIVATE: Wear a mask when you talk to me, which debuted in 2016 at the Festival DañsFabrik in Brest, France, the artist and choreographer Alexandra Bachzetsis enacts a series of gestures from various dance styles, including Tsifteteli and Zeibekiko, which are both native to Greece. The work is influenced by Trisha Brown’s 1983 Set and Reset and Marianne Wex’s 1979 Let’s Take Back Our Space: “Female” and “Male” Body Language as a Result of Patriarchal Structures. Bachzetsis will explore the intersections of staged performance, candid movement, and socialized behavior, with a particular focus on the role gender plays in all this.
The High Line at 14th Street, 8–9 p.m.


Elle Pérez, Binder, 2015/2018, which will be included in “This Is Not a Prop” at David Zwirner.


Opening: “This Is Not a Prop” at David Zwirner
“This Is Not a Prop” considers the nuanced relationship between bodies and objects, and will feature work by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Hannah Levy, Paulo Nazareth, Christina Quarles, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and others. Included will be examples of the German artist Franz West’s furniture and his “Adaptives,” sculptures meant to be touched and held by viewers, which their creator viewed as being a way to understand how art can be a social experience. As part of “This Is Not a Prop,” the gallery will also present performances by Gordon Hall between July 10 and July 26.
David Zwirner, 525 and 533 West 19th Street, 6–8 p.m.

Opening: The Racial Imaginary at the Kitchen
Organized by the poet Claudia Rankine’s organization the Racial Imaginary Institute and the Kitchen, this presentation, titled “On Whiteness,” comprises a group exhibition, performances, residencies, and a symposium that examines and questions the notion of “whiteness as a source of unquestioned power,” per a release. The exhibition considers the ways in which art can disrupt and reimagine prevailing ways of representing whiteness (and, by extension, blackness), and it includes work by Titus Kaphar, Glenn Ligon, Toyin Ojih Odutola, and Cindy Sherman, among others. Aspects of the project were inspired by philosopher Sara Ahmed’s essay “The Phenomenology of Whiteness,” in which she explores the many ways whiteness can shape institutions.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 6–8 p.m.

Mel Chin, Aileen, 2015, concrete, Hi-Standard .22 revolver, which is included in “The Racial Imaginary.”


Opening: “On the Periphery of Vision” at Jane Lombard Gallery
Curated by Christopher Phillips, this group exhibition brings together five artists whose work focuses on the inarticulable everyday moments that often go unnoticed. Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s short film Ashes makes use of a 35mm camera to shoot a series of 20-second clips depicting a kind of ethereal mundanity, while Michelle Charles relies on painting, drawing, and photography to explore the formal properties of crystal balls. Also on view will be work from the Japanese artist Shimpei Takeda, who makes otherworldly gelatin silver photograms using a natural process inspired by the changing of the seasons in his home country, as well as Bae Youngwhan’s porcelain objects and Koo Donghee’s video Static Electricity of Cat’s Cradle.
Jane Lombard Gallery, 518 West 19th Street, 6–8 p.m.

Jeanette Mundt, Born Athlete American: Aly Raisman II, 2018, oil and glitter on canvas.


Opening: “Painting: Now and Forever, Part III” at Greene Naftali and Matthew Marks Gallery
The third edition of this sprawling collaborative survey—the first was staged in 1998 by Pat Hearn and Marks, the second in 2008 by the current organizers—makes an argument for the continued relevance of contemporary painting. The two galleries have assembled an exhibition featuring over 40 painters from around the world, including Nicole Eisenman, Gang Zhao, and Vija Celmins. Their work, which runs the gamut from process-based abstraction to internet-inspired figurative compositions, will be shown across five of the galleries’ spaces.
Green Naftali, 508 West 26th Street, Ground Floor and 8th Floor, 6–8 p.m.; and Matthew Marks, 522 and 526 West 22nd Street and 523 West 24th Street, 6–8 p.m.


Opening: “Putting Out” at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
“Putting Out” is a group exhibition that explores the role sex and labor play in today’s world. “You may believe that you are not repressed, but you are,” artist Reba Maybury states in a press release accompanying the exhibition. “Sex and labour are now intertwined more than they ever have been, because there are invisible people out there doing the work for you.” Maybury, Leilah Weinraub, Juliana Huxtable, Sophia Al Maria, and Cosey Fanni Tutti are among those who’ve contributed work to the show.
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, 291 Grand Street, 3rd Floor, 6–8 p.m.

Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Mirror Study (Q502097), 2016, archival pigment print.


Opening: “Intimacy” at Yossi Milo Gallery
This exhibition is curated by Stephen Truax and draws on his Artsy essay “Why Young Queer Artists Are Trading Anguish for Joy,” which highlights a group of artists whose work has focused on sexuality and honesty. His exhibition will place an emphasis on intersectional identities and artists’ personal and political expressions of sex and the body. The 70-plus works featured here will draw on the legacy of the AIDS crisis during the 1980s and the increased visibility of members of the LGBTQI+ community today. Among the artists included in the show are TM Davy, Hugh Steers, Nan Goldin, Kia LaBeija, Elle Pérez, and David Wojnarowicz, whose Whitney Museum retrospective opens next month.
Yossi Milo Gallery, 245 10th Avenue, 6–8 p.m.


Opening: Condo New York at Various venues
The New York edition of Condo—the gallery share program in which local venues host out-of-towners, who pay a minimal fee—returns to Manhattan for the second year in a row this week. Twenty-one New York galleries will turn over part or all of their space this year to 26 visiting outfits from locales as distant as Pristina, Kosovo, and Kolkata, India. Organized by Chapter NY owner Nicole Russo and Simone Subal Gallery founder Simone Subal, the program will include shows put on by such galleries as Nanzuka (of Tokyo), Galerie Crèvecoeur (of Paris), and Park View/Paul Soto (of Los Angeles and Brussels).
Various venues, 12–8 p.m. Consult Condo New York website for details

Hanne Lippard, Bag, 2015, audio, 10 minutes, 9 seconds. Installation view at “Ars Viva Prize,” 2016, at Staedtische Galerie, Karlsruhe, Germany. The artist’s work will be on view as part of Condo, in the presentation at Metro Pictures by Lamba Lamba Lambda, which is based in Pristina, Kosovo.



Concert: Warm Up at MoMA PS1
The first event in the Warm Up 2018 summer concert series will feature sets from Cashmere Cat, Venus X & Asmara, Valee, NÍDIA, Fuck U Pay Us, and Meriem Bennani. (Bennani is no stranger to PS1, having had her first solo museum show there in 2016.) For this year’s Warm Up series, MoMA PS1 has enlisted the duo Dream the Combine to transform the museum’s courtyard into an interactive playscape complete with oversized mirrors, a runway, and a hammock. Aptly, their new construction is called Hide & Seek.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, 12–9 p.m. Advance tickets $12/$14/$18

Correction 6/25/18, 4:25 p.m.: An earlier version of this article misstated the opening date of “Painting: Now and Forever, Part III.” It is opening on Wednesday, June 27, not Thursday, June 28. The post has been updated to reflect this. Additionally, the post has been updated to reflect that dancers Sotiris Vasiliou and Thibault Lac are not participating in the High Line's Alexandra Bachzetsis performance, which is a solo work.

Correction 6/27/18, 11:20 a.m.: An earlier version of this article stated that Christopher Phillips, the curator of “On the Periphery of Vision” at Jane Lombard Gallery, works at the International Center of Photography. In fact, he left the museum two years ago. The post has been updated to reflect this.

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