Event Horizon: Art Happenings Around New York

9 Art Events in New York This Week: Simone Leigh, Firelei Báez, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., and More

Tim Rollins and K.O.S., By any means necessary – Trapped/Caught, 1985–87, black gesso on book pages mounted on linen.



Exhibition: Gabriel Orozco at Noguchi Museum
“Rotating Objects” will bring together 10 works created by Gabriel Orozco in Tokyo in 2015. Among them are seven Rotu Shaku with abstract geometric patterning and three Obi Scrolls crafted from segments of antique kimono sashes. The solo exhibition is organized in conjunction with the Noguchi Museum’s ongoing exhibition “Changing and Unchanging Things: Noguchi and Hasegawa in Postwar Japan.”
Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.


Opening: Tim Rollins and K.O.S. at Lehmann Maupin
This exhibition will be the first survey of works by Tim Rollins and his Kids of Survival since Rollins’s death in 2017. Curated by Ian Berry, the show brings together major works produced between 1987 and 2016, with examples from the series “Amerika” (1984–2012); “Red Badge” (1985–1995); “By Any Means Necessary” (1985–2008); “The Whiteness of the Whale” (1986–2016); “X-Men” (1991–1997); “I See the Promised Land” (1999–2012); “On the Origin of Species” (2009–2016); and “Invisible Man” (2002–2017). The group first formed when Rollins, who had been working in a South Bronx public middle school, launched an after-school program called Art Knowledge Workshop for his students, who took on the name Kids of Survival (K.O.S.). Part of the survey’s programming will also include K.O.S. Studio, a series of Saturday arts workshops at the gallery coordinated with local schools.
Lehmann Maupin, 536 West 22nd Street, 6–8 p.m.

Opening: Louis Fratino at Sikkema Jenkins & Co.
Louis Fratino’s first exhibition with Sikkema Jenkins & Co. will feature a selection of new paintings under the title “Come Softly to Me.” Though known for his portraits of figures in states of domesticity, Fratino’s newest body of work positions his human subjects in cityscapes as well as nebulous, unspecified spaces. One constant between them is the artist’s exploration of the ways in which bodies can signal desire and intimacy.
Sikkema Jenkins & Co., 530 West 22nd Street, 6–8 p.m.

Simone Leigh, The Village Series #4, 2018, stoneware.



Exhibition: Simone Leigh at Guggenheim Museum
Simone Leigh’s Hugo Boss Prize exhibition is titled “Loophole of Retreat,” a phrase from the writings of the once enslaved abolitionist Harriet Jacobs, who pseudonymously published an account of her life—including seven years she spent hiding from her master in a crawl space. Comprising new sculptures and a sound installation, the presentation will focus on the experiences and narratives of black women throughout history, particularly “narratives of communal nurture, resilience, and resistance,” per exhibition materials.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, 10 a.m.–5:30 p.m.

Performance: Jonathan González at MoMA PS1
Lucifer Landing I, a new commission by Jonathan González, will occupy MoMA PS1’s VW Dome through the weekend. The immersive environment, which González constructed in collaboration with designers Rena Anakwe and Pam Liou, incorporates music, film, and sound-responsive lighting design. Partly inspired by the geodesic domes made in the 1970s by the collective CHARAS, the installation is open to just one visitor at a time so as to encourage meditation on “the entanglements between the state of dispossessed non-being that is Black life with the non-human and the architectural,” as the artist has put it. On Sunday, April 21, the presentation will conclude with a recitation from González and a choreographed performance.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, 12 p.m.

Performance: The Johnsons at the Kitchen
This two-act surrealist drama was written and directed by Anohni, formerly known as Antony and best known as the lead singer of the band Antony and the Johnsons. Inspired by the portraiture photography of Erika Yasuda (the wife of Anohni’s late bandmate Julia Yasuda), the show runs concurrent with an exhibition of work by Anohni in the Kitchen’s upstairs gallery. The night’s performance will feature music, painting, and video in collaboration with a formative list of New York heavy hitters, including Laurie Anderson, Kembra Pfahler, and Charles Atlas.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 8 p.m., $75

Wardell Milan, 3 Warriors: Kung Fu Kelvin, Samurai Seitu, and King Kunta Kinte, 2019, charcoal, graphite, gesso, etching ink, and cut-and-pasted paper on inkjet print.


Opening: Wardell Milan at David Nolan Gallery
For his second show at David Nolan Gallery, the New York–based Wardell Milan will exhibit large-scale collages, paintings, and photo-based works. Milan often mines photography for his source material, including an image from 1930 by Magnum photographer Herbert List that serves as a reference point for a new collage titled When he became close to God. Other works toggle between contemporary events and personal happenings—one series is inspired by Kanye West lyrics and features re-contextualized images from Robert Mapplethorpe’s controversial Black Book.
David Nolan Gallery, 527 West 29th Street, 5–7 p.m. 


Exhibition: Firelei Báez at James Cohan Gallery
Firelei Báez often uses the language of regional mythology and science fiction to explore identity and history in the context of diasporic narratives. For this solo show, the New York–based artist has created an immersive installation that envelops the main gallery space in hand-perforated blue tarp, the kind that is sometimes used as temporary refuge; above, Báez has created a mapping of the stars as they appeared in 1791 on the night that the Haitian Revolution began.
James Cohan Gallery, 291 Grand Street, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.


Opening: Doreen Garner at JTT
Brooklyn-based artist Doreen Garner uses both painterly and sculptural methods to examine how various traumas—historical, pharmacological, and otherwise—impact the body. (Past work has taken a focus on the brutal medical histories of enslaved women.) This exhibition, titled “She Is Risen” (a nod to its opening on Easter Sunday), serves as a continuation of these themes, and features new sculptures made primarily with silicone, a wall work that references Manet’s 1865 painting Olympia, and more.
JTT, 191 Chrystie Street, 6–8 p.m.

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