MONDAY, MAY 14
Screening: Camille Henrot at Museum of Modern Art
By way of her artistic practice, Camille Henrot often disrupts structures and systems that lend a sense of order to society. Her new 3-D film, Saturday, chronicles the activities of the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, a sect of evangelical Christians who observe Sabbath on Saturdays (as opposed to Sunday, the typical day for Christians). Saturday, which was filmed in New York, Washington, D.C., Tahiti, and Tonga, explores the roles of faith, religion, and ritual throughout the modern world. The Museum of Modern Art will present the New York premiere of the project, which previously appeared at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; the screening will be followed by a conversation between Henrot and Stuart Comer, the chief curator of MoMA’s department of media and performance art.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, 7 p.m. Tickets $8/$10/$12
TUESDAY, MAY 15
Opening: Urs Fischer at Gagosian
Known for his imaginative, whimsical, and sometimes disquieting combinations of materials and objects, Urs Fischer will debut a new installation with Gagosian, aptly titled Things, which features carved aluminum objects existing as a single, connected unit. A copy machine, a car door, a handbag, a vacuum cleaner, a table, and a shovel surround the life-size rhinoceros, created from a 3-D scan of a taxidermy animal. Displayed through tall windows at street level in Midtown Manhattan, Things investigates the ways in which objects, ideas, and experience shape our subjective views of the world. Meanwhile, at Gagosian’s Madison Avenue space, Fischer will debut Sōtasu, a nine-part painting inspired by the 17th-century Japanese artist Tawaraya Sōtasu.
Gagosian, 511 5th Avenue and 980 Madison Avenue, 6–8 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 17
Opening: Nick Cave at Jack Shainman Gallery
Nick Cave, who is best known for his dreamy installations and fabric works, will show a new series of wire “Tondo” works in his new exhibition, titled “Weather or Not.” To create these pieces, Cave layered mappings of catastrophic weather events onto brain scans of black youth affected by PTSD. Like his vibrant fabric “Tondos” and black-and-white “Soundsuits,” these wire works possess an aesthetic beauty that belies their underlying gravity—the pieces comprising “Weather or Not” address urgent issues like gun violence and police brutality. This exhibition will coincide with another project by Cave called The Let Go, which opens at the Park Avenue Armory on June 7.
Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street, 6–8 p.m.
Screening: Frida Kahlo and Tina Modotti at Seward Public Library
This 29-minute film focuses on painter Frida Kahlo and photographer Tina Modotti, who lived and worked in Mexico during the country’s post-Revolution cultural and political avant-garde. The film, co-directed by theorists Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollenwas, was originally commissioned for an international art exhibition at the Whitechapel Gallery in London that the two co-curated. The short explores the differing reactions of each woman to the post-revolutionary conditions of the state, elucidates their unique biographies, and features candid footage of the two artists and their compatriots.
Seward Public Library, 192 East Broadway, 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 18
Exhibition: Cecilia Vicuña at Brooklyn Museum
Cecilia Vicuña’s work often makes use of a quipu, an ancient Incan device of knotted strings used for recording information. The tool was banned by the Spanish during their colonization of South America, and the Chilean-born artist revisits this mode of communication in her poetry and art through immersive installations and performances. Her new work, Disappeared Quipu, is made up of two components: a newly commissioned installation by the artist combining strands of knotted wool with a four-channel video projection, and 13 ancient Andean textiles selected by Vicuña from the museum’s collection. Together, the pieces honor indigenous artistic traditions and examine language and memory in the face of colonialism. A second installment of the exhibition will open at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts in October, while a survey of her work opens on Saturday at Lehmann Maupin gallery in New York.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Opening: “Design for Living” at Foxy Production
This show takes its name from a 1932 Noel Coward play about three people who become involved in a love triangle. Initially censored by British officials, the play has since been considered an important document about sexual liberation. The exhibition features artists—three of them, to be exact, in a touch that only befits the Coward source material—whose work builds on the play’s themes and alludes to the Bauhaus idea that every aspect of one’s life can be designed. Pieces by Louis Fratino, Ann Hirsch, and Jacolby Satterwhite will be included here.
Foxy Production, 2 East Broadway, #200, 6–8 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 19
Conference: Seven on Seven at New Museum
The digital arts organization Rhizome presents the tenth edition of its recurring event Seven on Seven, which brings together artists with technologists and asks them to make something. That “something” is deliberately not specified in advance, though previous collaborations have produced apps, websites, and prototypes. This year, the artist Petra Cortright is paired with Zipcar cofounder Carl Tashian, and Matt Liston—a founding member of the cryptocurrency prediction platform Gnosis—will team up with the artist Avery Singer. Five more duos will present the fruit of their collaborations and, in the process, bring together art and technology.
New Museum, 235 Bowery, 12 p.m. Tickets $175/500/750
Opening: Dan Graham at Greene Naftali
Dan Graham’s latest exhibition is a continuation of the pioneering artist’s longstanding interest in popular culture. Titled “A New Look at TV and a Fun House,” the show will feature a room fashioned after a suburban television den, with cushions strewn next to a series of box monitors displaying clips from ’60s and ’70s game shows. There will also be a site-specific installation comprising two-way mirror glass circles that, when set near the room’s structural elements, create a funhouse-like effect. Finally, a couple smaller sculptures of mirror glass and steel will sit in Greene Naftali’s back gallery and function as the model for a “pavilion the artist deems impossible to realize,” according to a release.
Greene Naftali, 508 West 26th Street, 6–8 p.m.
SUNDAY, MAY 20
Opening: Orion Martin at Bodega
For the 2016 Whitney Museum exhibition “Flatlands,” which focused on a certain strain of slick figurative painting that has been making the gallery rounds over the past five years, Orion Martin showed work that exhibited a graphic approach inspired equally by Pop art and commercial kitsch. His paintings in that show featured flowers that appeared to impossibly wrap through images of lampshades; depth and lack thereof were his concerns. At this show, his second one-person outing at Bodega, expect new work by Martin that showcases his skill for meticulous detail channeled onto glossy surfaces.
Bodega, 167 Rivington Street, 6–8 p.m.