MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Exhibition: Eugène Delacroix at Metropolitan Museum of Art
In collaboration with the Musée du Louvre in Paris, the Met presents the first comprehensive North American retrospective for the 19th-century artist Eugène Delacroix. The show brings together more than 150 paintings, drawings, prints, and manuscripts, many of which have never been exhibited in the United States. Organized chronologically and spanning his four-decade career, the survey traces Delacroix’s varied interests in literature, history, religion, animals, and nature. Highlights include the paintings Greece on the Ruins of Missolonghi (1826), Women of Algiers in Their Apartment (1834), and Medea about to Kill Her Children (1838).
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, 10 a.m.—5:30 p.m.
Talk: B. Wurtz at the New School
Known for his unconventional sculptural assemblages of food, clothing, and detritus, B. Wurtz is currently showing his first public art exhibition, “Kitchen Trees,” presented by Public Art Fund and on view at City Hall Park in New York through December 7. (He also currently has a show at Metro Pictures gallery in Chelsea.) His talk here will be followed by a conversation with Public Art Fund associate curator Daniel S. Palmer, who will offer his thoughts on the artist’s first-ever public commission, which comprises five new tree-like sculptures made of stacked colanders.
The New School, 63 Fifth Avenue, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $10
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Exhibition: Aslı Çavuşoğlu at New Museum
In her first solo exhibition at a U.S. museum, Aslı Çavuşoğlu will explore the history of the color blue across time and space. Çavuşoğlu’s work is often concerned with cultural symbols and national identity, and her new installation considers the origins and trade of lapis lazuli, a blue stone that was first mined in Afghanistan in the seventh century BCE. For her New Museum show, the artist, whose work looks at blue’s religious, political, and emotional associations throughout the centuries, has created a wall of fresco panels—a medium that has long embraced the use of the pigment.
New Museum, 235 Bowery, 11 a.m.—6 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
Opening: NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1
Put on by Printed Matter, the NY Art Book Fair is an annual treat for book- and zine-happy New Yorkers looking to stuff their tote bags full. The fair’s opening-night preview includes a Blank Forms–curated slate of performances by Odwalla1221, Roe Enney, and DJ Monchan, and the rest of the weekend (running through Sunday) is packed with events, including an offsite program of talks at the nearby shop Book Culture, presented by the Contemporary Artists’ Book Conference. Exhibitors at the fair include Los Angeles’s Ooga Booga, France’s Jean Boîte Editions, and Estonia’s Lugemilk, among many more.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, 6-9 p.m. Tickets $20
Opening: “Hölle” at Galerie Buchholz
The description for this group exhibition is just a few sentences, quoted from an unattributed source: “Soon it will be EVENING. And the shadows grow. . . .” What, exactly, the show focuses on is unclear, but the group of artists assembled is promising: Michael Krebber, Monica Majoli, Albert Oehlen, and Heji Shin are among them. During the opening, the author Rainald Goetz will present a reading of the English version of his 1983 debut novel Insane, which was translated from German for the first time this year by Adrian Nathan West. Goetz’s reading begins at 7 p.m.
Galerie Buchholz, 17 East 82nd Street, 6–8 p.m.
Talk: Genevieve Gaignard at FLAG Art Foundation
The debut New York exhibition by Genevieve Gaignard is filled with self-portraits and collage, all made in Florida. The pieces investigate issues of identity and class through the lens of performance and bring to mind similar work of Cindy Sherman and Nikki S. Lee. The FLAG Art Foundation has extended the run of its Gaignard show, and it will host a talk between the Los Angeles–based artist and Legacy Russell, the newly appointed associate curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem.
FLAG Art Foundation, 545 West 25th Street, 10th Floor, 6:30 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21
Exhibition: John Ashbery at Pratt Manhattan Gallery
This exhibition, titled “The Construction of Fiction,” will focus on the collage work of the Pulitzer Prize– and National Book Award–winning poet John Ashbery, who died in 2017 at the age of 90. More than 120 pieces will shed a light on Ashbery’s penchant for juxtaposing high and low imagery, with pictures borrowed from advertisements appearing alongside reproductions of famous paintings in his collages. Ashbery is best known for his poems and his art criticism (he contributed reviews and essays for ARTnews during the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s), and the show aims to stake a claim for him as a visual artist of note as well.
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Opening: “Figure in a Landscape” at Foxy Production
Each painting in this group show is a landscape of sorts. But in place of the pretty natural scenes one might expect to find in landscape painting, the works offer more disturbing subject matter tending toward religious tyranny, death, and bondage. “Figure in a Landscape” takes its name from the title of a 1945 painting by Francis Bacon, and in homage to that piece, the exhibition will focus on the forms of violence latent in seemingly innocuous images. Among those contributing unsettling scenes to this show are Carlos Almaraz, Mamma Andersson, Cynthia Daignault, Hamishi Farah, Justin Fitzpatrick, and Em Rooney.
Foxy Production, 2 East Broadway, #200, 6–8 p.m.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Opening: Ugo Rondinone at Gladstone Gallery
German Romanticism has informed Ugo Rondinone’s latest body of work—a group of landscape drawings, large-scale sculptures, and 19th-century window metal casts, all of which will be on view at this exhibition spanning both of Gladstone Gallery’s Chelsea spaces. The work on view will allude to celestial bodies, as well as to more terrestrial matters like window frames and the human body. The gallery’s 21st Street space will be given over to what a release describes as a “monumental sun sculpture” made out of bronze. Though it may take the form of a planet thousands of miles from Earth, the sculpture was cast from something quotidian: tree branches.
Gladstone Gallery, 530 West 21st Street and 515 West 24th Street, 4–6 p.m.