WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3
Opening: The Photography Show at Pier 94
Nearly 100 exhibitors including Bryce Wolkowitz Gallery (New York), Catherine Edelman Gallery (Chicago), and Galerie Frederic Got (Paris) are set to participate in the 39th edition of the Photography Show, where they will present contemporary, modern, and 19th-century photographs as well as photo-based, video, and new media works. Book dealers and publishers will also sell their wares, and a special exhibition curated by photographer Alec Soth will take domestic interiors as its subject. Other special projects and talks with curators, artists, journalists, and collectors are also planned throughout the fair’s run through Sunday.
Pier 94, 711 12th Avenue, 5–8 p.m. Tickets $75 online/$100 at the door
Opening: Anohni at the Kitchen
This exhibition brings together new works in drawing and sculpture as well as archival materials from the singer, composer, and visual artist Anohni. The presentation functions in part as an homage to Julia Yasuda, one of Anohni’s longtime collaborators, who died last year. Additionally, Anohni’s new theater piece The Johnsons Present LOVE will nod to the artist’s 1990s performance groups the Johnsons and Blacklips Performance Cult. Performances will accompany the exhibition via a program to be staged from April 19 to 22, with appearances by Charles Atlas, Johanna Constantine, Lorraine O’Grady, Marti Wilkerson, and others.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 6–8 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 4
Opening: Mary Bauermeister at Michael Rosenfeld Gallery
Best known for her assemblages of materials of nature and her role in the Fluxus movement of the 1960s, Mary Bauermeister has created a universe of 50 artist-made pencils to be suspended “magically” in Michael Rosenfeld Gallery. The pencils bear messages like “Is this art? Or? What else could it be?” and “Art—attention getting device,” and all proceeds from sales of the writing implements will go to the Children’s Museum of Manhattan. The title of the installation is a good one: Live in Peace or Leave the Galaxy.
Michael Rosenfeld Gallery, 100 11th Avenue, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: Paul Anthony Smith at Jack Shainman Gallery
Spanning Jack Shainman Gallery’s two Chelsea spaces, Paul Anthony Smith’s first exhibition with the enterprise will showcase a new body of work focused on post-colonial Caribbean histories. Titled “Junction,” the show will feature works in what the artist calls “picotage,” a process by which he adds architectural shapes and forms atop photographs of people and places. Notions of displacement, home, and migration are central to the works on view.
Jack Shainman Gallery, 513 West 20th Street and 524 West 24th Street, 6–8 p.m.
Talk: “Carolee Schneemann: This Kinetic Life” at NYU Tisch School of the Arts
This conversation will examine the life and prolific output of Carolee Schneemann, the feminist-art pioneer who died in March. Participants in the discussion—which will concentrate on the enduring relevance of the politics imbued in the artist’s paintings, photographs, films, performances, and written works—include NYU Tisch faculty members André Lepecki, Barbara Browning, Malik Gaines, and Karen Finley.
NYU Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, 6:30–8 p.m.
Talk: Adelita Husni-Bey and Michelle Castañeda at New Museum
For her exhibition at the New Museum, Adeltia Husni-Bey created a site-specific installation that serves a container for a number of her films. Included is a premiere of Chiron (2019), which looks at the effects of American foreign policy on immigration and was made in collaboration with lawyers from UnLocal, an organization that provides pro-bono legal council to undocumented immigrants in New York. Here, Bey will be in conversation with New York University professor Michelle Castañeda, whose scholarship has focused on U.S. immigration policy and law.
New Museum, 235 Bowery, 3 p.m. Tickets $18
Talk: “A Night with Eric N. Mack and Friends” at Brooklyn Museum
In celebration of his new site-specific installation at the Brooklyn Museum, Lemme walk across the room, Eric N. Mack has organized a full evening of programming with events to shed light on the work’s themes. Starting with a tour of the show with the artist and curator Ashley James, the event also includes a poetry reading by April Freely and a multidisciplinary performance by Devin KKnney and Justin Allen. To conclude the evening, there will be a set of music by MHYSA, the pop-star alter-ego of the artist E. Jane.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 7 p.m. Tickets $14/$16
SATURDAY, APRIL 6
Performance: Ying Liu at Issue Project Room
Issue Project Room’s 2019 artist-in-residence Ying Liu will present the premiere of PLAYDATE, an outdoor play that, using performers equipped with GoPro cameras, documents a group of people as they go through a series of tasks involving local businesses and public facilities in and around downtown Brooklyn. This group is monitored by a single “cellphone performer” whose social media streams and GPS tracking are then sent to an audience. “We live in a time where it’s possible to watch an entire feature film on a cellphone in broad daylight, looking down,” Ying said in a statement. “How might this change how long-existing artistic forms, like soliloquies in theater, are presented today?”
Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, 2 p.m. Tickets $10
SUNDAY, APRIL 7
Opening: “Mundos Alternos: Art and Science Fiction in the Americas” at Queens Museum
In this traveling group exhibition, which was first organized by UCR ARTS at the University of California, Riverside as part of “Pacific Standard Time” in 2017, Latin American and Latinx artists from the U.S. explore the speculative properties of science fiction. Works on view in the sprawling show span mediums and traditions but remain connected to the idea of science fiction as a way to imagine possible futures—a pressing concern in an era when basic freedoms are being questioned. Among the artists included are Robert “Cyclona” Legorreta, Guadalupe Maravilla, Clarissa Tossin, and Beatriz Cortez.
Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, 1–5 p.m.