WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15
Opening: “Diverse Works: Director’s Choice, 1997-2015” at the Brooklyn Museum
Arnold L. Lehman, who has directed the Brooklyn Museum since 1997, will be retiring this summer. To honor him, museum curators have organized this exhibition celebrating Lehman’s achievements in expanding the museum’s collection both globally and historically. The show includes 100 works selected from the nearly 10,000 acquired under Lehman’s leadership, ranging from an ancient Chinese carved figure to contemporary works by Chuck Close and Kiki Smith.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 16
Opening: AIPAD Photography Show at Park Avenue Armory
The Association of International Photography Art Dealers hosts their 35th annual fair at the Park Avenue Armory on the Upper East Side from April 16-19.
Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Avenue, 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Tickets run from $20-$250 and may be purchased online here.
Opening: Michele Oka Doner at Marlborough Gallery
Todd Levin curated “Feasting On Bark,” a show featuring new nature-themed work by Michele Oka Doner. The centerpiece is a large-scale sculpture called Corpus Origin, in which the roots of a banyan tree have been used to create a person.
Marlborough Gallery, 40 West 57th Street, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: “Portraits from the École des Beaux-Arts Paris” at the Drawing Center
Featuring highlights such as never-before-seen drawings by nineteenth-century masters Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Charles Garnier and contemporary artists Henri Matisse and Georg Baselitz alongside work by recent graduates of the Beaux-Artes de Paris, the show surveys four hundred years’ worth of portrait drawings from the seventeenth century to the present day. Forty portraits were chosen from the Beaux-Arts de Paris’ collection—a rotating group of four from different centuries will be hung in the Main Gallery each week, while the other 36 will be displayed on the gallery’s back wall.
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Natalie Frank at The Drawing Center
In Natalie Frank: The Brothers Grimm, the artist confirms in 29 drawings what we’ve collectively begun to suspect: that fairytales were not meant to entertain children, but to give adults nightmares. Frank’s drawings—made of chalk pastel and gouache—address the tension between reality and fantasy, violence and sexuality, and physical and emotional transformation through a feminist lens.
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: Nina Beier at Metro Pictures
Beier’s first solo show in New York will feature new works by the Danish, Berlin-based artist that relate to the tension between objects and their representation. For a sculpture series called Plunge, Beier reproduced photographs she found with actual objects, and in another series, Beier pressed Hermès silk neckties in large frames with other items such as sleeping bags and wigs “in embryonic form, to animate the [items] as if caught in a sudden windstorm,” a press release states.
Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, 5-7 p.m.
Opening: Nick Mauss and Ken Okiishi at Dia Art Foundation
From 2006-2007, the two artists collaborated on a web-based mistranslation of Arthur Rimbaud’s notoriously untranslatable 1873 poem Une Saison en Enfer, which they call Poetry as not, with singing. Simply put, they used outdated machine translators to create a fluidly fragmented, Google-translated-esque English version of the poem. Mauss and Okiishi collaborated with Dutch programmers and designers De Gebroeders van Leeuwen to create a program that would generate not only non sequitur text but also song and images from Google in this epic, ever-expanding transliteration.
Dia Art Foundation, 535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor, 6:30 p.m. (performance starts at 7)
Opening: Malcolm Morley at Sperone Westwater
New works by the Turner Prize-winning, Expressionist and Pop art-influenced photorealist painter—most likely featuring planes, trains, automobiles, and/or other forms of transportation—will be on view.
Sperone Westwater, 257 Bowery, 6–8 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 17
Event: “So You Want To See” at e-flux
Organized by the curatorial collective What, How & for Whom, “So You Want to See” brings together six different female artists from different locations and generations—Sanja Iveković, Rajkamal Kahlon, Victoria Lomasko, Cecilia Vicuña, OKO, and Carla Zaccagnini. The show analyzes the creation of social norms—especially visual representations of the female in mainstream media—by comparing the contrasting work by the six different artists, who use appropriation, collage, critical juxtaposition, reworking of documentary approach, and cultural references “to activate images from the opposite side in order to denaturalize and estrange them,” according to a press release. The contradictions between the works will help to isolate and “expose the mechanisms through which meaning is formed visually.”
e-flux, 311 East Broadway, 6-9 p.m.