TUESDAY, JUNE 23
Opening: Patrick Van Caeckenbergh at Lehmann Maupin
The Belgian artist is bringing a microcosm to his first show at the gallery. Two hundred hand-blown glass jars of various shapes and sizes (originally used to protect statues of saints from dust) with mirrored top and bottom halves, give the illusion of infinity, reference the emptiness of the atom as the building block of all matter. Also, the walls of the gallery will be covered in a series of 31 graphite drawings of trees (Drawings of Old Trees during the wintry days 2007-2014), which are actually not depictions of actual trees, but rather inspired by the trees in the artist’s own garden in Belgium. The drawings came from the artist’s imagination, “after having observed the trees for so long that [Van Caeckenbergh] was able to absorb their form and essence.”
Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
Opening: Jack Pierson at Cheim & Read
Between December 2014 and March 2015, Jack Pierson produced over 150 watercolors while he was on an island off the coast of Florida. All of these works will on view at Cheim & Read in “onthisisland,” Pierson’s first New York solo show in six years. The watercolors, done in an expressionistic style, attempt to depict Pierson’s interior states. “It’s just like my brain dancing on paper,” Pierson says.
Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25
Talk: Devendra Banhart and Adam Green at the Strand
Devendra Banhart is better known as a folk singer and songwriter, but he’s also an artist. His surreal, biomorphic paintings, drawings, and mixed-media works were recently published in a book called I Left My Noodle on Ramen Street. In honor of the book’s release, the musician will discuss his art with Adam Green, the founder of the Moldy Peaches.
The Strand, 828 Broadway, 7–8 p.m., $45 for a signed book or $15
Opening: “Six Degrees: Rhode Island School of Design 2015 MFA Graduate Show” at ClampArt
MFA Photography graduates André Bradley, Curran Broderick, Elise Kirk, Paolo Morales, Andrew Wertz will display a selection of their work, produced under the advisement of faculty and guest artists including Ann Fessler, Eva Sutton, Steven Smith, Brian Ulrich, Justin Kimball, Lisa Young, Penelope Umbrico; critics Douglas Nickel and Alison Nordström; museum director Natasha Egan; and gallerist Brian Paul Clamp.
ClampArt, 521-531 West 25th Street, Ground Floor, 6—8 p.m.
FRIDAY, JUNE 26
Opening: “The Daily Show” at Bureau
“The Daily Show” is a summer group show unlike many others. Rather than having all of the 24 artists involved show together, each artist of group of artists is given a day to screen eight-hours-worth of video. Artists who will present their playlists of videos include Cory Arcangel, Alex Hubbard, and Martine Syms.
Bureau, 178 Norfolk Street, 6–8 p.m.
Performance: Aki Sasamoto at Luxembourg & Dayan
As part of a performance series at Luxembourg & Dayan this summer, Aki Sasamoto will perform Skewed Lies / Parallel Lines, an extension of Skewed Lies, which was shown in MoMA PS1’s “Greater New York” show in 2010. The performance will “unfold throughout the gallery’s townhouse, switching in and out of such familiar formats as lecture, comedy, confession, and formal theater,” according to the press release. Collaborating with Sasamoto on the performance are the musician Matt Bauder and the actress Jessica Weinstein. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Luxembourg & Dayan, 64 East 77th Street, 7 p.m.
Opening: De Wain Valentine at David Zwirner
This exhibition will look at the Light and Space artist’s work from the 1960s and 1970s, focusing on the artist’s pioneering achievements in polyester resin and other synthetic forms that were partially influenced by the California skyline. Valentine’s first show at David Zwirner, as well as his first solo presentation in over thirty years, will include the prismatic sculptures in his Columns series, as well as works from the self-explanatory Circles series. Also included will be smaller works in shapes including rings, discs, and double pyramids.
David Zwirner, 525 West 19th Street, 6—8 p.m.
Performance: Kevin Beasley at the Guggenheim Museum
“An Evening with Kevin Beasley” is the artist’s Guggenheim Young Collectors Council commission in corollary to the museum’s meta exhibition “Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim.” Beasley’s piece, Strange Fruit (Pair 1), takes the form of sculptures made of sneakers, foam, resin, and other materials, and is inspired by the sounds of the museum.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, 8 p.m. Tickets $15, $10 members, $5 students
Opening: Doris Salcedo at the Guggenheim Museum
Salcedo’s long-anticipated retrospective at the Guggenheim will encompass three decades of her practice, which addresses Colombia’s traumatic political history in addition to related traditions of suffering originating in colonialism, racism, and other forms of social injustice. Four levels of the museum will display Salcedo’s meticulously created, compelling sculptures and installations. A press release states, “Many of her works transmute intimate domestic objects into subtly charged vessels freighted with memories and narratives, paradoxically conjuring that which is tragically absent.” The retrospective is the artist’s most significant since the late 1980s, and will include a video that documented her site-specific public works and architectural interventions.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue at 89th Street, 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.