TUESDAY, APRIL 28
Screening: “Quality Television” at Light Industry
During this screening and lecture by artist and conceptual entrepreneur Martine Syms, “Quality Television,” a compilation of nine video works focusing on television as an aesthetic resource, will be screened. Here’s a nice quote by writer Paul Beatty from the press release: “I told her I once heard a comedian say that if you put an apple on television everyday for six months, and then placed that apple in a glass case and put that on display at the mall, people would go up to it and say, Oooh, look, there’s that apple that’s on television. America’s a lot like that apple.”
Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $7 at the door, box office opens at 7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 29
Opening: Tony Oursler at Lehmann Maupin
For his fifth show at the gallery, Tony Oursler will be debuting new sculptural works focusing on, per usual, the relationship between human and machines. However, this show will uniquely center on the burgeoning field of facial recognition technology.
Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, New York, 6–8 pm.
THURSDAY, APRIL 30
Opening: Maria Chavez at the Kitchen
A new Matthew Lyons-curated site-specific installation by Maria Chavez, called Sound Bleed @ The Kitchen, was culled from sound leaking from the Kitchen’s ground floor performance space into the second floor exhibition area. This normally undesirable audio was recorded at the Kitchen and remixed for an installation accompanied by a light show.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 12-7:30 p.m.
Opening: Robert Frank at Pace McGill
“Robert Frank: Park/Sleep & Partida” will feature original prints and other “ephemera” found in the esteemed Robert Frank’s most recent books of photography—Park/Sleep (Steidl 2013) and Partida (Steidl 2014). These photos emphasize Frank’s lifelong interest in and exploration of narrative photography and the distinct possibilities offered by the photobook medium.
Pace McGill, 32 East 57th Street, 9th Floor, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Performance: Odwalla88/Seth/Bryan Edward Collins/Chicklette/DJ Seanie at Sarah Lawrence College’s Bates Basement
The main draw here is a set by the Baltimore duo Odwalla88, who are featured in this month’s issue of ARTnews. Odwalla88 make music that is thrillingly difficult to classify. Indebted to sources as disparate as spoken word, hardcore punk and sound collage, the young group is quickly carving out it’s own space in performance art and underground music.
Bates Basement, Sarah Lawrence College, 1 Mead Way, Bronxville, New York, 10 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 1
Opening: Lucas Samaras at Pace Gallery
Greek artist Lucas Samaras began manipulating rainbow-tinged Auto-Polaroid photos back in the 1960s, and this autobiographical show will feature 700 of his digitally altered photos of mostly recent self-portraits but also personal family photos and childhood images of himself. As well, Samaras’ mirrored room installation, Doorway, first conceived in 1966 and finished in 2007 (and shown at the 2009 Venice Bienniale), will be on view.
Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: “America Is Hard to See” at the Whitney Museum
The exhibition we’ve been waiting for: the new Whitney Museum’s first show features “an unprecedented selection of works from the museum’s renowned permanent collection,” according to a press release. Comprised of 650 works by 400 artists, dating from 1900 to the present, the exhibition’s name takes its title from a poem by Robert Frost and has been getting across-the-board rave reviews.
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Opening: Chantal Joffe at the Jewish Museum
“Hannah, Gertrude, Alice, Betty, Nadine, Golda, Susan, Claude, Nancy, Grace, Diane…..” is a very literal title for this show of 34 portraits by London-based painter Chantal Joffe. Hung salon-style in the lobby of the Jewish Museum, Joffe will be showcasing her portraits of Jewish women (as both adults and children) who made significant contributions to 20th century art, literature, philosophy, and politics. Diane Arbus, Gertrude Stein, Alice B. Toklas, Susan Sontag, and Hannah Arendt are among the women included, as well as, implicitly, the women who were murdered in the Holocaust.
The Jewish Museum, 109 5th Ave at 92nd Street, New York, 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 2
Symposium: “Monuments, Monumentality, Monumentalization” at Dia Art Foundation
On Saturday, Dia Art Foundation will host a symposium as the fourth installment of the “Monuments, Monumentality, Monumentalization,” which synthesizes the concept of the monument as “key to understanding public space, artistic agency, and social memory,” as a press release states. Writers Chris Kraus and Rosalyn Deutsche will be featured speakers.
Dia Art Foundation, 535 West 22nd Street, 5th Floor, 4–5 p.m.