Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events, both digitally and in-person in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all ET unless otherwise noted.)
Tuesday, November 9
Antonio Berni, Ley marcial o le dictateur [Martial Law or The Dictator] (1964). Collection of the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Judy S. and Charles W. Tate, 2014.1. “Pop Goes Political in the Americas” at the Blanton Museum of Art, the University of Texas at Austin
The Blanton explores the political side of Pop art, more commonly associated with critiques of consumer culture, in the current exhibition “Pop Crítico/Political Pop: Expressive Figuration in the Americas, 1960s–1980s” (through January 16, 2022) of work from Latin America and the U.S. Learn more about the show in this virtual presentation from curators Carter Foster and Vanessa Davidson.
Price: Free with registrationTime: 5 p.m. C.T.
Wednesday, November 10
Allison Leigh Holt, Stitching the Future with Clues. Photo courtesy of the Ford Foundation.
2. “Stitching the Future with Clues by Allison Leigh Holt” at the Ford Foundation, New York
The seventh entry in “Indisposable: Structures of Support After the ADA,” the Ford Foundation’s online exhibition series about the lived experience of disability, curated by Jessica A. Cooley and Ann M. Fox, is an experimental documentary exploring neurodivergence and cybernetics by Allison Leigh Holt.
Price: Free with R.S.V.P.Time: 2 p.m.–3:15 p.m.
Wednesday, November 10–Saturday, January 22
Image courtesy of Eric Firestone Gallery
3. “Memories of Tenth Street: Paintings by Pat Passlof, 1948–63” at Eric Firestone Gallery, New York
For the first time, Eric Firestone Gallery presents a significant body of Pat Passlof’s post-war and Abstract-Expressionist works made from 1948 to 1963. Passlof, who was an important part of the art movement in New York during this time, made these works when she lived on 10th Street. Along with her contemporaries Elaine de Kooning, Helen Frankenthaler, and Joan Mitchell, Passlof “created abstract paintings that, much like poetry, responded to memory, experience, and place without narrative descriptors, with open-ended forms and a variety of painterly marks and tempos,” according to a statement from the gallery.
Location: Eric Firestone Gallery, 4 Great Jones Street, New YorkPrice: FreeTime: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, November 11–Sunday, November 14
Courtesy of Art Fair 14C
4. “Art Fair 14C” at Mana Contemporary, Jersey City
Head over to Mana Contemporary for Art House Production’s third installment of Art Fair 14C. This fair aims to support smaller galleries, businesses, and emerging artists mainly in New Jersey, and expand public access to fine art. There is also a juried show open only to New Jersey artists where selected artists are given a central showcase and other opportunities throughout the year.
Location: The Glass Gallery, Mana Contemporary, 10 Senate Place, Jersey CityPrice: $10-$30Time: VIP Preview, Thursday, 12 p.m.–5 p.m., Friday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m., Saturday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m., Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, November 11–Monday, November 15
Alexander Calder, Loose Yolks (1966). Courtesy Geoffrey Diner Gallery
5. “Salon Art and Design” at Park Avenue Armory, New York
This fair from Sanford L. Smith and Associates featuring 20th- and 21st-century art and design returns for its 10th edition with 46 galleries, 10 of which are international (and only nine fewer than usual, despite travel restrictions). Highlights are expected to include a one-of-a-kind $450,000 ping-pong table, a new line of home furnishings inspired by the Amazon jungle by Silvia Furmanovich, and the Alexander Calder watercolor Loose Yolks (1966).
Location: Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, New YorkPrice: Preview day $200–250, daily admission $30, run of show $60, student tickets $10Time: Thursday, 4 p.m.–9 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.; Monday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
Thursday, November 11–Wednesday, December 22
Gideon Rubin, White Shirt (2021). Courtesy of Ryan Lee, New York.
6. “The Sun Also Rises” at Ryan Lee, New York
In his first solo show with the gallery, London-based painter Gideon Rubin presents his signature faceless figures set in landscapes. Based on found photographs, there is something at once familiar and uncertain in these works, in which, the artist says, “details are lost, but a new identity appears.”
Location: Ryan Lee, 515 West 26th Street, New YorkPrice: FreeTime: Opening reception, 5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, November 11, 2021–Saturday, January 15, 2022
Anthony Padilla, from the “Nature” series. Courtesy of Dinner Gallery, New York.
7. “Anthony Padilla: Lush” at Dinner Gallery, New York
Anthony Padilla, a 2021 City Artists Corps Grant recipient, lives in the urban jungle that is New York—a dense landscape that has inspired the more verdant works on view at Dinner Galley. The artist’s “Nature” series presents the overgrown vegetation of the tropics in saturated colors, offering an escape from the busy city.
Location: Dinner Gallery, 242 West 22nd Street, New York Price: FreeTime: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; or by appointment, Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, November 12
Hannah Wilke: Art for Life’s Sake, edited by Tamara Schenkenberg and Donna Wingate.
8. “Book Launch for Hannah Wilke: Art for Life’s Sake” at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, St. Louis
The Pulitzer Arts Foundation celebrates the publication of the catalogue for its current show “Hannah Wilke: Art for Life’s Sake” (through January 16, 2021) with a Zoom webinar from exhibition curator Tamara H. Schenkenberg and catalogue contributors Glenn Adamson, Connie Butler, and Jeanine Oleson. The exhibition is the first survey in over a decade of the trailblazing feminist artist, known for her explorations of the vulnerability of the human body. The book includes a previously unpublished 1975 interview with Wilke and art critic and historian Cindy Nemser.
Price: Free with registrationTime: 4 p.m. CT
Friday, November 12–Thursday, December 23
Agnes Martin, Untitled (1950). Collection of Jack Shear. Courtesy of the Drawing Center.
9. “Take Two: Arlene Shechet” at the Drawing Center, New York
The Drawing Center debuts the second part of its current show “Ways of Seeing: Three Takes on the Jack Shear Drawing Collection” (through February 20, 2022), which offers three separate presentations of drawings from the collection of artist and curator Jack Shear, president of the Ellsworth Kelly Foundation. Following Shear’s own installation, artist Arlene Shechet has brought her own hand-carved wooden benches to the Drawing Center galleries, which she has painted to match Giorgio Morandi’s Natura morta (1962), one of the works on view. Featured artists who were not in the first part of the show include Salvador Dalí, Elaine de Kooning, Lee Lozano, Agnes Martin, and Henri Matisse.
Location: The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, New YorkPrice: FreeTime: Opening reception, 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Wednesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Through Saturday, November 13
Robin F. Williams, Water Witches (2021). Courtesy of P.P.O.W., New York.
10. “Robin F. Williams: Out Lookers” at P.P.O.W., New York
Robin F. Williams enters the supernatural realm with 12 gorgeously colored paintings of ghosts, cryptids, witches, and trolls that are inspired by the negative female stereotypes embodied by “dangerous” women portrayed in B-movies. The mixed-media works combine different materials and techniques, from airbrushing, poured paint, and marbling to oils and Flashe vinyl paint.
Location: P.P.O.W., 392 Broadway, New YorkPrice: FreeTime: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Saturday, November 13
Cryptoozoo (2021). Written and directed by Dash Shaw. Image courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
11. Cryptozoo at the Museum of Modern Art, New York
One not to miss on this year’s “Contenders” series at MoMA, Cryptozoo is a literal work of art, a rare hand-animated film that transports viewers into a fantastical world where mythical creatures, or cryptids, live among us. With a voice cast that includes Michael Cera and Lake Bell, the movie explores the innate complications in interspecies relationships through the conceit of a cryptid zoo, where cryptids won’t be persecuted by fearful humans—but become a tourist attraction. Director and writer Dash Shaw provides the line work, while his wife, Jane Samborski, serves as animation director, with different artists tasked with painting the background for various scenes in the film. The result feels like a moving watercolor painting, a stunning visual spectacle that is at turns both bleak and hopeful.
Location: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New YorkPrice: $12Time: 2 p.m.
Artmemisia Gentileschi, Self Portrait as a Lute Player (ca. 1615-17). © Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Connecticut.
12. “Artemisia Gentileschi: New Perspectives” at the Getty Center, Los Angeles
Tune into Zoom to hear four experts on the renowned Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi discuss the long-overdue recognition she’s experienced in the past few years. Recent scholarship has greatly expanded our understanding of the artist—and led to the rediscovery of her painting Lucretia, recently acquired by the Getty Museum.
Price: Free with registrationTime: 11 a.m.
Through Saturday, November 20
M.C. Escher, Three Worlds (1955). Courtesy of Bruce Silverstein Gallery.
13. “M.C. Escher: Prints, Drawings, Watercolors, and Textiles” at Bruce Silverstein Gallery
Anyone curious about Dutch artist M.C. Escher and his trippy, multidimensional architectural world (yes, even the skeptics) should be sure to stop by this exhibition curated by Escher expert Dr. David Steel. The exhibition of some 75 works by the popularly influential printmaker is a rare presentation of the artist to examine his intellectual and artistic influences as well as his technical prowess as a printer. The show positions him as an important precursor to Op Art. The exhibition is a mix of some of his most iconic prints, rare watercolors, early, more traditional architectural drawings, as well as a one-of-a-kind printed textile from his own home (one of only 12 that exist).
Location: Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 529 W 20th StreetPrice: FreeTime: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Sunday, December 5
Chris Oh, Codex (2021) Courtesy of the artist and Fortnight Institute, New York. Photo by Stan Narten.
14. “Chris Oh: Landscapes” at Fortnight Institute, New York
At his second solo show at Fortnight Institute, artist Chris Oh furthers his exploration of appropriation. Just as Rubens copied and contorted the work of Titian, Oh takes masterpieces from the Western canon as a point of departure for his practice. In this instance, it’s Hieronymus Bosch’s Garden of Earthly Delights. The artist homes in on singular moments within the panoramic scene. He then replicates these on the unyielding surfaces of found objects, which range from seed packets, to crystals, book stacks, and terrariums. Many of the materials relate to imagery found within the painting, including crystalline objects, wild fauna, and unusual tomes.
If you like what you see, don’t miss Oh’s contribution to the great Flag Art Foundation group show “In Search of the Miraculous,” curated by Jonathan Rider (through January 15, 2022).
Location: Fortnight Institute, 21 East 3rd Street, New YorkPrice: FreeTime: Wednesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
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