Each week, we search New York City for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. See them below.
Tuesday, February 18
1. “Importance of Provenance in Legal Matters and Ownership Disputes” at the Frick Collection
Lawyer Leila A. Amineddoleh will give a talk about the importance of provenance in the art market, and how a paper trail for a work of art can prove ownership and help resolve legal disputes.
Location: The Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street
Price: Free with registration
Time: 5 p.m.–6 p.m.
Thursday, February 20–Sunday, April 19
2. “Death Becomes Her” presented by BRIC and the Green-Wood Cemetery
How do death and dying affect the living? How do we materialize our mourning rituals? This show of seven female-identifying artists is an introspective and personal exploration of the inevitability of death. Coinciding with the exhibition, a series of three intimate gatherings will be led by artist McKendree Key at the Catacombs of Green-Wood, bringing strangers and fellow artists to discuss the end of this life and the possibilities of the hereafter.
Location: BRIC Main Gallery, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
Time: Opening reception, February 19, 7 p.m.–9 p.m., Tuesday–Friday, 11 a.m.–7 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.
— Katie White
Thursday, February 20–Saturday, April 4
3. “Lee Seung Jio: Nucleus” at Tina Kim Gallery
Though Lee Seung Jio was once deemed “a future giant of Korean painting,” many Western audiences still aren’t familiar with his work. His first-ever solo show at Tina Kim in New York is a great chance to get acquainted. The artist, who died in 1990, was best known for his geometric abstractions, often returning to a series of cylindrical pipe shapes that create an optical illusion the longer you stare at them.
Location: Tina Kim Gallery, 525 West 21st Street
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, February 21–Sunday, February 23
4. “Art Fair 14C” at the Hyatt Regency
Over the course of the year, New York City plays hosts to dozens of art fairs. Now, there’s one for Jersey City, which some proud residents like to refer to as the sixth borough. Art Fair 14C’s 54 exhibitors feature a mix of artists, galleries, and art organizations, most hailing from the surrounding area. That includes Jersey City’s Art House Productions, New York’s Painting Center, Fort Lee’s Paris Koh Fine Arts, and Bridgehampton’s Kathryn Markel Fine Arts, as well as more far-flung participants, including Detroit’s River’s Edge Gallery and Sciatto Studio in São Paolo. There’s also a juried art show featuring New Jersey artists such as Lisa Ficarelli-Halpern, Pat Lay, Sofia Zubi, and Grace Mikell Ramsey.
Location: Hyatt Regency Hotel, 2 Exchange Place, Jersey City
Price: One day pass for Saturday or Sunday $20, weekend pass for Saturday and Sunday $35, VIP all-access pass $100
Time: Friday, VIP access 5 p.m.–6 p.m., public hours 6 p.m.–9 p.m.; Saturday, VIP access 11 a.m.–12 p.m., public hours 12 p.m.–8 p.m.; Sunday, VIP access 11 a.m.–12 p.m., public hours 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
Friday, February 21–Sunday, April 12
5. “THE MIRACLE: Jaimie Warren” at Pioneer Works
For her first institutional solo show, Jaimie Warren has turned Pioneer Works into a DIY-style stage set for a musical production, THE MIRACLE, which will debut April 4 and 11. The accompanying exhibition is being billed as “resembling a high school musical backdrop, a vintage Disney ride, or the campy gore of a community-built haunted house.” Featuring animatronics, costumes, and special effects, the project is an amalgamation of ideas gleaned from participants in recent workshops that Warren staged with local actors, puppeteers, and stage designers.
Location: Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street
Time: Opening reception, 7 p.m.–9 p.m.; Wednesday–Sunday, 12 p.m.–7 p.m.
Friday, February 21–Saturday, May 9
6. “Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of Louisiana” at the Ford Foundation Gallery
Before arriving in New York this show originated at the Newcomb Art Museum at Tulane University. It’s based around an intriguing concept: Organizers interviewed 30 Louisiana women who have spent time behind bars or are currently incarcerated, and enlisted contemporary artists to make work based on their stories. Expect tales of resilience in the face of loss, despair, and injustice.
Location: The Ford Foundation Gallery, 320 East 43rd Street
Time: Opening reception Monday, March 2, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Saturday, February 22
7. “Melanie Baker: The Optimates” at Cristin Tierney
For her first solo show in nearly a decade, Melanie Baker presents drawings of male politicians. Each composition is cropped to omit their faces, yet the men’s elevated position and status is apparent in other details—their tailored suits, or the ornate podiums at which they stand. The pictures hint at the dark side of power and masculinity and its propensity toward corruption —the exhibition is named after the optimates of ancient Rome, who favored rule by oligarchy.
Location: Cristin Tierney, 219 Bowery, 2nd Floor
Time: Tuesday–Friday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m.–6 p.m.
8. “Judith Schaechter: Almost Better Angels” at Claire Oliver Gallery
The new home of Claire Oliver Gallery opened its doors in a four-story Harlem brownstone last month with a show from Judith Schaechter—who also inaugurated the dealer’s previous location in Chelsea nearly twenty years ago. For this outing, she’s showing seven new, large-scale stained glass works in illuminated light boxes.
Location: Claire Oliver Gallery, 2288 Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
Time: Opening reception, 6 p.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday–Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
9. “Azikiwe Mohammed: 396 Wortman Ave” at Anna Zorina Gallery
Azikiwe Mohammed’s colorful paintings are inspired by visits in the late 1990s and early 2000s to his family in the predominantly black neighborhood of New Lots, Brooklyn. To present the work, curator Ché Morales has dramatically transformed Anna Zorina Gallery into a living room with wall-to-wall carpeting, plus a fenced-in “backyard,” an apartment facade, and even a local storefront.
Location: Anna Zorina Gallery, 532 West 24th Street
Time: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Through Sunday, February 23
10. “Limbo: Mark Ryan Chariker” at 1969 Gallery
Among the many young contemporary artists currently borrowing from the depths of art history, Mark Ryan Chariker sets himself apart. His secular scenes, littered with beer cans and fast food wrappers, channel the apocalyptic language of the divine. His Comforts of Being Clean (2020) is like a Baroque nativity scene for a new decade — a small baby is being changed amid a dark, vaguely Da Vinci-esque architectural backdrop, while various adult figures crowd around. The mournful, blue-green hues and atmospheric drama of Tidal Forces, meanwhile, cues up the scary magic of El Greco. There are nods and allusions to Goya, Tiepelo, and Fragonard elsewhere in the show. What links the works together, and makes them timely, is a sense of turmoil lurking just under the surface, as the figures seem to await some coming rapture or disaster.
Location: 1969 Gallery, 103 Allen Street
Time: Wednesday to Sunday, 11.00 a.m.–6: 00 p.m.
— Katie White
Through Sunday, March 8
11. “Arena” at East Projects Gallery
This group exhibition curated by Bjorn Stern brings together five emerging artists from the US and Switzerland who explore the idea of competition, sports, choreography, spectacle, and ceremony.
Location: East Projects Gallery, 165 East 64th Street
Time: Open by appointment
Through Saturday, March 28
12. “Don Van Vliet: Parapliers the Willow Dipped, Paintings 1967–1997” at Michael Werner Gallery
American singer, songwriter, and visual artist Don Van Vliet, better known as Captain Beefheart, passed away in 2010. Now, he gets a New York exhibition for the first time in over a decade at Michael Werner Gallery. “Van Vliet painted throughout his many years performing, and in the mid-1980s turned away from music to devote his intense creative energy solely to painting,” press materials note. The selection of works was made by fellow artist Spencer Sweeney.
Location: Michael Werner Gallery, 4 East 77th Street
Time: Monday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
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