— ARTSPACE PICK —
Opening Reception for Alli Miller and Trey Burns's "Wessel Castle" at et al Projects, 56 Bogart Street, 7 – 10 p.m. (Through May 12th)
Pulling pieces from the archives of photographers Alli Miller and Trey Burns, this exhibition of signage from American highways, opening this Friday, shows the surprisingly humorous nature of text used in public space, which the artists juxtapose to create originally unintended associations.
— WEDNESDAY, APRIL 10TH —
Opening Reception for Megan Cump's "Black Moon" at Station Independent Projects, 164 Suffolk Street, 6 – 9 p.m. (Through May 12th)
In this series of spooky photographs, Cump sheds light on the darker side of nature, revealing the nocturnal landscapes and the intertwined histories of analog photography and the myth-laden night sky.
Opening of "The Pop Object: The Still Life Tradition in Pop Art" at Acquavella Gallery, 18 East 79th Street, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Curated by art historian John Wilmerding, this outstanding-sounding group show, which examines how Pop artists broadened the scope of classical still life to include sculpture and other new media, includes over 75 artworks from an all-star list of artists from Jasper Johns and Jeff Koons to Wayne Thiebaud and Andy Warhol.
— THURSDAY, APRIL 11TH —
Opening Receptions for Stanley Whitney's "Other Colors I Forget" and Santiago Serra's "Veterans" at Team Gallery, 83 Grand Street & 47 Wooster Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through May 12th)
Reminiscent of discordant television color bars, Whitney's loosely laid grids operate on both optical and conceptual registers, while Serra's nearby show features photos of local veterans relegated to a common child's punishment.
Opening Reception for "3 & 6" at Leo Koenig Inc., 545 West 23rd Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through May 18th)
Though the numerical ascriptions of ancient Greek mathematician Pythagoras serve as the jumping off point for this exhibition, the only number you really need to know is five, namely the handful of excellent artists participating, which include Anoka Faruquee, On Kawara, Luisa Lambri, Olivier Masset, and Heimo Zobernig.
Opening Reception for William Copley and BFBC, Inc.'s "Gang Bust" at Venus Over Manhattan, 980 Madison Avenue, 3rd Floor, 6 – 9 p.m. (Through June 22nd)
Continuing his streak of well-curated and provocative exhibitions, Adam Lindemann presents the Pop surrealist paintings of Copley (also known as CPLY) alongside the work of BFBC, Inc. (Big Fat Black Cock, Incorporated), which transpose black people into replicas of Copley's work.
— FRIDAY, APRIL 12TH —
"Mascot" by Marc Arthur at Martha Graham Dance Studio, 55 Bethune Street, 8:30 p.m.
This hour-long performance combines elements of painting with contemporary theater and dance, as five performers create physical artworks through an otherwise impermanent media, with additional shows scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m.
Opening Reception for Elizabeth Neel's "3 and 4 before 2 and 5" at Sikkema Jenkins, 530 West 22nd Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through May 22nd)
Neel's exploration of the gallery's architectural space extends out from the included sculptural works onto the painted canvases themselves, as the artist examines the structural principles that govern natural and inorganic architecture.
Opening Reception for Paul Pagk at Studio 10, 56 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, 7 – 9 p.m. (Through May 5th)
Created through an intricate process, the 18 works on paper in this exhibition serve as a foil to the large painting also on view, the stark shapes of which recall archaic hieroglyphic text.
— SATURDAY, APRIL 13TH —
Opening of Jane Freilicher's "Painter Among Poets" at Tibor de Nagy, 724 Fifth Avenue, 10 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Through June 14th)
Taking the same approach as the gallery's prior "Painters and Poets" exhibition, this show looks at the work of New York School painter Jane Freilicher, who was both friend and muse to renowned writers like Frank O'Hara and John Ashbery.
n+1 Magazine Launch Party at Secret Project Robot, 389 Melrose Street, Brooklyn, 8 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Celebrate the triannual release of the literary magazine's newest issue, titled "The Intellectual Situation," which combines essays on "cultural capital" with works of short fiction and film and book reviews.
— SUNDAY, APRIL 14TH —
Opening of "Claes Oldenburg: The Street and The Store" at the Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. (Through August 5th)
Everyone's favorite creator of soft comestibles gets the royal treatment at the Modern, where his large sculptures of food are displayed with ceramic versions of everyday objects.
— TUESDAY, APRIL 16TH —
Opening for "Chuck Close Photo Maquettes" at Eykyn Maclean, 23 East 67th Street, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Through May 24th)
Get a behind the scenes look at the famed artist's technical process with this rare collection of his gridded photo studies, which, covered in notations and marginalia, serve as the basis for his large-scale pixelated paintings.