— ARTSPACE PICK —
It's not everyday that one gets the opportunity to see new works by an esteemed disciple of Hans Hofmann, who deftly combines elements of Color Field painting and pastoral landscapes in his gorgeously executed canvases. Don't let this one pass you by.
— WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5TH —
Opening of Erika Vogt's "Stranger Debris Roll Roll Roll" at the New Museum, 235 Bowery, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Through September 22nd)
Organized by assistant curators Jenny Moore and Margot Norton, this solo museum show, the Los Angeles-based artist's first, will feature the artist's experimental videos, which combine "both still and moving images, digital and analog technologies," alongside suspended found objects and plaster casts that imply an indeterminate functionality.
Opening Reception for "Campana Brothers: Concepts" at Friedman Benda, 515 West 26th Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through July 3rd)
Design enthusiasts rejoice, as the celebrated Brazilian brothers stage what is shockingly their first solo gallery show in the United States, where they'll be presenting playful objects from new bodies of work, including a cabinet made out of fish skin and a sofa and chair crafted from life-like stuffed alligators.
Opening of "Seescape" at George Adams Gallery, 525 West 26th Street, 10 a.m. — 6 p.m.(Through August 16th)
Longing for those ocean views but find yourself waylaid in the city for another weekend? Do the next best thing and swing by this exhibition, which showcases seaside scenery by artists like Fairfield Porter and Vija Celmins.
— THURSDAY, JUNE 6TH —
Opening Reception for "Old Black" at Team Gallery, 47 Wooster Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through July 26th)
This group show, organized by Todd von Ammon and named for Neil Young's most frequently used and heavily modified guitar, gathers an eclectic mix of artists—Harold Ancart, Edith Dekyndt, Robert Janitz, Donald Moffett, Jack Pierson, Mariah Robertson, and Banks Violette—together based on their shared distortion of typical means of artistic production.
Opening Reception for Lucien Samaha's "The Flight Attendant Years: 1978–1986" at Lombard Freid Gallery, 518 West 19th Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through August 2nd)
While the phrase "friendly skies" may have belonged to United Airlines at the time the photographer was working as a flight attendant for TWA, Samaha's penchant for documenting his personal and professional lives sheds light on a spirit of conviviality not seen in contemporary air travel.
Opening Reception for "On-Looking" at Kunsthalle Galapagos, 16 Main Street, Brooklyn, 6 p.m. – 12 a.m. (Through July 14th)
As author Anaïs Nin said, "we don't see things as they are, we see them as we are." The art in this exhibition, which can be roughly divided into the camps of reveal and conceal, responds to the act of looking and how it affects our perceptions of the world.
— FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH —
Opening Reception for "Truck Baby" at Rachel Uffner Gallery, 47 Orchard Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through July 21st)
Two stellar young artists, Graham Collins and Samara Golden, will be paired with work by activist artist and contentious image-maker David Wojnarowicz, including a piece from his "Arthur Rimbaud in New York" series.
Opening Reception for "Oedipus and Sphinx (Pictures of Junk)" at Invisible-Exports, 14A Orchard Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through July 13th)
As if dead set on proving the "one man's trash is another man's treasure" adage to be true, this exhibition groups steel sculptures created by an unknown outsider artist, the Philadelphia Wireman, which were found in a pile of trash, with a Vik Muniz recreation of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres's classic painting, Oedipus and the Sphinx(1808), created entirely out of materials the artist gathered from a junkyard—a style of reinterpretation the Brazilian artist made famous in the 2010 Oscar nominated documentary Waste Land.
Opening Reception for Lucas Samaras's "Pastels" at Craig F. Starr Gallery, 5 East 73rd Street, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Through August 9th)
A group of the artist's rarely seen pastel works, which were once the focus of a 1975 exhibition at the Modern, return to unloose their bright patterns and atypical compositions on a new generation.
— SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH —
Opening Reception for "Crest Hardware Art Show" at Crest Hardware, 558 Metropolitan Avenue, 1 – 8 p.m.
Better known to the natives as Crest Fest, this annual event, featuring live music and local crafts and food vendors, serves as the launch party for a large group show of over 100 works either inspired by or made with hardware and arranged throughout the store's indoor and outdoor space.
Book Launch Party for Charles Bernstein and Mei-mei Berssenbrugge at Accola Griefen Gallery, 547 West 27th Street, 4 – 6 p.m.
Art and poetry collide at this book release, where poets Bernstein and Berssenbrugge will be reading from their respective new collections "Recalculating" and "Hello, the Roses." This event doubles as a chance to see Susan Bee's exhibition "Criss Cross, New Paintings," a former "Artspace Pick" of the week, which will be on view at the gallery where the event is being held.
— SUNDAY, JUNE 9TH —
Art Talk with Kim Stanley Robinson at MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, 1:30 p.m.
As part of MoMA PS1's EXPO 1, the months-long institutional festival focusing on global politics and the environment, the museum has invited science fiction author Robinson to deliver a keynote address, "What Is the Future For?," dealing with sustainability through the lens of climate change.