— ARTSPACE PICK —
Opening Reception for "Refuge and Remembrance: Landscape Painting in the Civil War Era" at Driscoll Babcock Galleries, 525 West 25th Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through June 22nd)
New York's oldest art gallery celebrates one of the country's more under-appreciated movements in this exhibition of work from the Hudson River School. Work from artists like George Inness, John F. Kensett, and Fitz Henry Lane will be on view in this survey of a mid-century American art created a time of impending upheaval and change.
— WEDNESDAY, MAY 15TH —
Opening Reception for Dan Colen's "The Spirits That I Called" at Oko, 22 East 10th Street, 8 – 10 p.m. (Through June 15th)
Partly inspired by the amazing Disney animated film Fantasia, the artist's new paintings—which follow in the footsteps of a previous Disney-inspired series—take Pre-Raphaelite conventions and add in fantastical elements, making for magical landscapes full of mythological creatures rendered in an antiquated painterly haze.
— THURSDAY, MAY 16TH —
Opening Reception for "Pipe Dreams" at Krause Gallery, 149 Orchard Street, 7 – 9 p.m. (Through June 16th)
Despite its simplicity, classical Chinese blue-and-white detailing always contains an element of sophistication—a motif that the Brooklyn artist duo Sheryo and the Yok turn on its head by working it into their street art Pop stylings.
Opening Reception for "Shaking the Habitual" at Kravets Wehby Gallery, 521 West 21st Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through June 15th)
This three-person show features the work of Michael Bevilacqua, James Busby, and Jeff Elrod, each of whom manipulates the visual imagery of our media-laden lives in different ways.
In a series of photographs taken through novel and creative means—shot with a camera suspended from a kite, for instance—the art explores the limits of the medium through playful exploration.
— FRIDAY, MAY 17TH —
Opening Reception for Joe Bradley's "Lotus Beaters" at Gavin Brown's Enterprise, 620 Greenwich Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through June 29th)
Considering that the artist has dabbled in both colorful abstract painting and spare cartoonish drawings—and, most recently, toyed with constructible, "intentionally shoddy" canvases—one could expect just about anything in this exhibition of Bradley's new work.
Opening Reception for "The Intelligence of Things" at the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through May 25th)
In this year's Parsons Fine Arts MFA Thesis show, curated by Wendy Vogel and Jess Wilcox, work by 20 artists will be on display, each of which takes the role and function of the objects included as its central focus. Not only does the show sound intriguing, but any press release that name drops Kant's "purposeful purposelessness" gets a thumbs up in our book.
Opening for "A Different Kind of Order: The ICP Triennial" at the International Center of Photography, 1133 Avenue of the Americas, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. (Through September 8th)
Curated by Kristen Lubben, Christoper Phillips, Carol Squiers, and Joanna Lehan, the ICP Triennial—the only recurring exhibition in the United States to focus on international contemporary photography—includes artists like Walid Raad, Wangechi Mutu, and Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, among others, and offers a piquant look at the present state of photography.
— SATURDAY, MAY 18TH —
2013 White Columns Benefit and Auction at White Columns, 320 West 13th Street, 7 p.m.
Donated works by over 90 artists including Joshua Abelow, Alex Katz, and Amanda Ross-Ho will be included in White Columns's live auction at their annual benefit, as well as 20 commissioned artworks by artists like Tauba Auerbach, Elizabeth Peyton, and Terry Winters, all created in response to recordings by noted composer Meredith Monk. Call (212) 924-4212 to purchase tickets to the event.
Opening Reception for Mathieu Lefèvre's "The Stuff Things Are Made Of" at Regina Rex, 1717 Troutman Street, #329, Queens, 7 – 10 p.m.
This exhibition of works by the late artist explores notions of materiality and "bad art," often through paintings and sculptures that, while humorous, cut deeply through the fog of contemporary art theory.
Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) "Art Museum Day" at Various Locations
Celebrate the important role art museums play in all our lives by visiting one of the many institutions closest you on Museum Day, when AAMD members like Asia Society, the Bronx Museum of Art, and the Frick Collection all offer free or discounted admission.
— SUNDAY, MAY 19TH —
Opening Reception for "To the Friends Who Saved My Life" at Callicoon Fine Arts, 124 Forsyth Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through June 21st)
Organized by Moyra Davey and Jason Simon around the work of French writer and photographer Hervé Guibert, this group exhibition of work by such artists as Dahn Vo, Francesca Woodman, and Rona Yefman explores the subtle, coincidental connections that can tie lives together.
— MONDAY, MAY 20TH —
AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) Unframed Benefit Auction at Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 Tenth Avenue, 6 – 9 p.m.
Hosted by Olivier Theyskens, along with guest curator Steward Shining, ACRIA's annual Unframed event will auction off works by artists like Louise Lawler, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Do Ho Suh, with part of the proceeds going to benefit the organization. To purchase tickets to the event, contact email@example.com.
— TUESDAY, MAY 21ST —
Artist Talk with Matthew Barney at the New York Public Library, 42nd Street at 5th Avenue, Stephen A. Schwartzman Building, 7 p.m., $25; $15 Students and Seniors
Coinciding with an exhibition at the Morgan Library of his drawings and early works on paper, Matthew Barney will join Paul Holdengräber to discuss his expansive artistic vision and display some storyboards from his newest film project, River of Fundament, which combines elements of "narrative cinema with opera, sculpture, and live performance."