— ARTSPACE PICK —
Opening Reception for "Vanishing Point" at bitforms, 529 West 20th Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through July 19th)
Featuring works by Clement Valla, Mungo Thomson, and the RAND Corporation, among others, this exhibition, which opens on Thursday, takes a curious look at the growing reach of infinitesimally small technology that threatens to digitize our entire world, not by predicting how and when the change will happen, but to edge us ever closer to that point through art.
— WEDNESDAY, MAY 29TH —
Artist Talk with Thomas Hirschhorn at the International Center of Photography, 1100 Avenue of the Americas, HBO Auditorium, 7 p.m.
Timed in conjunction with the Skinny sanctioned "A Different Kind of Order" Triennial at the ICP, the Swiss artist, known for his provacative assemblage installations, will give a lecture about his work that will also be broadcast online.
Opening Reception for "Rock $ Them" at Rox Gallery, 86 Delancy Street, 7 – 9 p.m. (Through June 30th)
In this satirical group show, curated by Laura O'Reilly, that examines contemporary culture's overemphasis on material goods, works by Ryan McGinley and Andy Warhol among others, sit alongside Jordan Doner's exploding couture handbags and Andrea Mary Marshall's portraits of women possessed by luxury items.
This show of multimedia work draws the viewer into the world of the artist's own personal mythos, where she explores alternative histories of female liberation.
— THURSDAY, MAY 30TH —
Opening Reception for "Hot House" at Longhouse Projects, 285 Spring Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through July 3rd)
Taking its title from a 50s bebop standard, the artists in this show—Tisch Abelow, Seth Alverson, Ivin Ballen, and Ariel Dill—offer a counterpoint to that era's homogenized ideas of prosperity, not by rebelling against its stylistic definitions, but by transforming them into introspective and analytical works.
While the artist's previous photographs focused on fun festivities with family and friends, her new series shows her shifting perspectives following the birth of her son, and the subjects in her paintings and drawings in this exhibition reflect a new emphasis on parenthood.
Artist Talk with Fred Wilson at the Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, 7 – 9 p.m., $10
The artist will be on hand to discuss his new installation Local Color, which incorporates artifacts from the museum's collection alongside items purchased on 125th Street and was originally created in 1993, with its organizer Lauren Haynes, an assistant curator at the Studio Museum.
Opening Reception for "Maintenance Required" at the Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 5 – 8 p.m. (Through June 22nd)
Using Mierle Laderman's "Manifesto for Maintenance Art" as a jumping off point, which classifies maintenance activities as a form of artistic practice, this exhibition of works by members of the Whitney Museum's Independent Study Program examines the seemingly innocuous but potentially restrictive set of tasks performed on an everyday basis.
— FRIDAY, MAY 31ST —
Opening Reception for "I Am the Magic Hand" at Sikkema Jenkins, 530 West 22nd Street, 6 – 8 p.m. (Through July 12th)
This group show is full of artworks that reveal traces of the hands that made them, like Carmelle Safdie's tombstone etchings, which combine elements of the living and the inanimate.
Opening Reception for "What I Like About You" at Parallel Art Space, 17-17 Troutman Street, #220, Queens, 6 – 10 p.m. (Through June 30th)
While last year's Alltogethernow project brought 11 international painters to Brooklyn to collaborate with local artists, this exhibition invites an additional eight artists to select their favorite works by Brooklyn artists and present it alongside their own.
— SATURDAY, JUNE 1ST —
Opening Reception for Ernesto Caivano's "Settlements" at Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, Noon to 7 p.m. (Through July 30th)
This comprehensive survey of selected works by the fantastical ilustrator will cover his output over the past decade. RSVP to the event here.
Bushwick Open Studios, Various Locations, Brooklyn
Serving solely as a placeholder for the plethora of events occurring throughout the weekend, this brief listing can't possibly cover the full extent of the exciting three-day celebration in Brooklyn's burgeoning art neighborhood. Apart from the over 550 registered artists' studios that will be open to the public, there are a handful of official events happening on Saturday, from Norte Maar Gallery's "Maps-n-Mimosas" to the art collective 3rd Ward's "Birthday BBQ." Find all the details here.
— SUNDAY, JUNE 2ND —
Opening Reception for the "Gordon Kurtti Project" at Participant Inc., 253 East Houston Street, 7 – 9 p.m. (Through July 14th)
Curated by Carl George, this exhibition is the first to collect the multimedia output of the influential East Village artist, writer, and performer, who tragically passed away from AIDS related illnesses at the age of 26 in 1987.