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Wednesday, July 27

  • Ends July 29th 2016

  • The abstractions in “Philip Guston: Painter, 1957–1967” provide a glimpse into the chthonic pool of reds, grays, pinks, and murderous blacks that eventually gave rise to the artist’s famous Klansmen, cyclopes, fleshy shoes, and tumorous lightbulbs. This historic exhibition—organized by writer, curator, vice president, and partner of Hauser & Wirth, Paul Schimmel—covers a pivotal decade of work within Guston’s career that, more than half a century later, still unsettles and seduces.

    Philip Guston Painter, 1957 – 1967

    Apr 26 - Jul 29, 2016

    Hauser & Wirth | Chelsea

    511 West 18th Street  / +12127903900 / hauserwirth.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Musician, filmmaker, painter, and all-around queer wunderkind Sadie Benning gives us “Green God” (an examination of the phrase “God created man in His own image,” from Genesis 1:27), one half of a two-pronged exhibition taking place at Callicoon Fine Arts and at Mary Boone’s Fifth Avenue space. For this section of the show, Benning inhabits the Goddess mantle—Being Supreme and Artist—with an iconic female crucifixion as well as several binary-breaking illustrations of the human form that screw up the range between “male [and] female, baby bump [and] butt.”

    Sadie Benning Green God

    Apr 28 - Jul 29, 2016

    Callicoon Fine Arts

    49 Delancey Street  / +12122190326 / callicoonfinearts.com
    Wed - Sun 10am to 6pm

  • Musician, filmmaker, painter, and all-around queer wunderkind Sadie Benning makes her solo debut at Mary Boone, curated by Piper Marshall, with “Green God” (an examination of the phrase “God created man in His own image” from Genesis 1:27), one half of a two-pronged exhibition taking place here and at Callicoon Fine Arts. For this section of the show, “the artist incorporates found objects and photographs into the composition[s] of [her] works,” which tweak notions of Christian monotheism with a pantheon of littler, lovelier, funnier gods, like the purple hat god, the grey god, or the worm god, among others.

    Sadie Benning Green God

    Apr 28 - Jul 29, 2016

    Mary Boone Gallery | Uptown

    745 Fifth Avenue  / +12127522929 / maryboonegallery.com

  • Richard Serra’s heavy-metal colossi destabilize mind and body in terrifying, terrific ways. This exhibition, spread across Gagosian’s two Chelsea spaces—522 West Twenty-First Street and 555 West Twenty-Fourth—will be the artist’s thirtieth solo exhibition with the gallery. Here, we get to witness NJ-1, 2015, made from six plates of Brobdingnagian, weatherproof steel. Walking between these vertiginous sheets will feel like Moses in the Red Sea.

    Richard Serra

    May 6 - Jul 29, 2016

    Gagosian Gallery | 522 West 21st Street

    522 West 21st Street  / +12127411717 / gagosian.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Richard Serra’s heavy-metal colossi destabilize mind and body in terrifying, terrific ways. This exhibition, spread across Gagosian’s two Chelsea spaces—522 West Twenty-First Street and 555 West Twenty-Fourth—will be the artist’s thirtieth solo exhibition with the gallery. At this location are four new pieces—three major sculptures and a drawing installation—arranged with a cinematic precision that would make Kubrick jealous.

    Richard Serra

    May 7 - Jul 29, 2016

    Gagosian Gallery | 555 West 24th Street

    555 West 24th Street  / +12127411111 / gagosian.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • It’s difficult, at first, to locate the relationships between Rosalind Nashashibi’s fluid, colorful abstractions and her gorgeously produced film Electrical Gaza, 2015, (a piece commissioned by London’s Imperial War Museum, where it made its debut), which captures this Palestinian territory just before the Operation Protective Edge attacks of 2014. But beauty’s always been an excellent decoy for profound darkness.

    Rosalind Nashashibi Two Tribes

    Jun 2 - Jul 29, 2016

    Murray Guy

    453 West 17th Street  / +12124637372 / murrayguy.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends July 31st 2016

  • This biannual exhibition, started by the Queens Museum in 2001, highlights some of the more mesmerizing thinking and making happening in that most fabulous of boroughs, named for the card-playing and dance-loving Queen Catherine of Braganza. Artists such as Alan Ruiz, Eileen Maxson, Mohammed Fayaz, Dave Hardy, and Jonah Groeneboer are featured.

    Queens International 2016

    Apr 10 - Jul 31, 2016

    Queens Museum

    New York City Building, Flushing Meadows  / +17185929700 / queensmuseum.org
    Wed - Sun 12pm to 6pm

  • Dan Burkhart’s corporeal, haunted aesthetic has many precedents—one finds them in Hans Bellmer, Paul Thek, Henry Fuseli, or Felix Labisse. But his fantastic, corrosive vision, a kind of wan humor dipped into a fat cauldron of nightmare, is entirely his own. Count on these unnervingly gorgeous paintings and sculptures to chill you thoroughly during what will likely be a long, hot summer.

    Dan Burkhart

    May 21 - Jul 31, 2016

    Mitchell Algus Gallery

    132 Delancey St, 2nd floor  / +12128440074 / mitchellalgusgallery.com
    Wed - Sun 12pm to 6pm

  • Ends August 1st 2016

  • Multifaceted cultural engineer Genesis Breyer P-Orridge is one body, two souls, and a thousand hearts. “Try to Altar Everything” is the name of this survey/shrine/site-specific installation, which highlights the ways Nepal and Hindu creation myths have influenced h/er thinking and making, in realms sacred and profane. The artist will be at the museum at certain times throughout the duration of the show, and visitors are encouraged to bring objects of devotion to add to this sprawling autobiographical sanctuary of—what else?—love.

    Genesis Breyer P-Orridge Try to Altar Everything

    Mar 11 - Aug 1, 2016

    Rubin Museum of Art

    150 W. 17th Street  / +12126205000 / rubinmuseum.org
    Mon 11am to 5pm, Wed 11am to 9pm, Thu 11am to 5pm, Fri 11am to 10pm, Sat - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends August 5th 2016

  • Tears, falls, and an ill-fated voyage through the North Atlantic mark the legacy of Bas Jan Ader, one of the few first-generation Conceptualists who genuinely sought—and, woefully, embodied—the sublimity behind “the dematerialization of the art object.” Metro Pictures’s Helene Winer included the artist in a three-person exhibition at the Pomona College Museum of Art in 1972, the first showing of Ader’s work in the United States. And here he is, returned, fully and radiantly, for our tender delectation.

    Bas Jan Ader

    Jun 22 - Aug 5, 2016

    Metro Pictures

    519 West 24th Street  / +12122067100 / metropictures.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • “Fine Young Cannibals” highlights a grand shebang of paint lovers, haters, and master-manipulators—Jacqueline Humphries, Martin Kippenberger, Heimo Zobernig, Laura Owens, Albert Oehlen, Josh Smith, Kelley Walker, and so many more—who’ve, as this exhibition’s title suggests, eaten their way out of this old medium’s tricky-tricky end game.

    Fine Young Cannibals

    Jun 24 - Aug 5, 2016

    Petzel Gallery | West 18th Street

    456 West 18th Street  / +12126809467 / petzel.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends August 6th 2016

  • The Judd Foundation’s numinous atmosphere is church-like, but its Protestant-seeming architecture is considerably sexier. This exhibition of five works by James Rosenquist, elegantly hung within the genteel-brut environs of Donald’s house, and expertly curated by Flavin Judd, reminds us that Pop’s prosaic loveliness often countenances the divine.

    James Rosenquist

    May 13 - Aug 6, 2016

    Judd Foundation | 101 Spring Street

    101 Spring Street  / +12122192747 / juddfoundation.org
    By appointment only

  • Ends August 7th 2016

  • Dyke Action Machine!, Gran Fury, the Guerrilla Girls, Martha Rosler, Coco Fusco, and the Friends of William Blake, among innumerable others, show us that art can, and does, change lives. Brilliantly organized by Stephanie Weissberg, Jess Wilcox, Saisha Grayson, Catherine J. Morris, and Stephanie Weissberg from the museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, “Agitprop!” might be one of the most urgent shows up in the city right now.

    Agitprop!

    Dec 11, 2015 - Aug 7, 2016

    Brooklyn Museum

    200 Eastern Parkway  / +17186385000 / brooklynmuseum.org
    Wed 11am to 6pm, Thu 11am to 10pm, Fri - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Getting to the very core of it—existence, desire, personal fulfillment, love—isn’t particularly easy. Or pleasant. But Martin Creed, with a surgical wit and formal elegance, does it consistently, rarely breaking a sweat. “Martin Creed: The Back Door” is the largest retrospective of the artist’s work in the US to date, covering more than twenty years of his majestic output (along with a new commission) and filling up this historic space’s capacious first floor.

    Martin Creed THE BACK DOOR

    Jun 8 - Aug 7, 2016

    Park Avenue Armory

    643 Park Avenue  / +12126163930 / armoryonpark.org

  • Jessica Stockholder has the uncanny ability to dive deep into the vomitorium of big-box culture and produce Brobdingnagian sculptures and installations that are hilarious, frightening, and really, really smart. Her three pieces here, made between 2006 and 2009, though modest in size, still amaze and amuse.

    Jessica Stockholder Stockholder

    Jun 29 - Aug 7, 2016

    56 Henry

    56 Henry Street  / +16468580800 / 56henry.nyc
    Tue - Fri 12pm to 6pm

  • Ends August 12th 2016

  • Patricia Cronin’s exhibition “Shrine for Girls, New York” highlights brutality against women the world over, such as the 2014 kidnapping of 276 Nigerian schoolgirls by the terrorist group Boko Haram; the enslavement of “unvirtuous” women by the Magdalene Asylums and Laundries throughout Australia, North America, England, and Ireland, started in 1758 and in operation for nearly 240 years; and the recent killing of two Indian girls, aged fourteen and sixteen, who were raped and hung by a gang of brothers from their village. These works—wooden crates as coffins, piled high with female garments, like hills of shed skins—are harrowingly beautiful.

    Patricia Cronin Shrine for Girls, New York

    Jun 9 - Aug 12, 2016

    The Flag Art Foundation

    545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor  / +12122060220 / flagartfoundation.org
    Wed - Sat 11am to 5pm

  • The British artist John Akomfrah—one of the founding bodies behind the Black Audio Film Collective—has a painterly vision, often realized with profound beauty via the grandeur of film. His interests—remembrance, the repercussions of colonialism, and the African diaspora of the West—come to us full force with his display at Lisson Gallery, Akomfrah’s first major exhibition within the United States.

    John Akomfrah

    Jun 24 - Aug 12, 2016

    Lisson Gallery | New York

    504 West 24th Street  / +12125056431 / lissongallery.com

  • A Polaroid 360, a body, and a preternaturally febrile imagination—that’s all Lucas Samaras needs, an artist/alchemist who’s spun endless gold from nearly nothing for sixty years. Here, Samaras’s manipulated self-portraits, almost half a century after their making, still dazzle and confuse. And, for an extra dose of freaky bliss, check out Samaras’s exquisite exhibition of pastels at the Morgan Library, up through August 21, 2016.

    Lucas Samaras AutoPolaroids, 1969-71

    Jun 9 - Aug 12, 2016

    Craig F. Starr Gallery

    5 East 73rd Street  / +12125701739 / craigstarr.com
    Mon - Sat 11am to 5:30pm

  • Ends August 19th 2016

  • Painter/sculptor/curiosity-shop proprietor Nancy Shaver’s first solo exhibition with Derek Eller Gallery gathers together a slew of thinkers and makers—Charles LeDray, Pamela Lins, Julia Klein, Judy Linn, Kenji Fujita, Beka Geodde, among many others—whose Catholicity in taste and intellect reflect her own. Their powers combined makes for a show that’ll blast the unsuspecting viewer high up into the stratosphere.

    Nancy Shaver Dress the Form

    Jun 26 - Aug 19, 2016

    Derek Eller Gallery

    300 Broome Street  / +12122066411 / derekeller.com
    Mon - Fri 11am to 6pm

  • “Blackness in Abstraction,” put together by Adrienne Edwards, curator and curator at large for Performa and the Walker Art Center, respectively, unpacks the history of blackness via race and modernism—and through the metaphorical dimensions of the black monochrome—in this exhibition that includes nearly thirty artists, such as Lorraine O’Grady, Sergio de Camargo, Robert Irwin, Glenn Ligon, Sol LeWitt, Steve McQueen, Ad Reinhardt, Louise Nevelson, Jack Whitten, Ellen Gallagher, and Wangechi Mutu.

    Blackness in Abstraction

    Jun 23 - Aug 19, 2016

    PACE | 510 West 25th Street

    510 West 25th Street  / +12122554044 / pacegallery.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Chicago-based artist Margot Bergman’s scintillating images seem borne out of an attitude that’s chipper, strange, and mordantly funny, i.e., unequivocally Midwestern. Active since the 1950s, Bergman here—in psychedelically embellished thrift-store pictures—delights as much as she disturbs.

    Margot Bergman

    Jun 30 - Aug 19, 2016

    Anton Kern Gallery

    532 West 20th Street  / +12123679663 / antonkerngallery.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends August 21st 2016

  • Lucas Samaras’s pastel drawings are eerie, queasy, midnight things, luridly colored and uncomfortably intimate. The forty-eight pieces on display, from 1958 to 1983, are a gift to the Morgan Library from Arne Glimcher, the founder of Pace Gallery. They are also hung atop a gorgeous wallpaper Samaras designed specially for this exhibition. (Also, for more Samarasian sublimity, go to Craig F. Starr Gallery to see the artist’s magisterial Polaroid self-portraits, up through August 12, 2016.)

    Lucas Samaras Dreams in Dust

    May 6 - Aug 21, 2016

    The Morgan Library & Museum

    225 Madison Avenue  / +12126850008 / themorgan.org
    Tue - Thu 10:30am to 5pm, Fri 10:30am to 9pm, Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends August 31st 2016

  • Cao Fei’s immersive, funny, maddening, and queasy video installations may feel Surrealist, but understand: The artist doesn’t pull from dreams. Her approach to exploring a flowering of Chinese culture in the grips of twenty-first century metastatic capitalism feels nearly documentarian. Cao’s exhibition at MoMA PS1 is her first solo outing at a museum within the United States. It surely won’t be her last.

    Cao Fei

    Apr 3 - Aug 31, 2016

    MoMA PS1

    22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue  / +17187842084 / momaps1.org
    Thu - Mon 12pm to 6pm

  • Ends September 4th 2016

  • Imagine what Marcel Breuer’s dark, imposing edifice did to New Yorkers during its first incarnation as the Whitney Museum, when it opened to the public in 1966. One can feel the white gloves quake and starched collars moisten in the presence of this seductively forbidding structure. Taken in by the Metropolitan Museum of Art when the Whitney went Meatpacking, The Met Breuer, as it’s now officially dubbed, comes at us with several brilliant exhibitions, one of which is “Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible,” a show that will explore “a subject critical to artistic practice: the question of when a work of art is finished.”

    Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible

    Mar 18 - Sep 4, 2016

    The Met Breuer

    945 Madison Avenue  / +12125357710 / metmuseum.org/visit/the-met-breuer

  • Ends September 7th 2016

  • László Moholy-Nagy managed to make it through two world wars without his spirit being utterly crushed. A nearly utopian optimism pervades this designer/painter/teacher/photographer’s prodigious oeuvre, which we have the good fortune of experiencing in “Moholy-Nagy: Future Present,” the first major retrospective of this thinker and maker’s work within the United States in nearly half a century, beautifully realized by the Guggenheim’s Karole P. B. Vail, Danielle Toubrinet, and Ylinka Barotto.

    László Moholy-Nagy Moholy-Nagy: Future Present

    May 27 - Sep 7, 2016

    Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York

    1071 Fifth Avenue  / +12124233500 / guggenheim.org
    Sun - Wed 10am to 5:30pm, Sat 10am to 7:30pm, Fri 10am to 5:30pm

  • Ends September 17th 2016

  • Paul Outerbridge’s darkly aristocratic style and cut-crystal eroticism has influenced legions, from Irving Penn and Guy Bourdin to Robert Mapplethorpe, Nobuyoshi Araki, and Joel-Peter Witkin. Outerbridge’s exhibition at Bruce Silverstein is the first of this depth to be staged in New York in more than thirty years.

    Paul Outerbridge

    Jun 30 - Sep 17, 2016

    Bruce Silverstein Gallery

    535 West 24th Street  / +12126273930 / brucesilverstein.com
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm

  • Ends September 18th 2016

  • Poetry is not merely aesthetic. It dictates, commands, perverts, altering the landscape of one’s imagination. It’s clear how poetry’s functioned as the—ahem—seedbed of Vito Acconci’s multifarious oeuvre, warping his body and the spaces it’s occupied into strange and revelatory configurations. “Vito Acconci: Where We Are Now (Who Are We Anyway?), 1976,”—organized by Klaus Biesenbach, Margaret Aldredge, Acconci, and his wife, Maria Acconci—is a major exhibition that covers the early days of this iconic artist’s thinking and making, via documentary materials, videos, and films. It is also one of the events scheduled to coincide with MoMA PS1’s fortieth anniversary.

    Vito Acconci Where We Are Now (Who Are We Anyway?), 1976

    May 1 - Sep 18, 2016

    MoMA PS1

    22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue  / +17187842084 / momaps1.org
    Thu - Mon 12pm to 6pm

  • Simone Leigh’s new exhibition, “The Waiting Room,” produced during her residency at the New Museum, will focus on the kind of care—emotional, intellectual, medical—that women of color rarely receive in a patriarchal, racist society. This current undertaking is an extension of the artist’s 2014 project with Creative Time, Free People’s Medical Clinic, which provided various workshops and treatments, gratis, in the former Bed-Stuy home of the first black OB/GYN in the state of New York, Dr. Josephine English.

    Simone Leigh The Waiting Room

    Jun 22 - Sep 18, 2016

    New Museum

    235 Bowery  / +12122191222 / newmuseum.org
    Wed 11am to 6pm, Thu 11am to 9pm, Fri - Sun 11am to 6pm

  • Ends September 25th 2016

  • Ken Nordine’s word-jazzy “Colors” of 1966 would make the perfect sound track for this scintillating exhibition of Stuart Davis’s crackerjack, hi-fi Pop-before-Pop paintings. About a hundred of this American abstractionist’s works—from the early 1920s to Davis’s very last canvas, left on the artist’s easel when he died in 1964—are on display for your edification and electrification.

    Stuart Davis In Full Swing

    Jun 10 - Sep 25, 2016

    Whitney Museum of American Art

    99 Gansevoort Street  / +12125703600 / whitney.org
    Sun - Mon 10:30am to 6pm, Wed - Thu 10:30am to 6pm, Fri - Sat 10:30am to 10pm

  • Ends October 2nd 2016

  • Bruce Conner’s uncommon touch—or, more aptly, metaphysical grace—could even make the apocalypse look ravishing. This exhibition is the first full-dress retrospective of Connor’s work—organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and cocurated by Stuart Comer, Laura Hoptman, Rudolf Frieling, Gary Garrels, and Rachel Federman—and covers fifty years of this cultural bricoleur’s glorious output via painting, drawing, film, photography, and so much more.

    Bruce Conner It's All True

    Jul 3 - Oct 2, 2016

    MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

    11 West 53rd Street  / +12127089400 / MoMA.org
    Sat - Thu 10:30am to 5:30pm, Fri 10:30am to 8pm

  • Ends October 31st 2016

  • Cornelia Parker’s sorta/sorta not “dollhouse,” a re-creation, at two-thirds scale, of Norman Bates's house in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960), is too weird for real children, but perfect for toy children—especially the dead-eyed, Victorian kids made by haute doll manufacturer Jumeau, which were favored by New York’s neurasthenic copper heiress Huguette Clark, who died, in 2011, surrounded by them. Clark’s haunted life, and so much more, comes racing to mind while witnessing Parker’s Transitional Object (PsychoBarn), 2016, on the Met’s Fifth Avenue rooftop. It also underlines, quite explicitly, that Parker is a horror auteur sans précédent.

    Cornelia Parker Transitional Object (Psycho Barn)

    Apr 19 - Oct 31, 2016

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    1000 Fifth Avenue  / +12125357710 / metmuseum.org
    Sun - Thu 10am to 5:30pm, Fri - Sat 10am to 9pm

  • Ends November 26th 2016

  • The marvelous Antonio Lopez, with his creative partner/boyfriend Juan Ramos, knocked the pasty-white starch out of American fashion illustration, then injected it with a glittering cocktail of Puerto Rican dandyism, Warholian sex, disco sultriness, and—duh—top-tier Roman candle–style queerness. From Paris to New York and back again, arm in arm with the likes of Karl Lagerfeld, Tina Chow, Grace Jones, and Gianni Versace, they created a soiree that, still, few of us are cool enough to enter.

    Antonio Lopez Future Funk Fashion

    Jun 14 - Nov 26, 2016

    El Museo del Barrio

    1230 Fifth Avenue  / +12128317272 / elmuseo.org
    Wed - Sat 11am to 6pm, Sun 12pm to 5pm

  • Ends November 27th 2016

  • The burden of viewing life the way Diane Arbus saw it seems unbearable. Getting that close to humanity—well beyond “warts-and-all”—is monstrous. “diane arbus: in the beginning” presents more than one hundred of this profound artist’s photographs—more than two-thirds of which have never been seen before—from 1956–62, a period when she was working away from her husband, actor, and commercial photographer, Allan Arbus, and clarifying her own sublime, phantasmal vision.

    Diane Arbus In The Beginning

    Jul 12 - Nov 27, 2016

    The Met Breuer

    945 Madison Avenue  / +12125357710 / metmuseum.org/visit/the-met-breuer

  • Ends April 2nd 2017

  • Oh but to be a Royal Meissen porcelain, handled with the most tender of care and on lofty display, in Henry Clay Frick’s magnificently appointed mansion. We are invited to inhabit the interior lives of these stately objects in “Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection,” which commingles twelve of Shechet’s perverse Meissen-inspired works (pieces the artist made during residencies at the house’s factory in Germany a few years ago) with approximately 140 originals, selected and organized by the artist herself. This is the most appropriate way to enter the summer—in splendor.

    Porcelain, No Simple Matter: Arlene Shechet and the Arnhold Collection

    May 24, 2016 - Apr 2, 2017

    The Frick Collection

    1 East 70th Street  / +12122880700 / frick.org
    Tue - Sat 10am to 6pm, Sun 11am to 5pm