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Art Rx

by Hrag Vartanian on March 29, 2012

This week, New Yorkers are trying to forget this small cold snap with the hopes of focusing on spring but the doctor told us to tell you that you should probably stay indoors and look at art. Lucky for you there are dozens  of reasons to follow her advice.

So, this week’s prescription includes the AIPAD photo expo on Park Avenue, a talk that explores the relationship of dance and sculpture from the 1950s and 60s, art about gay cruising at the world’s only gay and lesbian art museum and don’t forget to catch the Atget and Indian Modernist art shows before they close in just over a week. And if you insist on leaving town, then the doctor suggests Dia:Beacon’s Jean-Luc Moulène talk by the curator of MoMA’s Cindy Sherman show.

Eugène Atget, "Luxembourg" (1902-03) (MoMA via pdnphotooftheday.com)

 A Tree of Life

When: Thursday, March 29, 6pm–8pm
Where: American Contemporary (4 East 2nd Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Sculptor David Brooks will exhibit a new body of work, Notes On Structure (imbroglios, heaps and myopias) at this LES gallery. Brooks meticulously researches biological and environmental systems to create complex objects and installations like his 2010 MoMA PS1 installation “Preserved Forest.” His new work will feature a phylogenetic tree made of common packing materials that maps the evolutionary path of Humans and the Atlantic Tarpon fish. —DE

 Sculpture and Dance

When: Thursday, March 29, 6pm
Where: Cooper Union (The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street, East Village, Manhattan)

Dance is becoming a major phenomenon at New York museums, so this timely talk sounds like a must for fans of the intersection of dance and art. The lecture will touch upon three different sculptural practices (Robert Morris, Hélio Oiticica and Lygia Pape) from the late 1950s and the early 1960s that embraced choreography and dance as “crucial compositional elements.”

 Expensive Photography

When: March 29 – March 31, 11am–7pm, April 1, 11am–6pm
Where: Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan)

Too cool for Armory week, the AIPAD Photography show New York is its own event. This annual photography fair attracts many of today’s prominent art photo galleries and puts them under one roof. A great survey for anyone interested in contemporary art photography, the talks and panel discussion are worthwhile as well. Admission runs $10 for students, $25 for general admission. —DE

 Eva Respini on Jean-Luc Moulène

When: Saturday, March 31, 2pm
Where: Dia:Beacon (3 Beekman Street, Beacon, New York)

Respini, curator of the Cindy Sherman retrospective at the MoMA, will give a one hour presentation on Jean-Luc Moulène, the Parisian artist on view in Dia:Beacon in a show titled Opus+One, which combines a photographic essay project with a series of sculptural objects made over the past two decades. Recently Artforum wrote that “[Moulène’s] art is most successful when the work teeters at the brink of potential and failure, as structural models that will never quite be realized.” —RC

 Art Spaces Directory Launch and Symposium at New Museum

When: Saturday, March 31, 12pm
Where: New Museum Theater (235 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Two panels will be discussing the launch of Art Spaces Directory, published in conjunction with the New Museum Triennial. Art Spaces Directory is a comprehensive guide to more than 400 art spaces from ninety-six countries where “art and artists are nurtured, interrogated and sustained.” The first panel will consider what makes these places unique and the second will address the advent of working without a physical space (i.e. online). —RC

 Art and Sex along the New York Waterfront

When: Opening Wednesday, April 4, 6–8pm
Where: Leslie/Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art (26 Wooster Street, Soho, Manhattan)

Over 70 works at this show will demonstrate how the post-Stonewall gay liberation movement transformed the cultural and social landscape of New York. Vito Acconci’s “Untitled Project for Pier 17,” Gordon Matta-Clark’s “Day’s End” and David Wojnarowicz’s Arthur Rimbaud in New York series will be shown alongside lesser known works by Leonard Fink, Frank Hallam, Lee Snider and Rich Wandel about the city’s once robust and ubiquitous gay cruising scene.

 Eugène Atget

When: Closing April 9
Where: MoMA (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

You have less than a week and a half to catch the Atget show at the Modern if you haven’t done so already. Over 100 works from the museum’s “unparalleled” collection of this early 20th C. French photographer are on display and walking through the exhibition is like being offered an intimate tour of Paris’ fifth arrondissement and other haunts. You can get a little taste of what to expect here.

 Modernist Art from India

When: Closes April 9
Where: Rubin Museum (15o West 17th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

The first exhibition in the three-part Modernist Art from India series, the current show, The Body Unbound, focuses on representations of the figure and the body in modernist art from India with a particularly emphasis on psychology and cultural identity. India is starting to make waves on the global art scene so this show sounds like a good place to start educating yourself about modern Indian art.

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With listings by Robert Cicetti and Don Edler.

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