Art Rx

Christo, “Emballages de Revues” (1962), part of the exhibition ‘The Paradox of Sculpture,’ opening this week at the National Academy School (via

Armory Week is over, and thank goodness — we all can’t step inside another art fair for a while (or at least until May!). Catch your breath and go see these.

 MoMA CopyShop

When: Tuesday, March 11, 11:30am
Where: Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

CopyShop is a free workshop in MoMA’s bookstore, developed with the artist Paul Ramirez Jonas. Working alongside artists, visitors can create their own bound ‘catalogue’ documenting their experience at the museum using a selection of printed ephemera. Part of a new initiative that increases artist involvement with the museum’s education department, participation is on a first come first serve basis.

 The Paradox of Sculpture

When: Wednesday, March 12, 6–8pm
Where: National Academy School (5 East 89th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

On display at the National Academy School, The Paradox of Sculpture is an exhibition of work by 46 artists who have challenged and broadened the definition of sculpture. A quick glance at the roster (Christo, Jim Dine, Magdalena Abakanowicz, Fischli and Weiss, Gilbert and George) promises a great deal, even if the show’s declarative theme sets itself up for rigorous critique.

 Wangechi Mutu Lecture

When: Wednesday, March 12, 7pm ($15)
Where: School at ICP, Shooting Studio (1114 Avenue of the Americas, Midtown, Manhattan)

Hot off the heels of her Brooklyn Museum exhibition A Fantastic Journey, Wangechi Mutu discusses her work and practice at the International School of Photography. There’s no précis on the ICP’s site, though one can safely assume that Mutu’s lecture will focus on the nature of collage and photographic representation. Everyone seems to love Mutu.

Artist books on display at Printed Matter’s Japanese Young Artists’ Books Fair (via

 Japanese Young Artists’ Book Fair

When: Through Thursday, March 13
Where: Printed Matter (195 Tenth Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan)

The eighth annual Japanese Young Artists’ Book Fair is taking place simultaneously across three New York bookstores — Printed Matter, Kinokuniyu Books, and Book Court — showcasing a wide range of handmade books by contemporary Japanese artists. Ideal for book lovers and for those seeking a calm antidote to last week’s fairs. A selection of the titles on display can be found on Printed Matter’s site.

 Feminist Hollywood Takeover

When: Friday, March 14, 7:30pm ($5)
Where: Spectacle (124 South 3rd Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Spectacle’s Feminist Hollywood Takeover is a screening of three films by three women directors, all of whom focus on pulling apart cinematic stereotypes. Tracey Moffatt’s Lip (1999) is a montage of classic movie scenes featuring black maids. Sally Potter’s Thriller (1979) is a deconstruction of Puccini’s La Boheme, whereby the heroine is permitted to contemplate her death before it happens. The final film of the night, Cecilia Barriga’s Encuentro entre dos reinas (Meeting of Two Queens) (1991) is a montage of clips featuring Marlene Dietrich and Greta Garbo, recontextualized in a narrative of lesbian fantasy.

Summer Wheat, 2014 Installation Detail from “Everything Under the Sun: Moon and Stars” mixed media, dim var. (via Pocket Utopia)
Summer Wheat, installation detail from “Everything Under the Sun: Moon and Stars” (2014), mixed media, dimensions variable (via

 Summer Wheat

When: Opens Sunday, March 16
Where: Pocket Utopia (191 Henry Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

This Bushwick artist is having a special two-part exhibition starting with her show at Pocket Utopia on the Lower East Side; then, next week, she has a second opening at Hansel and Gretel Picture Garden (511 West 22nd Street) in Chelsea. Expect lots of paint (including sculptures in paint), and a physicality in painting you might not be accustomed to. Summer Wheat is a virtuoso with a strong Americana sensibility that doesn’t shy away from political imagery done in an unusually sensual way. Can’t wait to see what these shows have in store for us.

A photograph from Susan Silas’s series “Sex Over 50,” on view this week at Studio 10, Bushwick (via

 Susan Silas: Love in the Ruins

When: Through Sunday, April 6
Where: Studio 10 (56 Bogart Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Since 2003, artist (and regular Hyperallergic contributor) Susan Silas has been documenting her sex life through photography, film, and writing. She describes her series Sex Over 50 as “a personal diary of sex and sensuality; resilience and the decay of the aging body.” Her latest exhibition, entitled Love in the Ruins: Sex Over 50, is on view at Studio 10 through April 6. (Bonus: she’s also part of a two-person show at Momenta Art through April 13.)

 Gauguin: Metamorphoses

When: Through Sunday June 8
Where: Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

Gauguin: Metamorphoses focuses on the artist’s lesser-known works, teasing out the relationship between his prints, reliefs, and transfer drawings, and his famous paintings and sculptures. The result is an erudite, informative, and at times, highly surprising exhibition. A must-see.

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