This week we continue with more show openings for weekend art-goers in need of a nugget of inspiration.

Our round-up includes the roll-out of two new exhibitions at Sculpture Center, a tasty delight at Journal Gallery’s new group show, a Mike Kelley/Richard Prince collaboration, some Ai Weiwei action that isn’t at Mary Boone and a collage portrait-making workshop at the Studio Museum in Harlem that is a creative way to spend your Sunday.

Some works by Will Kurtz, a page from the Hoodwinked catalogue, a view of the Persona 3 show (via, and

The Ordinary and Strange Meet at Mike Weiss Gallery

When: January 12 – February 18, 2012; Opening reception Thursday, January 12 6pm – 9pm
Where: Mike Weiss Gallery (520 West 24 Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

For his debut show at Mike Weiss Galley, Extra Fucking Ordinary, artist Will Kurtz transforms photos of people he snapped on his iPhone into figural sculptures. His material are pretty fucking ordinary, but not traditional — collaged torn sheets of newspaper, wood, wire, screws, tape and everyday objects make up each sculpture. If you think real New Yorkers on the street sometimes look deranged and disheveled, these sculptures also carry that element of organized chaos that defines this city and its people.

Celebrate the Close of Printed Matter’s Live Screen Printing Project

When: Closing party on Friday January 13, 2012 from 5 – 8pm
Where: Printed Matter (195 Tenth Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Since December artist bookstore and gallery Printed Matter  has held daily screen printing sessions with a rotating cast of 20 artists. For the closing of 24 Days of Matter Printed, the store invites visitors to check out the prints and have a drink with the artists. Several of the works will also be available for purchase.

Journal Gallery Presents a Special Blend of Art

When: Opens Friday, January 13 from 6 – 9pm and continues until February 12
Where: Journal Gallery (168 North 1st Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

The press release describes this group exhibition, Special Blend, as a “melange” with an “earthy flavor with a clean finish. Balanced and light-bodied, it combines honey sweetness with a hint of citrus for a smooth-looking exhibition — perfect for viewing all day.” Is it a cocktail? At any rate it sounds delicious, plus they promise free refills. Artists included are Katherine Bradford, Tamara Gonzales, Joanne Greenbaum, EJ Hauser, Alison Knowles, Justine Kurland, Lauren Luloff, Joyce Pensato, Amanda Ross-Ho, Niki de Saint Phalle and Michelle Tarantelli. Did we mention it’s curated by artist Chris Martin?

 Cult Logic at Airplane Gallery

When: Sunday, January 15, 2012 from 3pm – 9pm
Where: Airplane Gallery (70 Jefferson Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Airplane, a fresh spot in Bushwick so new it still only has a Facebook page (or maybe that’s its , hosts the opening of Cult Logic, a collaborative and experimental installation by artists Julie Torres, Ryan Ford, Don Pablo Pedro and Liz Atzberger. We’re not sure what exactly will go down at this event, but Airplane sounds like a fun stop for any gallery hopper in Bushwick. We featured them here, in our post on “5 (MORE) Bushwick Galleries You (Probably) Haven’t Been to Yet.”

 Sculpture Center Unveils Its Winter Line-Up

When: Opening reception Sunday January 15, 2012 from 5pm – 7pm
Where: Sculpture Center (44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, Queens)

Sculpture Center kicks off 2012 with two new exhibitions for their winter season. Join them this Sunday for their opening reception of Scene, Hold, Ballast a two-person exhibition with David Maljkovic and Lucy Skaer and the group show You never look at me from the place from which I see you with the artists in attendance. If you can’t make it out to the receptions, don’t fret. Both shows will be open until March 19, which gives plenty of time to visit this Long Island City gem.

 Create A Portrait this Sunday at the Studio Museum in Harlem

When: Sunday, January 15, 1pm – 4pm
Where: Studio Museum in Harlem (144 West 125th Street, Harlem, Manhattan)

Just in time for Martin Luther King Day, the Studio Museum in Harlem pays homage to the civil rights leader as well as collage artist Romare Bearden this Sunday with the Laundromat Project. Drawing inspiration from both Bearden and King, participants can create a collage of a person they aspire to be in 2012, using color, xerox copies, magazines and textiles. This workshop is free and open to the public. To RSVP click here.

Hoodwinked with Mike Kelley and Richard Prince at Nyehaus Gallery

When: Opens Thursday, January 12 and continues until the 28th
Where: Nyehaus (358 West 20 Street, #2, Chelsea, Manhattan)

We’re giving them a chance because of who they are. We’re not sure what to think. Richard Prince hasn’t done a lot of good for a while, but Mike Kelley is often interesting. Go and check this out blindly. Why not? Take a peek at the catalogue online and you’ll notice it tries really hard to look like a child’s notebook.

Ai Weiwei, Wang Xingwei and Ding Yi Collaborate at Chambers Fine Art

When: Opens Thursday, January 12 and continues until February 25
Where: Chambers Fine Art (522 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Ai Weiwei has landed … in more than one gallery in New York. This incarnation of the Big Ai’s effort to take the Big Apple is a collaborative project with two other artists, who together have created Persona 3. What is that you ask? It is, according to the gallery, “an audacious experiment in which the three artists agreed temporarily to exchange artistic profiles in a demonstration of their mutual admiration for the Chinese art scholar Hans van Dijk who had died in 2002.” For the lovers of contemporary Chinese art this is a must-see.

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