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Your Concise Guide to Armory Week 2019

Your useful guide to the fairs and exhibitions of interest this week.

Frida Kahlo “Appearances Can Be Deceiving” (n.d.), charcoal and colored pencil on paper, 11 1/4 x 8 inches (© 2019 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
Frida Kahlo “Appearances Can Be Deceiving” (n.d.), charcoal and colored pencil on paper, 11 1/4 x 8 inches (© 2019 Banco de México Diego Rivera Frida Kahlo Museums Trust, Mexico, D.F. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

Armory Week is finally here, and Hyperallergic has your concise guide to all the exhibitions and fairs to see in the coming days! While VOLTA has been cancelled this year, and the ADAA Art Show happened last week, there’s still plenty to see. The Armory Show begins on March 7, with special curated sections such as Focus, led by Laurne Haynes of Crystal Bridges Museum, exploring “identity through figuration.” Also be sure to check out the Spring/Break Art show, beginning March 5 at United Nations Plaza. This year’s theme is Fact and Fiction, and the works on display will explore how the two intersect.

Read below for a full list of fairs (and current exhibitions) recommended by Hyperallergic!

Art Fairs

The entrance to the Armory Show in 2015 (photo Benjamin Sutton/Hyperallergic)

The Armory Show

When: March 7–10
Where: Pier 90, 92, and 94 711 12th Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan

As always, expect a sprawling array of international galleries focused on 20th- and 21st-century art at the Armory. But make sure to look out for the special curated sections as well, including Focus, which this year is led by Lauren Haynes from Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and will “explore identity through figuration.”

Spring/Break Art Show

Elektra KB’s project offered visitors stateless passports at last year’s Spring Break (photo Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

When: March 5–11
Where: United Nations Plaza, 866 UN Plaza, Midtown, Manhattan

The Spring/Break Art Show is always hosted in some unusual location—past iterations include a post office, train station, and most recently, produce stalls. This year, artists will install their work at the United Nations Plaza, as well as a few public projects in Times Square. The theme in New York will be the same one as the fair’s inaugural Los Angeles edition: Fact and Fiction, and how the two often blend.

Clio Art Fair

When: March 7–10
Where: 550 West 29th Street, Hudson Yards, Manhattan

Clio Art Fair dubs itself the “anti-fair for independent artists,” hosting a series of programs meant to help launch the careers of independent artists. The fair specifically targets artists without exclusive NYC gallery representation to remove itself from the constraints of the art business. This year’s fair, in addition to featuring a number of talented artists and prolific works, will also host a special section titled “I want to go Home,” dedicated to “the figure of the clandestine and the refugee.

Independent New York

When: March 7–10
Where: Spring Studios, 50 Varick Street, Tribeca, Manhattan

The Independent art fair has returned to Spring Studios for its 10th year, presenting over 50 international galleries and nonprofit institutions. This year’s fair includes emerging, mid-career, and established artists from around the world, with 21 new exhibitors. A few first-time participants include Ortuzar Projects, Arcadia Missa, Kai Matsumiya, Take Ninagawa, Parker Gallery, and more.

NADA New York Gallery Open

When: March 4–10
Where: Various locations

The New Art Dealers Alliance (NADA) presents the New York Gallery Open, a new initiative meant to encourage people to visit over 50 galleries, nonprofits, and alternative spaces around New York City. NADA will provide guided tours, artist talks, performances, dinners, and VIP events to bring visitors, artists, collectors, curators, and more into these spaces.

Art on Paper

Tahiti Pehrson, “The Fates” (2016), hand-cut paper installation, presented by Art at Viacom, on view at Art on Paper in 2016(photo Allison Meier/Hyperallergic)

When: March 7–10
Where: Pier 36, 299 South Street at Clinton Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan

Perhaps the most focused of fairs, this one explores the various shapes and textures that paper can embody. This year, there will be 85 galleries, as well as special projects, including an installation by Samuelle Green made from thousands of hand-rolled paper cones.

Scope New York

When: March 7–10
Where: Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 West 18th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan

Scope is on its 19th edition, returning to the Metropolitan Pavilion for a festival of contemporary art. Sixty international exhibitors will be on display, with a full schedule of events and talks to attend. Some notable exhibitors are Nova Gallery from Prague, Chic Evolution in Art from Atlanta, and Galerie Binyil from Istanbul. This is a great opportunity to see works from galleries around the world right here in New York.

Salon Zürcher

When: March 4–10
Where: Zürcher Gallery, 33 Bleecker Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan

Now in its 21st edition, this fair gives you the chance to see work from various galleries in Zürcher’s less overwhelming Bleecker Street space. The galleries tend to hail from New York and Paris, though the artist roster is diverse.

Exhibitions

Kevin Beasley:  A view of a landscape

When: Through March 10
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street, Chelsea, Manhattan

Kevin Beasley <em>A view of a landscape</em>, a cotton gin motor (2012–18), installation view, GE induction motor, custom soundproof glass chamber, anechoic foam, steel wire, monofilament, cardioid condenser microphones, contact microphones, microphone stands, microphone cables, and AD/DA interface (collection of the artist, image courtesy Casey Kaplan, New York, photo by Ron Amstutz)
Kevin Beasley A view of a landscape, a cotton gin motor (2012–18), installation view, GE induction motor, custom soundproof glass chamber, anechoic foam, steel wire, monofilament, cardioid condenser microphones, contact microphones, microphone stands, microphone cables, and AD/DA interface (collection of the artist, image courtesy Casey Kaplan, New York, photo by Ron Amstutz)

Kevin Beasley’s exhibition at the Whitney features a new installation centering around a cotton gin motor from Maplesville, Alabama. The motor, in operation from 1940 to 1973, is now being used by Beasley to generate sound, like a musical instrument. The installation is equipped with customized microphones, soundproofing, and audio hardware, separating the physical motor from the sound so that visitors can experience two senses, sight and sound, as distinct entities.

Sterling Ruby: Ceramics

When: Through March 17
Where: Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan

Sterling Ruby works in a wide array of formats including ceramics, fabric, found metal sculpture, cardboard collages, drawings on paper, and more. Currently, the Museum of Arts and Design is spotlighting Ruby’s textured ceramics, which it describes as “simultaneously familiar and alien.”

Exhibitionism: 50 Years of the Museum at FIT

When: Through April 20
Where: The Museum at FIT, Seventh Avenue at 27 Street, Chelsea, Manhattan

Comme des Garçons, ensemble, spring 2015, featured in Fairy Tale Fashion (2016) (photo by Eileen Costa, via the Museum at FIT’s Flickrstream)
Comme des Garçons, ensemble, spring 2015, featured in Fairy Tale Fashion (2016) (photo by Eileen Costa, via the Museum at FIT’s Flickrstream)

Exhibitionism: 50 Years of the Museum at FIT celebrates the 50th anniversary of the museum, bringing back the 33 most influential exhibitions since 1969, from Corset: Fashioning the Body (2001) to Black Fashion Designers (2016). The works on display are all taken from the museum’s permanent holdings, with over 80 fashion pieces included.

Faith and Empire: Art and Politics in Tibetan Buddhism

When: Through July 15
Where: Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan

The Rubin Museum looks at the dynamics of power, politics, religion, and art in Tibetan Buddhism in their latest exhibition, Faith and Power. The exhibition questions the ways in which political leaders rise to power, whether it’s democratically, through “sheer might alone,” or through “religious mandate.” On display are over 60 objects from the 8th through 19th centuries, examining the power dynamics of Tibetan Buddhism.

Jae Jarrell, Wadsworth Jarrell: Master Works/Old and New

When: Through April 6

Where: Skoto Gallery, 529 West 20th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan

Jae and Wadsworth Jarrell, best known for their work in the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and ’70s, are currently showing important works from 1972 to 2019 at the Skoto Gallery. The exhibition will include drawing, painting, print, sculpture, and fashion design.

Tolkien: Maker of Middle Earth

When: Through May 12

Where: The Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, Murray Hill, Manhattan

J.R.R. Tolkien, “Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves” (July 1937), watercolor, pencil, white body color (image courtesy Bodleian Libraries, MS, Tolkien Drawings 29, © the Tolkien Estate Limited 1937)
J.R.R. Tolkien, “Bilbo comes to the Huts of the Raft-elves” (July 1937), watercolor, pencil, white body color (image courtesy Bodleian Libraries, MS, Tolkien Drawings 29, © the Tolkien Estate Limited 1937)

The Morgan Library & Museum is celebrating the work of J.R.R. Tolkien with an extensive exhibition. With objects borrowed from the Tolkien Archive at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, the Marquette University Libraries in Milwaukee, the Morgan’s private collection, and private lenders, this exhibition includes family photographs, memorabilia, original illustrations, maps, draft manuscripts, and designs related to The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, and The Silmarillon.

Joan Miró: Birth of the World

When: Through June 15
Where: Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan

The MoMA’s Joan Miró exhibition draws from the museum’s collection of his work, in addition to several loans, to present about 60 paintings, works on paper, illustrated books, and objects made between 1920 and the early 1950s. Birth of the World examines the artist’s creative process and experimentation, with the name of the exhibition taken from Miró’s signature painting.

Sarah Charlesworth

When: Through March 23
Where: Paula Cooper Gallery

Paula Cooper Gallery’s Sarah Charlesworth exhibition focuses on the artist’s work from the late 1970s through the early 1980s. Charlesworth’s works are organized into interconnected series, in which she focuses on photo-based projects that mash up and break down cultural imagery.

The Young and Evil

When: Through April 13
Where: David Zwirner, 533 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan

Paul Cadmus, “Mildred Akin Lynes” (1937) (© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)
Paul Cadmus, “Mildred Akin Lynes” (1937) (© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York)

A group exhibition, The Young and Evil features significant works from the first half of the 20th century by Paul Cadmus, Fidelma Cadmus Kirstein, Jared French, Margaret Hoening French, and more. The exhibition’s works move away from abstraction and are instead more influenced by classical sources and the Renaissance, as the artists were drawn to depicting their own lives.

Maren Hassinger: Monuments

When: Through June 10
Where: The Studio Museum

Maren Hassinger: Monuments consists of eight site-specific sculptures in Marcus Garvey Park, steps away from the Studio Museum. Responding to the environment, Hassinger constructed the sculptures out of branches that echo the shapes of rocks and flower beds.

Betye Saar: Keepin’ it Clean

When: Through May 27
Where: New York Historical Society, 170 Central Park West, Upper West Side, Manhattan

Betye Saar, “Liberation” (2011), mixed media on vintage washboard (image courtesy the Artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, photo by Robert Wedemeyer)
Betye Saar, “Liberation” (2011), mixed media on vintage washboard (image courtesy the Artist and Roberts Projects, Los Angeles, photo by Robert Wedemeyer)

Betye Saar was a key figure in the Black Arts Movement and the feminist arts movement of the 1960s and ’70s, but this exhibition focuses on her washboard works, created between 1997 and 2017. The works recycle and reclaim derogatory images of Black Americans throughout the years, confronting the continued racism in American society today.

Abstract Schmabstract

When: Through April 9
Where: Anita Shapolsky Gallery, 152 East 65th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan

Abstract-Schmabstract presents the multiple paths and styles Abstract Expressionism takes with the work of diverse artists, including Richards Ruben, Seymour Boardman, Ilya Volotowsky, Amaranth Ehrenhalt, Buffie Johnson, and others. This will be a unique chance to look at the lyrical and expressive ways in which Abstract Expressionism was practiced.

The Self-Portrait, from Schiele to Beckman

When: Through June 24
Where: Neue Gallery, 1048 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan

Paula Modersohn-Becker, “Self-Portrait with Two Flowers in Her Raised Left Hand” (1907), oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches (image courtesy Neue Galerie)
Paula Modersohn-Becker, “Self-Portrait with Two Flowers in Her Raised Left Hand” (1907), oil on canvas, 21 3/4 x 9 3/4 inches (image courtesy Neue Galerie)

The Self-Portrait, from Schiele to Beckman looks at works from Austria and Germany made between 1900 and 1945, with about 70 self-portraits by over 30 artists. While some, like Schiele, are more well known, others are included in the exhibition to bring them greater recognition. The portraits provide insight into the “appearance and essence” of the artists, illuminating them in a new light.

Lucio Fontana: Spatial Environment (1968)

When: Through April 14
Where: El Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Avenue, East Harlem, Manhattan

In conjunction with the Met Breuer’s Lucio Fontana exhibition, El Museo del Barrio is hosting its own installation of the Argentine-Italian artist’s work. Beginning in 1949, the artist conceived of the Spatialism movement, creating immersive environments like “Spatial Environment” where the viewer enters and navigates the space. This installation follows the same specifications of Fontana’s original work, made and presented at Documenta 4 in Kassel, Germany before his death.

Monumental Journey: The Daguerreotypes of Girault de Prangey

When: Through May 12
Where: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan

On view at the Metropolitan Museum are about 120 daguerreotypes by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, created after a three-year photographic excursion through the Eastern Mediterranean. After his trip in 1842, Girault returned with over 1,000 daguerreotypes, which make up some of the earliest surviving photographs of Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jerusalem, and Italy. In addition to the daguerreotypes, the exhibition also features some of his graphic work, including watercolors, paintings, and lithographically illustrated pieces.

Hilma as Klint: Paintings for the Future

When: Through April 23
Where: The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan

Hilma af Klint, “Group I, Primordial Chaos, No. 16 (Grupp 1, Urkaos, nr 16)” (1906–1907), from The WU/Rose Series (Serie WU/Rosen), oil on canvas, 53 x 37 cm (photo by Albin Dahlström, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm)
Hilma af Klint, “Group I, Primordial Chaos, No. 16 (Grupp 1, Urkaos, nr 16)” (1906–1907), from The WU/Rose Series (Serie WU/Rosen), oil on canvas, 53 x 37 cm (photo by Albin Dahlström, the Moderna Museet, Stockholm)

Hilma af Klint was among the earliest abstract artists — her first work dates to 1906 — though she kept her remarkable paintings private and requested her work not be shown until 20 years after her death. This is the first major solo exhibition of af Klint’s work in the United States and is certainly worth a visit to the Guggenheim.

peter campus: video ergo sum

When: Through July 22
Where: The Bronx Museum, 1040 Grand Concourse, Bronx, NY

Peter Campus’s new exhibition at the Bronx Museum features a wide range of his work from the 1970s onward. With complex installations from 1971 to the videographs of 2007, video ergo sum> will include the intimate, experimental, and poetic pieces Campus has developed throughout his career. In addition, Campus’s 1976–77 film Head of a Sad Young Woman will be on view throughout the month of March in Times Square, as part of the Midnight Moment exhibition program.

Andy Warhol: Shadows

When: Long-term view
Where: Dia:Beacon, 3 Beekman Street, Beacon, NY

Andy Warhol, “Shadows” (1978–79), detail view (© the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo by Bill Jacobson Studio, New York, image courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York)
Andy Warhol, “Shadows” (1978–79), detail view (© the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc./Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, photo by Bill Jacobson Studio, New York, image courtesy Dia Art Foundation, New York)

Andy Warhol’s Shadows has returned to Dia:Beacon after an international tour and recent presentation at Calvin Klein’s New York headquarters. A single painting in multiple parts, Shadows is one of Warhol’s most complex works that synthesizes film, painting, photography, and screenprinting.

For Freedoms: Where Do We Go From Here?

When: Through April 28
Where: ICP Museum, 250 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan

The ICP’s current exhibition uses the work of the For Freedoms collective to explore the roles of art and visual representation in American civic life. For Freedoms, led by artists and founded in 2016 by Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman, focuses on the ways in which art and artists can raise political awareness and promote public discourse. The exhibition features a set of photographs re-envisioning Norman Rockwell’s “Four Freedoms,” titled after Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1941 State of the Union Address, which advocated for freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

Daniel Rozin: Sol

When: Through March 17
Where: bitforms gallery, 131 Allen Street, Bowery, Manhattan

Daniel Rozin’s eighth solo exhibition with bitforms gallery explores the relationship between natural and mechanical structures. The works on display include custom software and organic materials set up to interact with gallery guests. Viewers are then asked to think about their bodies in relation to the objects in the exhibition.

Shih Chieh Huang

Shih Chieh Huang, “T-24-L” (2016–18), mixed medium, 144 1/16 x 120 x 144 1/16 inches (photo by Vince Ruvolo, image courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York)
Shih Chieh Huang, “T-24-L” (2016–18), mixed medium, 144 1/16 x 120 x 144 1/16 inches (photo by Vince Ruvolo, image courtesy the artist and Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York)

When: Through April 13
Where: Ronald Feldman Gallery, 31 Mercer Street, Soho, Manhattan

On view at Ronald Feldman Gallery is an immersive exhibition by New York-based Taiwanese artist Shih Chieh Huang. Huang’s installation, featured in the 2016 Armory Show, transforms the gallery space into what the press release calls a “hallucinatory environment of light, sound, and electronic machinery.” Motorized sculptures in the form of tentacles hang from the ceiling, inflating, deflating, and changing color. A number of kinetic works are attached to the wall, adding to the movement and fluidity of the installation.

Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving

When: Through May 12
Where: The Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn

While countless Frida Kahlo exhibits have taken place throughout the years, this is the largest US show in 10 years dedicated to Kahlo and her collection of clothing and other personal possessions.

The pieces are displayed alongside drawings, paintings, and photographs from the Jacques and Natasha Gelman Collection of 20th Century Mexican Art, along with related historical film and pieces by Diego Rivera.

Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age

When: Through March 24
Where: Museum of Chinese in America, 215 Centre Street, Little Italy, Manhattan

Radical Machines: Chinese in the Information Age centers on the Chinese typewriter, a machine with no alphabet but 70,000 characters. Exploring design, technology, and art, the exhibition will feature historic photographs, telegraph code books, typing manuals, propaganda posters, and more, providing insight into the ever-changing nature of written Chinese.

Akari: Sculpture by Other Means

When: Through April 14
Where: The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, Queens

Installation view, Akari: Sculpture by Other Means, from left: Isamu Noguchi, Akari 125F (1971), and 15A (1953), on BB2 and BB3 bases (1954) (image courtesy Noguchi Museum)
Installation view, Akari: Sculpture by Other Means, from left: Isamu Noguchi, Akari 125F (1971), and 15A (1953), on BB2 and BB3 bases (1954) (image courtesy Noguchi Museum)

Akari: Sculpture by Other Means allows visitors to experience Isamu Noguchi’s Akari environments: constellations of lightweight paper lanterns. Noguchi began making these lanterns in 1951 while on a trip to post-war Japan. At the time, the mayor of the small town of Gifu City asked Noguchi to assist in revitalizing the lantern industry, and so the artist agreed, working to create a traditional paper lantern that used electricity. The exhibition includes these lanterns, along with vintage photographs, advertisements, brochures, and more.

The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics

When: Through May 26
Where: The New Museum, 235 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan

Reconstruction of Eduardo Kac, “Reabracadabra” (1985), animated poem for Videotexto (image courtesy the artist)
Reconstruction of Eduardo Kac, “Reabracadabra” (1985), animated poem for Videotexto (image courtesy the artist)

The Art Happens Here: Net Art’s Archival Poetics features 16 works from net art history, including websites, software sculpture, graphics, books, and merchandise. The works are taken from Rhizome’s “Net Art Anthology,” which the museum describes as a “possible canon for net art.” Artists on display include Shu Lea Cheang, Alexei Shulgin, Bunny Rogers, Filip Olszewski, and Mark Tribe.

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