Spring has sprung in New York and even though there’s fog all around we’re all very clear that it’s time to forget about the winter and feel the warmth of what lies ahead.

This week’s prescription aims to reinforce your system with all the art nutrients and vitamins you can take. From a major retrospective at the Guggenheim to the final show at a venerable nonprofit space, Exit Art, if you take your medicine you will be able to walk fearlessly into spring.

Jeanette Ingberman and Papo Colo in the original Exit Art on Canal Street. (image via exitart.org)

 Wireless Gastroenterology Devices

When: Thursday, March 22nd, 7:30pm
Where: 3rd Ward (195 Morgan Ave, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Come join the people at 3rd Ward and multi-media artist Stefani Bardin on a Fantastic Voyage through our digestive systems and beyond. Bardin will present some of her recent work which includes a project that investigates the effects of processed foods versus whole foods from within the body using tiny consumable wireless sensors. Admission is free if you RSVP. —DE

 Final Exit

When: Opens Friday, March 23, 7-9pm
Where: Exit Art (475 Tenth Avenue, West Side, Manhattan)

This Friday the very last exhibition at Exit Art opens. Titled Every Exit is an Entrance, the show tells the story of this nonprofit that was founded in a loft apartment on Canal Street. The organization has mounted many cutting edge and important shows though the year but most importantly it has always demonstrated that it is an important part of the city’s art dialogue. We’re sad to see it go but nothing every stays the same in New York. The space will take its final bow on May 19.

 A Mythological Boat with the Gift of Language

When: Friday, March 23nd, 7-9pm
Where: NURTURE art (56 Bogart, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

Emerging Artist Arianna Carossa will present a new body of work based on the mythical “character” Argo from Jason and the Argonauts. For this exhibition Carossa has created sculptural works steeped in myth, materiality and art history. Noprofit space NURTURE art is a personal favorite because of the galleries’ continued support of emerging artists and curators. —DE

 Gender and Shape-shifting

When: Closes March 25
Where: Invisible-Exports Gallery (14a Orchard Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

All you need to know is in this one sentence in the press release, “Breyer P-Orridge has reinvented and reintroduced herself again and again — as Fluxus pioneer, groundbreaking performance artist, inventor of industrial music, ‘wrecker of civilization,’ and, most recently, as pandrogyne, in a romantic project of identity and gender merging with her now-late wife, Lady Jaye.” Yes, you read that right.

 A Mini-Versailles in the Bronx?

When: Monday, March 26, 6:30pm
Where: Wood Auditorium at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (1172 Amsterdam Avenue, Morningside Heights, Manhattan)

The sixth installment of the monthly Where is New York? lecture series at Columbia University will bring together five experts to explore the Bronx’s newest affordable housing project. Heralded by New York Magazine as “a miniature Bronx Versailles” (huh?), will Via Verde serve it’s purpose of enriching poor families’ lives or become another disastrous Igoe-Pruitt?  —BV

 The X90 Drawings at ISCP

When: Tuesday, March 27, 6:30pm
Where: ISCP (1040 Metropolitan Ave, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

The International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) will host a salon session and artist talks by resident artists Mono Schwarz-Kogelnik and Patrick Tuttofuoco who will discuss what they worked on over the course of their respective residencies. Schwarz-Kogelnik will present his epic 16-month, 450-work drawing project the X90 Drawing Series and Tuttofuoco will initiate an open dialogue about his recent work dealing with the human relationship to the urban landscape. The ISCP residency program is a reliable source for strong artists you may have never seen before and these salon sessions tend to be quite good. —DE

 Institutions, Critiques, Public Space

When: Wednesday, March 28, 6:30pm
Where: The New School, John Tishman Auditorium (66 West 12th Street, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

Fred Wilson will be speaking for the Public Art Fund about his recent experiences working within the public sphere. Given Wilson’s solidified place in art history, his current show at Pace Gallery in Manhattan and recent controversy around the proposed, “E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One)” for Indianapolis, this lecture is not to be missed. —BV

 Performance Art and OWS

When: Wednesday, March 28 at 7:30-9pm
Where: Hyperallergic HQ (181 North 11th Street, Suite 302, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

We’re organizing a roundtable discussion at Hyperallergic HQ about the nature of performance art and Occupy Wall Street and how they overlap or if they do. Come join us and share your opinion on the matter.

 Revisiting Francesca Woodman

When: Continues until June 13
Where: Guggenheim Museum (1071 Fifth Ave at 89th Street, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

In Francesca Woodman: Retrospective, The Guggenheim remembers a young, promising artist who committed suicide at the age of 22. Operating mostly in photography, with some experimentation in video, Woodman’s oeuvre is centered around self-portraiture as a means to explore the relationship between body and space. As evocative as it is haunting, the Guggenheim’s comprehensive survey of the trajectory of Woodman’s remarkable career is marked by an arc of maturation and clarified focus. —GR

 Meditating on Mount Fear

When: Closes April 21
Where: Miyako Yoshinaga Gallery (547 West 27th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

In Shades of the Departed, Takahiro Kaneyama takes his viewers to Mt. Osore, otherwise known as Mount Fear, in northern Japan. Regarded as the gateway to Hell in local folklore, Mt. Osore serves as holy ground visited by countless visitors seeking to commemorate and console departed souls on their journey to the underworld. Kaneyama’s solo exhibition, a combination of photography and video of this sacred site, is a meditation on the active volcano and its symbolic significance to the dead and the living. —GR

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With listings by Don Edler, Giulianna Reiley and Ben Valentine.

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