11 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before April 22

  • TUESDAY, APRIL 16

    Talk: Jonas Mekas and Paulien Oltheten, “Brooklyn Commons,” at International Studio & Curatorial Program
    Filmmaker Jonas Mekas and Paulien Oltheten will “reflect on the spontaneous chronicling of life and human behavior.” A broad topic! —Michael H. Miller
    ISCP, 1040 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m.

    WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17

    Lecture: “Why are you taking so many photographs?” at Eyebeam
    What a good question. For the second installment of its “F**cking Up: Learning From Mistakes in Art and Education” lecture series, Eyebeam will bring curators Laurel Ptak and Natasha Marie Llorens together to candidly discuss “documentation and ethics.” —Zoë Lescaze
    Eyebeam, 540 West 21st Street, New York, 7–8:30 p.m.

    Screening and Discussion: B. Wurtz at Triple Canopy
    B. Wurtz’s sculptures and paintings, made with castoff materials (bread wrappers, children’s trophies, wood slabs) can pull the heartstrings and elicit sly smiles. Handsome, winning stuff. If you have already swooned to his recent work at Metro Pictures, there is fine news to report: a show of works made by Wurtz in conjunction with Triple Canopy is on view at Lower East Side redoubt Bureau through April 25. And more: A screening of Wurtz’s early films, followed by a conversation among Wurtz, the artist Josh Tonsfeldt and photographer and Triple Canopy Contributing Editor Hannah Whitaker —A.R.
    Triple Canopy, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, 7–9 p.m.

    Opening: Greg Goldberg “Northern Light” at Stephan Stoyanov
    Do you like your abstraction of the older school? Then be sure to stop by Greg Goldberg’s show. His works are in the MoMA collection and from what I hear he’s a mensch. —Dan Duray
    Stephan Stoyanov, 29 Orchard Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    THURSDAY, APRIL 18 

    Opening: “Untitled (Hybrid)” at Robert Miller Gallery
    Lee Krasner’s wild Abstract-Expressionist work would be more than enough to get us to the gallery, but curator Kate McNamara, a cofounder of Cleopatra’s in Greenpoint, has paired her paintings and collages with works by Polly Apfelbaum, Alisa Baremboym, Sarah Cain, Leidy Churchman, Joanne Greenbaum, Julia Hechtman and Dona Nelson. According to the announcement, “‘Untitled (Hybrid)’ is in your face, and not always elegant; beautiful and fearless; demonstrating extreme skill. As works they are radical and challenging; they invite you in and force you out.” Sounds like a fun, ferocious exhibition. —Z.L.
    Robert Miller Gallery, 524 West 26th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Opening: Hannah Starkey at Tanya Bonakdar
    Photographer Hannah Starkey will have her third solo exhibition at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. —M.H.M.
    Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 West 21st Street, Gallery 2, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Opening: “Out of Memory,” Curated by Eleanor Cayre at Marianne Boesky
    Eleanor Cayre curates a group show of work by artists including AIDS-3D, Cory Arcangel, Guyton/Walker, Alex Israel, Rashid Johnson and Haley Mellin. —M.H.M.
    Marianne Boesky Gallery, 118 East 64th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    FRIDAY, APRIL 19

    Opening: Harm van den Dorpel, “Release Early, Release Often, Delegate Everything You Can, Be Open to the Point of Promiscuity,” at Abron Arts Center
    Dutchman Harm van den Dorpel, an artist and programmer (dangerous combination!), will present his first solo show in the U.S., which includes “spherical Perspex sculptures, web-based work, and collages, the latter appearing at once high-Modernist yet akin to melancholic, mass-produced hotel lobby art,” according to the institution’s news release. This is also the debut of Karen Archey in her new role as curator-in-residence at Abrons. Should be a nice time. —A.R.
    Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    SATURDAY, APRIL 20

    Reading: “Transform the World! Poetry Must Be Made by All” at MoMA
    If you prefer appreciating art in silence, don’t go to MoMA on Saturday. If, however, the idea of listening to poets read aloud in the museum appeals, then you should absolutely meander through the fourth-floor painting and sculpture galleries where you will stumble upon over a dozen poets (including Tao Lin and David Grubbs) reading their work and that of others. —Z.L.
    Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 3–4 p.m.

    SUNDAY, APRIL 21

    Opening: Gary Indiana “Gristle Springs” at Participant
    This show represents the artist and writer Gary Indiana’s first solo exhibition since 2002. The press release makes it sound pretty vivid. “New photographic works are comprised of combinations of images shot with a variety of digital and 35mm cameras over a thirty-year period, using the model of multiple-screen surveillance monitors and CCTV cameras as a means to organize dissociated images, insinuating that simultaneity has replaced the linear continuity of visual information.” —D.D.
    Participant, 253 East Houston Street, New York, 7–9 p.m.

    Opening: “Better Homes” at SculptureCenter
    Really cool group show. What do you want from me? I haven’t seen it yet. But extremely promising artist list, including Anthea Hamilton, Carissa Rodriguez, E’wao Kagoshima, Güneş Terkol, Jonathas de Andrade, Josephine Pryde, Keith Edmier, Kirsten Pieroth, KwieKulik, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Martha Rosler, Neil Beloufa, Paulina Olowska, Robert Gober, Tamar Guimarães, Yuki Kimura. —D.D.
    SculptureCenter, 44–19 Purves Street, New York, 5–7 p.m.