21 Things to Do in New York During Frieze Week

  • MONDAY, MAY 6

    Opening: Carissa Rodriguez, “La Collectionneuse,” at Front Desk Apparatus
    After spending years lusting for Carissa Rodriguez’s work through jpegs (especially of her 2012 solo show at Zurich’s Karma International gallery), I am happy to report that she is having a show at Front Desk’s stately space. If you haven’t seen her presentation in SculptureCenter’s “Better Homes” yet, go have a look: it includes a fine ring embedded in a thin slab of stone—one of the better sculptures to grace this city recently. —Andrew Russeth
    Front Desk Apparatus, 218 Madison Avenue, Suite 4C, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Talk: “Censorship: An Open Discussion About Disguising The Provocative” at Strand Book Story
    Worse things could happen then getting stuck on a desert island with the following artists and writers, let alone listening to them for an hour at the Strand. Anthony Haden-Guest, Carolee Scheemann, Heide Hatry, Jonathan Ames, Gene Guberman (a psychoanalyst) and Svetlana Mintcheva (the program director of the National Coalition Against Censorship) will discuss bleeps and black bars. —Zoë Lescaze
    Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, New York, 7-8 p.m., $15

    TUESDAY, MAY 7

    Opening: Bruce Conner at Paula Cooper Gallery
    The first major exhibition of Bruce Conner’s work since Paula Cooper began representing the estate will open at the gallery’s main space. —Michael H. Miller
    Paula Cooper Gallery, 521 West 21st Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: Cecily Brown at Gagosian
    The artist’s first show since 2008. Fans and detractors alike are chomping at the bit. —Dan Duray
    Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Opening: Dennis Hopper at Gagosian Gallery
    Gagosian will exhibit photographs from The Lost Album, by the actor Dennis Hopper. Shot in the 1960s, the work has not been exhibited in the U.S. since 1970. —M.H.M.
    Gagosian Gallery, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Benefit: The Kitchen Spring Gala Honoring Brian Eno at Capitale
    Dining and dancing for a good cause: join the old guard of the avant-garde—co-chairs David Byrne, Laurie Anderson and Lou Reed—at Capitale to benefit The Kitchen. Dinner will feature “appearances” (speeches? performances?) by Mr. Byrne, Cory Henry, Owen Pallett, The Persuasions and Michael Stipe. —Z.L.
    Capitale, 130 Bowery, New York, 6 p.m.–12:30 a.m., $500 to $30,000

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 8

    Opening: Lucien Smith, “A Clean Sweep,” at The Suzanne Geiss Company
    I caught the premiere of Lucien Smith’s short film by the same name as this show last week (at the Apple Store of all places), and watched the audience get transported by the dreamy ode to the New York and its bygone days. Mr. Smith’s exhibition of brooms and Polaroids will continue to comment and muse on the city’s evolution. —Z.L.
    The Suzanne Geiss Company, 76 Grand Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: “DSM – V,” presented by Vito Schnabel
    Art critic David Rimanelli curates this show, which is at a terrific venue and features works by Picasso, Warhol, Manzoni, Cecily Brown, Bjarne Melgaard and George Condo. —D.D.
    The Future Moynihan Station, 421 Eighth Avenue (entrance on West 31st Street), 6–10 p.m.

    Opening: Jeff Koons at David Zwirner
    Was Jeff Koons being an asshole when he went ahead and scheduled a show with David Zwirner, much to the displeasure of his longtime dealer Larry Gagosian? Did Jeff feel bad about it afterwards? Does Jeff ever experience any kind of emotion whatsoever? Your answers await at the opening, probably. —D.D.
    David Zwirner, 525 and 533 West 19th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    THURSDAY, MAY 9

    Bar: Tobias Rehberger, “Bar Oppenheimer,” at Hôtel Americano
    The irrepressible Tobias Rehberger will create a version of Frankfurt’s esteemed Bar Oppenheimer at Americano: “dimensions of space and objects are replicated and re-imagined to produce a familiar yet unfamiliar environment,” according to a release. No doubt it will be pleasantly disorienting. Maybe stop by that other great art-bar project of the moment, Alex Hubbard’s show at Maccarone, for an aperitif. The bar’s hours vary during Frieze Week, and May 10 is invitation only. It runs through July 14. —A.R.
    Hôtel Americano, 518 West 27th Street, New York, 6 p.m.–late

    Opening: Jeff Koons at Gagosian
    New paintings and sculptures for this show, which is actually the artist’s first in New York, with Gagosian. Are you tired yet? I already feel tired. —D.D.
    Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    FRIDAY, MAY 10

    Exhibition: “Jack Goldstein x 10,000″ at the Jewish Museum
    Canceled by MOCA L.A., Philipp Kaiser’s Jack Goldstein retrospective earned rave reviews when it eventually opened at the Orange County of Museum of Art last year. Now it comes to the Jewish Museum. Rejoice. (Pictured is a still from his 1975 film Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer.) —A.R.
    The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, 11 a.m.–5:45 p.m.

    Opening: Ellsworth Kelly, “At Ninety,” at Matthew Marks Gallery
    In celebration of Ellsworth Kelly’s 90th birthday, Matthew Marks will present new work by the artist—14 paintings and two sculptures made in the last two years—at all of the gallery’s Chelsea locations. —M.H.M.
    Matthew Marks Gallery, 502 and 522 West 22nd Street and 523 West 24th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Openings: Paul McCarthy, “Sculptures,” “Life Cast” and “Rebel Dabble Babble” at Hauser & Wirth
    Brace yourself. Hauser & Wirth is going all out with a triple-threat presentation of Paul McCarthy’s recent work. Uptown, the gallery will offer up unheimliche life casts of the artist’s body while its new warehouse-size space on West 18th Street will feature enormous wooden Snow White-inspired sculptures (fairy tales and Disney movies are favorite subjects for Mr. McCarthy) as well as collaborative videos he made with his son Damon. These apparently deal with the rumored quasi-incestuous orgies behind the scenes of Rebel Without A Cause. According to the (colorful) release, “visitors will discover the gallery dimly lit and transformed into a hullabaloo of clanging and clamor, yelling and coital grunting.” —Z.L.
    Hauser & Wirth, 511 West 18th Street and 32 East 69th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: “Documenting Cadere: 1972–1978″ at Artists Space: Books & Talks
    The first solo show to grace Artists Space’s Books & Talks space is this look at the art and wanderings of the Warsaw-born artist André Cadere (1934–78). There’s more to him than just those cryptic but beautiful Barres de Bois Rond! —A.R.
    Artists Space: Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    SATURDAY, MAY 11

    Party: “Cache Cleanser: A Celebration of Triple Canopy’s Fifth Anniversary” at China Chalet
    To toast the fifth anniversary of Triple Canopy, Maxmilion Dunbar, Masks, My Barbarian and BFFA3AE will perform, and Jon Santos, Michael Magnan (Fatherhood), and RVNG Intl.’s Matt Werth will DJ. That should be more than enough to get you out of the house, but let’s just emphasize that this is taking place at 2013 New York’s most beloved event space. Also, note the party’s cute name. —A.R.
    China Chalet, 47 Broadway, Second Floor, New York, 9 p.m.–late, $10 at the door or pay-what-you-wish online now

    Opening: Laurel Nakadate at Leslie Tonkonow
    Laurel Nakadate will have her third solo exhibition at Leslie Tonkonow, focusing on work in which she photographed strangers or casual acquaintances (e.g. Facebook friends) “at night in remote corners of the United States and Europe.” —M.H.M.
    Leslie Tonkonow, 535 West 22nd Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: Marianne Vitale at Zach Feuer Gallery
    Zach Feuer presents Diamond Crossing, a new sculpture by Marianne Vitale made of “decommissioned manganese steel railroad tracks.”–M.H.M.
    Zach Feuer Gallery, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: Ugo Rondinone, “Soul,” at Gladstone Gallery
    The artist presents a “a series of small-scale, primitive stone figures, mounted on pedestals in the fashion of classical art…the exhibition represents a progression of Rondinone’s study of the human figure.” Sounds good, no? You’re probably going to be in Chelsea anyway at that time, you should go. —D.D.
    Gladstone, 515 West 24 Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Talk: “Art in Literature” with Rachel Kushner, Ben Marcus and Katie Kitamura at Frieze New York
    It’s just a banner week for talking about art and literature (or art in literature). —Z.L.
    Frieze, Randall’s Island, New York, noon.

    SUNDAY, MAY 12

    Opening: “EXPO 1” at MoMA and MoMA PS1
    Klaus Biesenbach’s ecological extravaganza of an exhibition is finally opening, begging the question, where to begin? There’s the Rain Room—in which water magically falls everywhere except for on visitors (outside MoMA’s main building) and “Dark Optimism” at MoMA PS1. The latter, a whole-building show, will involve a performance piece by Joseph Beuys, photographs by Ansel Adams, work by contemporary artists like Agnes Denes as well as a cinema, a colony and a school. There’s stuff at the Rockaway dome too. —Z.L.
    Various locations.