Graduation (2008) by Richard Prince. Inkjet, acrylic and collage on canvas, 72 ¾ x 52 3/8 inches. (Photo by Robert McKeever/©Richard Prince, courtesy Gagosian Gallery)
MONDAY, MAY 5
Opening: “Andrew Kuo: My Bad” at Half Gallery
The prolific Queens-born artist serves up a fresh show of paintings that look like a figurative departure from the hyper-geometric works he exhibited at Marlborough Chelsea, his gallery, last year. Can’t wait! —Zoë Lescaze
Half Gallery, 43 East 78th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 6
Opening: Mika Rottenberg at Andrea Rosen
“Creating physical experience that transcends the autonomous object and cinematic medium, Rottenberg guides us through elaborately constructed physical and metaphysical environments. All activities converge in a Harlem bingo hall where a sequence of numbers opens mechanic portals into an alternate reality.” Are you excited? I sure am! —Dan Duray
Andrea Rosen, 525 West 24th Street, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: “Walls and Words” at Eldridge Street Synagogue
Untitled Gallery, in collaboration with the Eldridge Street Museum, will mount a show with works by Wallace Berman, Tony Lewis and Kon Trubkovich at the Eldridge Street Synagogue, a National Historic Landmark.–M.H. Miller
Eldridge Street Synagogue, 12 Eldridge Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Adrian Piper, “The Probable Trust Registry” at Elizabeth Dee
For her third solo exhibition at Elizabeth Dee, Adrian Piper will turn the main gallery into “three corporate reception environments from universal work culture.”–M.H.M.
Elizabeth Dee, 545 West 20th Street, New York, gallery hours 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 7
Opening: Assume Vivid Astro Focus, “Adderall Valium Arivan Focalin (Cantilevering Me)” at Suzanne Geiss
Eli Sudbrack and collaborators, operating under the acronym AVAF (Assume Vivid Astro Focus), are presenting boldly patterned paintings hung atop a mural for their first major New York show in six years. Expect “imagined trannies [with] kaleidoscopic skin, titanic breasts, and penises with minds of their own.” —Z.L.
The Suzanne Geiss Company, 76 Grand Street, New York, 6-9 p.m.
Opening: Ragnar Kjartansson, “Me, My Mother, My Father, and I” at the New Museum
For Ragnar Kjartansson’s first museum show in New York, the artist will present works with and about his family, including a live composition in which ten musicians will play “for the duration of the exhibition.”
New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, museum admission $10 to $16
THURSDAY, MAY 8
Opening: Richard Prince at Gagosian
Newly not illegal! See the “Canal Zone” works in person, and not in legal documents. —D.D.
Gagosian, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, 6–8 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 9
Opening: Sterling Ruby at Hauser & Wirth
No telling what this guy will do! More buses? Fewer buses? —D.D.
Hauser & Wirth, 511 West 18th Street, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: “Sanya Kantarovsky: Allergies” at Casey Kaplan
The Moscow-born painter of dandified gents will be making his solo debut with Mr. Kaplan, which is also his solo debut in New York. Will the city fall for his winsome pastel palette? Will you? Have a look! —Andrew Russeth
Casey Kaplan, 525 West 21st Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Performances: Antifreeze at Abrons Arts Center
Zackary Drucker emcees this evening of performance, which is presented by New York Performance Artists Collective as an antidote of sorts to this art-fair heavy week. On the marquee: Colin Self, Joseph Keckler and the Dynasty Handbag. —A.R.
Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theater, 466 Grand Street, New York, 8 p.m., free with reservation to firstname.lastname@example.org
Performance: XY Naught at Abrons Arts Center
Supergroup alert! Jory Rabinovitz, who has a great show up at Martos right now, has penned this play (his first) about “an unknown wanderer’s failed yearnings to express and create.” Jessi Reaves and JPW3 star, and various art compadres, including—but not limited to!—Sam Anderson, Phillip Birch, Frank Haines, Lena Henke and Jose Martos himself, round out the cast. This also runs on Saturday night. —A.R.
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, 9 p.m., free with reservation through this link
SATURDAY, MAY 10
Opening: “Mark Hagen: Guest Star” at Marlborough
The Angeleno artist is bringing us aluminum sculptures made from melted down cars, works made of house paint forced through sheets of burlap, other abstractions and, notably, “a 1980 Chevrolet Malibu that, in 1992 in Peekskill, NY, was struck by a 4.4 billion year old meteorite.” Yikes! —Z.L.
Marlborough, 545 West 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.