WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 28
Opening: “Claudia Comte: NO MELON NO LEMON” at Gladstone Gallery
Claudia Comte first gained some notoriety when Neville Wakefield and his then-girlfriend Olympia Scarry deigned her worthy of inclusion in their manic group show installed in the hallowed slopes of Gstaad, Switzerland, the ultimate chalet-dotted spot for jetsetting billionaire ski bums. Now she has her own solo show, her first in the states, at Gladstone Gallery, and it will feature wood sculptures on custom plinths. (I also heard that Neville Wakefield is dating Minnie Driver now—like Good Will Hunting Minnie Driver—which is kind of a nuts gossip item, and I figured, well, it’s a snow day, let’s drop it in here.) — Nate Freeman
THURSDAY, JANUARY 29
Art Fair: Outsider Art Fair Preview
Featuring 50 galleries from 27 countries, the Outsider Art Fair returns to Chelsea’s Center 548 for its 23rd edition. Now-household names like Henry Darger will be shown alongside a slew of new discoveries, and Jay Gorney and Anne Dornan will curate a special exhibition titled “If I had Possession over Judgement Day,” with five multimedia artists whose work centers around the theme of paranoia. — Alanna Martinez
Opening: “Bruce Nauman: Animal Pyramid” at Gagosian Gallery
This opening was originally scheduled for Tuesday, and that would have been pretty great because, well, what’s better than trekking through an abandoned, snowed-in Upper East Side before arriving at a gallery full of large-scale Bruce Nauman sculptures of deer and caribou and fox all piled up on top of each other? That sounds perfect, really, but I guess we’ll have to wait until Thursday now. — N.F
Opening: “Body and Matter: The Art of Kazuo Shiraga and Satoru Hoshino” at Dominique Levy Gallery
Dominique Levy will position 23 paintings by Gutai artist Kazuo Shiraga next to nine artworks completed in the 1990s by Satoru Hoshino, a member of the postwar Japanese ceramics group Sodeisha. This will be the first time their work is considered together in a two person exhibition. — A.M.
Opening: “Alec Soth: Songbook” at Sean Kelly
Assuming the role of a small town newspaper reporter, photographer Alec Soth travelled cross country capturing images of public meetings, festivals, and celebrations. For “Songbook,” Mr. Soth will display 25 photographs from his travels, stripped of their fictional news context, in an attempt to “highlight the longing for personal connection at their root,” according to the gallery’s press release. — A.M.
Opening: 2015 Eyebeam Annual Showcase
Every year, Eyebeam looks back at the technology-based art and projects created through its residency and fellowship programs. In its first showcase event since moving to a brand new space in Sunset Park, the organization will show work by Allison Burtch, Ingrid Burrington, James Bridle, Not An Alternative, and more. Thursday evening the exhibition and reception will open to the public at Gallery 216 in DUMBO, with the artists in attendance, and on February 21 Eyebeam will host a day of artist talks. — A.M.
Opening: “Nancy Graves” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Since announcing its representation of the estate of Nancy Graves at Frieze New York last year, Mitchell-Innes & Nash has shown just one exhibition of her work. And now, we get another, this one focusing on the first half of her career, which means it gets to include Izy Boukir (1970), a film shot in Morocco with a lot of camels (Graves loved her camels) and a score by Philip Glass.—N.F.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 30
Opening: Night at the Museum at MoMA PS1
You can’t combine the words “night” and “museum” without thinking of Ben Stiller running around talking to statues come to life, so MoMA PS1 just went for broke this year. The poster for the annual up-all-night open house to show off its current exhibitions—such as “Wael Shawky: Cabaret Crusades,” “Zero Tolerance,” and “Anne Imhof: DEAL”—is the poster from “Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb” with the the faces of the museum’s staffers photoshopped on those of the actors. Klaus Biesenbach is Ben Stiller’s museum guard, of course, because can’t you just see Mr. Biesenbach walking around his own museum at night, going on little adventures with the installations, making cute little comments, all of that. He’ll team up with Lady Gaga and James Franco to protect the museum from some evil despot (…Julian Schnabel?) Yeah, I’d watch basically anu kids movie with Klaus Biesenbach in it. Let’s make this happen.—N.F.