TUESDAY, APRIL 22
Opening: Justin Matherly at Paula Cooper
The sculptor, based known for his massive sculptures, will be presenting “small-scale abstract works.”–Michael H. Miller
Paula Cooper, 197 Tenth Avenue, New York, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23
Opening: Lothar Baumgarten at Marian Goodman
Ships and place names. COLONIALISM AHOYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY —Dan Duray
Marian Goodman, 24 West 57th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Benefit: Recess at Pioneer Works
Though the dinner and private exhibition viewing are sold out, you can still catch performances by artists Liz Magic Laser, Audrey Crabtree and Molly Lowe, as well as an open bar and DJ set by Chances with Wolves during the party portion of the event. Not a bad consolation prize. —Zoë Lescaze
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, 9:30, $75-$150
THURSDAY, APRIL 24
Opening: Matt Connors at Canada
Remember Matt Connors’s show at PS1? Great, strong stuff. If you like abstraction, and it seems like you ALL do, you must go! —D.D.
Canada, 333 Broome Street, 6–8 p.m.
Panel: Performa Presents “Who Can Write About Performance Art?” at Judson Memorial Church
That is one tasty sounding panel title! Taking up the question at this storied venue for performance are art historian and critic Claire Bishop, Performa founder RoseLee Goldberg, curator and writer Adrian Heathfield, journalist John Rockwell, Hyperallergic cofounder Hrag Vartanian and Artforum.com editor David Velasco. Likely to be action-packed. —A.R.
Judson Memorial Church, 55 Washington Square South, 6:30 p.m., RSVP here
Opening: Adriana Varejão, “Polvo” at Lehmann Maupin
The artist, according to the gallery, “expands her exploration of miscegenation…with a series of self-portraits that highlights the spectrum of interracial identity in Brazil.” —M.H.M.
Lehmann Maupin, 540 West 26th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Pierre Soulages at Dominique Lévy and Galerie Perrotin
A joint exhibition of the 94-year-old artist, a national treasure in France, who will show new paintings alongside “important postwar work.”
Dominique Lévy, 909 Madison Avenue, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Talks: “Satellite Museums” at the Guggenheim and “Collecting and Displaying Modern Art in the 21st Century” at MoMA
As part of the French Embassy’s month-long arts festival, international museum directors are convening all over town to discuss the state of the union. At the Guggenheim, director Richard Armstrong will sit down with Jean-Luc Martinez of the Louvre and Alain Sebain of Centre Pompidou to talk about satellite museums (protestors recently staged a demonstration at the Guggenheim, opposing its plans to build a branch in Abu Dhabi). At MoMA, director Glenn D. Lowry will chat with Alain Seban, the director of the Centre Pompidou, with Peter Reed, MoMA’s senior deputy director for curatorial affairs, as moderator. —Z.L.
Guggenheim, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 1 p.m., free with RSVP (required) at firstname.lastname@example.org and MOMA, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 6 p.m., free with RSVP (required) at email@example.com
FRIDAY APRIL 25
Opening: Sarah Charlesworth at Maccarone
Maccarone now represents the estate of Sarah Charlesworth! This show “is a five-part extended series that explores the iconography of popular culture and the desires and values it supports,” according to the press release. Why would you even write a sentence like that? That’s hilariously meaningless! But I bet the show will be good. —D.D.
Maccarone, 630 Greenwich Street, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: Tom Thayer at Derek Eller Gallery
Tom Thayer, who has been on an absolute tear in recent years with nimble, dark, crafty constructions that incorporate all sorts of unusual materials and beguiling performances using music, video and his own artworks, will stage his second show at Eller. Can’t wait. —Andrew Russeth
Derek Eller Gallery, 615 West 27th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 26
Opening: Sam Moyer, “More Weight” at Rachel Uffner Gallery
For her third solo show at the gallery, Sam Moyer will present a monumental installation involving a giant slab of marble and mixed media wall works incorporating dyed fabric on wood, media that comprised her previous show last April. —Z.L.
Rachel Uffner Gallery, 170 Suffolk Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
SUNDAY, APRIL 27
Event: “Brew Pub” at the Food Book Fair at the Wythe Hotel
As part of the Food Book Fair, which runs Friday through Sunday at the Wythe Hotel, artist Eric Steen will reprise the Brew Pub project he staged for Performa 11, inviting more than 20 home brewers to make beers inspired by the area around the hotel. Should be intriguing and delicious. —A.R.
Wythe Hotel, 80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, $30, 2–5 p.m. or 6–9 p.m., tickets for first session, tickets for second session