12 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before April 12

TUESDAY, APRIL 7 Opening: Cooper Union School of Art Student Presentations Cooper Union is one of the best incubators for artistic talent, as heavyweights such as Daniel Arsham, Will Cotton, Christian Marclay, Lucien Smith and so many others have toiled in its studios before achieving fame and fortune. So where can one go see the next batch of Cooper Union kids poised to take over the art world? Well, that would be at the senior presentations, and they take place this week. Those upstarts exhibiting work include Michael Logan, Ethan Shippee, Elissa Harvey and Zoë Davis, and Peter Zohore. — Nate Freeman Cooper Union, The Foundation Building, 7 E. 7th Street, New York 6-8 p.m. Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square Gallery, 41 Cooper Square, New York, 6-8 p.m.
TUESDAY, APRIL 7 Opening: “Please Excuse Our Appearance” at 247365 247365 began as a modest little artist-run gallery in the Donut District—so named for a Dunkin’ Donuts that’s located in a stretch of no man’s land under the BQE, between Carroll Gardens and Red Hook—and eventually graduated to a musty basement on Eldridge and Delancey. It’s now moving once again, this time two blocks north up to Eldridge and Stanton, and Tuesday’s show is the first in the new space. The title implies that the space might not be quite ready yet, but the names in the group imply that it will be wonderful regardless. — N.F. 247365, 57 Stanton Street, New York, 6-9 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8 Opening and Book Release: “The Folly Acres Cookbook” by Sue Webster at Other Criteria Post-YBA figures Sue Webster and her ex-partner Tim Noble were a veritable art world power couple, until their relationship ended in 2013. But that hasn’t stopped them from making art by any means. Ms. Webster will release The Folly Acres Cook Book, a semi-autobiographical catalogue of home recipes, drawings, photographs, and personal notes, in addition to an exhibition of illustrations and sculptures by her and Mr. Noble at Other Criteria. The book includes an introductory poem by artist and musician PJ Harvey, who will give a reading of the work at the opening reception on Wednesday. — A.M. Other Criteria, 458 Broome Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 9 Opening: “Richard Prince: Original” at Gagosian Gallery Richard Prince will once again explore the nature and consequence involved in appropriating pulp in his new show at Gagosian, this time be displaying the “original” artwork that ended up as covers for smutty and lurid novels. Naturally, the masses shall flock toward it. — N.F. Gagosian Gallery, 976 Madison Avenue, New York, 6-8 p.m.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 9 Opening: “Bill Jensen: Transgressions” at Cheim & Read Bill Jensen’s working with a pretty ambitious set of influences here. Touchstones ticked off in the press release include the icon paintings of Andrei Rublev, the Tarkovsky film about Rublev, Confucius, The Sistine Chapel, and ancient poetry from Southern China. — N.F. Cheim & Read, 547 W. 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 9 Talk: “Market Watch” with Walter Robinson and Chris Dorland Walter Robinson—and artist and editor who occasionally contributes to these pages—and Chris Dorland—and artist who has exhibited the world over and can boast of work in the collection of the Whitney—will discuss the coma-like status of contemporary painting, the “disruptive” nature of social media among all this nonsense, and the scourge of Zombie Formalism in what will more certainly be an entertaining talk. — N.F. Five Eleven, 511 W. 27th Street, New York, 7:00 p.m.
THURSDAY, APRIL 9 Opening: “Rina Banerjee: Tropical Urban” at Jacob Lewis Gallery Indian-born, New York-based artist Rina Banerjee will have her first exhibition with Jacob Lewis Gallery this week. The artist, who was once a polymer research chemist, uses textiles, antiques, shells, feathers, and a wide assortment of other objects to create elaborate assemblage sculptures about cultural identity. For “Tropical Urban,” Ms. Banerjee creates a series of characters that populate her vision for an idealised urban setting. — A.M. Jacob Lewis Gallery, 521 West 26th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
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THURSDAY, APRIL 9 Opening: “Robert Irwin: Cacophonous” at Pace Gallery One of the leading artists of California’s Light and Space movement of the 1960s, Robert Irwin is famous for his immersive, room-size light works using fluorescents. “Cacophonous” will include eight all new fluorescent light pieces, featuring rows of lights coated with colored gels. — A.M. Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 10 Opening: “Hank Willis Thomas Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015” at Jack Shainman Hank Willis Thomas presents 101 images of women from historical advertisements published between 1915 and 2015 for “Unbranded: A Century of White Women.” Mr. Thomas strips the images of all text, and presents them chronologically, touching on issues of gender, race, and class that have dominated popular culture over the last century. The show will fill both Chelsea gallery locations. — A.M. Jack Shainman Gallery, 524 West 24th Street and 513 West 20th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
FRIDAY, APRIL 10 Talk: “An Evening With Barbara Stok” at the Met Dutch comic artist Barbara Stok is in town and will be speaking about her new graphic novel biography of Vincent Van Gogh at the Met this Friday. The Observer spoke with Ms. Stok about Vincent last week, which will be published by British publisher SelfMadeHero and distributed in the U.S. by Abrams, and includes intimate excerpts from Van Gogh’s ongoing correspondence with his brother Theo, accompanied by colorful and minimal illustrations. — A.M. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education, 100 5th Avenue, New York, 6:30-8 p.m.
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SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Event: MoCCA Arts Festival 2015 Comic and graphic novels fans rejoice, it’s that time of year again! The Society of Illustrators’ annual MoCCA Arts Festival is back in town, bringing some of the leading publishers and artists in the industry with it. This year the weekend-long fair will move to a new venue in Chelsea, Center 548, with accompanying talks and programming around the corner at the High Line Hotel. Special guests this year include Scott McCloud and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, who will both participate in Q&A sessions on Saturday. — A.M. Center 548, 538 West 22nd Street, New York, April 11-12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, $5 day pass, $10 weekend pass
SATURDAY, APRIL 11 Party: The Pop Up Art Picnic It might not feel quite like spring, as it’s taking forever for temperatures to scale the 60-degree mark, but you can pretend inside the auditorium of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, where they’ll be hosting an indoor picnic that’s free and open to the public. Cool treat: you can get your face painted by Kenny Scharf! — N.F. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, 208 W. 13th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, 11:00 a.m.

TUESDAY, APRIL 7

Opening: Cooper Union School of Art Student Presentations
Cooper Union is one of the best incubators for artistic talent, as heavyweights such as Daniel Arsham, Will Cotton, Christian Marclay, Lucien Smith and so many others have toiled in its studios before achieving fame and fortune. So where can one go see the next batch of Cooper Union kids poised to take over the art world? Well, that would be at the senior presentations, and they take place this week. Those upstarts exhibiting work include Michael Logan, Ethan Shippee, Elissa Harvey and Zoë Davis, and Peter Zohore. — Nate Freeman
Cooper Union, The Foundation Building, 7 E. 7th Street, New York 6-8 p.m.
Cooper Union, 41 Cooper Square Gallery, 41 Cooper Square, New York, 6-8 p.m.

Opening: “Please Excuse Our Appearance” at 247365
247365 began as a modest little artist-run gallery in the Donut District—so named for a Dunkin’ Donuts that’s located in a stretch of no man’s land under the BQE, between Carroll Gardens and Red Hook—and eventually graduated to a musty basement on Eldridge and Delancey. It’s now moving once again, this time two blocks north up to Eldridge and Stanton, and Tuesday’s show is the first in the new space. The title implies that the space might not be quite ready yet, but the names in the group imply that it will be wonderful regardless. — N.F.
247365, 57 Stanton Street, New York, 6-9 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8

Opening and Book Release: “The Folly Acres Cookbook” by Sue Webster at Other Criteria
Post-YBA figures Sue Webster and her ex-partner Tim Noble were a veritable art world power couple, until their relationship ended in 2013. But that hasn’t stopped them from making art by any means. Ms. Webster will release The Folly Acres Cook Book, a semi-autobiographical catalogue of home recipes, drawings, photographs, and personal notes, in addition to an exhibition of illustrations and sculptures by her and Mr. Noble at Other Criteria. The book includes an introductory poem by artist and musician PJ Harvey, who will give a reading of the work at the opening reception on Wednesday. — Alanna Martinez
Other Criteria, 458 Broome Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

THURSDAY, APRIL 9

Opening: “Richard Prince: Original” at Gagosian Gallery
Richard Prince will once again explore the nature and consequence involved in appropriating pulp in his new show at Gagosian, this time be displaying the “original” artwork that ended up as covers for smutty and lurid novels. Naturally, the masses shall flock toward it. — N.F.
Gagosian Gallery, 976 Madison Avenue, New York, 6-8 p.m.

Opening: “Bill Jensen: Transgressions” at Cheim & Read
Bill Jensen’s working with a pretty ambitious set of influences here. Touchstones ticked off in the press release include the icon paintings of Andrei Rublev, the Tarkovsky film about Rublev, Confucius, The Sistine Chapel, and ancient poetry from Southern China. — N.F.
Cheim & Read, 547 W. 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

Talk: “Market Watch” with Walter Robinson and Chris Dorland
Walter Robinson—and artist and editor who occasionally contributes to these pages—and Chris Dorland—and artist who has exhibited the world over and can boast of work in the collection of the Whitney—will discuss the coma-like status of contemporary painting, the “disruptive” nature of social media among all this nonsense, and the scourge of Zombie Formalism in what will more certainly be an entertaining talk. — N.F.
Five Eleven, 511 W. 27th Street, New York, 7:00 p.m.

Opening: “Rina Banerjee: Tropical Urban” at Jacob Lewis Gallery
Indian-born, New York-based artist Rina Banerjee will have her first exhibition with Jacob Lewis Gallery this week. The artist, who was once a polymer research chemist, uses textiles, antiques, shells, feathers, and a wide assortment of other objects to create elaborate assemblage sculptures about cultural identity. For “Tropical Urban,” Ms. Banerjee creates a series of characters that populate her vision for an idealized urban setting. — A.M.
Jacob Lewis Gallery, 521 West 26th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

Opening: “Robert Irwin: Cacophonous” at Pace Gallery
One of the leading artists of California’s Light and Space movement of the 1960s, Robert Irwin is famous for his immersive, room-size light works using fluorescents. “Cacophonous” will include eight all new fluorescent light pieces, featuring rows of lights coated with colored gels. — A.M.
Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

FRIDAY, APRIL 10

Opening: “Hank Willis Thomas Unbranded: A Century of White Women, 1915-2015” at Jack Shainman
Hank Willis Thomas presents 101 images of women from historical advertisements published between 1915 and 2015 for “Unbranded: A Century of White Women.” Mr. Thomas strips the images of all text, and presents them chronologically, touching on issues of gender, race, and class that have dominated popular culture over the last century. The show will fill both Chelsea gallery locations. — A.M.
Jack Shainman Gallery, 524 West 24th Street and 513 West 20th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

Talk: “An Evening With Barbara Stok” at the Met
Dutch comic artist Barbara Stok is in town and will be speaking about her new graphic novel biography of Vincent Van Gogh at the Met this Friday. The Observer spoke with Ms. Stok about Vincent last week, which will be published by British publisher SelfMadeHero and distributed in the U.S. by Abrams, and includes intimate excerpts from Van Gogh’s ongoing correspondence with his brother Theo, accompanied by colorful and minimal illustrations. — A.M.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, Uris Center for Education, 100 5th Avenue, New York, 6:30-8 p.m.

SATURDAY, APRIL 11

Event: MoCCA Arts Festival 2015
Comic and graphic novels fans rejoice, it’s that time of year again! The Society of Illustrators’ annual MoCCA Arts Festival is back in town, bringing some of the leading publishers and artists in the industry with it. This year the weekend-long fair will move to a new venue in Chelsea, Center 548, with accompanying talks and programming around the corner at the High Line Hotel. Special guests this year include Scott McCloud and Aline Kominsky-Crumb, who will both participate in Q&A sessions on Saturday. — A.M.
Center 548, 538 West 22nd Street, New York, April 11-12, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, $5 day pass, $10 weekend pass

Party: The Pop Art Picnic
It might not feel quite like spring, as it’s taking forever for temperatures to scale the 60-degree mark, but you can pretend inside the auditorium of The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, where they’ll be hosting an indoor picnic that’s free and open to the public; families welcome. Cool treat: you can get your face painted by Kenny Scharf! RSVP at centerpark@fremontblueevents.com.— N.F.
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, 208 W. 13th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, 11:00 a.m.

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