nyc art scene

a carefully curated calendar & cumulative catalog of new york city's most interesting art exhibitions and events. hand picked by Arthur Seen & Team

Opens Fri, Nov 15, 6-8p:

Mequitta Ahuja

Thierry Goldberg Gallery, 103 Norfolk St., NYC

“Ahuja references a variety of cultural traditions, including the arts of Africa, Asia, and America… she suggests that identity is not only fluid, but that it represents a layering of different guises—both real and fictional, historic and contemporary. Her work also demonstrates an interest in different types of marks and materials. She employs hand stamps, paints with brushes, and draws directly onto the collaged ground.”  - National Portrait Gallery

“My self-portraits are “auto-mythic.” I define automythography as a process of identity formation that combines the real with the self-invented. I position myself within a history of Eastern and Western representation, reflecting my identity as an African American and South Asian American woman. My sources include Buddhist wall paintings and Mughal manuscript art.” - Mequitta Ahuja

Closing May 6:”Storytelling in Japanese Art”The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., NYC (Galleries 223-232)Featuring more than sixty works of art in a range of mediums and formats, this exhibition explores myriad subjects that have preoccupied the Japanese imagination for centuries— Buddhist and Shinto miracle tales; the romantic adventures of legendary heroes and their feats at times of war; animals and fantastical creatures that cavort within the human realm; and the ghoulish antics of ghosts and monsters. From illustrated books and folding screens to textiles and playing cards, the objects on view, which date from the twelfth to the nineteenth century, vividly capture the life and spirit of their time. - thru June 15

Closing May 6:

Storytelling in Japanese Art

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave., NYC (Galleries 223-232)

Featuring more than sixty works of art in a range of mediums and formats, this exhibition explores myriad subjects that have preoccupied the Japanese imagination for centuries— Buddhist and Shinto miracle tales; the romantic adventures of legendary heroes and their feats at times of war; animals and fantastical creatures that cavort within the human realm; and the ghoulish antics of ghosts and monsters. From illustrated books and folding screens to textiles and playing cards, the objects on view, which date from the twelfth to the nineteenth century, vividly capture the life and spirit of their time. - thru June 15