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

thru March 22:

The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec: Prints and Posters
 Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
 
MoMA, 11 W53rd St., NYC

This exhibition, drawn almost exclusively from The Museum of Modern Art’s collection of posters, lithographs, printed ephemera, and illustrated books, is the first MoMA exhibition in 30 years dedicated solely to Lautrec, and features over 100 examples of the best-known works created during the apex of his career. Organized thematically, the exhibition explores five subjects that together create a portrait of Lautrec’s Paris. A section devoted to café-concerts and dance halls examines the rise of nightlife culture in France through the depiction of famous venues, including the celebrated Moulin Rouge. Another focuses on the actresses, singers, dancers, and performers who sparked the artist’s imagination and served as his muses, including Yvette Guilbert, acclaimed dancer Loie Fuller, and close friend Jane Avril. Lautrec’s sympathetic images of women are evident in a group of works that includes his landmark Elles portfolio, depicting prostitutes during nonworking hours, in quiet moments of introspection. Lautrec’s role in Paris’s artistic community is explored in a section devoted to his creative circle, highlighting designs for song sheets for the popular music that flooded Paris’s café-concerts, programs for the avant-garde theatrical productions that he attended, and his contributions to magazines and intellectual reviews. A final section looks at the pleasures of the capital, from horse racing at Longchamp and promenading on the Bois de Boulogne, to the new fad for ice skating and the enduring appeal of Paris’s culture of gastronomy.

just opened:“Fabricated Revisions” Megan Whitmarsh MULHERIN + POLLARD Gallery, 187 Chrystie St., NYCWorking predominantly with textiles, Megan Whitmarsh uses hand-stitched embroidery to fabricate replicas of personal and cultural ephemera. Although she also creates comic books, paintings, drawings, and stop animation, Whitmarsh is best known for her hand-embroidered canvases and soft sculptures, which make reference to both contemporary pop culture and the 1970s and ’80s eras of her childhood. “The artists I find compelling are mostly women and I decided to pay tribute to this personal fact. Many of these works are from a fictionalized past. From 1970-1980, Artforum devoted 5 of it’s 99 covers to women artists.” – Megan Whitmarsh, 2013

just opened:

Fabricated Revisions
 Megan Whitmarsh
 
MULHERIN + POLLARD Gallery, 187 Chrystie St., NYC

Working predominantly with textiles, Megan Whitmarsh uses hand-stitched embroidery to fabricate replicas of personal and cultural ephemera. Although she also creates comic books, paintings, drawings, and stop animation, Whitmarsh is best known for her hand-embroidered canvases and soft sculptures, which make reference to both contemporary pop culture and the 1970s and ’80s eras of her childhood. “The artists I find compelling are mostly women and I decided to pay tribute to this personal fact. Many of these works are from a fictionalized past. From 1970-1980, Artforum devoted 5 of it’s 99 covers to women artists.” – Megan Whitmarsh, 2013

Closing Soon, (part 2 opens next week):

Please Come to the Show, Part I (1960–1980)
 Organized by David Senior

MoMA, Education Building, 4 West 54th St., NYC
free (if you go in through the 4 W. 54th St. entrance)

preview part two on Tumblr: pleasecometotheshow.tumblr.com

This two-part exhibition gathers a sample of innovative printed invitations, small posters, and flyers from the early 1960s to the present. The selection traces ways in which artists, designers, and galleries have used invitation cards and other printed announcements as a part of the staging of conceptual works, installations, performances, and other time-based events and screenings. This diverse grouping of ephemera explores the various, surprising ways that we have been invited to experience art.

Opens Tonight, Jan 12, 5-8p: “On Creating Reality, by Andy Kaufman” presented by artist Jonathan BergerMaccarone, 630 Greenwich St., NYCThe exhibition will act as a portrait of an unclassifiable figure in American cultural history whose work has been seminal in the evolution of performance art, new media and relational aesthetics. The show presents an extensive collection of ephemera and artifacts from Andy Kaufman’s personal and professional life: photographs, correspondence, performance notation, scripts, props and costumes. In lieu of explanatory text labels accompanying these materials, a rotating series of Kaufman’s friends, family, and collaborators will be physically present in the exhibition at all times, for all 25 days that the exhibition is on view, representing the diverse range of relationships, which span Kaufman’s life, work, and interests. A central table and chairs within the gallery space will allow these guests to interact and talk with visitors, offering the opportunity for intimate and unscripted conversations about Kaufman with those that knew him, a rare opportunity to engage with primary sources of this particular history. - thru Feb 16In conjunction with Maccarone’s presentation, “Andy Kaufman’s 99cent Tour,” a series of screenings and events at Participant Inc., will take place from Feb 12th- 24th Additionally, MoMA PS1 will host a Sunday Session devoted to the work of Andy Kaufman on Feb 17th featuring the New York premiere of “Tony Clifton Plays the Sunset Strip”

Opens Tonight, Jan 12, 5-8p:

On Creating Reality, by Andy Kaufman
 presented by artist Jonathan Berger

Maccarone, 630 Greenwich St., NYC

The exhibition will act as a portrait of an unclassifiable figure in American cultural history whose work has been seminal in the evolution of performance art, new media and relational aesthetics. The show presents an extensive collection of ephemera and artifacts from Andy Kaufman’s personal and professional life: photographs, correspondence, performance notation, scripts, props and costumes. In lieu of explanatory text labels accompanying these materials, a rotating series of Kaufman’s friends, family, and collaborators will be physically present in the exhibition at all times, for all 25 days that the exhibition is on view, representing the diverse range of relationships, which span Kaufman’s life, work, and interests. A central table and chairs within the gallery space will allow these guests to interact and talk with visitors, offering the opportunity for intimate and unscripted conversations about Kaufman with those that knew him, a rare opportunity to engage with primary sources of this particular history. - thru Feb 16

In conjunction with Maccarone’s presentation, “Andy Kaufman’s 99cent Tour,” a series of screenings and events at Participant Inc., will take place from Feb 12th- 24th

Additionally, MoMA PS1 will host a Sunday Session devoted to the work of Andy Kaufman on Feb 17th featuring the New York premiere of “Tony Clifton Plays the Sunset Strip”

Opening Reception Tonight, 7pm “..Is This Free?” curated by Marco AntoniniNURTUREart, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NYthis project will consist of three exhibitions, featuring artworks, ephemera and publications that have been mostly conceived and produced to be freely distributed. Historically relevant artworks, ephemera and publications loaned from private collections will be presented side by side with contemporary work by emerging artists, including a series of project-specific artworks commissioned to emerging artists.

Opening Reception Tonight, 7pm

..Is This Free?”
 curated by Marco Antonini

NURTUREart, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn, NY

this project will consist of three exhibitions, featuring artworks, ephemera and publications that have been mostly conceived and produced to be freely distributed. Historically relevant artworks, ephemera and publications loaned from private collections will be presented side by side with contemporary work by emerging artists, including a series of project-specific artworks commissioned to emerging artists.