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 Tonight, May 11, 6-9pm:

Irreversible
 Los Carpinteros

Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 Tenth Ave., NYC (bt W36th & W37th Streets)

an exhibition of new work by Cuban art collective Los Carpinteros that “presents a series of new work rooted in the semiotics of public art, and scrutinizes how political and societal changes, community, and the role of the anonymous citizen intersect… The moniker of the Cuban art collective, comprised of Marco Castillo and Dagoberto Rodríguez (and until 2003, Alexandre Arrechea), abandons the notion of individual authorship and instead adopts the storied legacy of the artisan and the skilled laborer. Best known for tongue-in-cheek drawings and sculptures that marry various media with political content derived from everyday life (past works include a stove modeled into the shape of a sofa, a conga drum melted into a dripping pool of ink-like metal, and an airplane riddled with wooden arrows), their work contests and perverts preconceived ideas of functionality.”
- Colleen Kelsey, Interview Magazine (photos: Thea Goldberg)

Opens Wed, Oct 10, 6-8p: “Fiend in the Void” Casey Jex SmithAllegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC (F to E. B’Way)in this solo exhibition of works on paper and sculpture, Smith has decided to pursue two of the most controversial subjects of our time: religion and politics. As a practicing Mormon, Smith’s interest in religion, and inclusion of it as a subject matter in his work, has been ongoing. This election cycle of 2012 has brought Mormonism to the front of the world stage as Mitt Romney runs for election as President of the United States of America. Smith, instead of retreating into a safe corner and remaining silent about his relationship with his church and the increasing interest surrounding it, has come out with all guns blazing. - thru Nov 10

Opens Wed, Oct 10, 6-8p:

Fiend in the Void
 Casey Jex Smith

Allegra LaViola Gallery, 179 East Broadway, NYC (F to E. B’Way)

in this solo exhibition of works on paper and sculpture, Smith has decided to pursue two of the most controversial subjects of our time: religion and politics. As a practicing Mormon, Smith’s interest in religion, and inclusion of it as a subject matter in his work, has been ongoing. This election cycle of 2012 has brought Mormonism to the front of the world stage as Mitt Romney runs for election as President of the United States of America. Smith, instead of retreating into a safe corner and remaining silent about his relationship with his church and the increasing interest surrounding it, has come out with all guns blazing. - thru Nov 10

Opens Today, Oct 4, 6-8p: Ahmed AlsoudaniHaunch of Venison, 550 W21st St., NYCIn this new series of paintings Alsoudani continues his complex exploration of conflict and its aftermath, but in a departure from his usual subject matter focuses on the individual impulses behind worldwide violence. He shines a spotlight on corruption, “Before, I was more interested in capturing the moment of chaos, but in this new body of work I hope to go beyond that, to highlight that people are at the root of violence,” explained Alsoudani. Untitled (2012), a large-scale canvas depicting a poker table surrounded by body parts clad in bits of uniform with signifiers like military epaulets alluding to dictatorial violence and the destructive nature of oppressive leadership. - thru Nov 3

Opens Today, Oct 4, 6-8p:

Ahmed Alsoudani

Haunch of Venison, 550 W21st St., NYC

In this new series of paintings Alsoudani continues his complex exploration of conflict and its aftermath, but in a departure from his usual subject matter focuses on the individual impulses behind worldwide violence. He shines a spotlight on corruption, “Before, I was more interested in capturing the moment of chaos, but in this new body of work I hope to go beyond that, to highlight that people are at the root of violence,” explained Alsoudani. Untitled (2012), a large-scale canvas depicting a poker table surrounded by body parts clad in bits of uniform with signifiers like military epaulets alluding to dictatorial violence and the destructive nature of oppressive leadership. - thru Nov 3

Opens Sept 4th:“Ruptures: Forms of Public Address” curated by Saskia Bos and Steven LamCooper Union School of Art, 41 Cooper Square, NYCReception: Wednesday, September 12, 6–8pmgroup exhibition that considers the emancipatory potential of radical gestures, specifically focusing on how demonstrations and artistic practice are not isolated nor disconnected, but share a similar language of resistance.  - thru Oct 13

Opens Sept 4th:

Ruptures: Forms of Public Address
 curated by Saskia Bos and Steven Lam

Cooper Union School of Art, 41 Cooper Square, NYC

Reception: Wednesday, September 12, 6–8pm

group exhibition that considers the emancipatory potential of radical gestures, specifically focusing on how demonstrations and artistic practice are not isolated nor disconnected, but share a similar language of resistance.  - thru Oct 13

Opens Tonight, Mar 4, 6-8p:”Nothing New” Oded HirschThierry Goldberg Gallery, 103 Norfolk St., NYCIn a series of videos and photographs completed over the past few years, Hirsch presents seemingly purposeless collective endeavors, performed in real time, where the focus is more on the process than on the outcome of the undertaking. Questioning the very notion of “togetherness” and utopia, Hirsch produces works that, while profound and political, are also intimate and moving. - thru April 15

Opens Tonight, Mar 4, 6-8p:

Nothing New
 Oded Hirsch

Thierry Goldberg Gallery, 103 Norfolk St., NYC

In a series of videos and photographs completed over the past few years, Hirsch presents seemingly purposeless collective endeavors, performed in real time, where the focus is more on the process than on the outcome of the undertaking. Questioning the very notion of “togetherness” and utopia, Hirsch produces works that, while profound and political, are also intimate and moving. - thru April 15