This week in NYC catch Lil B perform at the New Museum, dance to techno pioneers Juan Atkins and Francois K at MoMA PS1, and sink into Ernesto Neto’s crocheted installation at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery. Read on for ten of the best openings, parties, and performances, or you can check out full calendar here.
1. Alejandra Prieto Makes Her New York Solo Debut
Y Gallery, 165 Orchard St.
Opening Reception, Wednesday, April 11 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Last year, Alejandra Prieto was awarded the prestigious CCU Art Grant for the promotion of Chilean artists, and she is currently a resident at the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP). Y Gallery, in partnership with CCU, presents the artist’s first New York solo show featuring several large coal-based works.
2. Rapper Lil B Performs at the New Museum
The New Museum, 235 Bowery
Thursday, April 12 6:30 p.m.
The latest in a slew of social-media masters who have turned their internet fame into brand name recognition, Lil B is a prolific songwriter with a voracious fan-base. At the age of twenty-two, Lil B has released more than three thousand songs on YouTube, MySpace, and Twitter. Also a published author, he has crafted his own philosophy called the “Based” lifestyle. The show is a part on the New Museum’s ongoing “Get Weird” music series.
Tim Hetherington, Untitled, Liberia, 2003. Courtesy of Yossi Milo Gallery.
3. Tim Hetherington’s Photographs from War-Torn States
Yossi Milo, 525 W 25th st.
Opening Reception Thursday, April 12 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Tim Hetherington won numerous awards for his work as a documentary photographer and filmmaker, but he may be best known for his work as co-director on the documentary film Restrepo, for which he won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival and an Academy Award nomination for Best Documentary Feature. Tim was tragically killed while documenting the unrest in Libya in 2011. Yossi Milo Gallery is proud to present photographs from Liberia and Afghanistan, as well as two short films.
Alex Rose, Untitled, 2008. Courtesy of Envoy Enterprises.
4. See Alex Rose’s Works, While They Last
Envoy Enterprises, 131 Chrystie St
Opening Reception Thursday, April 12, RSVP only
Alex Rose’s work is rarely seen and appearances by the artist are even rarer. His collages and journals are deeply personal and he is at times reluctant to share them with the public. Upon deinstallation, the works are burned and buried, and sometimes the fragments are recycled into future works. Rose’s ephemeral works will be on view until May 13, at which time they will disappear into the ether.
5. New York 20th Century Art and Design Fair (NYC20)
Tent at Lincoln Center, East 62nd Street (between Amsterdam & Columbus Avenues)
Preview Party: Thursday, April 12 6:00 p.m.
NYC20 will feature thirty-six of the top design and furniture dealers from around the country and showcase stylistic movements from throughout the 20th century. A special exhibition space curated by Gerard O’Brien, of the Los Angeles-based Reform Gallery, will celebrate the works of the modernist furniture designer Paul McCobb.
Heather Hart, The Northern Oracle: We Will Tear the Roof Off the Mother, 2010. Courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum.
6. Bed-Stuy-Based Heather Hart’s Contribution to Brooklyn Museum’s Raw/Cooked Series
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy.
Opens Friday, April 13
The fourth in the Brooklyn Museum’s Raw/Cooked series for Brooklyn-based artists, Heather Hart has created an installation for the museum’s fifth floor rotunda. The work, titled The Eastern Oracle, is a built-to-scale rooftop, appearing as if it has been removed from a house. Visitors are encouraged to climb on and interact with the structure and use it as “a place for self-reflection and self-empowerment.”
7. EAI and Dia Arts Foundation Honor Mike Kelley
Electronic Arts Intermix and Dia Arts Foundation, 541 W. 22nd St.
Saturday, April 14 10:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Electronic Arts Intermix and the Dia Arts Foundation present a twelve-hour screening of Mike Kelley’s video works in a tribute to the late artist. A native of Detroit, Kelley was known for his installation works and his performances with the experimental band Destroy All Monsters. He was an inspiring mentor for many students at the Pasadena Art Center College of Design and did many collaborations with artists such as Tony Oursler, Paul McCarthy, and the band Sonic Youth.
Ernesto Neto, anthropodino (installation view), 2009. Photo courtesy of James Ewing and the Park Avenue Armory.
8. Climb Through Ernesto Neto’s Latest Installation
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 West 21st Street
Opening Reception Saturday, April 14 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
In 2009, Ernesto Neto took over the Park Avenue Armory’s entire 55,000-square-foot exhibition hall for an interactive installation consisting of amorphous mesh forms that guided the viewer through a colorful labyrinth not unlike a coral reef. He currently has a much-praised exhibition at the FAENA Arts Center in Buenos Aires, and his upcoming show at Tanya Bonakdar is not likely to disappoint.
9. Watch Auditions for Unnamed Broadway Musical: The Musical!
EFA Project Space, 323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor
Begins Saturday, April 14 12:00 p.m.
Artist Kara Hearn is undertaking the ambitious task of producing her own Broadway-inspired musical in a five-week performance that will include auditions and rehearsals, culminating in a final show. Participants get the chance to star in a famous Broadway musical about an orphan that shall remain unnamed. Auditions begin Saturday and will be open to the public, so stop by for some American-Idol-style action.
Kraftwerk. Courtesy of Sprueth Magers, Berlin and London. © Kraftwerk.
10. MoMA PS1 Hosts the Kraftwerk Music Festival
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave
April 14-15, 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
In celebration of MoMA’s Kraftwerk retrospective, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, MoMA PS1 presents a weekend of electronic-based musical performances by legendary DJs Francois K and Juan Atkins. Get your dance on in the courtyard and then check out the eight-channel video and sound installation in the geodesic dome.
Year Ten Benefit Auction
Participant Inc., April 14, 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
TRIBECA BALL 2012
New York Academy of Art, April 16, 6:00 p.m. – 11:45 p.m.
Art Production Fund Urban Hoedown
Art Production Fund, April 16, 7:00 p.m.
Public Art Fund Spring Benefit: Installation in Progress
Skylight Studios SoHo, April 17, 6:30 p.m.
Brooklyn Artists Ball After Party
Brooklyn Museum, April 18, 9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.