MONDAY, APRIL 8
Talk: “Adolph Gottlieb Panel Discussion” at Pace Gallery
Now on view at one of Pace Gallery’s Chelsea spaces is a survey of Adolph Gottlieb’s monumental works titled “Classic Paintings.” With loans from a variety of institutions, the 20-work exhibition testifies to the Abstract Expressionist’s ability to distill geometric shapes to their most basic forms and wring from them formalist meditations on space. This week, Pace will bring together a panel of experts to discuss Gottlieb’s work; Sanford Hirsch, the executive director of the Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation and art historian Jeffrey Katzin are among those set to participate. ARTnews contributor Phyllis Tuchman will moderate.
Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, 6–8 p.m.
Talk: “Artists Resisting Gentrification” at Brooklyn Historical Society
This discussion, led by Sharon Zukin, a professor of sociology at Brooklyn College and the City University of New York Graduate Center, will focus on the roles artists can play in protecting their communities from the threat of gentrification—a timely topic in New York. The conversation will include Catherine Green, the founder and executive director of Arts East NY, a group that proposes sustainable forms of resident-led development, and artists Martha Rosler and William Powhida.
Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street, Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m. Tickets $5
Screening: Bette Gordon and JODI at Light Industry
This presentation will include screenings of Bette Gordon’s short film An Algorithm (1977) and the duo JODI’s All Wrongs Reversed ©1982 (2004). Both works make use of computerized imaging technologies and apply them to filmmakerly means. An Algorithm includes mesmeric footage of a woman diving into a pool, and JODI’s screen recording, which features shapes, grids, and data patterning, is a classic work of the net art movement. Of its practice, JODI once said, “We explore the computer from the inside.”
Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, 7 p.m. Tickets $8
TUESDAY, APRIL 9
Concert: “Soundtrack of America” at the Shed
As part of its inaugural program, the Shed, a $500 million arts center that opened in New York last week, is putting on a five-night concert series, created and directed by the artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen with the intention of spotlighting African-American music. Night three of “Soundtrack of America” will include performances by Samm Henshaw, Judith Hill, ill Camille, Emily King, Fantastic Negrito, and others.
The Shed, West 30th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues, 8:30 p.m. Tickets $25
THURSDAY, APRIL 11
Exhibition: “Culture and the People: El Museo del Barrio, 1969-2019” at El Museo del Barrio
In celebration of its 50th anniversary, El Museo del Barrio will present a two-part exhibition focused on its history. The first show will situate works from the institution’s permanent collection—including new acquisitions and pieces that have never been exhibited publicly—in three thematic sections: “Roots,” “Resistance,” and “Resilience.” Artworks on view will range from artifacts from indigenous groups to paintings and installations by contemporary artists. Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Carmen Herrera, and Alfredo Jaar are among the artists represented in this first presentation, with the second part to follow in June.
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 Fifth Avenue, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Opening: Vivian Suter at Gladstone Gallery
For her first exhibition at Gladstone Gallery, the Argentine-Swiss artist Vivian Suter presents a body of work wherein untreated canvases, painted in a variety of styles, are hung, draped, and strewn about the gallery, sometimes overlapping and jostling for space. Suter’s approach can exist outside of the four walls of the gallery, too: one part of the artist’s installation for 2017’s Documenta 14 featured a large painted canvas laid flat near a crater in Nisyros, Greece. In keeping with that idea, an outdoor presentation of Suter’s work is also on view on New York’s High Line as part of the exhibition “En Plein Air.”
Gladstone Gallery, 530 West 21st Street, 6–8 p.m.
Performance: Alexandra Bachzetsis at Pioneer Works
Following stagings in Europe, at venues such as the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Alexandra Bachzetsis’s piece Escape Act makes its American debut this week at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn. In this multidisciplinary work, gender is examined through the lens of the communities that practice voguing and drag, in which signifiers of identity are often playfully deconstructed. Escape Act kicks off a new performance initiative at Pioneer Works that showcases artists whose practice fits somewhere between theater, visual art, sound, and choreography.
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn, 8–9:15 p.m. Tickets $15
Gathering: “I wanna be with you everywhere” at Performance Space New York and Whitney Museum
This three-night series of events is a community gathering organized by, and intended for, disabled people involved in the arts in New York City. For the program’s first night, there will be a guitar and voice performance by the Los Angeles–based artist Johanna Hedva, two solo performances of speech and poetry by the Oakland- and Toronto-based writer and activist Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, and a set of musical and dance theater from NEVE, also known as the Seattle-based dancer Neve Mazique-Bianco. Events as part of the gallery, which continues on Saturday and Sunday, will also be staged at the Whitney Museum.
Performance Space New York, 150 First Avenue, Fourth Floor, 7–11 p.m. Tickets $0-25
FRIDAY, APRIL 12
Exhibition: “Leonard Cohen: A Crack in Everything” at Jewish Museum
While best known for his wide-ranging influence on music, the late Leonard Cohen has—according to this show, at least—had an impact on contemporary art as well. On view will be work by 12 artists, including Jon Rafman and Candice Breitz, as well as a video projection displaying Cohen’s drawings. Alongside all this, the Jewish Museum is also hosting a multimedia gallery featuring covers of Cohen songs done by musicians including Feist, Moby, and the National with Sufjan Stevens.
Jewish Museum, 1109 5th Avenue, 11 a.m.–5:45 p.m.
Opening: Alicja Kwade at 303 Gallery
The Polish artist Alicja Kwade trades in sculptures and installations that, using a variety of materials, investigate issues of time and perception. For this upcoming exhibition, Kwade presents a freestanding sculpture made out of interlocking steel frames, each of them weighted with stones. According to a release, during the experience of walking through the frame, “the shapes themselves seem unable and arbitrary vis-a-vis the frame’s interference, with these vacillating perspectives calling into question whether gravity or perception is holding them in place.” There will also be a nine-part mixed media work and a sculpture that replicates a boulder using 3D printing technology. The show comes as Kwade readies a new commission for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s roof.
303 Gallery, 555 West 21st Street, 6–8 p.m.