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Weekend Cheat Sheet: May 21 - 28, 2018

Women artists disrupt gender roles, fringe communities come into the spotlight, and more cultural intel to help you make the most of your holiday weekend plans.

Women artists disrupt gender roles, fringe communities come into the spotlight, and more cultural intel to help you make the most of your holiday weekend plans.

A short list of the can’t-miss new exhibition openings (and closings) this week, by city. See last week’s list for other recent openings, and for a more comprehensive guide, see our Itinerary.

For a list of the most noteworthy art and design fairs happening this week, and throughout the month of May, see our guide.

NEW YORK

“Multiply, Identify, Her”
International Center of Photography
250 Bowery
OPENS: May 23
This group show of an intergenerational set of women artists—Mickalene Thomas, Geta Brătescu, Christina Fernandez, Sondra Perry, and Lorna Simpson, among them—explores the construction and implications of hybrid and multiple identities. Separately and in dialogue with one another, the works of photography, video, film, assemblage, and collage on view confronts the idea of a singular self in light of social histories, gendered archetypes, and technology.

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“Songs for Sabotage” at the New Museum
New Museum
235 Bowery
CLOSES: May 27
The contemporary art museum’s fourth triennial deconstructs the relationships among images, culture, and entrenched power structures and proposes reality-disrupting interventions into our built systems with works by 30 artists, among them Russian artist Zhenya Machneva, Hong Kong illustrator Wong Ping, and Grecian collective Kernel.

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Stephen Shore Retrospective
The Museum of Modern Art
11 W 53rd Street
CLOSES: May 28
The first American survey of Stephen Shore’s storied photographic career covers work from the gelatin silver prints he made in the ’60s as part of Andy Warhol’s factory to ’80s landscapes to his new work on digital platforms, revealing an undimmed belief in the medium’s possibilities.

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Stephen Shore, “U.S. 93, Wikieup, Arizona, December 14, 1976,” 1976. (Copyright 2017 Stephen Shore. Courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York.)

LONDON

Werner Büttner: “Plenty of Room for All Sorts of Happiness”
Marlborough London
6 Albemarle Street
London
OPENS: May 25
In this solo show, the gallery presents a selection of works Büttner created over the past two years along with paintings from the 1980s, when the German artist first came into the global spotlight. Imbued with a dark humor, his work positions the pursuit of lucidity as a tool for survival in caustic contemporary society.

(Opening image: Werner Buttner, “Plenty of Room for All Sorts of Happiness,” 2017. Copyright Werner Büttner. Image: Courtesy Marlborough Fine Art)

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“Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins”
Barbican Art Gallery
Silk Street
London
CLOSES: May 27
A photographic exhibition of fringe communities and outsiders—from bikers to transsexuals to hustlers—the images here have been captured by 20 photographers (Mary Ellen Mark, Pieter Hugo) from the 1950s to today, and present authentic records of lives led on the margins of societies in America, Chile, Nigeria, and India.

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Pieter Hugo, "Abdullahi Mohammed With Mainasara, Ogre-Remo, Nigeria," 2007. (Copyright Pieter Hugo. Courtesy Stevenson, Cape Town/Johannesburg and Yossi Milo, New York)
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“Women House”
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW
Washington, D.C.
CLOSES: May 28
A spiritual sequel to “Womanhouse,” Judy Chicago and Miriam Schapiro’s landmark 1972 installation that challenged the idea of the house as a feminine space, this group show further disrupts traditional notions of gender roles and domesticity. Gathered here are works by 36 contemporary artists including Cindy Sherman, Zanele Muholi, Leticia Parente, and Rachel Whiteread.

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Sid Grossman Photographs
Pérez Art Museum Miami
1103 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami
OPENS: May 25
Working in the 1930s and ’40s, the photographer created socially focused documentary photographs as much as stylized, experimental images. This exhibition explores both his approaches through his many series chronicling New York’s street scenes, Panama’s Black Christ festival, and the Dust Bowl’s migrants.

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