Weekend Cheat Sheet: March 26 - April 1, 2018

Art Basel Hong Kong highlights, MoMA’s massive Adrian Piper retrospective, and more cultural intel to help you make the most of your weekend plans.

Art Basel Hong Kong highlights, MoMA’s massive Adrian Piper retrospective, and more cultural intel to help you make the most of your 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.



Hank Willis Thomas, “What We Ask Is Simple”
Jack Shainman Gallery (20th and 24th street locations)
OPENS: March 29
The artist, known for his conceptual work dealing with themes of identity, history, and popular culture, showcases a new body of work investigating images of 20th century protest.

“Arakawa and Madeline Gins: Eternal Gradient”
Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery
OPENS: March 30
Centered on the prolific five decade–long partnership between architect Arakawa and poet Gins, this exhibition of 40+ hand drawings, poems, manuscripts, photographs, slides, and models examines their speculative architectural projects, which aimed to transform the physical and psychological experiences of their users.
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Peter Williams, “With So Little To Be Sure Of”
Cue Art Foundation
CLOSES: March 31
Drawing from four decades of the artist’s career, this solo exhibition showcases a series of oil paintings and drawings that explore the concepts of race, representation, white supremacy, and systems of oppression in vivid color, and with dark humor.

(Opening image: Peter Williams, “Stop,” 2017. Photo: Carson Zullinger)

“Adrian Piper: A Synthesis of Intuitions 1965-2016”
Museum of Modern Art
OPENS: March 31
For the conceptual artist’s most comprehensive retrospective to date, MoMA brings to its sixth floor gallery more than 290 works—including drawings, paintings, photographs, multimedia installations, videos, and performances—spanning her five-decade career. Together, the pieces offer insight into Piper’s varied and thought-provoking response to topics of gender, race, xenophobia, social engagement, and self-transcendence.

Hank Willis Thomas, "Freedom for Soweto," 2018. Courtesy Jack Shainman Gallery.


“Beyond the Nile: Egypt and the Classical World”
Getty Center
Los Angeles
OPENS: March 27
Some 200 rare objects (Egyptian stone vessels, Greek pottery and portraits, Roman luxury goods) spanning the Bronze Age to the late Roman Empire are brought together in this exploration of the cultural exchanges between Egypt, Greece, and Rome.
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Art Basel Hong Kong
Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Hong Kong
OPENS: March 29
In its sixth year, the celebrated art fair brims with 248 international galleries and a program spotlighting the region’s art scene. Highlights include the “Kabinett” segment, which hosts 30 curated projects, including those by conceptual artists Frog King and Yoko Ono; the Insights sector’s showcase of Asian practitioners such as Chen Shaoxiong and Aijun Yu; and the “Film” series’s selection of features selected by Li Zhenhua, founder of Beijing Art Lab.
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Junya Ishigami “Freeing Architecture”
Fondation Cartier
OPENS: March 30
Acclaimed for his elegant structures that dissolve the boundaries between exterior and interior environments, the Japanese architect draws on 20 of his architectural projects (Kanagawa Institute of Technology Workshop, House of Peace) for his first solo exhibition.
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