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Weekend Cheat Sheet: April 9 - 15, 2018

Doug Aitken’s hallucinatory new installation, radical art and the female body, and more cultural intel to help you make the most of your weekend plans.

Doug Aitken’s hallucinatory new installation, radical art and the female body, 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.

 

NEW YORK

Isa Genzken “Sky Energy”
David Zwirner
533 West 19th Street
CLOSING: April 12
The range of the German artist’s practice goes on view in this exhibition of new and recent pieces, which includes a selection of concrete sculptures, wall-mounted paintings and assemblages, and examples of her ongoing “Schauspieler (Actors)” series. Diverse in their medium and material, Genzken’s works examine the limits separating art, design, architecture, media, and technology, and how these barriers test the boundaries between the permanent and ephemeral.

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“New Practices New York 2018”
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place
OPENS: April 12
The five winners of AIA New York’s 2018 New Practices New York Competition—Agency-Agency, MABU + Matt Burgermaster, N H D M, Only If, and Peterson Rich Office—are exhibited and celebrated here for their innovative practices and constructive approaches to this year’s theme, “Consequence.”

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Alex Katz “Cut Outs”
Paul Kasmin
515 West 27th Street
CLOSES: April 12
The artist best known for his flattened approach to the human figure takes his signature aesthetic into sculpture with “Cut Outs,” a solo exhibition of four works depicting Katz’s wife Ada, the full set of his nine-piece “Black Dress” series, and one larger, multifigure work, all rendered in stainless and porcelain enamel coated steel.

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“Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960–1985”
Brooklyn Museum
200 Eastern Parkway
OPENS: April 13
The contributions of Latin American and Latina women to contemporary art are documented here through the conceptual and radical works of more than 120 pioneering artists, including Lygia Pape, Ana Mendieta, Margarita Paksa, and Feliza Bursztyn. Ranging from sculpture to photography to performance, these pieces highlight the use of the female body for artistic expression, activism, and social critique.

(Opening image: Amelia Toledo, “Sorriso do menina (Girl’s smile),” 1976. Collection of Fernando and Camila Abdalla. © Amelia Toledo.)

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Doug Aitken “New Era”
303 Gallery
555 West 21st Street
OPENS: April 13
Aitken presents a timely interrogation of technology’s impact on humanity with a new immersive installation integrating sound, image, space. Situated in a hexagonal space built into the gallery, the artist projects his film about cellphone inventor Martin Cooper projected onto three mirrored walls, reflecting the piece’s hypnotic imagery in a continuous, disorienting loop. A second work, displayed in an empty space, uses pulsating neon lights that spell out the piece’s title, Jungle, in a seemingly limitless number of variations.

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Chris Schanck “Unhomely”
Friedman Benda
515 West 26th Street
CLOSES: April 14
The Detroit-based designer shows 15 new furniture-sculpture hybrids that contrast a raw, low-tech construction technique with space-age symbolism and a futuristic design aesthetic.

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Sue Williams, "Trump Lost," 2017. © Sue Williams. Photo: Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

ELSEWHERE:

Okwui Okpokwasili “Poor People’s TV Room”
Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
220 E Chicago Avenue
Chicago
OPENS: April 12
The Bessie Award–winning artist reflects on gender, identity, and history in this performance that blends original dance, song, film, and text. Framed by the 1929 Women’s War and the 2014 Boko Haram kidnappings, it contends with the loss and invisibility of women’s stories, and the social consequences of silencing those narratives.

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Philadelphia Furniture Show 2018
23rd Street Armory
Philadelphia
OPENS: April 13
For its 24th edition, the furniture show teams up with the Center for Emerging Visual Artists to present original art and artisanal furniture by emerging artists. More than 50 craftspeople working in wood, metal, and fabric feature in the long-running fair, while paintings and sculptures by regional artists are included in the institution’s exhibition.

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Design Week Portland 2018
Locations Citywide
Portland, Oregon
OPENS: April 14
The sixth edition of this weeklong festival continues to celebrate Portland’s ever-evolving design culture. Happening across the city are some 300 independent events, including exhibitions, workshops, tours, and studio open houses, exploring the craft, process, and practice of design, in addition to topics related to urban planning and communities.

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Sue Williams at Regen Projects
Regen Projects
Los Angeles
OPENS: April 14
In the hands of this New York–based artist, the muscular forms of abstract expressionism are given a bold, effervescent, feminist slant. At her sixth solo show at the gallery, her new and recent paintings offer richly colored and intricately rendered takes on gender and politics.

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