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NYC Guide Fall 2013 - Art

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Denis Pelli

Here are some of the art shows coming to NYC this fall.


Gagosian Galleries in Chelsea: new sculpture by Richard Serra
Fantastic! I've been four times. Two shows, both made of corten steel, one at each of the Chelsea galleries. On 21st Street, the 13 foot high steel wall is rusted a warm brown and gently curves to receive you. On 24th Street, the plates are all grey and flat, and deadly.
Oct 26, 2013 — Jan 11, 2014
522 West 21st Street
555 West 24th Street

Coffee: The lobby of the Highline Hotel on 10th Ave at 20th Street is a nice (slow) place to have coffee. The hotel was once a seminary.

Cloisters: Janet Cardiff, 40-part Motet, in the chapel
Diana Balmori writes: "the sound installation at the Cloisters is very good, the musician took a choir of 40 voices and dedicated a loudspeaker to each voice and you can stand in the center or by one of the many voices in succession, it is very successful. It took me three goings through the piece (a 16th century piece by Tallis) to really get how to listen to it. Worth the experience."
I've been four times, and have sent many friends. Everyone finds it beautiful and moving.
Cloisters open 7 days a week.
September 10 — December 8, 2013

Frick: Dutch masterpieces (Vermeer, Rembrandt, etc.)
October 22, 2013 — January 19, 2014

Met: William Kentridge, The refusal of time
October 22, 2013–May 11, 2014
"A new joint acquisition by the Met and SFMOMA, William Kentridge's five-channel video installation The Refusal of Time(2012) is a thirty-minute meditation on time and space, the complex legacies of colonialism and industry, and the artist's own intellectual life."


Zwirner Gallery: Kusama, Mirrored "infinity" rooms
Long wait (3 hours) in line for a brief 45 second experience of the mirrored infinity rooms. No wait to see the paintings.
519, 525 and 533 West 19th Street
November 8 - December 21, 2013

New-York Historical Society: The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution
Departures: In the early 1900s, Americans knew little to nothing about the concept of modern art. But when the International Exhibition of Modern Art came to New York—a 1,400-work introductory tour of avant-garde European sculptures and paintings put on by a group of Americans at the Lexington Avenue Armory—things began to change. “The Armory Show at 100: Modern Art and Revolution,” an exhibit running October 11 to February 23 at the New-York Historical Society, puts the groundbreaking survey into perspective. 
New-York Historical Society, 170 Central Park W.; 212-873-3400
October 11 — February 23, 2013
(Tip from Catherine Alexander.)

Gaggosian Gallery: WILLIAM EGGLESTON "At Zenith" photographs
William Eggleston: "I was interested in photographic works that were very much about photography, but certainly—hopefully—were grounded in painting."
980 Madison Avenue
OCTOBER 26 — DECEMBER 21, 2013

Whitney Museum: T. J. WILCOX: IN THE AIR
"Dazzling . . . an ode to New York and to film"— The New York Times
This exhibition presents a new panoramic film installation by T. J. Wilcox—a large, immersive cinematic environment whose circular screen harks back to the “cinema in-the-round” presentations of the early days of film. A spectacular birds’-eye view of New York, shot from the artist’s studio high above Union Square, is punctuated by six short films that tell New York–specific narratives related to a particular view from Wilcox’s windows. The exhibition also features works from the Museum’s collection selected by Wilcox, including a group of films in which artists reflect on the cityscape of New York over the last sixty years.
— February 9, 2014

CLOSED: Episcopal Church of the Heavenly Rest: An Exhibition of Works by Sophie Calle, in the chapel
October 17 — November 16

CLOSED: Hunter College: William Anastasi: Sound Works, 1963–2013
"Sound Works examines the importance of sound in the work of William Anastasi (b. 1933), one of the key figures in the development of Conceptual, Process, and Minimal Art. ... This ensemble of objects and drawings explores the complex relationship between sound and image, and yields a range of conceptual and phenomenological tensions: between active and passive, presence and absence, creation and destruction."
October 4–November 30, 2013. Opening reception: October 3, 6–8pm
The Leubsdorf Art Gallery, Hunter College, West Building, SW corner of 68th St. & Lexington Ave, New York, NY

Met: Textiles 1500-1800
September 16, 2013 – January 5, 2014

MoMA: Magritte
September 28, 2013 – January 12, 2014

The Jewish Museum: Chagall
September 15, 2013 — February 2, 2014

Guggenheim Museum: Christopher Wool
"how a picture can be conceived, realized, and experienced today. Engaging the complexities of painting as a medium, as well as the anxious rhythms of the urban environment and a wide range of cultural references, his agile, largely monochrome works propose an open-ended series of responses to this central problem."
October 25, 2013–January 22, 2014

ICP: Brett Weston in New York, 1944–45
September 30 – January 10

New York Historical Society: Drawings by James Audubon

CLOSED: Drawing Center: Sean Scully, Change and Horizontals
Sep 27, 2013 - Nov 3, 2013
35 Wooster Street

CLOSED: Marian Goodman: William Kentridge
Many pieces. The dual scultures include one that is a bird from one point of view, and a cage from another. Don't miss the film in the back room, accompanied by a gorgeous song composed by a South African musician for the film. Haunting and beautiful.
September 17 — October 26, 2013
24 West 57th Street

CLOSED: Times Square: Midnight Moment (free, outdoors)
Midnight Moment is the largest coordinated effort in history by the sign operators in Times Square to display synchronized, cutting-edge creative content on electronic billboards and newspaper kiosks throughout Times Square every night.
October 1 — 31, 2013, just before midnight, 11:57 PM–midnight

CLOSED: Paula Cooper Gallery: Sol LeWitt
Solid-color geometrical wall drawings. Some seem three dimensional.
September 3 — October 12, 2013
534 W 21st Street

CLOSED: Gladstone Gallery: Damián Ortega (recommended by Seneca)
25 twisted iron bars casting iconic shadows on the floor
Through October 26, 2013
530 W 21st Street

CLOSED: Pace/MacGill: Irving Penn "On assignment"
Photos by the famous fashion photographer
510 West 25th Street
September 13 — October 26, 2013

CLOSED: Laurence Miller Gallery: Ray K. Metzker photographs
New Yorker: "four-part squares that juxtapose fragmented black-and-white images of leaves."
September 5 — October 26, 2013
20 West 57th Street

CLOSED: Pace/MacGill: Robert Rauschenberg photographs
Rauschenberg is best known for his paintings, but I prefer his photos.
32 E 57th St ninth floor
Through November 2, 2013

CLOSED: ICP show in Governor's Island: photos of Hurricane Sandy
August 24 – September 29, 2013

CLOSED: ICP: 2013 Triennial
May 17 – September 22, 2013


The World Music Institute has an amazing track record in bringing authentic musical traditions from foreign places to NYC, at a very high level. They have a very high hit rate, much better than most.

Metropolitan Museum: William Christie
Will perform (harpsichord?) in the Velez Blanco Patio
Friday, April 11, 2014, at 7 pm, $90


Rubin Museum: evening lectures on "Ignorance"

Museum of the City of New York