photo by Rebecca Smeyne for PAPER
MMUSEUMM 1 and MMUSEUMM 2 will open the season with 15 exhibitions on April 21, 7 p.m., at 4 Cortlandt Alley. The tiny #1 space was launched by Alex Kalman in 2012 in an old freight elevator, followed by with the opening of #2 in an adjacent store window in 2015. The new show includes "2015: A Year in Review in Cookie Form" by Evan Maddalena, "Embalming Accessories" by Susan Merritt and "Trump Merchandise" by Max Abelson. As the invite says: "Snacks will hopefully be served."
Tom Sachs. Model One, 1999. Mixed media, 32 x 41 x 14 in. (81.3 x 104.1 x 35.6 cm). Collection of Philip and Shelley Fox Aarons, New York. Courtesy of the artist.
"Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective, 1999 - 2016 " is on view at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn) from Thursday, April 21 to August 14. The exhibition features 18 of his works installed in the museum's Rubin Pavilion -- all programmed with playlists that run sequentially. Thursday nights are hosted by Squarespace and admission is free. The museum's annual Brooklyn Artists Ball is on April 20 with Swizz Beatz DJing the afterparty. Sachs' "Tea Ceremony" is also on view at the Noguchi Museum through July 24.
The Paper Box (17 Meadow Street, Brooklyn) hosts a one-day-only "interdisciplinary art festival" called "UP^^NYC" on Thursday, April 21, 7 p.m. to 2 a.m., ($10 presale, $15 at the door). Organized by art collectives Wild Torus and Non Grata, the evening includes experimental music, live video and performance artists including Jon Konkol, Kim Fatale and many others. Original prints, limited editions and wearable art from participating artists will also be on sale.
Matt Harkins and Viviana Olen's Kickstarter-funded exhibition "The Olsen Twins Hiding From the Paparazzi" -- featuring paintings by Chicago artists Laura Collins -- opens on Friday, April 22, noon to 5 p.m., in a former doctor's office at 563 Grand Street. On view until May 1.
MF Gallery (213 Bond Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn) opens "Without Rules," a show by four artists who "share a spirit of rebellion," on Saturday, April 23, 7 to 11 p.m. The artists --Jesse Mosher, Fernando Carpaneda, Frank Russo and Miestorm Serpent -- will be on hand for the opening, along with a performance by a punk rock band. On view until May 23rd, but you should make an appointment if you want to check it out after the 23rd.
Participant Inc. (253 East Houston Street) celebrates the publication of "Alvin Baltrop: The Piers" (TF Editores) ) with a show of photos, ephemera, notebooks and a rare video interview with the late NYC photographer. On view this week only -- April 20 to 24.
Salon 94 (12 East 94th Street) has a show of 75 works on paper by the NYC artist Alexis Rockman called "A Natural History of New York City" opening this week and up until May 9. The NYT interviews Rockman HERE.
NY-based indie record label RVNG Intl. launches a new collab series called "Commend See" on Thursday, April 21, 7 to 9 p.m., at 172 Forsyth Street between Stanton and Rivington. The first installation is by Philadelphia-based ceramicist and illustrator Jessica Hans, and Vancouver musician Phoebe Guillemot (aka RAMZi) presenting a work called "Strange Fires."
Aperture is celebrating the 20th anniversary edition of their David Wojnarowicz photo book, "Brush Fires in the Social Landscape," with readings and performances by Vince Aletti, Andrew Durbin, Karen Finley, John Kelly, Carlo McCormick and Stewart Uoo on Wednesday, April 20, 7 p.m. at the Swiss Institute (18 Wooster Street). Because space is limited, please rsvp to firstname.lastname@example.org. Also check out the Swiss Institute's new online video series featuring works by Dora Budor, Christina Forrer, Alex Isreal, Sean Raspet and Tabor Robak.
A group show called "Wanderlust" -- "exploring themes of walking, journeys and pilgrimages" -- opens at various locations along the High Line on Thursday, April 21. The participating artists include Iman Issa, Matt Johnson, Tony Matelli, Susan Philipsz and others. Tony Matelli's "Sleepwalker" was a big Instagram hit at the Deitch/Gagosian "Unrealism" show in Miami last year, so be sure to look for it on the High Line. Another super-Instagramable work, "Transitional Object (Psycho-Barn)" by Cornelia Parker is on view now on the roof of the Metropolitan Museum.
Mitchell-Innes & Nash (534 West 26th Street) opens the first major painting retrospective in NYC by the late artist Tom Wesselmann on Thursday, April 21, 6 to 8 p.m. The gallery hopes to "show how the artist has filtered the canonical subjects of art -- still life, the nude and the landscape -- through a unique and personal lens." On view until May 28.
Mike KelleyThe Thirteen Seasons (Heavy on the Winter) #6: Fall 1994 acrylic on wood panel 62 1/2 x 40 inches 158.8 x 101.6 cmArt © Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts. All Rights Reserved/Licensed by VAGA New York, NY. Courtesy Skarstedt, New York.
Skarstedt (550 West 21st Street) opens "Mike Kelley: Shaped Paintings" on Thursday, April 21, 6 to 8 p.m., and on view until June 25. The works are from the early to mid-1990s and have never before been seen as a group. There's a "fully immersive Game of Thrones art experience" opening on Wednesday, April 20, 7 - 10 p.m., at Angel Orensanz Foundation (172 Norfolk Street). The artists involved - including Tristan Eaton, CYRCLE, Jerff Nishinaka, Marcos Chin and Pop Chart Lab - will "reinterpret iconic moments" form the HBO series. Unfortunately, this one-night-only "Art the Throne" exhibition is invite only. Season 6 starts on April 24.
And, yes, today is 420, so what could be better than "Pot Shop," a group exhibition out in L.A. at Ed Varie's new Cali outpost in the garage behind 4516 1/2 Eagle Rock Boulevard. But don't let the date fool you, this show features ceramic and porcelain pots by 16 artists including Isa Beniston, Dan Collins, Dry Spells. Rami Kim, Landon Metz and more.