Creem Magazine is hosting a silent auction to benefit Rivington House on Thursday, May 8, 7 to 10 p.m. at Gallery Sensei (278 Grand Street). The one-night only auction and exhibition features photos by Brian Boulos that were "inspired by" the late Keith Haring; the artist would have celebrated his 56th birthday this week. There are also several collaborative pieces with Angel Ortiz (LA II) and DJ sets from Alexandra Richards and Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes.
There's a big group show featuring over 40 artists called "Hot House" opening on May 8th in a townhouse at 418 East 115th Street. Look for performance art, music and "art as ritual." The whole thing was curated by BlackRock/WhiteRock, the Brooklyn project space NOMOREGAMES and L.A.'s Night Gallery. It's only up for four days so be sure to head over before Monday.
The art-duo know as Assume Vivid Astro Focus (ne' Eli Sudbrack and Christophe Hamaide-Pierson) are having their first major solo exhibition in New York since 2008 at the Suzanne Geiss Company (76 Grand Street). The works include paintings with "geometric abstraction and transgender imagery" hung on top of an original mural. The opening is May 8, 6 to 9 p.m. and it's on view until June 21.
Skarstedt Gallery presents their inaugural show in Chelsea at 550 West 21st Street with Yves Klein's "fire paintings" (pictured above) and Andy Warhol's "oxidation paintings." The new 6,000 sq/ft space was the former home of Haunch of Venison gallery. The opening reception is May 8, 6 to 8 p.m., and it's up until June 21.
The "private workspace collective," Neuehouse" (110 East 25th Street), is this year's host for the official FRIEZE VIP Lounge and they are presenting a series of conversations out on Randall's Island and in their Manhattan headquarters. IE: Dan Colen will be on 26th Street on Friday, May 9th at 6:30 p.m. and Walton Ford is at FRIEZE on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. HERE's a list of all the regular FRIEZE Talks that are open to all daily ticket holders.
On May 9, 6 to 8 p.m., the downtown Hauser & Wirth Gallery (511 West 18th Street) ( in the former Roxy roller-disco) opens a show of new works by the L.A.-based artist Sterling Ruby. The exhibit, "Sunrise Sunset," includes paintings, cardboard collages, tapestries, ceramics, sculptures and a mobile; all on view until July 25th.
This week, Andrea Rosen Gallery (525 West 24th Street) premieres a new video and sculture installation, "Bowls Balls Souls Holes," by Mika Rottenberg, The exhibit "spins around the production of luck" and it's on view now thru June 14.
Saturday and Sunday afternoon, May 10 and 11, from 2 to 6 p.m., the Clocktower hosts a sculpture exhibition by Joel Shapiro and Richard Nonas, curated by Joe Ahearn and Alanna Heiss at Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Avenue, Queens). The gigantic warehouse space/arts center in Maspeth, Queens, was just denied permission from the SLA to serve alcohol at its events, including this weeks upcoming M.I.A. concert and the Red Bull Music Academy party next Friday. Boo.
Brooklyn's Greenpoint Gallery Night is Friday, May 9th, 7 to 10 p.m. and Chelsea's Gallery Night is on Saturday, but call your fave gallery to see if they are participating.
Saturday night, May 10th, is MoMA/PS1's annual "Night at the Museum" with hosts including James Franco, Alan Cumming, Ryan Trecartin and Mickalene Thomas, plus DJ sets by Spencer Sweeney and Matthew Higgs in the Print Shop and performances out back in the dome. Check out the museum's current shows and stay (almost) all night...actually it's open until midnight. Advance tickets are $10 and $12 at the door.
Vladimir Restoin Roitfeld (5A East 78th Street) hosts a private opening for the first NYC solo exhibit by Hugo McCloud on Sunday, May 11th. The show, "Put In Place," features work from the artist's block-printing series, using non-traditional media. On view thru June 5th.
Also on Sunday, May 11th, Luxembourg & Dayan (64 East 77th Street) opens a big group show called "The Shaped Canvas, Revisited" with works by Lynda Benglis, Nate Lowman, Frank Stella, Tom Wesselmann and many more; and the Brant Foundation (http://www.brantfoundation.org/) in Connecticut opens their big Dan Colen retrospective, "HELP!".
If you've made it through FRIEZE, the satellite fairs and all the gallery openings this week -- on Monday night, May 12th from 8 to 9:30, Gagosian's storefront space at 821 Park Avenue has a show called "Shooters" with recent paintings by Harmony Korine, director of films including Kids and Spring Breakers. On view until June 21.
Also on Monday, Hauser & Wirth (511 West 18th Street) hosts a private reception and book-signing for Murray Moss' new book, Tertium Quid: Pictorial Narratives Created from Vintage Press Photos. A one-day exhibition of photos from the book, published in a limited edition by August Editions, is open to the public at H&W the following day, May 12th, 4 to 7 p.m.