This Week in Art Openings: Kate Clark, Pipilotti Rist and "Drawing Review"

Mary Logan Barmeyer

Kate Clark, "Perfect Strangers"
Remember how spooky the half-man, half-cloven-hoofed-creature from Narnia was? Kate Clark’s latest exhibition is like that, with cognizant human faces carefully stitched onto true-to-size and true-to-form furry beastish bodies, including a figure of a black bear, a gazelle and a particularly seductive-looking feline. It’s meant to make you think twice about what it means to be human and furthermore, what it means to be an animal.
Claire Oliver Gallery, 513 W. 26th St., (212) 929-5949. Opening reception November 20, 6–8 p.m. Through January 3.

Pipilotti Rist, "Pour Your Body Out (7354 Cubic Meters)"
The Swiss artist’s 25-foot-high moving images cover the walls of MoMA’s atrium, taking the viewer from bucolic landscapes and floral scenes to the inside of a pig’s snout. It’s a bit like a fantasy playland, where Rist says she could imagine the visitors perhaps “stretching, rolling or singing,” and it’s all to be viewed from the artist’s sculptural seating, designed to look like a giant eyeball. Also, we hear there’s been some buzz about a Miró exhibition, and stuff by some guy named Van Gogh.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St., (212) 708-9400. November 19–February 2, 2009.

Drawing Review: 37 Years of Works on Paper
The gallery is taking a look back at the years since 1971, showcasing drawings by more than 40 artists that have had work on its walls since then. Among the variety of things you’ll see: ’70s drawings by Hannah Wilke (including those that are vulval, of course); pieces by Conrad Atkinson that take a stab at current events; work by Ilya Kabakov that was exhibited at the gallery during Perestroika; and some ’40s and ’50s culture by pin-up artist George Petty.
Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, 31 Mercer St., (212) 226-3232. Opening reception November 22, 6–8 p.m. Through December 23.

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