9 Must-See Art Shows Opening This Week

by Gary Pini
The 8th annual Bushwick Open Studios starts on Friday, May 31st, and runs through Sunday. Hundreds of studios will be open to the public daily from noon to 7 p.m. The "launch party" is Friday night from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. at Radio Bushwick (22 Wyckoff Avenue) and admission is $10; the "closing party" is Sunday, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. at Bizarre (12 Jefferson Street). Check out the complete list of participants, performances, parties etc. HERE.

Meryl Meisler, Prom Queen Contender, Les Mouche, NY, NY, June 1978

The book launch and exhibition for Meryl Meisler's "A Tale of Two Cities: Disco Era Bushwick" is Friday night, 7 p.m. to 4 a.m, also at Bizarre (12 Jefferson Street) with Merrie Cherie, Elizabeth James, Ariana Huffenstuff, go-go dancers, DJs and more.

Walter Robinson, Target Dresses Cardis and Wedge Sandals, 2013, Acrylic on linen

Lynch Tham (175 Rivington Street) opens a new show by NYC artist Walter Robinson this week. The paintings are based on "common fashion promotional photos" referenced from ads, marketing materials etc. from stores like Macy's, Target and JC Penney. It's on view until July 13th.

Leo Gabin, All Facts, 2014

Adam Lindemann's Venus Over Manhattan (980 Madison Avenue) opens a group show this week by 21 artists that defined The Journal Gallery. The show also celebrates the 10th anniversary of that Williamsburg space, with works on view by Rita Ackermann, Joe Bradley, Peter Demos, Michael Williams, Ida Eckblad and more. It's up through July 26th.

On Thursday, May 29th, 6 to 8 p.m., Callicoon Fine Arts (49 Delancey Street) hosts a reception for a new exhibition of photographs by Herve Guibert. The French writer and photographer was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988 and died in 1991 at the age of 35; he had captured his family and friends in intimate portraits and had written over 30 novels in his short life. At 7 p.m., during the opening, there will be a reading from the first English translation of his journals. The exhibit is up until June 29th.

On Sunday, June 1st, from 5 to 7 p.m., Long Island City's Sculpture Center (44-19 Purves Street. LIC) hosts the opening reception for their summer exhibition of works by Katrin Sigurdardottir, Liz Glynn and Jory Rabinovitz. The works are all on view until July 28th.

Recess (41 Grand Street) presents the latest in their "Session" series with a new work called "Ruka" by the Zimbabwean-born artist Nonsikeleto Mutiti that runs from June 3rd to August 2nd. Mutiti will be "playing the role of artist, designer and researcher in a space for the study and practice of hair braiding." Over the summer, there will be braiding workshops, film screenings and more. HERE's the schedule.

Even though this isn't in NYC, we had to give a nod to Brazilian street artists Os Gemeos who painted the official jet for their country's World Cup soccer team. It's way cool. [via Juxtapoz]

And, one more thing: there's going to be a big art exhibit that you can't see. In fact, this group show featuring works by 39 artists including Chicks on Speed and Marian Abramovic, has supposedly been buried on an island near Costa Rica by an "ecology awareness" organization that plans to raise money by auctioning a map of the location. [via Guardian]

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