Big Trouble in Lil Haiti, 2013, by Michael Vasquez. The artist will have work on view at New Image Art in Los Angeles this weekend, part of the group show This Crazy Life, also featuring Patrick Martinez and Gregory Bojorquez. Opens Saturday 7pm, in West Hollywood. (Image courtesy of the artist.)
- L.A.: James Bridle, Military Visuality and the Work of Art Symposium, a talk at Occidental College. Thursday at 12:45pm at Choi Auditorium, in Northeast L.A.
- L.A.: Francesco Vezzoli, Cinema Vezzoli, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Opens Sunday, at Grand Avenue.
- L.A.: Timothy Nolan, The Soft and Sweet Eclipse, at CB1 Gallery. Opens Sunday at 5pm, in downtown L.A.
- L.A.: Sheree Rose, 100 Reasons, at Coagula Curatorial. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in Chinatown.
- S.F.: Wrong’s What I Do Best, at the San Francisco Art Institute. Opens Thursday, in the Walter and McBean Galleries.
- NYC: 13 Most Wanted Men: Andy Warhol and the 1964 World’s Fair, at the Queens Museum. Opens Sunday.
- NYC: Ultra Violet: The Studio Recreated, at Dillon Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Carrie Mae Weems, LIVE: Past Tense/Future Perfect, at the Guggenheim Museum of Art. Three days of art, music and performance in connection with Weems’s retrospective at the museum. Starts Friday, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Dinh Q. Lê, Warf Woof, Zero & One, at PPOW Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Eva and Franco Mattes, By Everyone, For No One, Everyday, and John Powers, +time, at Postmasters Gallery. Opens Saturday at 5:30pm, in Tribeca.
- NYC: Adriana Varejao, Polvo, at Lehmann Maupin. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Bob Colacello, Holy Terror: Photographs from Inside Warhol’s World, at Steven Kasher Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Sarah Charlesworth, Objects of Desire: 1983-1988, at Maccarone. Opens Friday at 6pm, in the West Village.
- NYC: Monika Zarzeczna, sculpture and collage, at Lesley Heller Workspace. Opens Sunday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side. There will be an artist talk on Sunday, May 18 at 4:30pm.
- NYC: Guillermo Kuitca, This Way, at Sperone Westwater. Opens Thursday, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: The ‘80s: Past + Present, at Bleecker Street Art Club. Opens Thursday, in the West Village.
- NYC: It Ain’t What You Make But What Makes You Do It, a tribute to Dennis Oppenheim, at Valentine. Opens Friday, in Ridgewood.
- NYC: Performa Events: Who Can Write About a Performance Art, with Claire Bishop, RoseLee Goldbgerg, Adrian Heathfield, Jens Hoffmann, John Rockwell, Hrag Vartanian and David Velasco, at Judson Memorial Church. Tomorrow at 6:30pm, in the Village. RSVP required.
- NYC: Julia Bland & Daniel Petraitis, Hard As You Can, Right at the Middle, at Asya Geisberg Gallery. Through May 10, in Chelsea.
- London: Hernan Bas, Memphis Living, and Christian Holstad, Corrections, at Victoria Miro. Opens Saturday.
Riding Death in My Sleep, 2002, by Wangechi Mutu. Part of the exhibit Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami. (Images courtesy of the artist and MOCA.)
- NYC: Marie Lorenz, The Valley of Dry Bones, at Jack Hanley Gallery. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Tribeca.
- NYC: Alibis: Sigmar Polke 1963-2010, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens Saturday, in Midtown.
- NYC: Ai Weiwei: According to What?, at the Brooklyn Museum. Opens Friday, in Brooklyn.
- NYC: Lebbeus Woods, at the Drawing Center. Opens today, in SoHo.
- NYC: The New Romantics, at Eyebeam. Opens today, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Sherrie Levine, Red Yellow Blue, at Paula Cooper Gallery. Opens today, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Joel Meyerowitz, The European Trip: Photographs from the Car, at Howard Greenberg. Opens today, in Midtown.
- NYC: Ben Berlow, Recent Works, at Rawson Projects. Through May 18, in Greenpoint.
- Miami: Virginia Overton: Flat Rock, at the Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami. Opens Friday, in North Miami.
- L.A.: Stanya Kahn, Don’t Go Back to Sleep, at Susanne Vielmetter Projects. Opens Saturday, in Culver City.
- L.A.: Meleko, Mokgosi, Pax Kaffraria, at Honor Fraser. Opens Saturday, in Culver City.
- L.A.: Cogwheels Carved in Wood, a group show, at Night Gallery. Opens Saturday at 7pm, in downtown.
- L.A: Elana Mann, Gala Porras-Kim, Susan Silton, After Noise, at Thomas Solomon Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Chinatown.
- L.A.: New works by Andrea Fraser and Vanessa Place, at the MAK Center. Through June 1, in West Hollywood.
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Above: Pablo Helguera’s Librería Donceles. (Courtesy of the artist and Kent Fine Art.)
The Swimming Cities of Serenissima on the Adriatic Sea. On view in Swoon: Submerged Motherlands, at the Brooklyn Museum of Art. Opens Friday. (Photo by Tod Seelie.)
- Beijing: Art Post-Internet, at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art. Through May 5, in the Chaoyang District.
- L.A.: Freeway Studies, at Ben Maltz Gallery. Opens Saturday, at Otis College of Art and Design, in Westchester.
- L.A.: The Snowy Day and the Art of Ezra Jack Keats, at the Skirball Cultural Center. Opens today, in Bel Air.
- L.A.: Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from the Greek Collections, at the Getty Villa. Through August 25, in Malibu.
- L.A.: Elliott Hundley, at Regen Projects. Opens Saturday, in Hollywood.
- Orange County, Calif.: Sarkisian & Sarkisian, at the Orange County Museum of Art. Opens Sunday, in Newport Beach.
- Tijuana: Paisaje Urban de un Presente Bizarro, with Corrie Slawson & Marc Lefkowitz, Hugo Crosthwaite, Luis G. Hernandez and Pepe Mogt, at TJ IN CHINA Project Room. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Zona Centro.
- Chicago: Isa Genzken: Retrospective, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Opens Saturday.
- Miami: Alexander Kroll, The Sky on the Flor, at Fredric Snitzer. Opens today, in the Wynwood District.
- NYC: Masterpieces and Curiosities: Diane Arbus’s Jewish Giant, at the Jewish Museum. Opens Friday, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Now You See It: Photography and Concealment, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through September 1, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: I Scarcely Have the Right to Use This Ghostly Verb, at the Sheila Johnson Design Center. Through April 16, at Parson the New School of Design.
- NYC: Malick Sidibé, at Jack Shainman Gallery. Through April 26, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Thank You, the final show at Dodge Gallery. Opens today, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: The Heroic Object, at Parallel Art Space. Through May 11, in Ridgewood.
The Mike Kelley show at MOCA Geffen has a whole lot of everything going on: child nightmare videos, weird banners, scary stuffed animal sculptures, night-light installations of the fictional Kandor, and architectural models of every school Kelly ever went to. There’s also his “Chinatown Wishing Well,” above, his tribute, to a similarly garish fountain located in L.A.’s Chinatown.
It’s a lot to absorb. But while you’re at it, don’t forget to take a peek under and inside many of his pieces, since they often seem to contain little surprises. Under the architectural models, you’ll find a mattress; a pink dresser hides books about sex and a packet of birth control pills; and inside the “Wishing Well” is a mattress, a box of Kleenex, some candles and tub of Vaseline. (This latter space he once described as a “crawl space/fuck room.”)
All of it certainly gets at aspects of the forbidden he often explored in his work. But they also serve as a reminder that if you’re just looking at the literal surface of his pieces, you’re missing a good chunk of the story.
Rose Quartz Eroded Tire, 2014, by Daniel Arsham. Part of the artist’s solo show, Kick the Tire and Light the Fires, at OHWOW Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Beverly Hills. (Image courtesy of the artist and OHWOW.)
- Pasadena: Face It: The Photographic Portrait, at the Norton Simon Museum. Opens Friday.
- L.A.: Javier Téllez, Games Are Forbidden in the Labyrinth, at REDCAT. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in downtown.
- L.A.: Antonia Wright, Suddenly We Jumped, at Luis de Jesus. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City.
- L.A.: Roberto Gil de Montes, Hecho en México, at Lora Schlesinger Gallery. Opens Saturday at 4:30pm, in Santa Monica.
- L.A.: Sinful Saints and Saintly Sinners at the Margins of the Americas, at the Fowler Museum. Through July 20, in Westwood. Related: Artists Judithe Hernandez and Alma Lopez have a conversation about Saints, Warrior and Women at the museum this Saturday at 2pm.
- S.F.: Elise Ferguson, Striped Knot, at Romer Young Gallery. Opens Friday at 6pm.
- NYC: Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago’s Early Work, 1963-74, at the Brooklyn Museum. Opens today, in Brooklyn.
- NYC: Are Your Motives Pure? Raymond Pettibon Surfers, 1987-2012, at Venus Over Manhattan. Opens Thursday, on the Upper East Side.
- NYC: Dan Witz, NY Hardcore, at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Moving Murals: Henry Chalfant’s and Martha Cooper’s All-City Graffiti Archive, at the City Lore Gallery. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in the East Village.
- NYC: Sometimes We Explode: An Exhibition of Underground NYC Through Video Games and Hip Hop, at Babycastles Gallery. With a special performance by Ratking. Opens next Tuesday at 6pm, on 14th Street. Follow this link to RSVP for the opening.
- NYC: Joe Sola, American Sex Room and Other Works, at Blackston Gallery. Opens Sunday, on the Lower East Side.
- NYC: Parallax Reveries: Stereoscopic Collage by Joel Schlemowitz, at Microscope Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Bushwick.
- Toronto: Susana Heller, at Olga Korper Gallery. Opens Saturday, at 2pm.
- Toronto: Eva Kotátková, at Art en Valise. Opens Thursday.
- Online: Nikki Darling, Ascension, at Light & Wire.
Shigeru Ban’s design for the Japan Pavilion at Hannover Expo in 2000. Executed in collaboration with Frei Otto. (Image courtesy of Shigeru Ban. Photo by Hiroyuki Hirai.)
It seems like I’ve been on a bit of a Shigeru Ban tear in ARCHITECT. Last week I wrote up his design for the new Aspen Art Museum. This week, I was on to his Pritzker win. And the following day I participated in a round table with architecture critics Christopher Hawthorne, Mark Lamster and Alexandra Lange to talk about what it all means — for Ban and the Pritzker.
Check ‘em out. I am so ready to start building stuff with toilet paper tubes now…
Untitled, 2012-2013, by Helen Pashgian. Part of the artist’s solo show, Light Invisible, at the L.A. County Museum of Art, in Los Angeles. Opens Sunday, in Mid-Wilshire. (Courtesy of Helen Pashgian. Photograph by Josh Morton.)
- L.A.: Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Culture Crossroads, at the Getty Museum. Through June 22, in West L.A.
- L.A.: (en)Gendered (in)Equity: The Gallery Tally Poster Project, at ForYourArt. Opens Saturday at 6pm.
- L.A.: Allen Ruppersberg, Drawing and Writing, 1972-1989, at Marc Selwin. Through May 17, in Beverly Hills.
- Torrance: Prep School: Prepper & Survivalist Ideologies and Utopian/Dystopian Visions, at the Torrance Art Museum. Opens Saturday.
- Miami: Anselm Kiefer, at the Margulies Collection at the Warehouse. Through April 26, in the Wynwood District.
- NYC: When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South, at the Studio Museum. Opens Thursday, in Harlem.
- NYC: Matthias Bitzer: Saturnine Swing, at Marianne Boesky Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Heather Rowe, William Monk, Richard T. Walker, at James Cohan Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Daniel Canogar, Small Data, at Bitforms. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: Allan Wexler, Breaking Ground, at Ronald Feldman Fine Arts. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
- NYC: 1st 20 Years, at Adam Baumgold Gallery. Opens today at 6pm, on the Upper East Side.
- Madrid: Eltono, Amalgama, at Slowtrack. Opens Thursday.
- Belgium: Stephan Balkenhol, at Deweer Gallery. Opens Sunday at 3pm, in Otegem.
- Hong Kong: Billy Childish: Edge of the Forest, at Lehmann Maupin. Opens Thursday.