Nov. 19, 2013, 2014, by Fred Tomaselli. Part of the artist’s solo exhibit, Current Events, at James Cohan Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea. There will be a gallery talk and book signing on Sunday, May 10. (Image courtesy of the artist and James Cohan.)
San Francisco: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Acts of God, at Fraenkel Gallery. Opens Thursday.
Chicago:Unbound: Contemporary Art After Frida Kahlo, at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Opens Saturday.
New Orleans:Undetermined Mass: An Art Showing, at The Art Salon and TEN Gallery. Opens Saturday at 6pm.
NYC:The Roof Garden Commission: Dan Graham with Günther Vogt, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through November 2, on the Upper East Side.
NYC:Jay Defeo, at Mitchell-Innes & Nash. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
NYC:Hannah Van Bart, at Marianne Boesky. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
NYC:No Problem: Cologne/New York 1984-89, at David Zwirner. Opens Friday, in Chelsea.
NYC:Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, Bruce Conner, Latifa Echakhch, Charles Gaines, Christian Marclay and Claes Oldenburg/Coosje van Bruggen, at Paula Cooper Gallery. Through May 23, in Chelsea.
NYC:I Dig Atari, celebrating the release of Raiford Guins’ video game history and preservation book Game After: A Cultural Study Of Video Game Afterlife, at Babycastles. This Saturday at 6pm, in Chelsea. RSVP required.
NYC:She Was a Film Star Before She Was My Mother, at Dorsky Gallery. Opens Sunday at 2pm, in Long Island City.
NYC:SEVEN/VIDEO at The Boiler, and Kim Jones, mountain girl next door, at Pierogi Gallery. Opens Friday at 6pm, in Williamsburg.
How to Try and be OK with the Contemporary Art Market, 2014 by William Powhida. Part of the artist’s solo exhibition, Overculture, at Postmasters Gallery, opening Saturday at 5:30pm, in New York. (Courtesy of the artist and Postmasters. See it large.)
L.A.:Michaela Eichwald, Barry Johnston, Mathias Kryger, Frances Scholz, Jill Spector, at Tif Sigfrids. Opens Saturday at 4pm, in Hollywood.
L.A.:Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes, at the Huntington Library. Opens Saturday, in San Marino.
L.A.:Floral Journey: Native North American Beadwork, at the Autry. Opens Saturday, in Griffith Park.
L.A.:The Architecture and Design Film Festival, at the Los Angeles Theatre Center. Starts today, in downtown.
L.A.:Drowning and swallowing this text, with various artists, at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Hollywood.
L.A.:Ron Athey: Sebastiane, at the Hammer Museum. Tomorrow at 7:30pm, in Westwood.
S.F.:Katy Grannan: The 99, at Fraenkel Gallery.
New Orleans:The Donna Perret Rosen Lecture: Calvin Tomkins, Dodie Kazanjian and Adam D. Weinberg, at the New Orleans Museum of Art. This Friday at 6pm.
NYC:Other Primary Structures, at the Jewish Museum. Opens Friday, on the Upper East Side.
NYC:Museum Starter Kit: Open With Care, at El Museo del Barrio. Opens today, on the Upper East Side.
NYC:Bill Cunningham: Facades and The Black Fives, at the New-York Historical Society. Opens Friday on the Upper West Side.
NYC:Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937, at the Neue Galerie. Opens Thursday, on the Upper East Side.
NYC:Carpets of the East in Paintings of the West, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Through June 29, on the Upper East Side.
NYC:Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection, at the Rubin Museum of Art. Through March 2015, in Chelsea.
NYC:Robert Heinecken: Object Matter, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens Saturday, in Midtown.
NYC:Oswaldo Vigas: Transfigurations, at Dillon Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
NYC: Sharon Hayes, Fingernails on a blackboard, at Andrea Rosen Gallery. Opens Friday, in Chelsea.
NYC:Jerome Liebling: Matter of Life and Death, at Steven Kasher Gallery. Opens Thursday, in Chelsea.
NYC:Andrea Bowers and Suzanne Lacy: Drawing Lessons, at the Drawing Center. Opens Saturday, in SoHo. Groups need to reserve in advance to see the performance.
NYC: Ali Banisadr, Motherboard, at Sperone Westwater. Through April 19, on the Lower East Side.
London:Haim Steinbach: once again the world is flat, at the Serpentine Galleries. Through April 21.
Sciencia, 1998, by Maria Lassnig. On view as part of the artist’s solo exhibition at MoMA PS1, which coincides with a show of work by Christoph Schlingensief. Opens Sunday, in Long Island City. (Image courtesy of MoMA PS1.)
NYC:2014 Whitney Biennial, at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Opens Friday, on the Upper East Side.
NYC:The Whitney Houston Biennial, at 20 Jay Street. This Sunday at 8pm, in Dumbo.
NYC:Gaugin: Metamorphoses, at the Museum of Modern Art. Opens Saturday, in Midtown.
NYC:Mira Schendel, at Hauser & Wirth. Through April 26, on the Upper East Side.
NYC:AFTERSHOCK: The Impact of Radical Art (Minors Not Permitted), at Edelman Arts. Through May 12.
NYC:Mingei: Are You Here?, at Pace Gallery. Opens Friday, in Chelsea.
NYC: Beatrice Caracciolo, Cinabrese, at Paula Cooper Gallery. Opens Saturday, in Chelsea.
NYC: Jorge Pardo, Inert, at Petzel. Through April 5, in Chelsea.
NYC:Aki Sasamoto: Sunny in the Furnace, at The Kitchen. Daily from Thursday through Sunday at 8pm, in Chelsea. Tickets $15.
NYC: Beth Krebs, Beat the Band, at Station Independent Projects. Opens today at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
Peekskill, N.Y.: Carla Gannis, The Non-Facial Recognition Project, at the WCC Center for Digital Arts. Through April 5.
Northampton, Mass.:Maya Lin, the 11th Annual Miller Lecture in Art and Art History, at the Smith College Museum of Art. Next Tuesday at 7:30pm at Wright Hall.
L.A.: Andrea Fraser performs May I Help You?, at the Hammer Museum. This Saturday from 3-5pm, in Westwood.
L.A.: Taryn Simon, Birds of the West Indies, at Gagosian Gallery. Through April 12, in Beverly Hills.
L.A.: Finishing School in collaboration with artists Nadia Afghani and Matt Fisher, We Will Show You Fear in a Handful of Dust, at Occidental College. Starts Friday, in Eagle Rock.
Marseilles:ASCO & Friends: Exiled Portraits, at Friche Belle de Mai. Opens Saturday.
National Life Insurance Company Building, project, 1924–25, by Frank Lloyd Wright. Part of the exhibit Frank Lloyd Wright and the City: Density vs. Dispersal, at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, opening Saturday. (Image courtesy of MoMA and The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.)
NYC: Carrie Mae Weems, The Museum Series, at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Opens Thursday, in Harlem.
NYC:Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, at the Metropolitan Museum. Opens today, on the Upper East Side.
NYC:The Flowering of Edo Era Painting, at the Metropolitan Museum. Opens Saturday, on the Upper East Side.
NYC:Hassan Hajjaj: Kesh Angels, at Taymour Grahne. Through March 2, in Tribeca
NYC:Shirin Neshat: Our House is On Fire, at the Rauschenberg Foundation Project Space. Opens Thursday at 6pm, in Chelsea.
NYC:Indie Tech Talks #16: Eddo Stern, at the NYU Game Innovation Lab. This Thursday at 7pm, in downtown Brooklyn.
NYC: Resisting surveillance in practical and day-to-day situations, a panel with Adam Harvey, Geneviewe Hoffman, Becky Hurwitz, Ceren Erdem, at Apexart. This Saturday at 4pm, in downtown Manhattan.
Northampton, Mass:The Eye is a Door: Landscape Photographs by Anne Whiston Spirn, at the Smith College Museum of Art. Opens Friday.
L.A.:Fictions, with Josh Atlas, Srijon Chowdhury, Guan Rong and Alexandra Wiesenfeld, at Klowden Mann. Opens Saturday at 6pm, in Culver City.
L.A.:LA Art Book Fair 2014, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Starts this Friday at 11am through Sunday.
A photograph by Julio González Sánchez. Part of the group show Bolivia Existe, at Momenta Art in New York, in collaboration with Kiosko Galería from Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Opens Friday at 7pm, in Bushwick. (Image courtesy of the artist and Momenta.)
NYC:Edward Steichen in the 1920s and 1930s: A Recent Acquisition, at the Whitney Museum. Opens Friday.
NYC: Rafaël Rozendaal, Everything You See is in the Past, and Casting a Wide Net: A Cross Generational Exhibition of Media Art, at Postmasters Gallery. Through January 18, in Tribeca.
NYC: Charles Burchfield, American Landscapes, at DC Moore Gallery. Through December 21, in Chelsea.
NYC:Guts, a group show, at the Abrons Arts Center. Opens this Friday at 6pm, on the Lower East Side.
NYC:Serve the People: The Asian American Movement in New York, at the Interference Archive. Opens Thursday at 7pm, in Gowanus.
Miami:Permission To Be Global/Prácticas Globales: Latin American Art from the Ella Fontanals-Cisneros Collection, at CIFO. Opens this week, in the Wynwood District.
Miami:Looking at Process, at the De La Cruz Collection. In the Wynwood District.
Miami:28 Chinese, at the Rubell Family Collection. Opens today, in the Wynwood District.
Miami: Tracey Emin: Angel Without You, at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Opens today, in North Miami.
L.A.:Hammer Conversations: Diana Nyad and Catherine Opie, at the Hammer Museum. Today, in Westwood.
Plus: Tickets are now on sale for Martin Creed’s Work No. 1020 at The Kitchen in NYC. Performances run from December 12 to 14.
High Heels Crowd Surf, by Tod Seelie. (Image courtesy of the artist.)
In the mail today came a book I am super ecstatic about: Tod Seelie’s Bright Nights, which gathers all of his New York photographs into one handy tome. Even as the city becomes a monochromatic carpet of condos and faux retro watering holes, Bright Nights is a reminder that even at its most Bloombergian New York has always retained pockets of creative chaos (and hopefully always will). This book is a tribute to those pockets — and all the bloody noses that come with it.
What’s more, I got to write an essay for this baby, which I’m pretty dang proud of. (Thank you, Jeff Stark, for the mad editing skills.) I’ve been an admirer of Tod’s work for years, from the time his images first started to pop up on Flickr years ago. I’ve long been enthralled by what they covered: under-the-radar events like Bike Kill, Japanther concerts, vogue-ing competitions and journeys made by Swoon on her flotilla of hand-made rafts. But it’s his framing and his sense of color that makes his work rise above simple documentation.
It was a thrill to be able to contribute a few words to the spaces between the pictures. So go out and get the book! And while you’re at it, check out Tod’s website, his Instagram, and his Twitter.