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An inexplicably warm wave of weather has hit NYC! But hey, who’s complaining? Plus, no excuse not to step out see some art! From intricate sculptures and embroideries that together convey joy and sorrow to lesser-known works of the famous feminist artist Carolee Schneemann, here are our recommended openings of the week.

 

The Must See’s:

Breaking away from the oppressive patriarchal view of women as merely reproductive vessels, Jeremy Penn’s La Petite Mort captures the intimate and sensual moments as women discover their bodies and seek pleasure. The show’s title refers to the poetic French term for an orgasm, “the little death.”

 

At Aicon Gallery, Anila Quayyum Agha’s first New York solo show Walking with My Mother’s Shadow evokes both the joy and loss experienced by the artist following her mother’s death and her son’s wedding earlier this year. Particularly noteworthy is her use of transparent and ethereal materials; with their delicately-cut patterns, Agha’s steel sculptures are seemingly fragile yet resilient, a fitting metaphor for sorrow. At the same time, the metallic threads in her embroideries are traditionally found in Pakistani wedding dresses, but never in shrouds. Agha works thus merge marriage and death, joy and grief, and love and loss, ultimately symbolizing the larger cycle of life.

 

Last but not least, don’t miss P•P•O•W and Galerie LeLong’s first joint exhibit Further Evidence – Exhibit A  and Further Evidence – Exhibit B featuring Carolee Schneemann’s lesser-known works from the 80s, 90s, and the present. Schneemann’s large-scale multimedia installations, including video sequences of animals and prisoners dancing in captivity, explore the representation of bodies in confinement and the relationship between controlled bodies and social politics.

 

Make the most of the warm weather while it lasts and check out other gallery openings below.

 

Here’s how to use the Gallery Guide:

  • The map’s various colors represent different days of the week. For a key, click on the arrow icon next to the map title.
  • For example, to see galleries with openings on the weekend only, first click on the arrow icon. If you uncheck every box except Saturday and Sunday, you will only see the galleries with weekend receptions.
  • Click on a marker to find out more information! A side bar will appear showing the gallery and exhibition name, as well as other useful tidbits.
  • To prevent confusion for galleries in the same building, the marker takes a different shape for every overlapping venue.

 

Header Image: Anila Quayyum Agha, All the Flowers are for Me, 2016, laser-cut stainless steel and blub, 60 x 60 x 60 in. Courtesy of Aicon Gallery and Anila Quayyum Agha.