The top five New York art shows this week

Check out our art critic's suggestions for the best art exhibitions you don’t want to miss



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With an art scene as prominent and ever-changing as New York’s, you don’t want to miss these essential exhibitions. From the best photography and art galleries to shows at NYC institutions like the Met, MoMA and the Guggenheim, Time Out rounds up the top five art shows of the week.

Monday, September 29–Sunday, October 5

Robert Gober, Untitled, 1992

Robert Gober, Untitled, 1992 Photograph: Russell Kaye, courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery; © 2014 Robert Gober

"Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not a Metaphor"

  • Price band: 2/4
  • Critics choice

This is the first U.S. survey ever of the work of Robert Gober, whose sculptures and installations imbue simple, everyday objects (sinks, doors, newspapers, sticks of butter, storm drains) and figurative fragments with an outsized sense of longing and nostalgia. Emerging in the mid-1980s alongside other artists— such as Jeff Koons—who were furthering Duchamp's Readymade strategy, Gober's efforts were notable for the unabashed manner in which they reintroduced sentiment and poetical feeling into late-20th century aesthetics.

  1. Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) 11 W 53rd St, between Fifth and Sixth Aves, 10019
  2. Sat Oct 4 - Wed Dec 31
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Nam June Paik, Family of Robot: Mother, 1986

Nam June Paik, Family of Robot: Mother, 1986 Photograph: Courtesy Nagoya City Art Museum

"Nam June Paik: Becoming Robot"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Video is a common medium today, but it was far out and new in the mid-1960s when Nam June Paik (1932–2006) arrived in New York and quickly made the acquaintance of legendary names as John Cage, Merce Cunningham and Yoko Ono. He just as quickly established himself as the father of video art, though he certainly wasn't the first artist to tinker with the technology. But he understood the cultural impact of television and found a metaphor for its pervasiveness in his use of multiple monitors and screens and mesmerizing images. This look back at his seminal work is the first of its kind in New York in a decade.

  1. Asia Society 725 Park Ave, at 70th St
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Sun Jan 4
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Pierre Molinier, Introit, 1967

Pierre Molinier, Introit, 1967 Photograph: Courtesy Invisible-Exports

"Breyer P-Orridge & Pierre Molinier"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

Gender-bending work spanning two generations makes up this show of like-minded artists. Molinier (1900–1976) was his own weird subject in pornographic photos in which he pictured himself in wigs, fishnet stockings, stiletto heels and bustiers. He used photomontage to create multiple images, including some of himself having sex with his female alter ego. P-Orridge works in a similar vein and was, in fact, inspired by Molinier at an early age. This exhibition is essentially an homage to the latter by the former.

  1. Invisible-Exports 89 Eldridge St, between Grand and Hester Sts
  2. Wed Oct 1 - Sun Oct 12
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Otto Muehl installation view at Maccarone

Otto Muehl installation view at Maccarone Photograph: Courtesy Maccarone

Otto Muehl, "Paintings from 1988"

  • Critics choice
  • Free

As a companion to his Viennese Actionist show at Hauser & Wirth, curator Hubert Klocker has organized this focused exhibition on one of the movement's principals—Otto Muehl (1925–2013), whose post-Actionist career was arguably more controversial than his work with the group. In 1972, he founded a commune, which, according to some, became an authoritarian sect under his leadership. He would later be charged and convicted for sex with minors and drug dealing, for which he served six years in prison. But throughout, he pursued his practice, a form of action painting represented here by various canvases, as well as by videos documenting his process.

  1. Maccarone 630 Greenwich St, between Leroy and Morton Sts
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Sat Oct 18
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Paul Ramírez Jonas, The Commons, 2011

Paul Ramírez Jonas, The Commons, 2011 Photograph: Courtesy of the artist and Koenig & Clinton Gallery

"Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy and Beyond"

  • Price band: 1/4
  • Critics choice

Among other things, this survey of current art from the Borough of Kings confirms the obvious: that Brooklyn is now the primary home of New York City's artistic community. That much has been plainly evident for more than 20 years, and while this isn't the first time the museum has mounted a Brooklyn-centric exhibition, this roundup of 35 artists—whose works are installed not only within the building itself, but also at various locations off-site—will certainly help to cement the case that when it comes to contemporary art, Brooklyn is in the house.

  1. Brooklyn Museum 200 Eastern Pkwy, at Washington Ave
  2. Fri Oct 3 - Wed Dec 31
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