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

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, April 27–Sunday, May 3

“America Is Hard to See”

Critics' pick

The Whitney inaugurates its new home with this massive permanent-collection survey spanning eight decades. Covering four floors in roughly chronological order, the show relays overlapping histories about the Whitney itself, the development of modernism in America and the country’s transition from cultural backwater to overweening superpower.

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Whitney Museum of American Art Until Sunday September 27 2015

"Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television"

Critics' pick

This show's intriguing premise is that the early television industry from the late-1940s to the mid-1960s was deeply influenced by Modern Art, borrowing many of its style cues for corporate ID (the CBS's "eye" long); studio sets for game shows, variety shows and news broadcasts; and publications (Warhol's cover for TV Guide, featuring Get Smart's Agent 99).

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The Jewish Museum Until Sunday September 20 2015

Cameron Jamie

Critics' pick

The term anthropologist has been a term frequently appended to this Los Angeles native based in Paris, and certainly his art has been distinguished by an almost empirical interest in strange subcultures: Suburban backyard wrestling clubs involving face-painted teenagers who perform Jackass-caliber stunts; men who hire women to sate their strange sexual fetish for watching females grappling with each other; and the pre-Halloween rituals of Detroit’s Devil’s Night, which was celebrated during the 1990s with arson and vandalism. Jamie works in several mediums including photography and video, but more recently, he’s distilled such grotesqueries at the heart of American life through drawing, painting and ceramic objects that literally take on hideous form.

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Gladstone Gallery Tuesday May 5 2015 - Saturday May 30 2015 Free

Jamie Isenstein, “Para Drama”

Critics' pick

The work of this Portland, OR, native is noteworthy for its surreal quality—sculpture/performance combinations that resemble something out of a Cocteau film. She goes full-out Halloween with an installation that includes images of masks, objects made of the same, and performative pieces, such as one involving a pair of spinning fans facing off against each other while trying to blow the pages of an open book. Isenstein calls her exhibition a haunted house, and the fact that it’s mounted under the gallery’s bright lights only makes it that much creepier.

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Andrew Kreps Gallery Tue Apr 28 - Sat May 2 Free

Tony Oursler

Critics' pick

The merger between man and machine is the subject of Oursler’s latest sculpture-cum-videos, which examine the disquieting trend of evermore sophisticated digital interfaces allowing robots and computers to read human emotion through facial-recognition software. Oursler’s face-shaped aluminum panels embedded with videos make this creepy prospect concrete.

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Lehmann Maupin Until Sunday June 14 2015 Free

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Jeff W
Jeff W

Cocktail gallery reception in Tribeca tonight for my work..for those interested.