Free arts and culture this week in New York City

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"That Obscure Object of Desire"

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Titled after Luis Buñuel’s 1977 film about sexual obsession, this group show includes pieces from the 1940s to the present, and teases out formal and thematic connections among a nicely considered selection of Surrealist, Pop and contemporary artworks. The leitmotif here is the body reduced to

  1. Luxembourg & Dayan 64 E 77th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10075
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Sat Oct 4
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Nick Cave, "Made for Whites by Whites"

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Both parts of this two-space show involve the use of found ceramic objects incorporated into larger sculptural settings, but the nature of the items and their tone differ significantly from one gallery to the next: "Rescue" features the form of a dog, with all of its attendant connotations of

  1. Jack Shainman Gallery 513 W 20th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Sat Oct 11
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Roxy Paine, "Denuded Lens"

  • Rated as: 4/5
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There’s something uncanny about a familiar object replicated in a foreign material, which is why the technique has been a familiar staple of sculptural production over the past 40-odd years. Paine is a relatively recent practitioner of the form, having exhibited since 1990. His subjects have

  1. Marianne Boesky Gallery 509 W 24th St, between Tenth and Eleventh Aves, 10001
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Sat Oct 4
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Farhad Moshiri, "Float"

  • Rated as: 4/5
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A reasonable suspicion when first encountering the work of Farhad Moshiri at Galerie Perrotin is that the artist uses his aptitude with materials to obscure a dearth of ideas. His paintings, for the most part, feature images whose qualities of line recall old textbook illustrations or romance comic

  1. Galerie Perrotin 909 Madison Ave , at 73rd St, 10021
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Sat Oct 4
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Cory Arcangel, "tl;dr"

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Over the past decade, media artist Cory Arcangel has explored the odd nexus of nostalgia and planned obsolescence with videos and large-format photos that reference 8-bit video games and other signifiers of the early digital age. The main series in his latest show comprises a group of flatscreens,

  1. Team Gallery 47 Wooster St, between Broome and Grand Sts
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Sun Oct 26
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Trinity Choir and Trinity Baroque Orchestra

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On Sept 28, Julian Wachner leads the excellent chorus in music by Byrd. The same singers and conducter partner with the likewise reliable church baroque ensemble on the afternoon of Oct 1 for a program of Bach.

  1. St. Paul's Chapel 209 Broadway, between Fulton and Vesey Sts
  2. Wed Oct 1
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Allan McCollum, "The Shapes Project: Perfect Couples"

  • Rated as: 4/5
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Petzel’s concurrent exhibitions of recent works by Allan McCollum and Walead Beshty offer looks at two artists who share a penchant for minimalist-derived sculpture created through a process-oriented strategy. The results diverge, but the commonalities are hard to ignore given the close proximity

  1. Petzel Gallery 456 W 18th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves, 10011
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Sat Oct 4
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"Dance & Fashion"

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The Museum of FIT explores the reciprocal influence of dance and fashion in a new exhibition. Organized by the museum's director, Dr. Valerie Steele, the display features costumes and fashions from the 19th century to the present, including pieces worn by recognizable dancers and created by notable

  1. The Museum at FIT Seventh Ave, at 27th St
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Thu Oct 9
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"Rite of Passage: The Early Years of Vienna Actionism, 1960–1966"

  • Rated as: 5/5
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  • Free

People familiar with the 1960s Vienna Actionism movement are aware of its notoriety for trangressive works—or more succinctly, acts—of art. For everyone else, this survey of paintings, collages, drawings and performance photographs curated by Hubert Klocker should provide an eye-opening

  1. Hauser & Wirth New York 32 E 69th St, between Madison and Park Aves, 10021
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Sat Oct 25
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Lily van der Stokker, "Huh"

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This Dutch artist sends up stereotypes about femininity and feminism embraced by the male powers that be. The sculptural objects and wall paintings here—all pink—are rendered in a cartoonish mix of abstract and pop-cultural referents that are, according to the artist, "girly, sweet, decorative,

  1. Koenig & Clinton 459 W 19th St, between Ninth and Tenth Aves
  2. Tue Sep 30 - Sat Oct 18
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