With New York’s art scene being so prominent yet ever changing, you’ll want to be sure to catch significant shows. Time Out New York rounds up the top five art exhibitions of the week, from offerings at the best photography and art galleries in NYC to shows at renowned institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim.
Monday, March 27–Sunday, April 2
The writings of cultural critic Walter Benjamin (1892–1940) has had a tremendous impact on postwar and contemporary art. This is especially true of his seminal essay “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," which, while written in 1936, was hugely influential in shaping the course of Postmodernism. This show gathers a group of artist to reflect on The Arcades Project, the Benjamin magnum opus that never was. The book was cobbled together posthumously out of notes he'd kept on a subject that fascinated him: The proto-shopping malls of 19th- and early 20-century Paris known as arcades. Essentially shopping streets enclosed by glass roofs, the arcades represented the first expressions of mass-consumer culture and the observations Benjamin made about them represented the first stab at deconstructing the connection between mass-produced goods and the efforts to stimulate an appetite for them.
The wry Austrian artist’s latest show includes the newest versions of his audience-activated “One Minute Sculptures” that first appeared 20 years ago. Here viewers are invited to interact with midcentury modern furniture.
All-over painting, 21st-century-style, is Saccoccio’s métier, and her latest efforts don’t disappoint with canvases that are bold, vibrant and imposing.