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Photograph: Courtesy Venus Over Manhattan“Where Is Jack Goldstein?” at Venus Over ManhattanOn view are highlights from the career of this Canadian-born artist, who arrived in New York via Los Angeles and became one of the seminal figures of the Pictures generation. Especially noteworthy are his photo-based paintings of meteorological events. Through Jan 15
Photograph: Courtesy David ZwirnerDiana Thater, Chernobyl at David ZwirnerThe pastoral and apocalyptic mix in this Los Angeles artist’s latest work: a kaleidoscopic multichannel video shot in the exclusion zone around the Chernobyl nuclear reactor. Through Dec 22
Photograph: Courtesy Pavel Zoubok GalleryThomas Lanigan-Schmidt at MoMA PS1The work of this pioneer of queer aesthetics is notable for its byzantine opulence. Through Apr 1
Photograph: Courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art“African Art, New York, and the Avant-Garde” at The Metropolitan Museum of ArtThis show examines the fascination for all things African held by members of America’s early-20th-century avant-garde, who collected the continent’s artworks and were inspired by them. Tue 27–Apr 14
Photograph: Courtesy MaccaroneEdgar Arceneaux at MaccaroneThe centerpiece of the show, which also includes paintings and drawings, is a film installation featuring the artist’s mother in his studio, titled I Told Jesus, Change My Name. Through Dec 15