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12 Must-See Art Shows Opening This Week

 The fourth annual LIC Arts Open festival begins tonight, May 14th, and runs through the weekend in Long Island City. The five-day festival includes artists, photographers, sculptors, music, dance, videos etc. in 85 exhibitions, installations and live shows, plus there are over 160 open studios.  And it's all FREE and open to the public.  Go HERE for the complete schedule (and you'll also find a helpful map).

JLG_homepage_2014_05_Jux.jpgJonathan LeVine
fills both of his gallery spaces with a big celebration for the 20th anniversary of Juxtapoz Magazine. The group show, "Art Truancy," opens on Thursday, May 15th from 6 to 8 p.m. at the 557C West 23rd Street space and from 7 to 9 p.m. at 529 West 20th Street.  Works by over 40 artists will be on view including Mark Ryden, Maya Hayuk, Neckface, Robert Williams, Swoon, Shepard Fairey and Todd James.  "The collective rise in popularity of this entire community has achieved a level that not only infiltrates the more established and insular art market, but also far surpasses it in fan following and recognition," says LeVine.  It's up until June 14th.

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 4.16.13 PM.pngNew York City's "smallest institution," Mmuseummm (Cortlandt Alley b/t Franklin and White), opens for a third season on May 15th at 7 p.m. with new collections from Maira Kalman, Casey Neistat, Radiolab, Freeman & Lowe, Tucker Viemeister and more; plus special guests and performances.  The tiny museum, including a cafe and gift shop, fits in a freight elevator  and was founded in 2012 by Alex Kalman, Josh Safdie and Ben Safdie.

TVML-1-Gold-Green-Wood.jpgCity Foundry
(365 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn) hosts a show of cool "design works" made from discarded bits of technology (old TVs,  vacuum tubes, circuit boards etc.) by Ramiro Cairo on Thursday, May 15th, 7 to 9 p.m.

Camo_24.jpgEleven new paintings by Lucien Smith go on view at Skarstedt Gallery (20 East 79th Street) from May 15th, 6 to 8 p.m., through June 27th.  The works in the exhibition, "Tigris," are meant to "convey an organic sensibility."

If you're heading upstate over the weekend, be sure to check out the opening of Jack Shainman Gallery's new space, The School (25 Broad Street, Kinderhook, NY) on Saturday, May 17th.  The doors of the gigantic, 30,000-square-foot former high school will open at 4 p.m. and there's a special performance by Chicago-based artist Nick Cave at 5 p.m. (the Soundsuit dude, not the musician) plus DJ April Hunt.  The gallery is also celebrating their 30th anniversary and even the mayor of Kinderhook, Carol Weaver, will be attending.

Multi-media artist Cory Arcangel designed a "surf" clothing line meant for web surfing.  The items, including sweat pants, sheets and pillow cases, will debut on May 17th, 2 to 9 p.m. at a one-day-only pop-up store at the Holiday Inn in SoHo (138 Lafayette Street) along with recent works by the Brooklyn-based artist.  The surfware can also be purchased online HERE.

Amanda Lepore
hosts a multi-media salon curated by fashion videographer Rhyan Hamilton on Saturday, May 17th at 7 p.m. at Colony Studios (67 West Street, Brooklyn).  The event entitled "I Want Them To Turn Black" includes installations featuring Lepore and a performance by Lady Alchemy accompanied by the electronic music collective known as The House of Pain.

A pop-up exhibition of works by the legendary designer and architect Alexander Girard opens at 446 West 14th Street on May 17th and is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until May 28th.  The exhibit, "An Uncommon Vision," includes archival designs and ephemera from his tenure at Herman Miller from 1952 to 1973.  A selection of products and designs will also be available to purchase.

If you're around Washington Square Park from May 19th until June 15th, look for several large-scale, photo portraits of the homeless created by Andres Serrano. "Residents of New York," produced by More Art, is the first public art project in NYC by the American artist and photographer, is perhaps best known for his controversial 1987 work "Piss Christ."  The works can be seen at various locations in the Village, including the West 4th Street subway station, Judson Memorial Church and some are even on phone booths.

Screen Shot 2014-05-14 at 4.28.54 PM.pngNew York artist/designer Cey Adams -- he was "the founding creative director" at Def Jam Recordings -- has a show of new paintings called "Foreign Exchange" up at Artsource International (333 Park Avenue South) through June 11.  Unfortunately it's "viewable by appointment only."


And finally, don't forget to check out the exhibition of Robert Rauschenberg's "Hoarfrost" editions from 1974.  They're still on view in Chelsea at Gemini G.E.L.  (535 West 24th Street, 3rd floor) until May 23rd.

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