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11 Must-See Art Shows Opening This Week

BoilerEvite.jpgPierogi Gallery opens a cool installation/performance called "The Raft" in their Boiler space at 191 North 14th Street in Brooklyn on Friday, October 23rd, 7 to 9 p.m. The "raft" in this video and sound piece by Rico Gatson and Chris Larson alludes to Huckleberry Finn, and features the art duo playing records while standing on a 10-foot-square platform, surrounded by four large video projections. The music is from their personal collection. On view until December 13th.

Knockdown Center (52-19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens) has a three-day show, October 22 to 24, noon to 6 p.m., featuring six "kinetic" installations by eight artists from Quebec who "explore the perception of time, observation/surveillance, the connections between seeing and hearing." The exhibition was curated by Nicole Gingas and it's part of "Quebec Digital Art In NYC," a spin-off of the International Marketplace for Digital Art, an annual event held in Canada in the spring. The weekend's opening night exhibition and party is on October 22nd, 5 to 8 p.m., at The Invisible Dog (51 Bergen Street, Brooklyn) and on October 23rd from noon to 5 p.m., there's a big event featuring special presentations by ten artists at the Made in NY Media Center by IFP (30 John Street, Brooklyn), co-presented with the NY-based "interdisciplinary production company,"FuturePerfect. HERE's the complete weekend schedule.

Con Artist Gallery (119 Ludlow Street) opens a show called "Glitcha" on Wednesday, October 21, 7 to 11 p.m. and running through October 28 -- when there's a closing party, also from 7 to 11 p.m.. The artist collective takes a look at "glitches" and the resulting "breakdown...rupture or change of state" through works in different media. 

Libeskind_Ny_8+copy+2.jpgBrooklyn-based artist Rachel Libeskind created a video installation for an new chamber opera called "American Gothic" that's premiering this week, October 21, 22 and 23, 8 p.m., at Pioneer Works (159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn). The 60-minute work "questions the American Dream by giving voice to those denied" and features bass-baritone Davone Tines, the Canite' String Quartet and lighting and projection mapping by Integrated Visions. $30 tickets are HERE.

Art and fashion pop-up gallery Dopplestandard (103 Allen Street) opens a group show curated by Andy Chow on Thursday, October 22nd, 7 to 10 p.m., and running thru Sunday. Check out works by nine artists including Alex Nunez, Becky Brown, Lee O'Connor, Ariel Mitchell; and ten designers including 202 Factory, Assembly, Lazy Oaf, Proef, Reality Studio and more. 

Ed. Varie has a group photo show and book launch, "Never Going Home," on Thursday, October 22,6 to 9 p.m. at Nolita Cleaning (149 Elizabeth Street between Broome and Kenmare). The theme involves "adventure, nostalgia, and what it feels like to be home" via works by photographers Marcelo Gomes, Todd Jordan, Maia Ruth Lee, Kathy Lo, Katie McCurdy and Ysa Perez; along with a limited-edition book and six postcards. Up until November 1st. 

UK artist Andy Goldsworthy has a show of photos and films called "Leaning Into the Wind" opening on October 22, 6 to 8 p.m., at Galerie Lelong (528 West 26th Street). The artist often uses his own body to establish a link and "intimate and physical relationship with nature." This exhibition includes new works in the main gallery, as well as others from the 70s and 80s in the side gallery. On view until December 5th.

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The Parrish Art Museum has two new shows opening on October 25th out in the Hamptons. The first, "East End Field Drawings," features over 93 works on paper by Alexis Rockman, who will also be the museum's second artist-in-residence and hold creative workshops with students who live in the area. The second, "Seen and Unseen," features works by two notable local artists: Jane Freilicher and Jane Wilson. Both shows are on view until January 18th.

Aperture Foundation holds their annual benefit party and auction, "The Ballad, Live," on Monday, October 26th, 7:30 to 11 p.m., at Terminal 5 (610 West 56th Street). The evening honors the thirtieth anniversary of the publication of The Ballad of Sexual Dependency and features Nan Goldin's The Ballad slide show, plus a live musical performance by Laurie Anderson. Also expect DJ sets by Bob Gruen and Mick Rock, along with a live and silent auctions. Tickets are HERE

Paul Kasmin Gallery opens two shows on October 22, 6 to 8 p.m.: "Max Ernst: Paramyths, Sculpture 1934 - 1967" at the 515 West 27th Street space and "Simon Hantai: Blancs" at 293 Tenth Avenue. The Ernst show is the first major solo exhibition of his sculptures in North America since 1993; "Blancs" highlights the late artist's multi-colored paintings from '73/'74. Both on view until December 5.

Off Vendome (254 West 23rd Street) opens "Smokes Itself," a show of 20 photos (+a short text) by the Berlin-based artist Ellie de Verdier on October 25th, 6 to 9 p.m., and up until November 21st.

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