Thierry Goldberg Projects is pleased to present Waiting Room, the first New York solo exhibition of Maya Bloch. The exhibition will include seven new paintings that examine themes of estrangement and memory through abstracted figuration.  Opening Friday June 4th.

Born in Italy in 1938, GIAN PAOLO BARBIERI has been a master photographer for half a century. His spectacular editorials have been published in Vanity Fair, Vogue Italia, Vogue Paris, and GQ, among others, and his images of Audrey Hepburn, Angelica Huston, and Iman are among the most famous fashion photographs of all time. EXOTICA is a selection of his sumptuous, dreamy photographs of the people and wildlife of Madagascar, Tahiti, and the Seychelles.

Check out Valentina Celada’s collection “Figuring it Out” at the 255Canal Gallery on Wednesday, May 26th from 6 to 9 pm. Says Celada, “Focusing primarily on the relationship between emotions and creative expression, I chose to “feel” the form rather than consciously controlling its representation and started drawing with long sticks at the end of which I secured a pencil, a brush or charcoal using color and ink wash as a way to enhance spontaneity and bypass the rational brain.”

The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (LMCC) will present LentSpace, a free outdoor cultural space open to the public and made possible by the loan of a Trinity Real Estate development site in Hudson Square. The Avenue of the Americas is a site-specific sculpture exhibition, which literally sits at the gateway of Sixth Avenue, and features artists from North and South America tackling themes related to the social and political issues confronting American societies. 

Spattered Columns is pleased to present Kerry Downey and Jeremy Willis’s new show, “You Can Have it All.” This collaborative installation of painting, video, collage, and sculpture addresses irreconcilable psychological relationships through visceral engagement of the viewer. “The work situates human need within our current cultural climate,” said Spattered Columns Director, Jamie Johnson, “contrasting personal realities with idealized desires. These two artists beg the question Why do I want what I want?”


Step right up! Come on in! For two nights only join the Museum of Interesting Things for dinner and a show of the fascinating and remarkable at the Hampton Inn SoHo. There will be kooky cameras! Strange medical devices! Weird scientific apparatuses! Crazy mechanical toys! Funky music players! And sooo much more!!! Guests are encouraged to be hands on so don’t hold back. It’ll be a circus of a time! The can’t-miss two-day event is on May 18th and 19th at 7PM. The SoHo Journal is sponsoring so you know we’ll be there rocking our favorite mad scientist attire, strange apparatuses in tow!


Looking for a family fun evening?  Bring the brood to the Children's Museum of Art's 16th Annual Family Benefit, Paintbrushes in Paradise: An Artistic Hawaiian Luau. Join the CMA's traditional Hawaiian Luau, complete with dancing music, and food, to benefit CMA’s community outreach programs.  Taking place on Friday, May 14th from 4 PM – 8 PM, the evening will feature entertainment by Josh Cho & The Hawaiian Dreams Band and Polynesian Dance Productions. Families are encouraged to dress up and will have the opportunity to create traditional headpieces, learn a hula dance, and make tiki masks.

Never have we met a better ringmaster than Mark Demaio. His mind has always teetered between genius and perverse, so it’s no surprise Demaio’s works do too. Colorful and whimsical with hauntingly dark undertones, Demaio playfully explores the frightening and absurd in the seemingly innocent. His subjects— goblins, dolls, and circus freaks— are the most shocking of oddities, and yet surprisingly beguiling. They almost always smile, but never without an air of sadness. Catch Demaio’s latest show featuring works from his “Absurd Notions” series at VIG27 with the opening reception on May 13th and you will not only get brownie points from us but be privy to a fantastic performance by Corey Tut. It will be a blast!  

Curated by Ruben Natal- San Miguel, “The Naked Truth” is a photographic and video visual survey of 50 years of voyeurism, nudity and sex. From Bert Stern's Marilyn Monroe ''Last Sitting'' in 1962 to the Jen Davis’s Skype/Webcam series in 2010 the exhibit celebrates years and years of the risqué. It’s opening May 13, 2010 at Hous Projects Gallery. Sex… I mean see you there!!

The power of an attentive hand is ages old, but here has a peculiar contemporariness. These images not only represent our world as it looks today, but also reflect our current technological tools for image-gathering and our specific ways of combining old and new. How we see has changed as much as what we see, so even the basic art tools (pencil, oil paint) have new jobs to do to reestablish their validity.

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