By A. E. Colas, Contributing Writer, April 16, 2018
Humans and their place within the community, landscape, and the planet in general, is a topic of fascination to artists throughout the centuries. Art Break is looking at several shows opening this week that examine and discuss how people embrace and reject the world, through everything from thoughts to activity.
Center for Book Arts will be showing Freud on the Couch: Psyche in the Book and Bethany Collins: Occasional Verse, two exhibits that demonstrate the wide range of the Center’s mission (April 20 – June 30, 2018). In the first, visual interpretations of psychological concepts are created by various artists. In the second show the work of one artist, Bethany Collins, examines the classic American song “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” through two hundred years of history and political thought. On April 27, there will be a roundtable discussion with artists on Freud and his work. For more details click here.
Center for Book Arts
28 West 27th Street, 3rd Floor
Hours: Mon – Fri: 11-6, Sat: 10-5
CRUSHCURATORIAL presents Virginia Lee Montgomery and Selva Aparicio: Open Mind (April 19 – May 19, 2018). Montgomery works in sculpture, video, and performance art, Aparicio in sculpture. Both artists use a mix of material and accidental discovery as a starting point for discussing human thinking and behavior. For more details click here.
526 West 26th Street, Suite 709
Hours: Fri – Sat: 12-5
MoMA PS1: Four new shows give visitors a dizzying array of thought provoking art examining the human condition: Julia Phillips: Failure Detection (sculpture works), Projects 108: Gauri Gill (photography), Fernando Palma Rodriguez: In Ixtli in Yolotl (sculpture works), and Land: Zhang Huan and Li Binyuan (photographs and video of performance works). Each artist applies their unique background to their work, providing a true global experience in the heart of Queens. (All shows April 15 – September 3, 2018). For more details click here.
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens
Hours: Thurs – Mon: 12-6 Admission: Adults: $10, Seniors and full-time students (with ID): $5, Children under 16 years of age: Free, Residents of NYC (proof of residency required): Free
And finally, now that we all want to be outside again The High Line park has a group show to welcome the warmer weather. Various artists: Agora (April 19, 2018 – March 2019), is a group show taking on the theme of art and its relationship to public space. Nine artists have been invited to participate in this event and their work is on display throughout the length of the park. Make sure you get there before the summer visitors come to town. For more details click here.
The High Line
Gansevoort Street to West 34th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues
Hours: Sun – Sat: 7am-10pm
Cover: Sable Elyse Smith, ‘C.R.E.A.M.’ (2018); High Line Art.