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Tom Sachs: SPACE PROGRAM: MARS
Park Avenue Armory (643 Park Avenue)
SPACE PROGRAM: MARS is an artistic demonstration of everything necessary for survival, scientific exploration, and colonization in extraterrestrial environs: from food delivery systems and entertainment to agriculture and human waste disposal. Sachs and his studio team of thirteen will man the installation, regularly demonstrating the myriad procedures, rituals, and tasks of their mission. The team will also “lift off” to Mars several times throughout their residency at the Armory, with real-time demonstrations playing out various narratives from take-off to landing, including planetary excursions, their first walk on the surface of Mars, collecting scientific samples, and photographing the surrounding landscape. Click here for more information on Tom Sachs.
Rachel Harrison: The Help
Greene Naftali Gallery (508 West 26th Street)
An exhibition of drawings and twelve sculptures by Rachel Harrison. The exhibition shares its title with Harrison’s photograph of the back door maintenance entrance to Duchamp’s Etant donnes, which is visible in the exhibition galleries of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and alludes to the entangled roles of the Artist, the Muse, and the Help.
Dan Flavin: Drawing
The Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue)
This first retrospective of Dan Flavin’s drawings will include over one hundred sheets representing every phase of his career: early abstract expressionist watercolors of the 1950s, studies for light installations, portraits and landscape sketches, and pastels of sailboats from the 1980s. In addition, the exhibition will feature nearly fifty works from Flavin’s personal collection of drawings, including nineteenth-century American landscapes by Hudson River School artists, Japanese drawings, and twentieth-century works by artists such as Piet Mondrian, Donald Judd, and Sol LeWitt.
2012 Whitney Biennial
Whitney Museum of American Art (945 Madison Avenue)
Fri: 1-9pm; Sat, Sun: 11am-6pm
Sculpture, painting, installations, photography, dance, theater, music and film fill the galleries of the Whitney for the Whitney Biennial. With a roster of artists at all points in their careers, the Biennial looks at the current state of contemporary art in America. On view through May 27.
Charles Long: Pet Sounds
Maddison Square Park, Oval Lawn (Between 5th & Madison Avenues, 23rd & 26th Streets)
An interactive, large-scale, mixed-media installation by California-based artist Charles Long. Pet Sounds introduces a snaking network of vibrantly colored pipe railings creating new paths as they wind across the urban oasis. As these railings converge around a common seating area, each railing begins to grow into a unique form. The installation will remain on view daily from May 2 – September 9, 2012.
Dan Flavin (1933–1996), eight “monuments” for V. Tatlin, 1968, Ballpoint pen, 8 1/2 x 11 inches (21.6 x 27.9 cm), Collection of Stephen Flavin, © 2012 Stephen Flavin / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Photography: Graham S. Haber, 2011