Opening This Week

Wild and Brilliant: The Martha Jackson Gallery and Post-War Art – Hollis Taggart

One of the more interesting group shows of the season is a homage to an individual: the collector and gallerist Martha Jackson. Her training in art history, combined with an open mind regarding post-war experimental and international artists, led to opening a gallery in New York City in 1953. Jackson featured both new and more established artists from the US and Europe, working in a wide range of styles and movements, often providing their first New York exhibit, leading to attention from critics, collectors, and museums. In Wild and Brilliant: The Martha Jackson Gallery and Post-War Art (November 18 – December 30) visitors will see examples of her client roster such as Karl Appel, Sam Francis, Grace Hartigan, Willem de Kooning, and Louise Nevelson; in addition, several artworks originally shown in the gallery will be on view, as well as archival material from the Martha Jackson Gallery Archives at SUNY University at Buffalo, Anderson Gallery.

Hollis Taggart, 521 West 26th Street, Hours: Tue – Sat: 11-5, Admission: Free

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Wifredo Lam, Hermès Trismégiste, 1945. Oil on canvas, 63″ × 50″ (160 cm × 127 cm) No. 79030. © SDO Wifredo Lam

Wifredo Lam: The Imagination at Work – Pace Gallery

Not so much a re-assessment as an appreciation of one of the Caribbean’s first internationally renowned artists, Wifredo Lam: The Imagination at Work (November 9 – December 21) takes a broad look at a career that was part of the Surrealist and Cubism movements of Europe while also creating a pictorial language unique to himself. Lam’s family background, with its mix of African, Chinese, and Spanish ancestry, was a microcosm of Cuban history, strongly influencing his work through the decades. His use of Santaría (an Afro-Caribbean religion) symbols or language within his art, especially in the 1940s-50s, was both a link to his country and a way to put Black Caribbean culture in front of a white audience at a time when such depictions were rare. In a very real sense, Lam was a trailblazer, along with such artists as Joaquín Torres-García and Rufino Tamayo, for non-white cultures to be viewed not as a niche or novelty genres, but as independent artistic influences and styles supported by centuries of history and tradition. Pace Publishing will be issuing a supporting catalog that explores this and other aspects of Lam’s oeuvre, with essays from noted professors and authors.

Pace Gallery, 510 West 25th Street, Hours: Tue – Sat: 10-6, Admission: Free

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KALI – Staley-Wise Gallery

The latest show from Staley-Wise Gallery, KALI (September 30 – December 4, 2021), features the little-known photographer whose work in the 1960s-70s built on contemporary artistic theories that treated the print as an object separate from the image. Using various techniques to alter or enhance the image, Kali was able to create one of a kind layered effects of light, color, or shape, on both prints and Polaroids, referring to her work as ‘artography’ (although now the word has come to mean digitally manipulated photos with added design elements). The results are a complex progression of nuanced but fleeting impressions, like a window into another world.

Staley-Wise Gallery, 100 Crosby Street, Suite 305, Hours: Tue – Sat: 11-5, Admission: Free. Current NYC COVID requirements for indoor entertainment apply, click here for more information.


This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York, 1965-1975 – Americas Society

Exploring the history of Latin American & Caribbean artists of the sixties and seventies, This Must Be the Place: Latin American Artists in New York, 1965-1975 (September 22, 2021 – May 14, 2022), brings to life the creative energy and works of this diverse and complicated group. The exhibition features art, performance, and experimental work from over 40 artists and collectives such as Juan Downey, Hélio Oiticica, Regina Vater, Sylvia Palacios Whitman, Brigada Ramona Parra, Contrabienal, El Museo del Barrio, Taller Boricua, and Young Filmmakers Foundation, all exploring questions of identity, geography, politics, and more. In fact, there is so much material to explore in this lesser-known aspect of NYC’s 1960s-70s downtown scene, the gallery has divided the show in two sections: the first runs from September 22 – December 18, 2021, the second part from January 19 – May 14, 2022.

Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue at 68th Street, Hours: Wed – Fri: 12-5:30, Sat: 12-4:30, Admission: Free, however booking a visit is suggested, details are here. Current NYC COVID requirements for indoor entertainment apply, click here for more information.


Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850-1915 – Bard Graduate Center Gallery

The Bard Graduate Center presents Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850-1915 (September 24, 2021 – January 2, 2022), a carefully researched show outlining the history of majolica; a wildly exuberant and versatile pottery form that came to define the style of mid to late 19th century homes, especially in England and America. Through new techniques of glazing and firing, along with motifs reflecting the latest trends in popular culture, majolica’s innovative and fashionable designs were popular with middle- and upper-class consumers looking for distinctive ornamental homeware items. Although falling out of fashion by the early 1900s, the works still appeal to many, with modern artisans studying and creating pieces that take aesthetic inspiration from the movement.

Bard Graduate Center, 18 West 86th Street, Hours: Wed – Sun: 11-4, Admission: Adult: $15, Senior (aged 65 and older): $12, Student (K through 12, or with a college/university ID): $12. Please be advised that you must have a ticket purchased online to enter, the gallery will not accept walk-in visitors at this time. Timed entry tickets can be purchased here (and there is a service fee for all tickets). Current NYC COVID requirements for indoor entertainment apply, click here for more information.


In America: A Lexicon of Fashion – The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Using a different approach to their annual fashion exhibition, The Costume Institute of The Metropolitan Museum of Art presents In America: A Lexicon of Fashion (September 18, 2021 – September 5, 2022), an inclusive selection of clothing designs from the 1940s to the present, thematically arranged by intangible qualities of emotion and character. Displayed in individual cases, each outfit represents American fashion’s creativity, its reference points, and the importance of human connections.

Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue at 82nd Street, Hours: Sun – Tues and Thurs: 10-5, Fri – Sat: 10-9, Closed Wednesday. ONLINE RESERVATIONS FOR ENTRY (which is separate from admission fees) ARE MANDATORY FOR ALL VISITORS. Admission: Out of state visitors: Adults: $25, Seniors: $17, Students not from NY, NJ, or CT: $12, Children under 12 years: Free, Members: Free. These admission tickets are good for three consecutive days and permit entry to The Met Breuer, The Met, and The Met Cloisters.

Admission for NYS residents (must show proof, see website for details): Pay what you wish, Students from NY, NJ, CT (must show current student id): Pay what you wish. These admission tickets are good for same day only and permit entry to The Met Breuer, The Met, and The Met Cloisters.

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The Push Pin Legacy and You Won’t Bleed Me: How Blaxploitation Posters Defined Cool & Delivered Profits – Poster House

For the fall 2021 season, Poster House presents five exhibits that tap into the paradigm-busting, zeitgeist-setting design of American graphic arts from the 1960s to the 2000s. The Push Pin Legacy (September 2, 2021 – February 6, 2022), a survey of the illustrious company that created images for everything from the arts to political protests, You Won’t Bleed Me: How Blaxploitation Posters Defined Cool & Delivered Profits (September 2, 2021 – February 6, 2022), a singular collection of powerful images that defined a film genre unlike anything America had seen before, Vera List & The Posters of Lincoln Center (September 2 – October 3, 2021), a master class on creating an identity for an arts brand defined by location as much as content, What’s the Score? The Posters of LeRoy Neiman (September 2, 2021 – March 27, 2022), has strong visuals conveying the energy and ambition of athletes, Peter Max: Cosmic Advertising (October 14, 2021 – March 27, 2021), that defined the 60s through color and form – all demonstrate why this museum’s shows are a must-see, season after season.

Poster House, 119 West 23rd Street (between 6th and 7th Avenues), Hours: Thur – Sun: 10-6, Admission: Adults: $12, Students: $8, Educators: $8, People 60 years of age and older (w/ proof of age): $8, Visitors with a disability: $8 (along with free admission for one accompanying care-partner), Children aged 18 years and under: Free Admission, Members: Free Admission. Current NYC COVID requirements for indoor entertainment apply, click here for more information.