The must-see exhibitions opening this September in New York City.
By Athena Waligore
Over 400 objects, from archival photographs to hand-written notes, are presented to examine two very different mid-century visions for developing American housing: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Broadacre City and the Harlem River Houses, one of New York’s first public housing developments. Columbia University's Lenfest Center for the Arts. September 9 – December 17.
A show of recent work by the multi-faceted artists includes two sculptural painted bronze chairs with velvet cushions. Almine Rech. September 14- October 14.
Digitally-designed and crafted from blocks of black marble or polished brass, benches, tables, and stools evoke frozen ocean waves. Carpenter's Workshop Gallery. September 19 – October 28.
Colorful fiber works, displayed on moveable hinged frames, were created by pulling hand-dyed wool through aluminum mesh. Cristin Tierney. September 14 – October 28.
2,000 words and expressions about women in various languages have been woven into a rug installation that viewers are invited to touch. Galerie Lelong & Co. September 7 – October 21.
Nature-related pieces by the renown Brazilian duo include the Sereia Pirarucu lounge chair, clad in real fish skin with a “tail” cast in bronze. Friedman Benda. September 7 – October 14.
A 1960’s book cover that featured a female head has been appropriated for a feminist commentary through colorful hand-woven rugs, gouache drawings, and wall-mounted ceramics. Alexander Gray. September 7 – October 21.
Spanning the influential artist’s practice, sculptures, paintings, and works on paper are on display, including an untitled 1958 hanging sculpture in galvanized brass and iron. Photography: Estate of Ruth Asawa/Courtesy of David Zwirner, New York/London. David Zwirner. September 13 – October 21.
Luminous porcelain vessels, hand-crafted in the ceramicist’s studio in South Africa, take over the new West Chelsea gallery, filling the space from floor to ceiling. Atelier Courbet. August 1 – October 15.
A darkly evocative installation in LED tubes, suede tassels, and stone beads by Bec Brittain was the inspiration for a collaborative show with artist and interior designer Alex P. White and design duo Material Lust. Bec Brittain. September 14 – October 13.
An eponymous 3-legged stool, a blackened bronze coffee table, and a stately marble console are among furniture pieces by the New York-based interior designer. Ralph Pucci.
For the Belgian artist-designer’s first solo exhibition in New York, ceramic mushroom-like lamps and vessels express his interest in perceptions, time, and atmosphere. Demisch Danant. October 26 – December 15.
Photographs of innovative architectural projects that employ scaffolding are suspended from an installation by OMA to reflect on the history and application the indispensable construction material. Center for Architecture. October 2 – January 18, 2018.
Since Donald Judd was an early advocate of Kusama, four paintings from the artist’s Infinity Net series are supplemented by a series of public programs that explore Judd’s relationship with his New York contemporaries. Judd Foundation. September 23 – December 9.
Utilizing modular shapes inspired by architect Edward Durrell Stone, the artist has created abstract sculptural paintings incorporating wood, plaster, and canvas. Nathalie Karg. September 8 – October 15.
In celebration of Prospect Park’s 150th anniversary, RISD students worked with a 150-year-old fallen elm tree to design objects, from a turntable replica to kaleidoscopes incorporating the text of President Trump’s proposed travel ban. Prospect Park. September 9 – September 30.
Paired together because of a shared fascination with interiors and objects, furniture-esque sculptures by Zach Martin join bright airbrush-and-vinyl paintings by Aaron Elvis Jupin. Fisher Parrish. September 8 – October 29.
The artist’s first institutional survey, spanning decades of interdisciplinary concern with the human body, includes the vinyl White Foot Sofa. Sculpture-Center. September 18 – December 18.
Plans, renderings, and models depict 150 years of New York’s unrealized architecture, exploring the linkage between the built environment and ecological sustainability, population displacement, and economic inequity. Queens Museum. September 17 – February 18, 2018.