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Goings On Around Town #1

Five NYC exhibitions you must see this month!

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EXHIBIT: El Abrazo

ARTIST: Delcy Morelos

GALLERY: Dia Chelsea, 537 W 22nd St

TIMES: Wednesday to Saturday, 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

There might have been other installations in the gallery at Dia Chelsea (something made out of poop, even?) but we have a hard time remembering them because El Abrazo is an installation that dwarfs other work. A heaping pile of soil occupies the large industrial space, with branches of hay haphazardly reaching toward you. You will smell the earthy monolith, your olfactory senses igniting with the warm scent of clove and cinnamon, and then you’ll be compelled to wedge your body inside of it. On view until July 2024.


ARTIST: Vija Celmins

GALLERY: Matthew Marks, 522 W 22nd St

TIMES: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Vija Celmins never misses. Winter is just paintings of snow and sculptures that look like rocks, but my mom cried. Maybe yours will too. Closes April 6.

EXHIBIT: Prickling Goosebumps & a Humming Horizon

ARTIST: Pipilotti Rist

GALLERY: Part 1: Hauser & Wirth, 542 W 22nd St, Part 2: Luhring Augustine, 531 W 24th St

TIMES: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Renowned Swiss artist Pipilotti Rist recently erected a two-part multisensory installation in Chelsea. Namely, she has constructed a psychedelic and totally kitsch “living room” and “backyard” out of video and sculpture, and she has included beds and beanbags from which to witness the scene. Closes March 30.

EXHIBIT: Copy Machine Manifestos: Artists Who Make Zines

ARTIST: Various Artists

GALLERY: Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Pkwy

TIMES: Wednesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Brooklyn Museum has curated North America’s first survey of rare and unique “zines,” cheaply made mini-magazines. The gallery walls are flanked with over 800 archived zines, with iconic titles such as “HomoCats,” “Gender Trash From Hell,” and “Rebel Fux.” The exhibit is an explosion of queer, feminist, and punk culture, celebrating the rich history of DIY publications. Closes March 31.

EXHIBIT: John Pai: Eternal Moment

ARTIST: John Pai

GALLERY: Korean Cultural Center, 122 E 32nd St

TIMES: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Abstract artist John Pai constructs meditations on the passage of time with steel rods. His exhibit at the Korean Cultural Center tracks the development of his craft throughout his career alongside his personal history as a South Korean who escaped Japanese occupation to America. Closes April 18.