What Art To See This Week In New York And Los Angeles

George Condo

Thursday, May 1

Gehard Demetz’s The Invocation opens at Jack Shainman Gallery (513 West 20th Street) with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Demetz’s work features wood carvings of young children with grave looks well beyond their years.
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Also at Jack Shainman Gallery (524 West 24th Street, New York), Toyin Odutola’s Like the Sea, her third solo exhibition with the gallery, opens with a reception from 6-8 p.m.

Walton Ford’s Watercolors opens at Paul Kasmin Gallery (293 Tenth Avenue, New York) with a reception from 6-8 p.m. The exhibition of Ford’s new paintings is on view through June 21.
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Walton Ford, Rhyndacus, 2014, watercolor, gouache and ink on paper, 9.9 x 5 feet

Friday, May 2

David Zwirner hosts a group show entitled No Problem: Cologne featuring the works of George Condo (think Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy album art,) Jenny Holzer, Mike Kelley, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, Richard Prince, Cindy Sherman, Christopher Wool, and more.

Picture Farm Gallery (338 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn) hosts a reception for Revisions, an exhibition of photographs by Zak Bush, from 6-9 p.m. Bush’s photographs contrast urban NYC with rural Canada.

Saturday, May 3

Cherry and Martin gallery (2732 S. La Cienega Boulevard, Los Angeles) presents GOODGOD, a solo exhibition of Nathan Mabry’s large-scale and wall-bound sculptures.

Paul Winstanley’s Art School opens at 1301PE (6150 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles) with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Winstanley’s paintings investigate vacant space and melancholic landscape, turning them sublime.

MONDAY FUNDAY: Tonight’s Top NYC Events

So it’s the first day of the work week and there are four more days to go. We get it. But why ruminate when you can start to make Mondays the best night of the week? This weekly column is devoted to finding the best events across NYC hosted by individuals and places that are doing amazing, crazy, wild, sexy things on Monday nights. And we’re here to honor them. Here are tonight’s top events.

See something beautiful: 
Launching tonight is Time Warner Center’s star-studded holiday light display. Twelve 14-foot LED stars will dance and flash to Yuletide tunes, illuminating Columbus Circle. After, grab a cocktail at Warner’s new fourth-floor lounge overlooking Central Park: Center BarThe light show runs until Jan. 3rd. All the details here.

Do something crazy:
At LES nightclub Hotel Chantelle, there’s a legendary weekly game called Drag Bingo that’s attracted people from all across the globe. The celebrity drag hosts – Murray Hill and Linda Simpson – give away ridiculous, crappy prizes (like cat figurines and sheep slippers), and tell saucy stories about their past sexcapades. The best part: in the third-to-last round, winners strip down to just a couple of paper plates to cover up. Feeling adventurous? This is your place. The games begin at 7:30pm and last until 10pm. Happy Hour starts at 7pm. All the details here.

Watch something classic:
The Academy Award-winning 1975 crime drama Dog Day Afternoon, starring Al Pacino and directed by Sidney Lumet, opens tonight, 9pm at the East Village’s Anthology Film Archives. Watch the heist go wrong until Saturday the 8th.  And when you’re done, have some post-film discussion at international beer haven d.b.a. on 1st Ave. All the movie details here.

Hear something special:
In NYC, there’s a deep yearning to hear something that’s truly new, fun, rich, and fresh – and that’s hard to find – but you’ll find it tonight at Rockwood Music Hall, where rising singer and songwriter David Alan Thornton debuts some of his top narrative-infused pop songs with a band of pros, including pop sextet The Dirty Gems’ Mark Sanderlin. Plus, it’s Thornton’s birthday show, making it an especially celebratory night that’s hard to resist – so don’t.
The concert starts at 10pm. All the details here.

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