This week, the New York art scene is rich in retrospect: the Guggenheim opens its Alberto Giacometti show, the New-York Historical Society kicks off its exhibition on the life and work of photographer Bill Cunningham, and R & Company reflects on 20 years of innovation in design with the launch of a new space.
1. Jacob Hashimoto on Governors Island
When two large-scale installations by New York based artist Jacob Hashimoto debuted on Governors Island this past weekend, it marked the artist’s first major public art exhibition in the city and the first time that St. Cornelius Chapel has opened its doors since 2013. The two installations, The Eclipse and Never Comes Tomorrow, which were installed at the chapel and archway, respectively, feature sculpture, painting, and a range of modular media including wooden cubes, steel funnels, and even bamboo. Both exhibitions are free and open to the public.
Where: St. Cornelius Chapel and Liggett Hall Archway, Governors Island
When: Through October 31
How: The Ferry (yay!)
2. “Celebrating Bill Cunningham” at the New-York Historical Society
This week, the New-York Historical Society presents Celebrating Bill Cunningham, an exhibition of objects, correspondence, ephemera, and photographs from the life and career of beloved New York Times journalist and street-style chronicler. Highlights from the museum’s recently acquired collection include his Nikon camera, his signature blue jacket and William J. hats, and photographs documenting his friendship with floral designer Toni “Suzette” Cimino.
Where: 170 Central Park West, New York City
When: Opens Friday, June 8. On view through September 9, 2018. Hours: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am- 6pm, Friday 10am – 8pm, Sunday 11am – 5pm
3. R & Company in TriBeCa
R & Company’s inaugural show at its new TriBeCa location marks two decades of cutting-edge design. Titled 20 Years of Discovery, the new exhibition showcases the strength of the gallery’s historical design program: Brazilian Modern, Postwar American, Contemporary, and the otherwise-uncategorizable “Difficult Design.” Galerie got an insiders-only look at the new showroom–find it here.
Where: R & Company, 64 White Street, New York City
When: Opens Wednesday, June 6, 2018, 6-8pm
4. White Columns Annual Benefit Exhibition & Silent Auction
White Columns, New York’s oldest alternative art space, kicks off its highly anticipated annual benefit exhibition on June 9. The impressive roster of artists includes Keltie Ferris, Peter Doig, Camille Henrot, Katherine Bernhardt, Rirkrit Tiravanija, and Marc Camille Chaimowicz, whose solo show, Your Place or Mine…, is on view at the Jewish Museum. The show will be on view for two weeks in the West Village gallery, and will culminate in a live auction on Friday, June 22 at 7pm. (Bids for the corresponding silent auction will be accepted throughout the show.)
Where: White Columns, 91 Horatio Street, New York City
When: Opens Saturday, June 9; On view through June 22, 2018. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 6pm
5. “Giacometti” at the Guggenheim
For the first time in 15 years, a major exhibition of Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti’s work will be on view at the Guggenheim, co-organized by the Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti. The artist’s iconic figurative sculptures will be on view alongside rarely exhibited plaster sculptures and ephemera that sheds light on Giacometti’s relationship with both the Guggenheim and New York City.
Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City
When: Opens Friday, June 8. On view through September 12, 2018. Hours: Friday – Wednesday, 10am – 5:45pm, Saturday 10am – 7:45pm
6. Nick Cave’s “Let Go” at the Park Avenue Armory
For one night, artist Nick Cave will transform the Armory into a “dance-based town hall” in which you’re invited to “let go.” The night will include a performance in which Cave’s signature sound suits—sculptural outfits that hide the wearer’s race, gender, and class—will be activated.
Where: Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave, New York City
When: Opens Thursday, June 7