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Rituals of Rented Island
Whitney Museum of American Art
Mike Kelley will also figure into this exhibition—along with many other artists such as Vito Acconci, Laurie Anderson and John Zorn—as it aims to convey some of the grit, emotion and fervor of performances and the like that took place in alternative spaces in Manhattan in the 1970s. Curator Jay Sanders hopes to portray "the cool underground of New York," so this show might encourage you to wonder—perhaps more than you already do—if there even is such a thing anymore. Bring tissues? Opens October 31. D'Agostino.
Chris Burden, Extreme Measures
The New Museum
A lot of Burden’s early work makes me want to vomit. His most well-known performance, "Shoot," took place in 1971, and literally featured him getting shot in the arm by an assistant. In 1974, he had his hands nailed to the hood of a Volkswagen Beetle as if crucified. In 1975, he lay motionless underneath a piece of slanted glass for more than two days. We’ll get to see all this, plus what he did in the 80s, 90s and 00s, in this retrospective. That’s five floors at the New Museum of pretty intense art. Burden’s later work moves away from performance and, despite being much less scary, has received a fair amount of attention. My favorite pop cultural namecheck of his work occurred in 2008, when The Young and The Restless
’ Victor Newman took a field trip to LA to see Burden’s installation of 202 found antique street lights. Opens October 2. Johnson.
Masterpieces of Dutch Painting from the Mauritshuis
The Frick Collection
The headlining names in what promises to be an exquisite exhibition are Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals, but a great many other Dutch masters will be featured as well, thanks to a generous, not to mention quite rare, lending of 15 works from the hallowed halls of Holland's Royal Picture Gallery Mauritshuis. Vermeer's "Girl with a Pearl Earring" should be particularly winsome as the lone painting in the Frick's Oval Room, but the exhibition will be full of similarly stunning finery. Opens October 22. D'Agostino.
Johannes Vermeer’s painting “Girl with a Pearl Earring” is so famous it’s inspired whole books as well as a Scarlett Johansson movie. Now, thanks to recent renovations at The Hague museum, this work, along with a large swath of paintings from the Dutch museum’s collection, will be showcased at the Frick. This show offers a once-in-a lifetime opportunity to see world famous artworks in a world class setting. Johnson.