Even the hardiest fashion fan might yearn for a break from the tents, bright lights and pushy crowds at Bryant Park. Luckily, there are a plethora of art exhibits to choose from for a quiet moment communing with one’s intellectual side. Gold stars for extra credit to all those who find time between the shows and the after parties to set foot inside these galleries.
Adam McEwen, “8.00 for 8.30”
McEwen, a favorite with his witty fake obituaries at the Whitney Biennial this year, mounts his latest solo show, this time leaving newsprint behind for C-print photographs of LeFrak City and paintings decorated with chewing gum.
Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery
526 West 26th Street, No. 213
Dash Snow, “Silence Is The Only True Friend That Shall Never Betray You”
Another Whitney Biennial darling, Dash Snow (he of the edgy Polaroids documenting his own late nights) will be exhibiting at Mirabelle Marden and Melissa Bent’s new East Village incarnation of their gallery, The Rivington Arms.
The Rivington Arms
4 East 2nd Street
Michel Gondry, “The Silence of Sleep”
To coincide with the release of Gondry’s film of the same name starring Gael Garcia Bernal and Charlotte Gainsbourg, Deitch Projects is staging an exhibition of sculpture and so-called “pathological creep little gifts” by the director. Movie sets have been reimagined as art installations, alongside contributions from artists Lauri Faggioni, Stephan Rozenbaum, Baptiste Ibar and Autumn De Wilde.
76 Grand Street
Lola Alvarez Bravo
The late Mexican photographer — best known for her work in the Forties and Fifties — is given a retrospective to coincide with the first English-language book on her oeuvre. Bravo, a gallery owner who was the first to devote a show to friend Frida Kahlo’s paintings, trained her lens on contemporaries like Kahlo, Carlos Fuentes and Henri Cartier-Bresson, as well as the streets and people of Mexico City.
547 West 27th Street, fourth floor