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Looking ahead at the next month, Something Curated highlights some of the most exciting cultural events taking place in New York this April, spanning exhibitions, theatre, music, film and more.


Receptor-Binding Variations at Bridget Donahue || Sean Raspet (Until 22 Apr)

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#SeanRaspet, Receptor-Binding Variations, on view through April 22, 2018 … Designing molecules or mixtures to target particular receptors in the body likewise forms most of the basis for the contemporary #pharmaceutical industry and the field of medicine (along with their illicit counterparts). The #fragrance industry––which shares many of the methods, materials, and technologies of the pharmaceutical industry––also develops its own molecules that are patented and periodically released to the market (after thorough safety testing and regulatory approval). These molecules, when under patent, are referred to as “captive molecules”. Generally, they are molecules that are not found in any form in the natural world and can only be produced through specific chemical processes, yet they have often been designed to smell more ‘natural-seeming’ than plant extracts and other “natural” materials. All of the molecules used in the formulations have been developed by the fragrance industry, most were captive molecules at one time, and many still remain under patent. None of them are known to occur in nature. … Pictured: Sean Raspet, Negative Air, 2018, Air flow, 450 Cubic feet per minute

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By targeting specific olfactory receptors in the body, Sean Raspet’s exhibition presents a range of “primary scents” along the lines of basic or primary colours. At the same time, it presents a cross-section or typology of a range of specialised molecules developed by the flavour and fragrance industry (in which Raspet has also worked professionally), and in turn, the patterns of human olfactory receptors that they activate.


Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 at MoMA || Ron Magliozzi & Sophie Cavoulacos (Until 8 Apr)

Only running for a few more days, this is the first major exhibition to examine the scene-changing, interdisciplinary life of this seminal downtown New York alternative space. The exhibition taps into the legacy of Club 57’s founding curatorial staff—film programmers Susan Hannaford and Tom Scully, exhibition organiser Keith Haring, and performance curator Ann Magnuson—to examine how the convergence of film, video, performance, art, and curatorship in the club environment of New York in the 1970s and 1980s became a model for a new spirit of interdisciplinary endeavour.


Yerma at Park Avenue Armory || Simon Stone (Until 21 Apr)

Federico García Lorca’s 1934 devastating drama is radically reimagined by Australian director and dramatist Simon Stone, who transforms the achingly powerful tale of a provincial Spanish woman’s desperate desire to have a child into a parable of modern life. Having won 2017 Olivier Awards for Best Revival and Best Actress for Billie Piper when staged at the Young Vic in London, this full-blooded production is transported to the Armory for its highly anticipated North American premiere.


Yaeji & Friends at Elsewhere || Kathy Yaeji Lee (7 Apr)

Kathy Yaeji Lee, known professionally as Yaeji, is a Korean-American electronic music artist based in Brooklyn. Yaeji has 11 of her favourite artists in tow for a huge two-room showcase, with a special emphasis on live electronics and leftfield pop. Her style blends elements of house music and hip-hop with vocals sung in both English and Korean. Elsewhere is a new music venue and arts space in Bushwick, built by the team behind the former Glasslands Gallery.


How to Do Nothing with Nobody All Alone by Yourself at Pace/MacGill Gallery || Yto Barrada (5 Apr – 5 May)

Moroccan-French artist Yto Barrada, who is currently also showing her work Agadir at London’s Barbican, studied history and political science at the Sorbonne, and later photography in New York. Her work, including photography, film, sculpture, prints and installations, often explores the situation of her hometown Tangier. Barrada presents a new body of work at Pace/MacGill Gallery, running for one month from early April.


Objects as Friends at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise || Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys (Until 22 Apr)

In Jos de Gruyter and Harald Thys’ show, a potentially infinite world of objects and object-relationships unfolds before the viewers’ eyes, made immortal by the medium of photography. Each speck of dust is captured precisely in these photos, the backgrounds’ colours rendered so accurately as to create a sense of hyper-reality, of science-fiction fantasy.


Jonas Wood: Prints at Gagosian Gallery || Jonas Wood (5 Apr – 25 May)

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Gagosian Artist Eye X Jonas Wood • PRINTS opens Thursday April 5th. This is the poster for the show, which depicts one etching from a series of 8 I made in 2014 with edition jacob samuel produced in Santa Monica, CA! Come check out my prints!!! You can enter through the bookstore, 976 Madison Ave, NYC. – "Jonas Wood: Prints" at Gagosian 976 Madison Avenue, NY opens tomorrow, April 5, 6–8pm EST. Read more about the exhibition or preorder the poster via the link in our bio. #Prints #JonasWoodPrints #Gagosian976MadisonAve #Gagosian @jonasbrwood @shopgagosian __________ Image: “Jonas Wood Poster,” produced in 2018 in conjunction with "Jonas Wood: Prints" at Gagosian 976 Madison Avenue, New York, 30 × 24 inches (76.2 × 60.9 cm)

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In Jonas Wood’s domestic worlds of plants and household objects, vases, flowers, and basketballs overlap within skewed perspectival schemes, bristling with an abstract charge and confounding expectations of scale, perspective, and colour. Tracing the evolution of Wood’s unique visual vocabulary through his printing practice, this exhibition reveals his deep attunement to the interplay of content and form, line and shape, colour and space.


Co-natural at The New Museum || Alexandra Pirici (Until 15 Apr)

Alexandra Pirici’s work, Co-natural (2018), is an on-going action with live performers and a holographic image. The work considers the increasing fragmentation of presence and self, enabled by digital technologies, financialisation, and, more broadly, by modernity’s division of nature from culture, body from mind or spirit, and individual from collective.


Moléculas at The Whitney || Juan Antonio Olivares (Until 10 Jun)

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#JuanAntonioOlivares’s 2017 video #Moléculas relates a highly personal narrative that is part autobiographical, part fantastical reality. The work explores fundamental questions about family, loss, separation, and contemporary politics, as well as the ways in which memories acutely and even painfully live on, long after events have passed. Made using 3D animation, Olivares’s touching video is equally sensitive in its technical detail. Rendered in a muted palette, the work is set in an interior that suggests both analyst’s office and modernist living room. The work visually evokes the delicate landscape of the mind, which Olivares ultimately sees as universal to our collective experiences, particularly of loss and death. Read an essay by curator Jane Panetta at the link in our profile. [📷 @bsgphoto]

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This exhibition by Juan Antonio Olivares presents his 2017 video Moléculas, along with a suite of related drawings. Moléculas relates a highly personal narrative that is part autobiographical, part fantastical reality. The film explores fundamental questions about family, loss, separation, and contemporary politics, as well as the ways in which memories acutely and even painfully live on, long after events have passed.


Frendzone at Good Room || Golden Donna, Octo Octa & Kellam Matthews (20 Apr)

Frendzone returns to Good Room this month with special guest, Golden Donna. Hailing from Madison, WI, Golden Donna has released tapes and records for labels like 100% Silk, CGI Records, Not Not Fun, Micronesia, Digitalis, and more. He’ll be joined by Good Room resident Octo Octa, who is known for her rich house music, as well as Kellam Matthews, fellow Good Room resident and creative force behind Frendzone.


Feature image: Club 57: Film, Performance, and Art in the East Village, 1978–1983 (via MoMA)

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