Monday, April 19, 2010

Some Shows Worth Seeing:

Norbert Prangenberg, Tengu (09.11.09), 2009, oil on wood, 15 ¾ x 11 ¾ in.
Betty Cunningham Gallery

In the Lower East Side:
A group landscape show at Kumukumu (until May 2nd) 42 Rivington Street between Forsyth and Eldridge.  Nothing hip or trendy, just good solid work in a variety of styles. 

Two 10-minute videos by Alex Pearlstein at On Stellar Rays (until May 23rd), 133 Orchard Street, just above Delancy. Both videos pan back and forth over ten performers as they assume various poses in a dance studio. One of the videos is in the basement, and although the stairs down are treacherous, it’s worth the risk. 

And a site-specific installation, a collaboration between Heather Rowe and Kevin Zucker at the tiny non-profit, Forever & Today (until April 25th). The work references the Spanish Baroque facade of a former Loew’s movie palace across the street. Their hours are somewhat limited: Thursday – Sunday, 12-6pm. 

In Chelsea:
Two refreshing shows of, for lack of better words, modest and unassuming work (by bombastic Chelsea standards that is) both on 25th Street: 

Paintings by Norbert Prangenberg (see above) at Betty Cunningham, 541 W. 25th (until May 22nd).

And another group landscape show (is it the recession?), a 10-person show at the Lohin Geduld Gallery, 531 W. 25th Street (until April 24th). 

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