Looking to brush up on your art and culture this week? Consider checking out some of the city’s galleries and museums to see what’s new. Not only are many of the exhibits cheap or free, they also explore myriad cultures that you might not be all that familiar with.
- Asia Society: “The Artful Recluse: Painting, Poetry, and Politics in 17th-Century China”—This exhibit will be available through June 2nd, so if you can’t see it this week, you have a few more to get your act together. “The Artful Recluse” explores China from the fall of the Ming dynasty in 1644 on, many artists resisting the change from old Confucian ethics to a new regime.
- Brooklyn Museum: “Gravity and Grace: Monumental Works by El Anatsui”—The sculptures of El Anatsui are composed of liquor bottle caps and copper twists, forming a fabric-like material in various forms. In his earlier days the artist also created wood sculptures, which are also on display. El Anatsui, still living in Nigeria today, explores the concepts of colonialism, politics, and economics through his work. On display through August 4th.
- Guggenheim: “Gutai: Splendid Playground”: If you thought postwar modernism belonged to the Western hemisphere, think again. This show examines the postwar art movement of Japan, bringing together a variety of the era’s artists representing Abstract Expressionism, Happenings, Minimalism, and Post-Minimalism. The exhibit shows through May 8th.
- Guggenheim: “Zarina: Paper Like Skin”—Why not make your visit to the Guggenheim a twofer? In this show, artist Zarina Hashimi uses paper, “an organic material, almost like human skin,” to compose a variety of pieces. She explores the concepts of relocation and exile, among others. Catch it before April 21st.