Artnet: Editors’ Picks: 14 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From a Moleskine Art Show to a Cocktail for the Women
Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events, both digitally and in-person in the New York area. See our picks from around the world below. (Times are all ET unless otherwise noted.) ...
Through Sunday, Sunday, May 22
12. “Margot Bird: Knuckles and Cockpits” at Marvin Gardens, Ridgewood
At Marvin Gardens, an art space in the Ridgewood neighborhood of Queens, the painter Margot Bird has an exhibition of her distinctive, colorful, totally out-there paintings of little cat heads hovering over people’s knuckles, plane cockpits, and more. In one series, pairs of hands belonging to the artist’s friends and colleagues are depicted going about each person’s daily lives and livelihoods—holding a skateboard or tattooing, for instance—on which little cat heads hover. Another group of paintings on view features more friends, here transposed into the pilot seats of fantastical aircraft cockpits… and with those same cat faces adorning all the plane’s dials and gears. These peculiarly engaging paintings are humorous for sure, but the cat heads also call to mind the nostalgic sticker-covered mania of childhood, and even, in their disembodied cuteness, Renaissance putti. The exhibition press release reads: “Did you ever think you’d suddenly be subject to the gaze of 476 cats in one room? —Katie White