(image courtesy of Catinca Tabacaru Gallery)

Lateral Thinking With Withered Technology
Opening Thursday, December 14 at Catinca Tabacaru Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through January 21.

Though the title of this exhibition may call to mind a really wrinkly cell phone, it is in fact a reference to the ideology of the creator of the Nintendo Game Boy, Gunpei Yokoi. This sort of reference feels right at home when it comes to this show by Shinji Murakami, which will transform a gallery space into an illuminated augmented reality playland. His materials of choice tend to be more traditional, such as wood, plastic, and glue, but he also uses vast amount of LED lights. Altogether, this creates a homage to 1980s gaming, particularly the simple and nostalgic 8-bit aesthetic. In the midst of this 8-bit world, the artist has turned an LED panel into a real-time display of Elon Musk’s Twitter feed, a clear reminder that while the gallery may look rooted in the technology of the past, we are in the present, and it’s a present that may not be too far away from colonizing other planets.

Kathleen White, Untitled, 2000, 9 car drawings on storybook paper, 2 x 4 in. each (image via Martos Gallery / Facebook)

A Year of Firsts
Opening Thursday, December 14 at Martos Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through January 27.

Kathleen White, an artist who worked in mediums such as painting and performance and was a notable figure in the downtown New York alternative arts scene during the AIDS epidemic, passed away in 2014 after a battle with cancer. Though her physical form is gone, her work is very much alive and well, and can currently be experienced at two places in the city: Martos Gallery in the Lower East Side and Pioneer Works in Red Hook. The latter is a dual exhibition, consisting of photographs of White by Nan Goldin and White’s creations made from performer’s wigs, many of whom died during the AIDS epidemic. White’s work is intimately acquainted with loss, but even moreso focused on the power of friendship and community, particularly within marginalized groups and subcultures.

Kyung Me, graphite on paper, 11 x 14″, 2017

Copy Kitty
Opening Saturday, December 16 at Selena Gallery, 7 pm to 10 pm. On view through January 20.

No, no, this isn’t a replica of that “Cat Person” story everyone online is talking about, though it does equally center around “the perverse qualities of obsessive romantic relationships” and involve felines. Copy Kitty is an exhibition of works by artist and graphic novelist Kyung Me, opening this Saturday at the Bushwick-based Selena Gallery. Rather than including images of herself in her detailed, transportive drawings, Me expresses autobiographical events and feelings through imagined characters, including that of a strange, curious cat. If it reminds you of a certain grinning literary feline, it’s not a coincidence.

(image via Eventbrite)

Real People. Real Lives.
Opening Sunday, December 17 at Starr Bar, 6 pm to 9 pm. One night only; donation at the door.

For another year, New Women New Yorkers, a group empowering immigrant women in the city, will raise money by putting on an art show and auction at Starr Bar. This time, the exhibition on view will be Real People. Real Lives., a series of fashion editorial-style photographs by Dru Blumensheid of 16 immigrant women, accompanied by audio recordings and videos of their personal stories, giving the aesthetically-pleasing images an additional humanity. Providing a soundtrack to the evening will be dreeemy, of the inclusive art collective BAE.