Kristen Schiele, “Kites,” 2019, 29″x 32”, Acrylic, oil on canvas (image courtesy of Equity Gallery)

The Center Cannot Hold
Opening Wednesday, February 12 at Equity Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through March 7.

So many variations in culture can be traced back to perspective, be it metaphorical or literal. The latest group show at Equity Gallery, The Center Cannot Hold, assembles 17 artists and six curators to grapple with the topic from all angles, and the variety will ensure there’s plenty of different perspectives to explore perspective from. How meta! More specifically, these artists are interested in what happens when perspective and spatial reasoning becomes skewed and illogical, resulting in landscapes and creations that break with most known conventions of what things should look like. As some say, they only way to progress is to discard the rules and norms and start anew.

Tseng Kwong Chi, New York, New York, 1979. (c) Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc. (image courtesy of Yancey Richardson Gallery)

East Meets West / Temporarily Censored Home
Opening Thursday, February 13 at Yancey Richardson Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through April 4.

Even thought it happened before a lot of people probably reading this were born, you’re probably at least somewhat familiar with the photo op that resulted from then-President Nixon’s calculated trip to China, where he was, among other things, captured shaking hands with Mao Zedong. Less than a decade later, the late artist Tseng Kwong Chi created his own series of photos in which he donned a Mao costume and paraded about America’s tourist traps. He can be seen playfully (and seriously, depending on the scenery’s vibes) posing anywhere from the Grand Canyon to the Brooklyn Bridge. Also opening at the gallery will be Guanyu Xu’s Temporarily Censored Home, a series of queer photographic installations created in his parents’ conservative Beijing home while they were away.

Friends and Lovers
Opening Thursday, February 13 at Chinatown Soup, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through February 23.

Some art spaces, nice as they may be, are merely containers to display rotating paintings and sculptures and drink little free cups of wine at opening receptions. But some exhibition spaces have truly made an effort to cultivate a community of artists who support each other and keep returning to the space time and again to do so. One such space is Chinatown Soup, a charming multidisciplinary space that has hosted anything from zine fairs to variety performance nights that double as birthday parties. Plus, it’s one of the few art spaces in the Chinatown area that makes a concerted, continual effort to showcase Asian artists. This Thursday, they will open Friends and Lovers, an exhibit showcasing work by people who have been resident artists at the space over its five years of existence, curated by its current resident artists. Creative worlds collide!