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New Old: Designing For Our Future Selves
Opening Thursday, February 6 at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through May 23.

Technology has always been both a blessing and a curse, but recently this sort of cognitive dissonance has become more and more apparent. Amidst looming hyper-surveillance and other technological developments that might give you goosebumps, there’s still the truth that tech and design can be harnessed for good. The latest exhibition at Pratt’s 14th Street gallery, curated by Jeremy Myerson, explores this by focusing on innovation in the field of aging and how that can manifest by way of design, from cars to clothes and beyond. 

Charles Henri Ford, Untitled Poem Poster (The Sink), ca. 1964. Offset print. Courtesy of Indra Tamang,
Charles Henri Ford Artistic Estate. (image courtesy of Leslie-Lohman Museum)

Other Points of View
Opening Saturday, February 8 at Leslie-Lohman Museum, 2 pm to 6 pm. On view through May 17. 

At this point it’s well-known that the canon of art history stretches far, far beyond what we’re typically taught in schools or in museums. But just knowing that isn’t enough—one must make themselves aware of what they’ve been missing out on. One place to do that is at the Leslie-Lohman Museum, which will be opening a show highlighting artists working during the 1940’s who have not been as acknowledged by history as they perhaps deserved, though they were highlighted by literary and art magazine View. In addition to showcasing these creators (many of whom are queer), the show also puts work by more established artists like Georgia O’Keeffe in a new context.

Jeffrey Cheung, Dream II, 2019 (image courtesy of Jennifer Rizzo)

In Formation
Opening Saturday, February 8 at Hashimoto Contemporary, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through February 29.

Beyoncé isn’t the only one championing the notion of getting in formation—the latest show at Hashimoto Contemporary on the Lower East Side, curated by Jennifer Rizzo, is also all about it. Of course, it’s not exactly the same. The work on display at gallery is more specifically about how eight artists use geometric shapes and “organic forms,” which can obviously manifest in many different ways. There’s Dan Lam’s sculptures of neon ooze, Jeffrey Cheung’s cartoon creatures with big features, and an assortment of asethetically-pleasing abstraction from Scott Albrecht, Sean Newport, and more.