By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
March 16-April 14
Marianne Boesky, 535 West 22nd Street, 941-9888
Influenced by manga, anime, and traditional Japanese art, the Japanese art star shows paintings of computer-generated fungal and floral images. He calls the show "Mushroom." And at Grand Central Station, he has an installation in Vanderbilt Hall.
March 17-April 14
Team, 527 West 26th Street, 279-9219
This London artist, who made an impression here with utterly simple and nearly hallucinatory video works involving her children, is back with new video projections.
March 22-June 10
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, 570-3676
This survey of digitalia hooks up some 30 visual artists and 15 sound artists who work in visceral and expressive ways with computers, digital cameras, video recorders, projectors, sound mixers, software, and the Internet. Paul Pfeiffer, Diana Thater, and Jeremy Blake are among them.
'MARCEL DUCHAMP ON DISPLAY: OPTICS, EXHIBITION INSTALLATIONS, MUSEUMS'
March 22-April 28
Zabriskie, 41 East 57th Street, 752-1223
The grand master's optical contraptions, sketches, photos, and more make a case for his concern not only with perception and illusion but with presentation and display.
March 23-April 21
Brent Sikkema, 530 West 22nd Street, 929-2262
More small drawings and groups of drawings by this Ivory Coast artist.
March 29-June 24
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Fifth Avenue and 82nd Street, 879-5500
More than 175 exalted images by the radical visionary artist-poet are explored within the social, political, and religious context of his time.
March 30-April 28
Gavin Brown's Enterprise, 436 West 15th Street, 627-5258
Last spotted riding a horse through a laundromat, this English artist is known for using toilets and washing machines as cameras. It's anyone's guess what he'll do next.
March 31-April 28
Deitch Projects, 76 Grand Street, 343-7300
The heralded young Turkish artist fuses painting, architecture, computer graphics, and video in "Complete/ Incomplete," an installation. Think of it as a walk-in painting.
March 31-April 28
Paula Cooper, 534 West 21st Street, 255-1105
Something old, something new.
March 31-May 19
Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, 226-3970
Louise Bourgeois, who has hosted a Sunday salon in her home for more than 30 years, acts as curator, presenting emerging artists along with film footage of the salon discussions. Let's hope its half as fresh and fierce as her own work.
'SELF-MADE MEN: MALE SELF PORTRAITS'
April 4-May 5
DC Moore, 724 Fifth Avenue, 247-2111
April 5-May 5
James Cohan, 41 West 57th Street, 755-7171
New work by an artist whose precise installations of fungoid life forms and gloppy machine-made sculpture question parasitic modes of creation and replication.
April 6-May 12
P.P.O.W., 476 Broome Street, 941-8642
In his first solo show of streetwise portraits surrounded by accumulations of significant objects, this African American artist documents his own past.
April 12-September 9
Four gamelike installations refer to chance, fate, and African American culture. Two of them are new.
April 13-May 7
Roebling Hall, 390 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, 718-599-5352
Large hybrid garden paintings on vinyl, installed on an environmental wall painting.
April 13-May 19
Andrea Rosen, 525 West 24th Street, 627-6000
The diaristic artist shows big new paintings inspired by Picasso, probably without his signature loudmouth texts: This time he's trying to keep his thoughts to himself.
April 18-May 19
Apex Art, 291 Church Street, 431-5270
Acting as curator (and maybe artist, too), the music man plans a show of images from the daily papers, titled "Gesture, Posture and Bad Attitude in Contemporary News Photography."
April 19-May 26
303 Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, 255-1121
The artist whose suburban backyard watercolors caused a stir last year returns with new work.
April 19-July 28
The Drawing Center's Drawing Room, 40 Wooster Street, 219-2166
April 21-May 19
Gorney Bravin + Lee, 534 West 26th Street, 352-8372
Her latest work juggles aspects of balance, fragility, and grace under pressureas well as champagne glasses and broken (and mended) ceramics in boxes.
April 26-June 24
Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, 864-4500
Cutting-edge art of all sorts by some 30 young artists of African descent.
April 27-June 2
Anton Kern, 558 Broadway, 965-1706
The unpredictable and provocative Bock, whose wearable work was last seen on the escalators at MOMA, does a nomadic performance somewhere outside the gallery.
'BETWEEN STREET AND MIRROR: THE DRAWINGS OF JAMES ENSOR'
April 27-July 21
Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, 219-2166
With 100 works dating from 1880 to 1895, this artist's carnivalesque revelers may well prove that he was an early explorer of the society of the spectacle.
May 4-June 2
Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster Street, 941-9475
New paintings by Kahlhamer, whose last show delved into the paradoxes of fleet-footed painterliness, new music, and Native American heritage.
May 5-June 9
D'Amelio Terras, 525 West 22nd Street, 352-9460
In his first gallery show here since 1995, the intrepid explorer of identity issues makes use of black pride coloring books from the '70s. Expect color and figuration.