By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
September 15-October 20
Liebman Magnan, 552 West 24th Street, 255-3225
Her fermenting sugarcane tunnel installation was the hit of the Havana Bienal, even though it only lasted one day. Here the Cuban artist performs eight gestures that have to do with being silenced in a sound and video installation.
September 23-October 28
Sculpture Center, 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, Queens, 718-361-1750
Donna Nield creates an indoor tornado, Lisa Hein wraps an upside-down drainage system around the building, and 20 others respond in various ways to the raw industrial space near P.S.1 that will become the Sculpture Center's new home.
Hammond's zany paintings, based on a lexicon of found images, inaugurate Lelong's new ground-floor Chelsea space. "From Avatar to Zed" consists of the final dozen paintings based on titles provided by John Ashbery.
September 20-November 28
Location One, 26 Greene Street, 334-3347
"O2 = 03: Fractured Oxygen = Ozone" is the title of this show of Sonnier's selected work from 1990 to 1997. Inspired by Tesla's experiments with electricity, The Tesla Wall and other pieces electrify the exhibition space with sparkling light and crackling sound.
'FROM GODDESS TO PIN-UP: ICONS OF FEMININITY IN INDIAN CALENDAR ART'
October 4-January 19
Indo Center of Art & Culture, 530 West 25th Street, 462-4221
Exploring representations of women in India's calendar art, this exhibition could be an intriguing investigation of cultural issues at the intersection of the sacred and secular. Or it could just be a fine display of high kitsch.
The internationally known Polish artist has his second show here.
'ART IN GENERAL ON CANAL (PART 1)'
October 9-February 28
Canal Street between Chinatown and the West Side Pier, 219-0473
If you're alert next time you shop for supplies, you might spot work by Matthew Bakkom, Gustavo Artigas, Gelatin, Godzilla Asian American Art Network, and Sontext on manholes or street signs or in a bank, shop window, or at other sites across Canal Street.
Brainard, a proto-pop maverick who rarely showed in public after 1979, has a retrospective at P.S.1 (opens September 30). More of his smart, witty, contrarian assemblages, paintings, drawings, and collages are here.
Finally, a substantial museum show of this witty para-conceptualist's irresistibly insubstantial work, made of anything from sugar cubes or spaghetti to elaborately cut paper, a single aspirin, or a bit of dust.
October 12-November 10
Postmasters Gallery, 459 West 19th Street, 727-3323
His cartoon paintings may be an acquired taste, but once acquired, his dark take on modernist geometry (and absurdity) resonates every which way.
An artist who works as a stylist in a South Central L.A. beauty salon and showed in "Freestyle" has his first solo of elegantly minimalist paintings made with hair dye, perm paper, and hair.
A new installation.
October 14-February TBA
Snug Harbor Cultural Center, 1000 Richmond Terrace, Staten Island, 718-448-2500
Specially commissioned works by 18 artists celebrate the demise of the world's biggest garbage dump, one of the largest manmade structures in the world. Mark Dion, Rackstraw Downes, Jussi Heikkilä, and, of course, Mierle Ukeles are among them.
October 16-November 17
Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street, 242-7727
Her first New York show in seven years, a site-specific LED installation, inaugurates this gallery's new space.
Two enormous new canvases and studies for them by a painter who looks less klutzy and more canny by the minute. His small works are at the Whitney (September 21-December 2) and the Philip Morris Whitney (December 5-January 4). The complete woodcuts and linocuts are at Peter Blum, 99 Wooster Street, 343-0441 (September 20-November 3).
MICHAEL ELMGREEN/INGAR DRAGSET
October 20-November 24
Tanya Bonakdar, 521 West 21st Street, 414-4144
The work of this Scandinavian duo is smart, spare, grounded in queer theory, and to the point. Their dispossessed structures, which alter the architecture of emotion, get better and better.
New paintings by the master of debased figuration.
Galerie Lelong, 526 West 26th Street, 315-0470
"White Rain," Coyne's latest work.
November 15-December 22
P.P.O.W. Gallery, 476 Broome Street, 941-8642
Yamamoto has the main show; Judy Fox's sculpture is in gallery two.
New works by a German maverick who has made art out of everything from camping cars to live pigs.
November 17-December 22
D'Amelio Terras, 525 West 22nd Street, 352-9460
More of his understated, site-specific, strategically formal new works made with common discarded objects such as bottles, cans, Styrofoam packaging, and straws.
Three "Soliloquies" pair scenes from Hollywood films with videos in which ordinary people re-perform Clint's, Jack's, and Sharon's starring roles.