Springtime for Hitler

A New Exhibit at the Jewish Museum Produces an Uproar

JED DEVINE
March 7-April 20
Bonni Benrubi Gallery, 52 East 76th Street, 517-3766

Devine, whose platinum prints are wonderfully rich and subtle, moves up to a larger size for his new landscape and still life images. (Aletti)


RICHARD MISRACH
March 7-April 27
Robert Mann Gallery, 210 Eleventh Avenue, 989-7600

Continuing his investigation of the American West, Misrach shows color landscapes of the freakishly flooded Nevada desert, dunes reflected in the still water. (Aletti)


'WHITNEY BIENNIAL 2002'
March 7-June 30
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, 570-3600

Spring's rebels? The biggest Whitney Biennial since 1981, and hopefully the best, promises a whole bunch of new names, bold choices, and maverick works, not only throughout the museum but also in Central Park. (Levin)


JEANNE DUNNING
March 8—April 13
Feigen Contemporary, 535 West 20th Street, 929-0500

Large Polaroids that isolate a deliberately unidentified body part, made by an artist who explores flesh and femininity with considerable wit. (Aletti)


'NEW YORK IS A FRIENDLY TOWN'
March 13-May 17
Keith de Lellis, 47 East 68th Street, 327-1482

A quartet of shows about our town opens with this exhibition of Weegee photos from the '40s and '50s. The subjects range from Greenwich Village rent parties to Marilyn Monroe riding a circus elephant at Madison Square Garden; the style is fast, tough, and indelible. (Aletti)


LAYLAH ALI
March 14-May 21
MOMA, 11 West 53rd Street, 708-9400

Peopled by a race of cartoony, green-headed victims and oppressors, who enact issues of color, class, and gender, her first artist's book is featured in MOMA's latest "Projects" show. (Levin)


ED RUSCHA
March 14-April 20
Susan Inglett, 100 Wooster Street, 343-0573

"Country Citiscapes," a series of color photogravures incorporating appropriated images of the Southwest and accompanied by Ruscha's text. (Aletti)


KIKI SMITH
March 14-April 27
PaceWildenstein, 534 West 25th Street, 929-7000

Let's hope her latest life-size sculpture—exploring life, death, and rebirth—manages to be as sweetly rebellious, as vulnerable, and as excruciatingly mortal as her earlier figures, which pissed yellow beads, shit long-line turds, and climbed the walls. (Levin)


'NEW YORK, NEW YORK'
March 15-April 27
Staley Wise Gallery, 560 Broadway, 966-6223

Gotham then and now by a wide range of photographers, including Horst, Herbert Matter, Len Prince, and Berenice Abbott. (Aletti)


'NEW YORK SCENE'
March 15-April 27
Howard Greenberg Gallery, 120 Wooster Street, 334-0010

A quartet of the city's most idiosyncratic and engaging photographers—Ted Croner, Leon Levinstein, Saul Leiter, and Sid Grossman—picture New York at mid century. (Aletti)


LISETTE MODEL
March 15-April 27
Gallery 292, 120 Wooster Street, 431-0292

Vintage photos of jazz musicians in the '50s by the photographer who most influenced Diane Arbus. (Aletti)


'THROUGH AFGHAN EYES: A CULTURE IN CONFLICT, 1987-1992'
March 19-August 11
Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, 288-6400

This nicely timed exhibition includes photos and video loops of daily life in a country descending into chaos. They were made during the last years of Soviet rule and drawn from the archives of the Afghan Media Resource Center in Pakistan. (Aletti)


EVE SONNEMAN
March 22-May 11
Bruce Silverstein Gallery, 504 West 22nd Street, 627-3930

A survey of Sonneman's signature diptych pieces, from late '60s black-and-white works to recent Polaroid pairings. (Aletti)


JOEL STERNFELD
March 22-April 27
White Box, 525 West 26th Street, 714-2347

The photographer turns from the American landscape to global politics with photos taken at the tumultuous G8 protests in Genoa last year, accompanied by texts condensed from interviews with participants. (Aletti)


MARK STEINMETZ
March 23-May 11
Yancey Richardson Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, 646-230-9610

Photos of adolescents and aging male loners in the South by one of the region's best, if little-seen, chroniclers. (Aletti)


'VIDEO JAM'
March 23-May 31
NY Center for Media Arts
45-12 Davis Street, Long Island City, 718-472-9414

A survey of contemporary video art that originated at the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art comes to Queens, crammed with single-channel and installation works by 42 unflinching artists from here and abroad who probe the common culture and push all the right buttons. Patty Chang, John Pilson, Phyllis Baldino, Kristin Lucas, Justine Kurland, Alix Pearlstein, William Pope.L, and Kiki Seror are among them. (Levin)


UGO RONDINONE, JOHN GIORNO & URS FISCHER
March 28-May 11
Swiss Institute, 495 Broadway, third floor, 925-2035

In this unconventional three-way collaboration titled "Lowland Lullaby," Rondinone's stainless steel floor with embedded speakers does double duty: It amplifies the voice of John Giorno reading his poem "There Was a Bad Tree," and it functions as a platform for Fischer's drawings and sculpture. (Levin)


PENELOPE UMBRICO
March 28-May 4
Julie Saul Gallery, 535 West 22nd Street, 627-2410

Photos of the reflections in mirrors and the narrow views through doors that have been appropriated from home furnishing catalogs and reproduced as if life-size. (Aletti)


DANIELA ROSSELL
March 29-May 4
Greene Naftali Gallery, 526 West 26th Street, eighth floor, 463-7770

Rossell's first installment of a project she calls "Ricas y Famosas" established her as the Tina Barney of Mexico's nouveaux riches; she returns to the scene of the kitsch with a series called "Third World Blondes." (Aletti)


CRAIG KALPAKJIAN
March 30-May 4
Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 West 24th Street, 627-6000

The artist's big, computer-generated images of anonymous corporate interiors are accompanied by sculptural work, including a plasma screen floor piece whose surface duplicates a floor. (Aletti)


LUCINDA DEVLIN
April 4-May 11
Paul Rodgers/9W, 529 West 20th Street, ninth floor, 414-9810

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