Springtime for Hitler

A New Exhibit at the Jewish Museum Produces an Uproar

Devlin, who showed her photos of antiseptic American death chambers here before Harald Szeeman chose them for the Venice Biennale, returns with another set of interior views, this time of what she calls the American "Pleasure Ground": discos, spas, beauty salons, sex clubs. (Aletti)


CLARENCE JOHN LAUGHLIN
April 5-May 11
Robert Miller Gallery, 524 West 26th Street, 366-4774

Laughlin's most personal photos—his hauntingly surreal, "metaphysical" pictures from the '40s—are nearly all accompanied by his interpretive and opinionated descriptive texts. (Aletti)


The men we love to hate: a detail of Piotr Ulanski's The Nazis
photo: Adam Reich
The men we love to hate: a detail of Piotr Ulanski's The Nazis

NEO RAUCH
April 5-May 4
David Zwirner, 43 Greene Street, 966-9074

The second solo show here of this German painter's vintage Eastern-bloc imagery, which is so over-the-top suave and hyper-stylized that it flips into a new kind of awkward innuendo and neo-existential rawness. (Levin)


MONICA BONVICINI
April 6-May 6
Anton Kern Gallery, 532 West 20th Street, 367-9663

Italian-born and Berlin- and L.A.-based, Bonvicini rebels against architecture as a constructed social space while commenting with disarming crudity on gender and vulnerability. (Levin)


MARJETICA POTRC
April 6-May 4
Max Protetch, 511 West 22nd Street, 633-6999

She won the 2000 Hugo Boss award, trumping several better known contenders. Now this smart Slovenian artist, whose wayward architectural sculpture is inspired by shantytown ingenu-ity, has her first New York gallery solo. (Levin)


TONY OURSLER
April 11-May 11
Lehmann Maupin, 39 Greene Street, 965-0753

A video artist who has gotten under our skin by projecting psychotic poltergeists onto rag dolls, eyeballs, and skulls takes a brave step: He simply shows drawings. (Levin)


'DIARY OF A CENTURY'
April 12-May 25
Klotz/Sirmon Gallery, 511 West 25th Street, 741-4764

A show of vintage prints from the photo archives of The New York Times, mounted to coincide with the paper's 150th anniversary. (Aletti)


D-L ALVAREZ
April 16-May 18
Derek Eller, 526-30 West 25th Street, 206-6411

"The Road to Hell Less Traveled," new work making use of horror-film imagery, heavy metal music, and scary trees, plus a ghost story read aloud on April 20. "In short," says the idiosyncratic artist, "it's a clean exhibition about messy situations." (Levin)


RAY K. METZKER
April 18-June 8
Laurence Miller Gallery, 20 West 57th Street, 397-3930

This reliably inventive, often groundbreaking photographer shows new composite images made from photos originally taken in the '60s. (Aletti)


DAWOUD BEY
April 19-June 1
Gorney Bravin + Lee, 534 West 26th Street, 352-8372

Large-scale color portraits of teenagers made on the street by a New York-born photographer too little seen in this city of late. (Aletti)


GRANULAR SYNTHESIS
April 19-21
Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, 759-5165

The Austrian Cultural Forum boldly opens on April 18 with "A Long Night of Contemporary Music" and no show at all—the better to appreciate Austrian-born architect Raimund Abraham's striking new building. The first exhibition, an immersive hardcore electronica environment by Austrian artists Kurt Hentschläger and Ulf Langheinrich, a/k/a Granular Synthesis, opens the next day. (Levin)


'ALTERED EGOS'
April 26-May 26
Momenta Art, 72 Berry Street, Brooklyn, 718-218-8058

Deborah Kass, whose own work rubs up against Andy Warhol's ego, curates a show of other artists who've created alter egos. They range from Adrian Piper, Cindy Sherman, Michael Smith, and John Kelly to Delia Brown, Guy Richards Smit, Hiroshi Sunairi, and Nikki Lee. (Levin)


KATARZYNA KOZYRA
April 27-June 1
Postmasters, 459 West 19th Street, 727-3323

Video installations and photographs by the young Polish artist who represented Poland at the 1999 Venice Biennale with a controversial Bathhouse video installation that she made with hidden cameras, disguised as a man. (Levin)


'NEW YORK: CAPITAL OF PHOTOGRAPHY'
April 28-September 2
Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, 423-3200

This ambitious survey, organized by critic Max Kozloff, gathers 20th-century images of New York by a broad range of important photographers, many of them Jewish. With a focus on street work, the show highlights Arbus, Levitt, Hine, Model, Stieglitz, Strand, and William Klein. (Aletti)


TINA BARNEY
May 1-June 10
Janet Borden, 560 Broadway, 431-0166

Barney brings her sharp eye for style and class to England; this series of big new color photos is the welcome result. (Aletti)


DAVID LEVINTHAL
May 1-June 15
Paul Morris Gallery, 465 West 23rd Street, 727-2752

The photographer, famous for his super-iconic work with scale-model cowboys, Nazis, Barbies, and bondage babes, has turned to eroticized and customized female figures in G-strings and high heels for this recent series, making its U.S. debut here. (Aletti)


GEORGES ROUSSE
May 2-June 29
Robert Mann Gallery, 210 Eleventh Avenue, 989-7600

This French artist makes photographs of the interiors of abandoned buildings that he's transformed through paint into cartographical trompe l'oeil pieces. Viewed from a certain perspective, each space appears to be superimposed with a large contour map. (Aletti)


'PRICELESS CHILDREN'
May 7-July 13
Grey Art Gallery, NYU, 100 Washington Square East, 998-6780

In what promises to be a smartly provocative juxtaposition, this show combines Lewis Hine's great muckraking images of child laborers with contemporaneous turn-of-the-century work by members of the Photo Secession, which shows children of privilege in an idealized light. (Aletti)


FISCHERSPOONER
May 8-31
Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster Street, 343-7300

Sweetness, a film by this hot performance group, plus live performances on May 9, 10, and 11. (Levin)


EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
May 9-June 29
Klemens Gasser & Tanja Grunert Inc., 524 West 19th Street, 807-9494

Two entirely new three-screen projections, excerpted from the Finnish film- and video-maker's new feature-length The Present. Her current Helsinki retrospective goes to London's Tate Modern in June. (Levin)


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