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 5-October 5
Artemis Greenberg Van Doren, 730 Fifth Avenue, 445-0444
"Episodes," a show of new videos and photos by a conceptualist who delves into the construction of identities, relationships, and group dynamics.
September 6-October 19
Mary Boone, 745 Fifth Avenue, 752-2929
At the age of 30, a former wunderkindwho was too smart and too skilled for his own goodmakes a comeback with "Pied-à-Terre," an installation of 34 luxury trunks that unpack into a complete portable apartment, doggy bowl and all.
September 6-October 5
Brent Sikkema, 530 West 22nd Street, 929-2262
New work by a painter who stretches the notion of the abstract to the point where it becomes a wall drawing made of nylon strapping or a room-size inflatable landscape pillow.
September 6-October 7
Pierogi, 177 North 9th Street, Brooklyn, 718-599-2144
"The Pollock Project."
September 7-October 12
Postmasters, 459 West 19th Street, 727-3323
There hasn't been a solo show of her circuitous, griddy, and sometimes giddy ballpoint drawings and labyrinthine paintings that sometimes spill into real space in New York in three years.
September 10-October 12
Leo Koenig, 249 Centre Street, 334-9255
An up-and-comer in his late twenties shows horizon-skimming new landscape paintings in his hard-edged digitized style, and tries his hand at mountainscapes.
September 13-November 16
Pratt Manhattan Gallery, 144 West 14th Street, 647-7778
Pratt Institute opens a new exhibition space with a show, curated by Kalus Ottman, of 10 artists who push existen-tial questions to extremes. Patty Chang, Lucy Gunning, William Kentridge, Bill Viola, Chantal Ackerman, and Tania Bruguerawho will do a performance at the openingare among them.
September 13-October 12
Team, 527 West 26th Street, 279-9219
In a single looped video projection, a young boy with a soccer ball makes a church shudder and shake. But Marshall's mesmerizing work is never as simple as it seems. This piece involved nearly a year's worth of post-production tinkering.
September 13-October 12
Sara Meltzer, 516 West 20th Street, 727-9330
Six sandblasted Plexiglas towers, including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Chrysler Building, and the Seattle Space Needle, emerge from a sea of marbles to form a percussive drum corps. The Trylon and Perisphere lead the way.
September 14-October 26
303 Gallery, 525 West 22nd Street, 255-1121
Two four-channel video projections on shaped screens by an artist whose spacey vision can transcend the banal vacancy of post-industrial space.
September 14-October 19
Ronald Feldman, 31 Mercer Street, 226-3232
With modular offices, filing cabinets, storage areas, video images, and Osorio's usual attention to the theatrical embellishment and domestic detail, this social services office installation is about life, bureaucracy, and one family "in the system, so to speak." A big bleeding-heart piñata looms over the side gallery.
September 14-October 26
The Swiss Institute, 495 Broadway, 925-2035
Shaw, known for painting and sculpting the stuff from his dreams, now dreams up a fictional early modernist painter who devoutly follows a puritanical pseudo-religion of abstract purity while obsessively hoarding kitsch images.
September 21-October 19
Lehmann Maupin, 540 West 26th Street, 255-2923
This Brit bad girl is back with a slutty new bed installation, a quilt, embroideries, drawings, and neon wallworks in a show called "I Think It's in My Head."
ROSIE LEE TOMPKINS
September 21-November 23
Peter Blum, 99 Wooster Street, 343-0441
Abstract quilts by an African American who grew up with 14 siblings in rural Arkansas, and who uses a pseudonym because she values her anonymity.
MARIA ELENA GONZALEZ
October 6-November 3
The Project, 427 West 126th Street, 662-8610
This young Cuban deals with memory, nostalgia, and absence in pristine, understated floor installations.
CLAUDIA AND JULIA MUELLEN
October 6-November 28
Maccarone, 45 Canal Street, 431-4977
Two sisters from Switzerland do an installation of drawings and video in this far-out, young upstairs gallery on the Lower East Side, which plans to take over the entire funky building in December.
October 11-January 26
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, 570-3633
An artist whose work gives narrative form to "the collective social invisibility of the black female" has a dual show that includes the 31-monitor film installation she did for Documenta 11 and her latest photographs.
October 12-November 9
Andrew Kreps, 516A West 20th Street, 741-8849
A 28-year-old Canadian embeds references to rappers in small, dense, impastoed paintings.
October 12-November 30
Deitch Projects, 18 Wooster Street, 343-7300
Just a few years past 30, this Californian has taken the art of glass beading into the conceptual realm of hyper-kitsch. Her beaded installations of tacky domestic stuff, including a whole kitchen a couple of years ago, exude glitzy magic. The pièce de résistance in this show is a glittering trailer home.
'DRAWING NOW: EIGHT PROPOSITIONS'
October 17-January 6
MOMA QNS, 33rd Street and Queens Boulevard, Queens, 708-9431
With some 250 ambitious works on the walls as well as on paper by 26 young international artists from Asia, Europe, and the Americas, this museum exhibition offers an assessment of the healthy condition of drawing across the world.
October 17-November 16
Gorney-Bravin+Lee, 534 West 26th Street, 352-8372
His humongous curving murals fuse painting, sculpture, and digitized photo imagery. This show of new work includes a kinetic painting machine, which shoots gobs of pigment across the gallery, hopefully overhead.