I, Narcissist

Artist Lucas Samaras Peers into the Looking Glass and Sees Himself Over and Over Again

Tiravanija does something of a self-portrait, using Paul Thek's Dead Hippie as a point of inspiration. Hot young London filmmakers Relph & Payne explore ignored public spaces, such as public toilets, as sites of private activities.


DOUG AITKIN
October 12-December TBA
P.S.1 CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER, 22-25 JACKSON AVENUE, LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS, 718.784.2084

"Interiors" is an installation of 11 translucent fabric screens with three video projections of four scenarios shifting from screen to screen, and a circular white sofa in the center. "The Real Royal Trip," a group show of work by young Spaniards and Latin Americans, also opens the same day.


GABRIEL OROZCO
October 14-November 22
MARIAN GOODMAN, 24 WEST 57TH STREET, 212.977.7160

Whatever this Mexican artist does, it's always a surprise, so we won't know (neither will he) what to expect in advance. But this makes perfect sense, since his work is about attentiveness, immediacy, and making the most of whatever suggests itself.


TIM ROLLINS+KOS: 'THE WAR OF THE WORLDS'
October 15-November 22
WHITE BOX, 601 WEST 26TH STREET, 212.714.2347

We get to see Rollins and the Kids of Survival at work as they transform an exhibition space into a functioning studio and—collaborating with 24 other kids from the neighborhood—create a large painting based on H.G. Wells's The War of the Worlds. Everyone's welcome to watch.


'BLACK BELT'
October 15-January 4
STUDIO MUSEUM IN HARLEM, 144 WEST 125TH STREET, 212.864.4500

Blaxploitation, break dancing, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar meet chinoiserie, kung fu, and Bruce Lee

in this show, which explores a cross-cultural phenomenon that began in the '70s and '80s. Among the 22 mostly African American and Asian American artists are Rico Gatson, Patty Chang, Ellen Gallagher, Michael Joo, David Hammons, and David Diao.


SHIRIN NESHAT
October 16-February 15
ASIA SOCIETY, 725 PARK AVENUE, 212.288.6400

If you didn't see Tooba in Kassel last year, you can catch this Iranian-born artist's double-screen video projection, commissioned by Documenta 11, here. Like all her work, it's infused with high drama and enigma.


'MY PEOPLE WERE FAIR AND HAD CUM IN THEIR HAIR (BUT NOW THEY'RE CONTENT TO SPRAY STARS FROM YOUR BOUGHS)'
October 18-November 15
TEAM, 527 WEST 26TH STREET, 212.279.9219

Don't blame T-Rex for the title. Curator Bob Nickas dreamed up this salon-style "visual assault" by a bunch of white males. And don't call it the revenge of the straight white male, because most of those included, ranging from Jack Smith and John Waters to Jules de Balincourt and Brice Dellsperger, aren't.


PETER SARKISIAN
October 23-November 20
I-20, 529 WEST 20TH STREET, 212.645.1100

When he's good he is very good and even when he isn't, his 3-D video installations are perfectly realized one-liners. Bohr's Atom, a four-channel circular project, envisions physicist Niels Bohr's quantum jump. Commissioned by Dan Cameron for the current Istanbul Biennial, it's being shown here at the same time.


ISAAC JULIEN
October 25-November 29
METRO PICTURES, 519 WEST 24TH STREET, 212.206.7100

Baltimore, this brainy filmmaker's most recent sensuous three-screen video projection, filmed at three Baltimore museums (a wax museum among them), pays homage to blaxploitation films. Melvin Van Peebles is in it, in person and in wax.


'L-FACTOR'
October 25-January 24
EXIT ART, 475 TENTH AVENUE, 212.966.7745

For a show about "Latino-ness" in the popular imagination, about 20 young new Latino artists who live in the U.S. have been commissioned by Exit Art to create works about role models. Will this be the J.Lo show? Three artists chose her but others prefer Tito Puente, Speedy Gonzalez, Cantinflas, and Frida Kahlo.


PHILIP GUSTON
October 28-January 4
METROPOLITAN MUSEUM, 1000 FIFTH AVENUE, 212.535.7710

With over 100 paintings and drawings, from his social realist days to the abstract expressionist canvases to his stumblebum figuration, this traveling retrospective touches down at the Met before going on to the Royal Academy in London.


MARK LOMBARDI
October 31-December 20
DRAWING CENTER, 35 WOOSTER STREET, 212.219.2166

With 25 remarkable diagrammatic drawings, "Global Networks" maps all kinds of unsavory global secrets and nefarious webs of corporate, military, political, and underworld connections worthy of James Bond. It's enough to make anyone paranoid.


KIM SOOJA
November 8-December 20
THE PROJECT, 427 WEST 126TH STREET, 212.662.8610

It's still in the early stages and could evolve into something else, but right now she plans to create "Mandala 2003," a project that, like all her work, is about pure energy, with lighting, color sequences, jukeboxes, and the sounds of chants from different cultures.


GLENN LIGON
November 8-December 23
D'AMELIO TERRAS, 525 WEST 22ND STREET, 212.352.9460

Loss of self and attempts at its recovery are the subject of a show featuring a video of Ligon in a therapy session, layered with flashbacks, movie scenes, and bits of the unconscious, plus drawings that refer to his childhood.


EIJA-LIISA AHTILA
November 13-December 20
KLEMENS GASSER & TANJA GRUNERT, 524 WEST 19TH STREET, 212.807.9494

The Finnish videomaker will most likely show The Home, her uncanny psychological three-screen evocation of a disturbed woman in a disturbed house, along with a new work.


JOHN CURRIN
November 20-February 22
WHITNEY MUSEUM OF AMERICAN ART, 945 MADISON AVENUE, 212.570.3600

This traveling show, organized by MCA Chicago, features a decade's worth of work by a virtuoso painter with a knack for zeroing in on collective obnoxiousness.


SERGIO PREGO
November 21-December 30
LOMBARD FREID, 531 WEST 26TH STREET, 212.967.8040

This Basque-born artist—who uses low-tech means to create a look of high-tech special effects—shows new video works and stills that relate to the video performances of the '70s. If he gets it together, there may also be an installation with moving walls.

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