With works such as his statuesque, back-bending human installations in Just a Blink of an Eye (2005-07) and his fully-stocked grocery store of pristine empty food packages in ShanghArt Supermarket (2007), Xu Zhen has staked out his spot as the foremost artist on the Shanghai scene, working in video, performance, and photography as well. He’s also an entertaining one: In 8848 – 1.86 (2005) Zhen claimed to have decapitated Mount Everest, but only by 1.86 meters, a questionable chunk of rock he then deposited in a gallery. As the 2014 Armory Show’s chosen commission, we anticipate more of his artsy high jinks. Today you can see his new work first at a preview of the annual modern art fair, followed by the coveted Armory Party tonight. British composer Dev Hynes, now going by Blood Orange, performs alongside a DJ set by Jamie xx. Proceeds benefit MOMA. Preview at noon, Piers 92 and 94 on the Hudson River, Twelfth Avenue at 55th Street, party at 9, Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street.
Wed., March 5, 12 & 9 p.m., 2014