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Lucas Samaras by Claes Oldenberg

Exhibition: Happenings: New York, 1958 – 1963 , Pace Gallery, 534 West 25 Street, through March 17.

Pace Gallery presents the first exhibition to examine the performance-based Happenings movement from 1958 – 1963 which shaped the future of performance art.  More than 300 photographs by five photographers document more than 30 of the original Happenings and the main artists who defined them -  Claes Oldenberg, Simone Forti, Red Grooms, Allan Kaprow,  Lucas Samaras, Carolee Schneemann, Robert Whitman and Jim Dine.  The show is in conjunction with the release of Mildred L. Glimcher’s book with the same title.

Video Screening: Doug Ischar: Single-channel video presentation, Golden Gallery, 120 Elizabeth Street, February 16- 19, 23 – 26.

Following Doug Ischar’s solo exhibition Sleepless at Golden Gallery comprised of video installations made in the 90s, the gallery is screening recent videos by the Chicago-based  artist exploring male identity and sexuality.  During gallery hours from February 16 – 19 and 23 – 26, a presentation of single-channel videos  representing masculinity, such as footage of pro wrestlers, repeats hourly.  The program includes forget him (2009), come lontano ( How Very Far) (2010), brb (2007) and Alone with You (2011).

Opening: First Look, Yossi Milo Gallery, 245 Tenth Avenue, opening February 16 from 6 – 8pm.

Yossi Milo Gallery hosts an inaugural reception for the first exhibition at its new ground-floor space at 245 Tenth Avenue around the corner from its former location on 25th Street in Chelsea.  First Look brings together a selection of work by artists whose first New York solo exhibitions were exhibited at the gallery.

– Tema Stauffer