8 Under-the-Radar Shows We’re Looking Forward to in 2015

Every new year promises a bevy of exciting new exhibitions — and surprise, 2015 is no different, with its roster of long-overdue solo shows and group exhibitions of emerging artists. Here’s a handful we’re especially looking forward to — so let’s all add a New Year’s resolution to check them out in the coming months. In chronological order:

Emily Roysdon at Participant Inc.
January 11-February 21
“If Only a Wave” is a solo show from the interdisciplinary artist, writer, and queer feminist zine editor Emily Roysdon — her first in New York since 2011. It includes sculpture, photograms, screen prints, neon works, and performance, based around the visual motif of waves and upside down triangles, as well as the artist’s latest essay, “Uncounted.” (An excerpt: “Uncounted experience, unseen in time. If only a wave in proximity to other waves. If only a wave that made a texture of a surface of a top of the line.”) As for the performance aspect, there will be readings on Thursday, February 19, at 7 p.m., with participating performers to be announced — but meanwhile, unscheduled “incidental” actions promise to occur at the gallery throughout the show’s run.

“Looking Back: The 9th White Columns Annual” at White Columns
January 13-February 21
Names like Carrie Mae Weems, Sigmar Polke, Sheila Hicks, and Robert Longo mingle with an exciting list of up-and-comers (including digital artists BFFA3AE) on the docket for White Columns Annual, as selected by New York-based collective Cleopatra’s — a.k.a., Bridget Donahue, Bridget Finn, Colleen Grennan, and Erin Somerville.

“RESPOND” at Smack Mellon
January 17-February 22
Following the grand jury’s failure to indict police officer Daniel Pantaleo for the death of Eric Garner, the folks over at Smack Mellon put their exhibition calendar on hold to organize a show responding to the injustice — “to channel our outrage into actions that can facilitate systemic change,” reads the gallery’s site. Organized by their current studio artist roster of Esteban del Valle, Molly Dilworth, Oasa DuVerney, Ira Eduardovna, Steffani Jemison, and Dread Scott, “RESPOND” features a wide array of works that deal with issues of institutionalized racism, from two-dimensional pieces to video and performance by both emerging and established artists.

“In Practice: Under Foundations” and Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook at SculptureCenter
January 25-March 30 
Curated by SculptureCenter’s 2014-15 curatorial fellow Jess Wilcox, the annual open call group exhibition for emerging artists focuses this year on the thematic thread of “what lies beneath the surface.” This year’s show promises new works by Rosa Aiello, Mary Walling Blackburn, Nanna Debois Buhl, Catherine Czacki, Ben Hagari, Sol Hashemi, Janelle Iglesias, Ryan Johnson, Xu Wang, and the duo Madeline Hollander and Alexandra Lerman. The center will also present the first US museum exhibition of Thailand’s 2005 Venice Biennale rep, Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook, which will span two decades of her career, including video, sculpture, and photography.


Subodh Gupta at Hauser & Wirth
February 10-April 24
“Seven Billion Light Years” will be on view at the gallery’s 18th Street space, containing the eponymous new series of paintings alongside photography and sculpture. You can also catch Gupta’s work at “After Midnight: Indian Modernism to Contemporary India 1947/1997” at the Queens Museum, starting on March 1.

Carolee Schneemann at the Artist’s Institute at Hunter College
February 13-August 2
For its next six-month solo engagement, the Artist’s Institute will host a series of exhibitions and events dedicated to the intermedia artist Carolee Schneemann, featuring works spanning from the 1960s to the present. The Institute will touch on Schneemann’s considerable contributions to feminism, for which she is most often celebrated, but also her engagement with painting, cybernetics, humor, and dream analysis. As an elaboration on Schneemann’s oeuvre, the Institute’s program will include contributions from other artists and thinkers in the form of artworks, talks, and performances.

Alex Da Corte at Luxembourg & Dayan
February 26-April 11
With “Die Hexe” (“The Witch”), Da Corte is set to fill the notably narrow townhouse space of Luxembourg & Dayan with a site-specific installation that evokes a sort of eerie domestic interior. Rooms will be themed into “sets” like a life-sized dollhouse, complete with afghans and rugs crafted by the artist. Each room will also feature a piece by an artist Da Corte admires — Robert Gober, Mike Kelley, Bjarne Melgaard, Haim Steinbach — embedded into the scene.

Sarah Charlesworth at the New Museum
June 24-September 20
New York’s largest presentation to date of Pictures Generation photographer and conceptual artist Sarah Charlesworth opens at the New Museum in June. The exhibition will focus on the series “Stills,” which features extra-large-scale photographs (think over six feet tall) of falling bodies. Charlesworth created the works originally in 1980 by scouring archives at the New York Public Library for the images before cropping, tearing, rephotographing, and reprinting them. In 2012, the Art Institute of Chicago commissioned her to print a new set of the eight initial images, along with six never before seen transparencies — all 14 of the pieces will be on view at the New Museum.

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