Art In America

“A Machinery For Living”

at Petzel,
456 W. 18th St.

Le Corbusier famously described a house as a machine for living in. This group show, curated by artist/writer Walead Beshty, riffs on that notion with works by artists ranging from Francis Picabia to Christopher Williams, from Craig Kauffman to Jay DeFeo. Take particular note of the tableau in the entryway, in which a mannequin in Atelier EB polo shirt and silk shorts sits behind a gorgeous Joaqim Tenreiro table, on which rests a Franz West "Adaptive" (the sculptures were meant to "represent the potential attempt to give shape to neurotic symptoms," he said). Behind it all on the wall hangs a Barbara T. Smith print, completing what could just as easily be a stylish modern office or a museum period room of the future.

More from the Lookout

Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry

at Metropolitan Museum of Art,
through Jan. 11
1000 Fifth Ave.

The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World

at Museum of Modern Art,
through Apr. 5
11 W. 53rd St.

Sun Xun

at Sean Kelly,
through Jan. 24
475 Tenth Ave.

Nam June Paik

at Asia Society,
through Jan. 4
725 Park Ave.

Takashi Murakami

at Gagosian,
through Jan. 17
555 West 24th St.

Barbara Chase-Riboud

at Michael Rosenfeld,
through Jan. 10
100 Eleventh Avenue

Judith Scott

at Brooklyn Museum,
through Mar. 29
200 Eastern Parkway

Polit-Sheer-Form-Office

at Queens Museum,
through Mar. 8
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Submit your e-mail to receive insider information from the art world every week.