Art In America

“Descartes’ Daughter”

at Swiss Institute,
18 Wooster St

Can art be both conceptual and expressive? That is the question at the crux of this show, inspired by an animatronic effigy built by René Descartes after the death of his 5-year-old daughter Francine. The philosopher king of dualism hovers over a show featuring 15 artists or duos that includes calendrical works by Hanne Darboven, an earsplitting sound work by Sergei Tcherepnin, and videos by Melanie Gilligan in which an actress assume the role of the global economy undergoing radical psychoanalysis.

 

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537 West 20th Street

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at Swiss Institute,
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through Apr. 4
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through Apr. 18
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at Andrea Rosen Gallery,
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Closing

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at Betty Cuningham,
through Apr. 4
15 Rivington Street

Closing

“The Left Front: Radical Art in the ‘Red Decade,’ 1929-1940”

at Grey Art Gallery, NYU ,
through Apr. 4
100 Washington Square East

Closing

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through Apr. 5
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Closing

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