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The More the Merrier: Here Are This Week’s 9 Must-See Group Shows

Welcome to This Week in Culture, a weekly agenda of show openings and events in major cities across the globe. From galleries and institutions to one-of-a-kind happenings, our on-going survey highlights the best of contemporary culture, for those willing to make the journey.

New York

Jonathan Lyndon Chase, summer dream number two, 2023-24. Image courtesy of the artist and Company.

Part Two
When: June 14 - August 2
Why It's Worth A Look: Following “Part 1” at the end of last year, which featured an eclectic group of artists, the gallery delivers yet again an exciting slate of photography, painting, and sculpture—including work from Jonathan Lyndon Chase, who just showed with Gió Marconi at Art Basel last week. 
Know Before You Go: On view will be pieces from the likes of Brianna Capozzi, Willa Cosinuke, Hayden Dunham, Elizabeth Englander, Grace Rosario Perkins, Boris Torres, and Cajsa von Zeipel.

Like a Nightingale with a Toothache
Off Paradise 
When: June 17 - August 17
Why It's Worth A Look: Off Paradise is known for putting together an exciting show: The latest exhibition is creating quite the conversation bringing together Robert Gober and Richard Prince, J. Grabowski and Jane Dickson. Work from Ryan Gander, Robert Hawkins, Colter Jacobsen, Ross Knight, Matthieu Laurette, Lee Lozano, Alice Mackler, Gordon Matta-Clark, Marlon Mullen, Alessandro Paiano, Claude Rutault, Maaike Schoorel, Mose Tolliver, and B. Wurtz will also be on view. 
Know Before You Go: The show pulls its name from a little-known factoid about composer Erik Satie, who left esoteric and frequently confusing dictations on his work, including for the reader to play “like a nightingale with a toothache.”

Matt Hilvers, Box Logo, 2024. Image courtesy of the artist and Gladstone Gallery.

The Secret History” 
Gladstone Gallery
When: June 20 - August 2 
Why It's Worth A Look: Named after Donna Tartt’s The Secret History and curated by Alissa Bennett, this exhibition reveals a stark contrast between the constantly changing contemporary landscape and sites forever frozen in time. Reflecting on the profound nature of seemingly insignificant items preserved at Pompeii, artists represent the paradoxical relationship between the desire to transcend into a better time and the inescapability of both modern and ancient life. Work from Chino Amobi, Matthew Barney, David Jones, Karyn Lyons, Rachel Rose, Adam Putnam, Marissa Zappas, and Matt Hilvers, among other artists, will be on view in the show. 
Know Before You Go: Box Logo, 2024, by Matt Hilvers is constructed from a cable and box knit Scottish wool sweater, type O-negative blood, and an artery and veins diagram. 

Material World” 
Marianne Boesky 
When: June 20 - July 26
Why It's Worth A Look: Using everyday objects and varying techniques of replication, a diverse range of artists highlights our culture of overconsumption as well as the familiarity and nostalgia of certain objects and materials. Curated by Gina Beavers, this exhibition blurs the boundary between craft and art, the 22 artists featured, including Ghada Amer, Sanford Biggers, and Josh Kline, translating household objects into large-scale abstractions through artificial intelligence, algorithms, and textile work.
Know Before You Go: A screenprint of Robert Rauschenberg’s is included in this show, its intention to comment upon capitalism and the incessant media churn in our digital world. 

Carlos Villa, Group Grope Dream #1, 1982-86. Image courtesy of the artist and Venus Over Manhattan.

Celestial Songs” 
Venus Over Manhattan 
When: June 20 - July 26
Why It's Worth A Look: Curated by Adrianne Rubenstein, this exhibition traces the origins of the 1960s Funk Art movement and the legacy of “California Funk.” Twenty-five artists—whose work spans drawings, collage, sculpture, and fiber works—are united by their free-spirited sensibility. Adeliza McHugh’s The Candy Store Gallery is a major thoughline, the site bringing together many of these artists in the ‘70s.  
Know Before You Go: Further strengthening the exhibition’s ties to Northern California, artist Nik Gelormino sculpted two heart-shaped stools from Redwood to bring a piece of West Coast forest to Manhattan.  

When: June 28 - August 9
Why It's Worth A Look: The old adage of “those who can’t do, teach” is put to bed with this striking exhibition. Bringing together those working as both artists and teachers, “Airhead” reveals how the world of teaching informs one’s artistic practice and how art informs methods of teaching. While these works are in no way didactic, they tease out how individuals and art forms change, often unconsciously, when opening up possibilities for others. Artists in the solid lineup include Laura Bernstein, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jef Geys, and Pepón Osorio
Know Before You Go: Alongside the exhibition, the gallery will showcase teach-ins and performances, dubbed Faculty Meetings, to convene additional artists and collaborative groups like No School and the Young Filmmakers Foundation.

Clementine Keith-Roach, all sides endlessness earth sky as one no sound no stir, 2023. Image courtesy of the artist and PPOW.

Mother Lode: Material and Memory
James Cohan 
When: June 21 - July 26
Why It's Worth A Look: Spanning from the 1960s to the present day, “Mother Lode” refers to beginnings and the universal curiosity in chasing lineage—whether that be the origins of the material world or one’s own origin. Organized by Abigail Ross Goodman, Molly Epstein, and Ellen Langan, the show not only tackles relationships between mother and child but also artists and the land, from which they derive inspiration and materials.  
Know Before You Go: Clementine Keith-Roach’s all sides endlessness earth sky as one no sound no stir features a terracotta urn gently held by four hands, none of which are connected to a body. Rather, two arms caressing the bottom of the urn appear to emerge from the ground under the base of the work.


Making Time” 
Secrist | Beach
When: June 14 - August 17 
Why It's Worth A Look: Consider this an invitation to reconsider reality. “Making Time” features artists whose work explores themes of change, causality, and the nature of identity. A tall order, but one that Secrist | Beach can deliver. 
Know Before You Go: “Making Time” includes work by artists Sarah Bedford, Juan Angel Chavez, Isabella Cuglievan, Michael Dumontier & Neil Farber, Robert Heinecken, Kysa Johnson, Sung Jang, Sterling Ruby, A.V. Ryan, and Claudia Peña Salinas, among others. 


The Art of the Olympics” 
When: June 6 - September 7
Why It's Worth A Look: As part of the 2024 Paris Olympic Games, “The Art of the Olympics” is organized alongside the Olympic Museum to bring together art world heavy hitters of yore like Andy Warhol and Keith Haring. The exhibition features a panoramic aerial view of a soccer match with Andreas Gursky’s Amsterdam, Arena 1 photograph, a print of a soccer ball by Man Ray, and a Duane Hanson sculpture of a bodybuilder. If that isn't enough, the second-floor of the gallery displays posters made to promote previous years of the Olympics by artists such as David Hockney, Robert Rauschenberg, and Cy Twombly.  
Know Before You Go: Fabric from Christo’s seminal installation L’Arc de Triomphe, Wrapped has been repurposed to construct tents for the Paris games.