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Thursday, September 3, 2009

AS LONG AS YOU'RE THERE

Art lovers heading to New York for the Labor Day weekend won't want to miss the Dan Graham show, which runs through Oct. 11 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. (Call 212-570-3600 or visit http://www.whitney.org.)

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But, to steal the language of the dot-coms, museum-goers who like "Dan Graham: Beyond" may also enjoy:

-- In & Out of Amsterdam: Travels in Conceptual Art, 1960--1976 This fascinating exhibition takes a look at a moment when the Dutch city was the place to go for cutting-edge art of the brainier variety, by artists from all over. It includes big names that went on to do big things: Sol LeWitt, Gilbert and George, Lawrence Weiner. And also less famous artists whose careers were cut short: Bas Jan Ader moved to Los Angeles, then was lost when the boat he was sailing back across the Atlantic disappeared; Charlotte Posenenske, a German sculptor of great promise, abandoned art for sociology. At the Museum of Modern Art through Oct. 5. Call 212-708-9400 or visit http://www.moma.org.

-- Object Factory: The Art of Industrial Ceramics One of the best New York shows of the summer, closing too soon. It presents some of the most daring functional objects made in recent years. The plates and bowls and objects in this show play ultra-clever games with our expectations about mass-produced china. At their best, they're also profound. At Columbus Circle's new Museum of Arts and Design through Sept. 13. Call 212-299-7777 or visit http://www.madmuseum.org.

-- Reflections on the Electric Mirror: New Feminist Video A mini-survey that shows the modest aspirations of today's feminist artists, but also their success at achieving them. Strident politics and vocal demands for equality have been replaced by subtle wit and humor, or intense inwardness. At the Brooklyn Museum through Jan. 10. Call 718-638-5000 or visit http://www.brooklynmuseum.org.

-- Kenneth Anger Landmark pieces from the career of one of the most radically experimental filmmakers of the past 50 years. Rather than simply fiddling with the forms and techniques of cinema as abstract art, Anger has pointed his movie camera at vexed subject matter, such as homoerotic desire and the occult. At P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center through Sept. 14. Call 718-784-2084 or visit http://www.ps1.org.


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