Things to See in New York This Week

1. Screening of Portrait of Alice Neel, 1976–1982 at the Kitchen
Portrait of Alice Neel, 1976-1982 is an intimate record by filmmaker Michel Auder. He and Neel became friends in ­­­­1975 when the artist was based on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. A close relationship developed and Auder frequently visited her. The film draws from his extensive footage of her, at home, painting, on vacation, and in public, presenting a charming, collective portrait of the artist and insight into her daily life.

2. Storm King Art Center reopens for the 2017 season
After a dreary winter, where the weather seemed to mirror general public malaise, green pastures and corten sculptures are in our future once again! Storm King—a sprawling 500-acre park in the Hudson Valley—is a reminder of the triumph of publicly supported art. New exhibitions will be unveiled later in the season, but for now visitors can enjoy the permanent collection, which includes over 100 works by artists including Magdalena Abakanowicz, Alexander Calder, Andy Goldsworthy, Sol LeWitt, Maya Lin, and Richard Serra.

3. “Pen and Brush Presents… Melissa Febos, Martha Cooley, and Gwen North Reiss” at Pen + Brush
Every month Pen + Brush, a leading gallery and arts foundation dedicated to the advancement of women in the arts, holds a reading series featuring the writings of established and emerging authors. For April, they present Melissa Febos, Gwen North Reiss, and Martha Cooley reading their works.

4. “Cristina Camacho: Tracing the Out of Sight” at Praxis
Colombian-born, New York-based artist Cristina Camacho has an obsession with faces; an obsession that is clear in her upcoming exhibition, “Tracing the Out of Sight.” Her work proposes an encounter with the self, a rendezvous with a canvas whose painting and cutting (and name) transform it into something concrete and relatable.

Both “characters” and “skeletons” reveal a side which is often hidden to us but is also intrinsic to our essence. The moment you find yourself facing a work (pun intended), you are made to engage in a conversation that confronts us with the dichotomy of the piece’s intimacy and its public nature at the same time.