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Along with New York's regularly scheduled gallery and museum openings, there's always a slew of art-related events happening in the city just below the radar. Here's the first installment of ArtWeLove's now-to-be weekly events digest to help you navigate the art scene's offerings, on and off the beaten track.
MONDAY: Smell the Music at the Guggenheim
Ever hear the expression "looks so good you could taste it?" What about "sounds so good you could smell it?" Scent artist Stewart Matthew's olfactory opera "Green Aria" will fill a darkened theater at the Guggenheim, bombarding viewers with 22 custom-built perfumes--some nice-smelling, some not--that are meant to tell the story of the struggle between industrialism and nature. Accompaniment from composers Nico Muhly and Valgeir Sigurdsson will translate the scents into music, providing a unique theatrical experience. Performance times: 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
TUESDAY: Bid on Affordable Art
Missed last month's Affordable Art Fair? Try your luck at Phillips de Pury's Modern & Contemporary Editions auction, where you can bid on attractive pieces by artists from Donald Judd and Josef Albers to Maurizio Cattelan and Bruce Nauman, most starting in the $4,000 range. On June 2 at 2 p.m.
WEDNESDAY: Watch Banksy Goes for Baroque
Street-art fans will have their hands full this week with "Whole in the Wall: 1970 - Now," a sprawling exhibition of work by legendary 1970s New York taggers like Blade and Crash shown together with pieces by Banksy and other stars of the European high-graffiti movement. As a commentary on the once-reviled art form's continuing entry into the realm of fine art, the 150-some works are being displayed alongside examples of Louis XIV-era furniture. Ongoing until June 27th. At 529-535 W. 35 Street.
THURSDAY: Help Swoon Sail to Venice
Want to support New York-based street artist Swoon as she sails a fleet of rickety, cobbled-together art ships to the Venice Biennale? A joint benefit for Honey Space and Swoon's ambitious project, the "Swimming Cities of Serenissima," is a fun and easy way to join her crew--and without the threat of pirates, too. Hours: silent auction 7 p.m. - 9 p.m., party 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission: $10. At Honey Space, 148 11th Ave (btw 21st/22nd).
FRIDAY: Get Funkier than Jesus
As part of the New Museum's "Younger than Jesus" show, artists Mariechen Danz will be putting on a song-and-dance performance to activate her life-sized diorama in the show, Fossilizing the Body Border Disorder (2008). Expect ornate costumes, opaque vocals, and a poppy score with the accompaniment of musician Jackson Fledermaus. Time: 7:30 p.m. At the New Museum.
SATURDAY: Explore Atlantic Avenue's Art Scene
Join the Atlantic Avenue ArtWalk to take a self-directed tour of galleries, artist studios, and public artworks along the renowned Queens street that embodies the borough's multicultural spirit. No matter how good the art is, you'll find plenty of amazing food to eat along the way. Hours: June 6 & 7, from 1 p.m. - 6 p.m. both days. Free.
SUNDAY: Smile at Estonian Despair
Round out the week with MoMA's screening of "Sugisball (Autumn Ball)," a black, bleak comedy about sexual distress and alienation by Estonian filmmaker Veiko Ounpuu. Based on a 1979 novel by Mati Unt, it may actually make you look forward to the work-a-day realities of Monday. Time: 5:00 p.m. At MoMA's Roy and Niuta Titus Theaters. $10.