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Five must-see shows to catch in New York City this fall

Distant Symphony by Rooms Studio
On view through Nov. 20 at Emma Scully Gallery

Trot uptown to Emma Scully Gallery to catch a presentation of stunning new furniture works by the Tbilisi, Georgia–based Rooms Studio. In their largest U.S. exhibition to date, founders Keti Toloraia and Nata Janberidze share a collection of designs featuring historical folk motifs with a modern edge, ranging from sculptural chairs to an embossed-copper cabinet, conceived in isolation during the pandemic. Dark, moody and moving, the elegant works are set in an immersive scenography, complete with sound and scent, that is sure to leave an impression.

Objects of Common Interest: Hard, Soft, and All Lit Up with Nowhere to Go
On view through Feb. 13, 2022 at the Noguchi Museum

Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis, founders of the Greece and New York–based studio Objects of Common Interest, share a curiously similar design sensibility with the Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi. Much as the late modern master of sculpture, the duo's practice straddles boundaries between art and design, happily inhabiting the liminal space with abstracted geometric volumes and inviting results. Noguchi himself shared a fondness for Greece and its classical sculpture and architecture; in their installation at his monographic museum in Long Island City, Objects of Common Interest respond in kind with pieces that echo and converse with the simplicity and functionality of his works.

Sheep #1
On view Nov. 4–7 at Japan Society

In a performance series poised to surprise and delight audiences, artist Sachiyo Takahashi magnifies the movements of miniature figurines and projects them onto a screen, along with a live musical accompaniment — a style he refers to as "Microscopic Live Cinema-Theatre." Partly inspired by the work of writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, author of The Little Prince, Takahashi’s latest performance follows a sheep as she quests, searching for an answer to the biggest existential question: What is the meaning of life?

Drift: Fragile Future
Ticketed with select performance dates, on view through Dec. 19 at The Shed

Dutch artists Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta, cofounders of the multidisciplinary Studio Drift, present work that explores our frail relationship with the natural world in their latest exhibition. With large-scale immersive installations of light, sculpture, and sound, nature’s rhythms and flows are highlighted to underscore, at turns, their delicateness and strength. Motion lends to the performative aspect of the works on display, which include light “seeds” and concrete blocks that appear to float and hover in thin air, while an contemplative score by ANOHNI adds to the sensuous atmosphere.

New Museum 2021 Triennial: Soft Water, Hard Stone
On view through Jan. 23, 2022 at the New Museum

For the New Museum's fifth triennial, more than forty early-career artists and collectives ponder the contrary relationship of persistence and change as it relates to nature, social histories, politics, and a collective human spirit. In a moment of seismic shifts both locally and globally, artists are reflecting these developments through activism, preservation, or a re-imagining of potential futures. The show's poetic title, taken from a Brazilian proverb, Água mole em pedra dura, tanto bate até que fura, speaks to a resilience and resistance that upholds the value of slow and incremental, yet impactful, change over time.

Writers: Lauren Palmer and Aileen Kwun
Photo credits: Objects of Common Interest photo by Brian W. Ferry. Inset photo of Rooms by Adrianna Glavianno / 2DM Management.

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