1. Memory Burn at Bitforms Gallery

Inspired by Argentinian author Adolfo Bioy Casares’ 1940 novel, The Invention of Morel, the exhibition Memory Burn observes mortality and death in relation to recording devices. A group of 8 artists intricately explore ideas of presence and absence through their works, simultaneously referring to the relationship between unforgettable visions burned in the mind and digital burning used to archive memories. Memory Burn opens at Bitforms Gallery on July 10th and runs until August 16th.


2. The Baroque Power Group’s July series at 2 Rivington St.


As an art collective that endorses Spinozan ethics, the Baroque Power Group believes it is their ethical duty to build energy, happiness and fulfillment of all beings through considered creative acts that bear this connectedness in mind. Throughout the month of July, each of the four artists will present a weeklong show that affirms the primacy of nature, the primacy of community, the dignity of the individual, and the gift of consciousness. The July series is on view until July 26th.


3. Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden at New Museum

From his “Computer Paintings” to “Switch Paintings”, Albert Oehlen has been called the most unpredictable German painter working today. From studying under Sigmar Polke in the 1970’s, Oehlen’s usual components in his paintings include angst-free Abstract Expressionist brushwork, Surrealist automatist scribbles, trails resembling graffiti art, bits of popular advertising imagery and even composite images built on the computer. This group of 26 paintings from 1983 to 2011 creates a compelling sense of his varied pursuit of turbulence, his expanding techniques and his deepening as an artist. Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden is on view until September 13th.


4. Philippe Parreno: H{N)Y P N(Y}OSIS at Park Avenue Armory

Prepare to leave sequel logic behind as you enter Philippe Parreno’s exhibit at Park Avenue Armory’s 55,000 square-foot drill hall. In H{N)Y P N(Y}OSIS, the five films, 26 marquee light shows and endless emission of eerie, disjointed streams of sound will make you feel both exhilaration and frustration as you try to predict what spectacle will come next. Tied to New York and steeped in melancholy and nostalgia, Parreno’s slow-paced art films are both hauntingly beautiful and tedious. This sensory journey through both remastered existing works and new projects metamorphoses the building into a perpetually evolving organism. Philippe Parreno: H{N)Y P N(Y}OSIS continues until August 2nd.


5. Summer Show at Petzel Gallery

Three artists, three installations, one gallery. Bringing together the diverse and immersive works of installation artists Jon Pylypchuk, Jorge Pardo and Dirk Skreber, Petzel’s group show is explosive, showing sand-blasted paintings, surreal 3D-printed hanging light fixtures and some highly catastrophic video art of a slow motion car crash. The show will remain on view until August 7th.