Reuse Roundup: Galleries and museums in our area

Detail from "Nijinsky" (2010) by John O'Reilly. Halftone montage. Tibor de Nagy Gallery, New York

John O’Reilly at Tibor de Nagy Gallery

O’Reilly (b. 1930, New Jersey) uses razor blades, paper clips, glue, and an old Polaroid camera to collage photographs and found materials, creating intimate worlds that daringly intertwine Italian Renaissance masters such as Caravaggio with pornographic imagery.

-Tibor de Nagy press release

John O’Reilly at Tibor de Nagy Gallery, 724 Fifth Avenue, through July 29, 2011.

Detail from "Diorama for 'A New Life'" (2011) by Matthew Albanese. Dyed ostrich feathers, sewing thread, wood, wire, dyed raffia, chocolate, parchment paper, paint, masking tape, ground coffee, broom and brush bristles, dyed cotton batting, synthetic potting moss, preserved moss, twigs and cotton. Museum of Arts and Design, New York (Image: Matthew Albanese)

Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities at Museum of Arts and Design

Masking tape, ground coffee, broom and brush bristles, dyed cotton batting, synthetic potting moss… The materials used by Albanese for his dioramas sound very much like the materials we have to work with at MFTA. I’m so excited for this exhibition at MFTA recipient Museum of Arts and Design!

Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities illuminates the phenomenal renaissance of interest among artists worldwide in constructing small-scale hand built depictions of artificial environments and alternative realities, either as sculpture or as subjects for photography and video.

-The exhibition’s website

Otherworldly: Optical Delusions and Small Realities at Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle, through September 18, 2011.

Detail from "Old Buddy (For Rosko)" (1993-1995) by Mark di Suvero. Steel. Loan from a private collection for Mark di Suvero at Governors Island

Mark di Suvero at Governors Island

Di Suvero started working with salvaged materials and in a feat of creative reuse, turned a dumping ground into the fabulous Socrates Sculpture Park. His sculptures on Governors Island are not to be missed!

Governors Island—and the di Suvero exhibition—will be open every Friday through Sunday and certain holiday Mondays through September 25. On Fridays, the Island is open from 10 am to 5 pm; on Saturdays and Sundays, from 10 am to 7 pm.

For up-to-date ferry schedules and downloadable maps, please visit Governors Island online.

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