Takashi Murakami does not require much introduction: he is one of the most popular and successful artists in the world. He’s especially known for his trademark “superflat” style: think fields of lush, smiling daisies in outrageously bright hues.
That style is represented in Murakami’s big new show at the Gagosian Gallery on Madison Avenue in Manhattan. But this exhibition, titled “An Arrow Through History,” also looks back, with a room filled with cold, pale paintings based on an ancient Chinese porcelain vase, and forward, with a street-level foyer full of of manga-style images and sculptures. Murakami based on a recent NFT collaboration.
You can interact with a virtual reality simulation of the entire show on Gagosian’s website, but people visiting in person can use Snapchat to see what appear to be live animations floating in the air around the art and viewers alike. : fish swimming in the air, grass and daisies sprouting from the gallery floor. And of course there are limited edition trinkets in the gift shop. Until June 25; gagosian.com
Shakespeare’s inexhaustibility is demonstrated once again in “Fat Ham,” the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that has just premiered at the Public Theater in collaboration with the National Black Theatre.
In a nutshell, playwright James Ijames remixes “Hamlet” into a tight, lively, and outrageously funny story about a young queer black man named Juicy, who is caught between the ghost of an abusive father and the loud, strutting presence of an uncle-turned- stepfather who hates him.
Ijames lavishly samples his source material, excerpts an unforgettable piece from a Radiohead song, and delivers a quirky finale with a whole new take on cycles of family trauma. The cast is excellent and the intimate staging draws you into the action. When I attended, not a few people felt free to shout their support for this or that character. The fourth wall had no chance. Until July 3; publictheater.org
Eddie Palmieri, the Salsa Spaceman, is a living legend and a genuine icon of East Harlem. Who better to kick off the outdoor music season at Lincoln Center? Palmieri and his orchestra will perform Wednesday night at The Oasis, a new dance floor installation smack in the middle of Lincoln Center Plaza, decked out with its own disco ball.
The dance floor opens at 6pm…you can get a quick salsa lesson at 6:30pm, and Palmieri starts at 7:30pm upstairs. June 1 at 6 p.m.; lincolncenter.org