Two worthwhile group shows are currently on view in New York City. “Rare Specimen: The Natural History Museum Show” is at the Arsenal Gallery in Central Park, through Wednesday, April 12, and features work by Jeff Hoppa (MFA 2004 Fine Arts), Steve Mumford (MFA 1994 Fine Arts) and Alexis Rockman (BFA 1985 Fine Arts). The exhibition, located on the third floor of the NYC Parks and Recreation headquarters, Fifth Avenue at 64th Street, explores natural history themes through subjects that include dinosaurs, prehistoric mammals, birds, carnivorous plants, fossils and skeletons.
A few blocks downtown, at the Austrian Cultural Forum, 11 East 52nd Street, is “Switching Worlds: Desires and Identities.” The group show features work by 1995 MFA Computer Art Department graduates Erwin Redl and Ursula Endlicher, along with MFA Design Department faculty member Stefan Sagmeister. Examining how it feels to be European in America and commenting on global civilization and its margins, this collection of multimedia work will be on display through Saturday, April 15.
Image: Erwin Redl, FADE II, 2004/06. Courtesy Häusler Contemporary, Munich. Photo: Florian Holzherr.