OKO, New York

March 13 2014
3:00 PM

OKO Gallery, the East Village project space of uptown gallery Luxembourg & Dayan, has hosted a curious lineup of shows, performances and curatorial projects since its 2012 inauguration. Curator Alison Gingeras, formerly of the Centre Pompidou and of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, invited artist Danny McDonald to do the first installation, a Halloween-themed performance replete with a fortune-teller, black light manicures, and songs by Mindy Vale—McDonald’s drag queen alter ego. For the following show, the gallery featured a rotating cast of paintings by Julian Schnabel, where oversize canvases painted between 1978 and 1981 filled the minuscule 110-foot space in two-week cycles. Since then, Gingeras’s curatorial programming has featured the first American exhibition by Polish artist Jerzy “Jurry” Zielinski (1943–1980) and solo presentations of younger artists such as New York-based Dan Colen and Latvian-born Ella Kruglyanskaya. Perhaps most adventurous was Alex Da Corte and Borna Sammak’s re-creation of multiple faux storefronts within the storefront gallery in an installation that starred the beloved Philadelphia “hoagie” sandwich as protagonist. Don’t miss OKO’s current solo exhibition “Even the Most Beautiful Woman Ends at Her Feet” by David Ostrowski, that will run until April 26. (Simone Krug)