In Venice this week for the opening of the Okwui Enwezor-curated 56th Biennale? Don’t neglect the wealth of satellite events, most just a gondola ride away. Below, a rundown of some of the highlights.
— Zuecca Project Space has a wealth of events this week: An Internet-focused film exhibition (and performance) by Jonas Mekas, opening May 7; “Heartbreak Hotel” — a show of works by the likes of Nick van Woert and Katharina Fritsch, all from the collection of Walter Vanhaerents — opening May 9; and a performance by lo-fi-loving sound artist Haroon Mirza, co-organized by Zuecca, which will take place late on the night of May 7 at the Bauer Il Palazzo Hotel terrace.
— “Venice: Objects, Work And Tourism,” an exhibition by Jimmie Durham that grew out of the artist’s personal research in the Italian city, opening May 6 at Fondazione Querini Stampalia.
— A suite of new paintings by Sean Scully, “Land Sea,” opening at the Palazzo Falier on May 9. (Read our interview with the artist to hear how the jostling canal waters of Venice affected his abstract markmaking).
— A 15-year retrospective of work by Korean artist Minjung Kim, presented by Luxembourg & Dayan, and opening May 5 at Ca’Boto.
— “Edge of Chaos,” featuring work from LaToya Ruby Fraizer, GIanluca Malgeri, Audra Vau, and Egle Rake, opening May 5 at Casa Donati.
— Peter Doig, debuting all new works at the Palazzetto Tito.
— “The Venetian Blinds,” a series of performances by art-bands running May 7-9 at the Teatrino di Palazzo Grassi. Performers include Emily Sundblad and Matt Sweeney; the Rodney Graham Band; the Cornichons (which boasts Jose Martos and Jon Kessler as members); and Martin Creed.
— The Safina Radio Project, a series of boat-hosted performances and events organized by Dubai’s Alserkal Avenue. Participants include John Akomfrah and Raqs Media Collective.
— Looking to unwind with a bit of cerebral silliness? Play a round at Doug Fishbone’s “Leisure Land Golf,” for which artists (including Ellie Harrison and Yinka Shonibare MBE) designed holes. Read our interview with Fishbone to discover why mini-golf offers “a great framework for satire.”
— Tom McCarthy reading from “Satin Island,” followed by a conversation with curator Nicolas Bourriaud, at Palazzetto Bru Zane on May 8 at 11 a.m. (Now’s a good time to revisit our recent S**t My Cats Read interview with the acclaimed British author.)