5 Notable Exhibitions Opening in New York This Week

For the inaugural presentation in its newly renovated space, Ulterior Gallery looks to a line from Shakespeare’s Richard II for inspiration: “But time will not permit: all is uneven, And every thing is left at six and seven.” The exhibition seems to ask, when did our world gone sideways into a state of perpetual confusion? The assembled artists, in lieu of an answer, have embraced the best the future has to offer—potential. The program serves as an homage to the gallery’s exhibition history, with a broad range of material and conceptual approaches, including painter Maryam Amiryani, known for sparse still-lifes; the late postwar Japanese painter and sculptor Minoru Yoshida, who created abstractions suggestive of primordial organisms or blooming flowers; and Margaret Meehan, whose multidisciplinary practice explores the societal tendency to assign otherness.
On view May 19–July 9, Ulterior Gallery, 424 Broadway #601.ARTNEWS May 18, 2022

Artists Talk Movies: Harold and Maude

Are you in the mood for an existentially dark, yet lighthearted rom-com about about wonderfully mature women who’s vivacious energy seduces a privilege youth? Us too! We popped the cork of some “organic” wine while talking to Virginia-based artist Margaret Meehan about one of her favorite movies Harold and Maude, which is a direct inspiration for many of her artworks. While watching this film, we couldn’t help but fall in love with Maude as she shows us that “if we want to be free, be free” and how the act of living can be intoxicatingly life affirming. RIP (Resist in Peace) Maude (Ruth Gordon) xoxo . ATM on Apple Podcasts

Dallas Museum of Art Acquires Sculpture

Conduit Gallery is pleased to announce the acquisition of Margaret Meehan’s sculpture, Sad Songs Say So Much (2020) by the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) for its permanent collection.
Margaret Meehan’s Sad Songs Say So Much offers a poignant summation of the artist’s wide studio and research-based practice. Originally included in Meehan’s February 2021 solo exhibition After Laughter at Conduit Gallery, Sad Songs Say So Much was one of a series of terracotta and mixed media sculptures that was created during the global Covid-19 pandemic, the United States’ recent political unrest and a reawakening of the Black Lives Matter movement born from outcries against anti-black violence and systemic racism.