A few not-to-miss events in NYC: tonight, this weekend, this month

Opening tonight at Flowers Gallery (529 West 20th Street, 6-8pm): Brazilian artist Mona Kuhn's latest series, Native.

© Mona Kuhn

The artist will give a talk about her work at the gallery this Saturday, April 10 at 3pm.

From the Flowers Gallery press release:

"Mona Kuhn, best known for her alluring figurative studies in a French naturist colony, returned to her birthplace of Brazil after a 20 year absence to produce this new body of work. While this journey home was an attempt to reconnect with her personal history, Kuhn soon found that only traces remained. Through the discovery of new people and places, Kuhn has created her abstracted dreams of both the past and the present: the result is a sensual and pensive narrative, depicting lush jungle landscapes, rustic interiors, and captivating nudes."

Read an interview between Heather Snider and Mona Kuhn on Elizabeth Avedon's blog.

Also tonight: Pieter Hugo's closing event of his exhibition at Yossi Milo (525 W 25th Street, 6-8pm) featuring his Nollywood series.

From Yossi Milo's press release:

"Pieter Hugo’s series Nollywood portrays archetypal characters from one of the three largest film industries in the world, “Nollywood” in Nigeria (which is larger than Hollywood and second to Bollywood, according to 2009 UNESCO report). Nollywood produces over 1000 low-budget, straight-to-video films a year.

The photographs in the series were taken with a medium-format camera in the film production centers of Enugu and Asaba in southern Nigeria, using local actors to recreate scenes and characters inspired by typical Nollywood films. The staged images, which recall film production stills, are the artist’s interpretations of the iconic myths and symbols that characterize Nollywood movies. Like the artist’s series The Hyena and Other Men, which was shown at the gallery in 2007, Nollywood  focuses on a unique cultural community in Africa. The resulting images are portraits on the border between documentary and fiction."

And this weekend...Saturday at 7pm: the Camera Club of New York is starting their "Conversations" series, beginning with a film presentation, book signing, and Q&A with Henry Horenstein. (The Arts Building, 336 West 37th Street, Suite 206, 7pm)

From CCNY: "Join us for a special evening with Henry Horenstein at CCNY. He will be signing copies of his new book, Show, which CCNY will have available for sale. Clips from a film in progress by Horenstein, William A. Anderson, and Hillary Spera about Murray Hill, a drag king and toast of downtown burlesque, will be screened. An informal talk with Horenstein will follow the film presentation."

And this month...Tonight kicks off THIRTYDAYSNY (70 Franklin St):

"THIRTYDAYSNY is a celebration of the merger of arts and culture. The challenge was building out, organizing, managing, and presenting a live gallery space open to the public for one month in the heart of New York City. The gallery is curated by Family Bookstore, and the accompanying Thirty Days NY website is headed by Dallas Clayton. The completed Thirty Days Gallery, located at 70 Franklin Street, Tribeca, will feature weekly performances, symposiums, and showcases from contemporary artists, musicians, writers, filmmakers from all over the world."