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The Real Jungle Meets the Concrete One
Chelsea’s Magnan Metz Gallery opens “Resurfaced” this week, exhibiting furniture, art, and sculptures by Colombian artists working with traditional materials. Design wonks should get a particular kick out of the fluidly curving wood furniture by a pair of Bogotá carpenters, whose name, Mangle, means mangrove tree in Spanish. Get a sneak peek at the opening reception on Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. (521 W 26th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-244-2344; 4/22–5/28).

Not Your Ordinary Giant Block of Foam
After three weeks of chiseling, the architects–performance artists of the design collective Snarkitecture are nearly done carving out Dig, their human-size ant farm on the corner of Kenmare and Centre Streets. The winding tunnels and seating areas dug into the 3,750-cubic-foot block of architectural foam filling Nolita’s Storefront for Art and Architecture can now “comfortably” house six full-size humans. Join a self-guided tour of their temporarily humble abode at Saturday’s closing reception, just before it’s all taken down and recycled (97 Kenmare St., nr. Centre St.; 212-431-5795; 4/23; 7 p.m.).

Antiquing the Armory
The Art and Antique Dealers League of America’s Spring Show NYC makes its debut at the Park Avenue Armory, theatrically dressed in metalworks, obelisks, and bright colors by interiors maven Lars Bolander. Starting next Thursday, 65 galleries will be showcasing works from eras ranging from sixth century B.C. Egypt to midcentury American. For early access to the goods, buy a $75 ticket to the preview benefit on Wednesday at 7 p.m. (643 Park Ave. at 67th St.; 800-563-7632; 4/28–5/2).


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