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Frieze Week

London’s sprawling, venerated Frieze Art Fair touches down on Randall’s Island today and runs through Monday. Here are our picks for the week.

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Last year's Frieze Art Fair in London's Regent's Park.   

Uri Aran, Untitled (Ticket Shack) (2012)
Frieze Art Fair; 5/4 and 5/5 at 12 p.m., 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m.; 5/6 and 5/7 at noon, 2 p.m., 4 p.m.
Aran transforms a derelict ticket office on Randall’s Island into an examination room with actors playing the roles of doctors and patients; performances will be filmed and projected live inside the main tent.

John Ahearn: Castings
Frieze Art Fair, 5/4–5/7 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m.
Ahearn resurrects “South Bronx Hall of Fame,” a unique performance-art sculpture-portrait series using live humans. Want to become a work of art? E-mail johnahearnportrait@frieze.com; cough up $3000; and prepare to be coated in molding gel, wrapped in plaster bandages, and left to breathe out of straws. (You do get to keep the cast, though.)

Ryan McGinley
Frieze Art Fair, Booth C4: Team Gallery / Team Gallery, 83 Grand St., nr. Greene St. and 47 Wooster St., nr. Broome St; 212-279-9219
Get a triple dose of the photographer this week: He’s got work on view at Frieze at Team’s booth, and twin exhibitions—featuring portraits of fans at concerts and pictures of live animals arranged with nude models—at both of the gallery’s locations in Manhattan. Stop by the Wooster Street location for a tour of his exhibition on May 6 at 7 p.m., which is taking place as part of “Downtown Night.”

Downtown Night
Various locations; 5/6, 6 p.m.–2 a.m. Visit friezenewyork.com for more info.
Institutions, galleries, and shops all over lower Manhattan will stay open late on Sunday night. Check out Keren Cytter’s new performance at the Kitchen (512 W. 19th St., nr. Tenth Ave.; 212-255-5793; 6 p.m.); pop by for tea to celebrate the launch of Bidoun Book Shelf (47 Orchard St., nr. Hester St.; 212-475-0123; 6–9 p.m.); head to Artists Space (55 Walker St., nr. Church St.; 212-226-3970; 7 p.m.) for “the so-called ‘Alternative Space’ talk”; drop into the the Clocktower Gallery Open Studios (108 Leonard St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-233-1096; 6–9 p.m.); and end the evening at Santos Party House (96 Lafayette St., nr. Walker St.; 212-584-5492; 10 p.m.–2 a.m.).

E-Vapor-8
319 Scholes, 319 Scholes St., nr. Bogart St., Williamsburg (info@319scholes.org); 5/5–5/18; opening party 5/5 7–10 p.m.
Curator Francesca Gavin’s group show, which includes work by Cory Arcangel and Frankie Martin, among others, highlights the relationship between contemporary art and electronic music, and shows us that rave culture isn’t dead—yet.

Pulse New York
The Metropolitan Pavilion, 125 W. 18th St., nr. Sixth Ave. (212-255-2327); 5/3 from noon–8 p.m., 5/4 from 10 a.m–8 p.m., 5/5 from noon–8 p.m, 5/6 from noon–5 p.m.
Sixty galleries from all over the world make up the seventh edition of the New York fair. $25 MultiPass, $20 single day entry, $15 students and seniors, children under 12 free. Visit pulse-art.com/newyork/ for more info.

Frieze Talks 2012: Taryn Simon
Frieze Art Fair, 5/7 at 1 p.m.
Photographer Taryn Simon’s new show opens May 2 at MoMA; check it out, then head over to Randall’s Island to hear her discuss her work.

Frieze Sounds
Frieze Art Fair
Those lucky enough to ride in Frieze’s VIP BMWs will be treated to “composed songs, short stories, and lullabies” by Martin Creed, Frances Stark, and Rick Moody; the rest of us can stream the works once they’re posted on friezenewyork.com on May 4.

The fair runs 5/4 and 5/5 from noon–7 p.m., 5/6 and 5/7 from noon–6 p.m. Tickets must be bought online, in advance; visit friezenewyork.com or call (646-346-2837/38) for more info. $40 one day, $25 one day reduced (entry from 1 p.m. onwards)

Bonus: If all that browsing is making you hungry, Frankies Spuntino, Sant Ambroeus, the Fat Radish, Roberta’s, Standard Biergarten, and Intelligentsia Coffee will have pop-up outposts on the island.

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