Friday, May 15, 2009 | |

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Things to check for this weekend.

Asian Contemporary Art Week
Check for over 200 Asian artists exhibiting work at 35 galleries and museums this weekend! Okay, maybe you cant see them all but you can check this great google map for a view of all the venues. Click a venue and see a quick summary of the exhibiting show! Highlights include Tyler Rollins' group show of Southeast Asian artists including Eko Nugroho, Leila Taghinia-Milani Heller Gallery's "Superstars" exhibition of Iranian artists working from the 1960s till today, and Gana Art's exhibition of contemporary Korean photographers.

Through May 18
Galleries throughout New York

The New York Photo Festival
Speaking of photography, after last year’s successful debut, The New York Photo Festival returns this spring with a new lineup of guest curators, talks, exhibitions, and more. With special exhibitions by an international roster of guest curators, the week promises to introduce new dialogue about contemporary photography.

Through May 17
DUMBO, Brooklyn
Curated by William A. Ewing (Musée de l’Elysée), Chris Boot (publisher), Jody Quon (New York Magazine), and Jon Levy (Foto 8)

International Contemporary Furniture Fair
With 552 exhibitors at the 21st annual ICFF, with almost half showing from out of the country, this furniture extravaganza is not to be missed! This year, the fair even boasts of a "Japan by Design" hall, a designboom Mart, and the bookstore run by Archivia Books, the renowned independent bookstore headquartered in New York City on Lexington Avenue. "A specialist in illustrated books, Archivia Books carries a comprehensive and passionately curated inventory of art-related books from domestic and foreign publishers, as well as out-of-print titles from all over the world!" Check out special talks at the bookstore by design superstars Karim Rashid, Thad Hayes, Donald Kaufman, and Richard Mishaan.

May 16-19
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
655 West 34th Street