Photo by Flo Ngala for the New York Times
In the show Brand New Heavies
at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, three female artists answer the curators’ invitation “to do stuff they haven’t been able to do” elsewhere. For Bard MFA alumna Xaviera Simmons—whose practice includes photography, performance, and sculpture—the show was a chance to try a new medium, ceramics. She has built a 15-foot edifice of clay spheres fired at high heat; two video works are shown within, one didactic, the other brashly sensual.