Open Sesame: Art Events in New York

9 Events to Attend in New York’s Art World This Week

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Genieve Figgis “Good Morning, Midnight” at Half Gallery
“The figures populating Genieve Figgis’s paintings emanate from some luminescent netherworld, suspended between life and death, or living life and death or life through death in a land of the willingly lost, enchanted and menacing by turns, where the cauldron of the Weird Sisters who prophesy to Macbeth is recast as the Jamesian Golden Bowl,” says David Rimanelli in an essay. Plus, Half Gallery openings, always a good idea to attend.
Half Gallery, 43 E 78th St., 6 to 8 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17

“FIRE!” at Venus Over Manhattan
Simon de Pury curates a show of ceramics at the ever hot Venus Over Manhattan. An art world crucible if there ever was one.
Venus Over Manhattan, 980 Madison Avenue, 6 to 9 p.m.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 18

“Dave Hardy: The Hairy Hand” at Churner & Churner
Sculptor Dave Hardy, the gallery’s news release states, uses “thick sheets of glass, foam,

Dave Hardy, Lighghght, 2014.COURTESY THE ARTIST AND CHURNER & CHURNER

Dave Hardy, Lighghght, 2014.

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metal, pencils, and the occasional pretzel” in his works, making sculptures that “hover at the edge of stability.” What more can you ask for? For his first show at C&C, he’s made two works that “dominate the gallery space,” including a large diving board, which sounds like a nice way to end the summer.
Churner & Churner, 206 10th Avenue, New York, 6–8 p.m.

“John Miller Artist Talk” at NYU
This awesome artist gives a sure-to-be-interesting talk at NYU.
NYU’s Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, 5 to 6 p.m.

“Thread Lines” and “Xanti Schawinsky: Head Drawings and Faces of War” at the Drawing Center
The Drawing Center will offer up its new shows, “Thread Lines,” which “highlights the

"Thread Lines" COURTESY THE DRAWING CENTER

“Thread Lines.”

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expressive and conceptual possibilities of line, with an emphasis on its making,” in the work of 16 contemporary artists, and a solo presentation of work by the Bauhaus artist Xanti Schawinsky.
The Drawing Center, 35 Wooster Street, New York, 6 to 8 p.m.

Annette Libeskind Berkovits Book Signing at the Jewish Museum
Berkovits, an author and educator who has worked for many years with the Wildlife Conservation Society in New York, will sign copies of her new book, The Unlikeliest of Places, a memoir of her father.
Jewish Museum, Cooper Shop, 1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

“Art, Poetry, and Democracy: A Conversation” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Artist Siah Armajani will appear in conversation with Maryam Ekhtiar, an associate curator in the Met’s department of Islamic art.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bonnie J. Sacerdote Lecture Hall, 1000 Fifth Avenue, 4 to 5 p.m.

COURTESY TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY

COURTESY TANYA BONAKDAR GALLERY

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20

Agnieszka Kurant in Conversation with Jenny Jaskey at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
Agnieszka Kurant, who has a really excellent show on view at Tanya Bonakdar, will discuss her work with Jenny Jaskey, the director of The Artist’s Institute.
Tanya Bonakdar, 521 West 21st Street, 11 a.m.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21

Marie Karlberg at Reena Spaulings
A hotly anticipated show if ever there was one. Over the past few years, Karlberg’s venturesome performances, nightlife events, and artwork have made her one of Downtown’s most closely watched figures, and this will be her first show at Spaulings, where she has worked as a director.
Reena Spaulings, 165 East Broadway, 7 to 9 p.m.

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