MONDAY, DECEMBER 1
Screening and Talk: Modern Mondays: An Evening With Ken Okiishi at MoMA
The artist Ken Okiishi, who appeared in the 2014 Whitney Biennial, and who is featured in the current MoMA show “Cut to Swipe,” will screen examples of his work and talk with MoMA curator Stuart Comer and Emmelyn Butterfield-Rosen, an art-history Ph.D. candidate at Princeton. It’s also a release party for The Very Quick of the Word: Congestion and Porosity in the Work of Ken Okiishi?, out now on Sternberg Press. These Monday evening events are always a pleasure. Should be a nice time.
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 7 p.m., $12/$10/$8
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 2
Lecture: Contemporary Art and the Global Turn in China at the Guggenheim
Dr. Thomas J. Berghuis, The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Curator of Chinese Art, will discuss the contemporary art boom in China, focusing on art made after the turn of the century and artists “who strive for more pluralistic visions of culture and identity in their work.”
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 6:30 p.m., $8, $6 for members, free for students with RSVP
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 3
Concert: Kim Gordon & Loren Connors / Gary War at Issue Project Room
Kim Gordon will jam with Brooklyn guitarist Loren Connors. The estimable Gary War will open. What’s not to like?
Issue Project Room, 22 Boerum Place, Brooklyn, $20
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4
Talk: Kerstin Brätsch at NYU
NYU Steinhardt continues its awesome artist talk series with the awesome artist Kerstin Brätsch.
NYU, Einstein Auditorium, Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, New York, 5 p.m.
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7
Screening: Walter De Maria’s Hardcore at Anthology Film Archives
The late Walter De Maria made only two films in his life. This one is a short Western, shot in 1969, starring De Maria and Michael Heizer. Sounds like a ball. Also screening: Walter Forsberg & John Klacsmann’s 2014 Technicolor N.G.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, 7:30 p.m., $10/$8/$6
Opening: “Tightened, As If by Pliers” at Knockdown Center
The artists in this show, according to Knockdown Center’s website, strive to “practice resistance to the mundane anchoring of the present using art as a window through which the past and the future is accessed from the vantage point of the present.” It goes on: “Curated by Joshua Bienko and Leeza Meksin, the show includes works by Julio Cortàzar, Kevin Andrew Curran, Luc Fuller, Angelina Gualdoni, EJ Hauser, David Humphrey, Mary Reid Kelley, Amy Lincoln, Chris Martin, Susan Metrican, Hooper Turner, Alan Ruiz, Harriet Salmon, Michael Velliquette and Sheilah Wilson.”
Knockdown Center, 5219 Flushing Avenue, Flushing, New York, 4–7 p.m.