Open Sesame: Art Events in New York

9 Art Events To Attend In New York City This Week


Talk: Tim Hawkinson at the New York Public Library
To celebrate the public launch of sculptor Tim Hawkinson’s digital catalogue raisonné via Artifex Press, the New York Public Library is hosting a three-way dialogue between Hawkinson, his editor Hannah Barton, and acting director of the Morgan Library and Museum, Peggy Fogelman, with introductions by Artifex Press president David Grosz. The discussion will examine both Hawkinson’s career and the collaborative process of creating the catalogue, only the latest edition of Artifex Press’s “living catalogues raisonnés,” which document the most up-to-date incarnation of an artist’s complete body of work in real time.
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium
5th Ave at 42nd St,  6 p.m. (doors open at 5:30 p.m.)

The first three offerings from Paul Chan's New Lovers series. COURTESY BADLANDS UNLIMITED

The first three offerings from Paul Chan’s New Lovers series.COURTESY BADLANDS UNLIMITED

Reading: Paul Chan at the Guggenheim
Following the opening of Paul Chan’s Hugo Boss Prize show at the Guggenheim, the artist will launch New Lovers, a new series of books devoted to publishing emerging erotica writers by his press, Badlands Unlimited. Authors Wednesday Black, Andrea McGinty, and Lilith Wes will read from the first three books in the series—How To Train Your Virgin, God, I Don’t Even Know Your Name, and We Love Lucy—followed by a discussion moderated by Chan.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave, 7 p.m. $12/$8/$5


Lecture: Alfredo Jaar with David Levi Strauss at the 92nd Street Y
Art critic and historian David Levi Strauss, who has collaborated with Alfredo Jaar in the past, will discuss the Guggenheim and MacArthur Fellowship-winning artist’s body of work with the artist himself. Jaar, whose work is often politically motivated, has an exhibit, “Shadows,” currently on view at Galerie Lelong.
92nd Street Y, Lexington Avenue and 92nd Street, Warburg Lounge, 8:15 p.m. $30/$15

Valance (2014-15), by Sascha Braunig.  COURTESY FOXY PRODUCTION

Valance (2014-15), by Sascha Braunig.COURTESY FOXY PRODUCTION

Opening: Sascha Braunig at Foxy Production
Sascha Braunig paints glimpses of people and things in a style that is both realist and surrealist. In addition to her new work on display at the New Museum for the 2015 Triennial, Foxy Production will show more of Braunig’s wavy, kaleidoscopic portraits on until April 18.
Foxy Production, 623 West 27th Street, 6-8 p.m.

Panel: “I Will Resist with Every Inch and Every Breath: Punk and the Art of Feminism” at the Brooklyn Museum
In conjunction with A.I.R. Gallery and the Women and Arts Collaborative at Rutgers University, the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art will host a discussion about the historical impact of punk rock and feminism on art. Moderated by Leah DeVun, the panel will include artists, writers, and curators Osa Atoe, Johanna Fateman, Narcissister, Lydia Lunch, and Astria Suparak, who will speak about the aesthetics and politics of punk through the lens of their personal experiences.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, 3rd Floor, 7 p.m. Free with museum admission


Opening: Kelley Walker at Paula Cooper
For his fifth solo exhibition at Paula Cooper, Kelley Walker will present a dozen of his brick paintings created from 2013-2014. Walker began making his brick paintings—first exclusively in silkscreen, then later adding collaged printed material—in 2005. “I think of the canvas as having a mimetic relationship not only to the wall the work might be displayed on, but also to the structure of the bricks and cinder blocks in the urban cityscape of New York,” Walker once commented. Chew on that, potential buyers.
Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, 6-8 p.m.

How We See/Ajak (Violet) (2014), by Laurie Simmons.  COURTESY THE JEWISH MUSEUM

How We See/Ajak (Violet) (2014), by Laurie Simmons.COURTESY THE JEWISH MUSEUM

Opening: “Becoming Another” at Rubin Museum of Art
This show compares and contrasts masks from Northern India, Nepal, Bhutan, Tibet, Mongolia, Siberia, Japan, and the North-West Coast tribes of North America. Though these masks were primarily used for shamanistic practices, communal rituals, and theatrical performances, the exhibit investigates the overarching human tendency towards identity transformation.
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Opening: Laurie Simmons at The Jewish Museum.
Six new works by Simmons will be on view for “Laurie Simmons: How We See” are inspired by the “Doll Girls” community of women who go to extreme measures to resemble Barbies, baby dolls, and Japanese anime characters via makeup, costumes, and surgery. Each portrait features young women with unnaturally large, sparkling eyes, created by painting onto the models’ closed eyelids.
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue (at 92nd Street), 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m.


Opening: Igor Eskinja at Scaramouche
“Poems of Accumulation and Growth” marks the first U.S. solo show for Croatian artist Igor Eskinja, and will feature sculpture, photography, and site-specific installations—all marked by the deliberate fragility of their transformative state.
Scaramouche, 52 Orchard Street, 6-8 p.m.

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