MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19
Exhibition: “Atea: Nature and Divinity in Polynesia” at Metropolitan Museum of Art
Featuring some 30 pieces drawn from American collections and the Met’s holdings, this exhibition focuses on Polynesian artists whose work was often inspired by the natural world and the divine. The show’s title, “Atea,” is a cosmological term for the moment of light that led to the birth of first generation of gods. Objects on view, which date from the 18th and 19th centuries, will range from figural sculptures to painted barkcloth to pieces made out of feathers and more.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, 10 a.m.—5:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Performance: Leila Bordreuil at the Kitchen
At the Kitchen, cellist, composer, and sound artist Leila Bordreuil will present Piece for Cello and Double Bass Ensemble II, the newest work in a series of compositions begun in 2015. Informed by musique concrète, contemporary noise, and spectral music, the performance promises a melancholy amalgam of sounds. It will feature six bassists—Zach Rowden, Sean Ali, Britton Powell, Greg Chudzik, Nick Dunston, and Vinicius Ciccone Cajado—and an opening act by vocalist Charmaine Lee.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, 8 p.m. Tickets $15
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20
Opening: Benjamin Bertocci at Baby’s All Right
In celebration of a new EP by the musician Jorge Elbrecht that features cover art by Benjamin Bertocci, curator Todd von Ammon will present a one-night-only exhibition of music and painting at the Williamsburg venue Baby’s All Right. Along with five figurative works on aluminum by Bertocci, there will be a live set from Elbrecht. CMON and Scott Gilmore are also set to perform, and Brian Degraw of Gang Gang Dance will play a DJ set.
Baby’s All Right, 146 Broadway, Brooklyn, 10 p.m. Tickets $10/12
Talk: Ralph Gibson and Laurie Anderson at the Strand
On the day of his 80th birthday, the lauded American photographer Ralph Gibson will release Self-Exposure, an autobiography that touches on his service in the Navy and his friendships with artists including Dorthea Lange and Robert Frank. Gibson is best known for photos that juxtapose unlike objects to surreal ends. To celebrate his book’s release, Gibson will speak with the artist and musician Laurie Anderson, who has been photographed by Gibson in the past.
The Strand, 828 Broadway, 7 p.m. Tickets $15/50
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Screening: BlacKkKlansman at Museum of Modern Art
As part of its “The Contenders” series, which showcases 2018’s best films, MoMA will screen Academy Award-winning director Spike Lee’s lauded film BlacKkKlansman. Adapted from Ron Stallworth’s eponymous memoir, the movie is a dramatic retelling of a 1970s African-American Colorado cop who goes undercover with the Ku Klux Klan and befriends the group’s leader, David Duke. Like many other films by Lee, it relates past events in America to current ones; the film concludes with a sequence about racist protests in Charlottesville. The screening will be followed by discussion with Lee.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, 2 p.m. Tickets $8/$10/$12