WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 22
Opening: John Baldessari, “Movie Scripts/ Art” at Marian Goodman Gallery
John Baldessari’s new work takes details from famous images in art history, edits them down into nonrecognition, then pairs them with text from movie scripts. “In this way,” Baldessari says, “the details of old dead guys’ paintings (from the collection of the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, where this work will be exhibited in relation to the historical paintings) become illustrations of the movie scripts. I found this mélange of high art and Hollywood amusing.”
Marian Goodman Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, 6-8 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 23
Talk: Mika Rottenberg at NYU
Mika Rottenberg has been on a hot streak lately. Did you see her 2011 Performa piece with Jon Kessler? How about her solo show at Andrea Rosen earlier this year? She’s killing it! You’d be crazy not to sneak out of the office a touch early and hear the lady speak.
Barney Building, Einstein Auditorium, 34 Stuyvesant Street, New York, 5 p.m.
Opening: “Ursula von Rydingsvard: Permeated Shield” at Galerie Lelong
You know her, you love her, she is a legend. For her latest show at Lelong, von Rydingsvard will present new cedar sculptures, as well as bronze works and works on paper that she made with the masters at New York’s Dieu Donné.
Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: “Marina Abramović: Generator” at Sean Kelly Gallery
Marina Abramović’s new show is about “nothingness,” and will require visitors to surrender their cellphones, laptops, iPads, watches, bags, etc. before entering the gallery. They will in turn be given blindfolds and noise canceling headphones to create an atmosphere of “full emptiness.”
Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 Tenth Avenue, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: “Thomas Scheibitz: Studio Imaginaire” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery
New paintings and sculpture from the artist, who worked on the 2005 Venice Biennale’s German pavilion with Tino Sehgal.
Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 West 21st Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Discussion: “Dialogue and Discourse: Contemporary Abstraction” at the Jewish Museum
Joanne Greenbaum, Philip Taaffe, and Stanley Whitney discuss this important subject in a talk moderated by Bob Nickas. Sure to get lively!
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, 6:30-8 p.m.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 25
Opening: “Disturbing Innocence,” curated by Eric Fischl, at the Flag Art Foundation
Eric Fischl curates a group show featuring over 50 artists who use “dolls, toys, mannequins, robots, and other surrogates” in their work. Artists include Will Cotton, George Condo, Henry Darger, Carroll Dunham, Robert Gober, Mike Kelley, Roy Lichtenstein, Sarah Lucas, Richard Prince, Aura Rosenberg, Laurie Simmons, John Waters, and many others.
FLAG Art Foundation, 545 West 25th Street, 9th Floor, New York, 6–8 p.m.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 26
Performance: Bethany Ides “Traumathon” at Knockdown Center
Advertised as a “Bachelor Auction/Craft Fair/Flea Market/Fun Run/Lock-in/Pancake Breakfast/Raffle/Spaghetti Dinner/Talent Show with midway amusements & fun for the whole family” as well as the third movement in a “month-long soap opera,” there truly does seem to be something for everyone here.
Knockdown Center, 52-19 Flushing Avenue, Queens, 2–6 p.m.