TUESDAY, DECEMBER 15
Talk: Don DeLillo and Antonio Monda at the Guggenheim
Writer and director Antonio Monda, moderator of the museum’s “Le Conversazioni” series accompanying its exhibition “Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting,” will interview writer Don DeLillo about the influence of neorealist Italian cinema—specifically Michelangelo Antonioni’s 1964 existential film Il deserto rosso (Red Desert)—on his art.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, 6:30—8 p.m. Tickets $20/15/10
Screening and Reading: Michel Auder and Rebekah Rutkoff at Light Industry
To accompany Rebekah Rutkoff’s reading of her recently published, categorically fluid book The Irresponsible Magician, Light Industry will screen a selection of rarely seen videos by artist Michel Auder, a character touched upon in Rutkoff’s book along with a spectrum of other cultural figures including Oprah Winfrey, the Kennedy women, William Eggleston, Gregory Markopoulos, and Hilda Doolittle.
Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, 7:30 p.m. Tickets $8
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 16
Talk: Laurie Anderson and Gavin Schmidt at the Rubin Museum of Art
According to the U.S. Senate, there is apparently such a thing as “climate criminals” now, and acclaimed climatologist Gavin Schmidt is one of them, along with a list of the names of seventeen other scientists around the world. Artist Laurie Anderson will be asking Schmidt—director of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies and a senior researcher at the Columbia University Earth Institute—how we can persuade our leaders to take climate change seriously.
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street, 7–8:30 p.m. Tickets $35/31.50
Party: Eyebeam at Postmasters Gallery
Eyebeam is throwing a holiday party to celebrate “generations of Eyebeam alums and friends working within the expanded narrative of technology,” according to a press release. For the first time, the holiday party will also function as an auction, during which works by artists Aram Bartholl, James Bridle, Jacob Ciocci, eteam, Claudia Hart, Nick Hornby, Daniel Libeskind, LoVid, Kristin Lucas, Michael Mandiberg, Mary Mattingly, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy, MSHR, Lilian Kreutzberger, Brenna Murphy, Rashaad Newsome, Trevor Paglen, Sascha Pohflepp, Ellen Sandor, Katie Torn, Addie Wagenknecht, Chris Woebken, and Caroline Woolard will be sold via Paddle8. FYI: bidding is now live and will conclude at the end of Wednesday night.
Postmasters Gallery, 54 Franklin Street, 6–9 p.m. Free
Talk: Sondra Perry at Electronic Arts Intermix
In her video installation Lineage for a Multiple-Monitor Workstation: Number One (2015), currently on view in “Greater New York,” Sondra Perry shows the weirdest family dinner ever. Women in bright green balaclavas are helped by children peeling potatoes, and it’s all set in the form of windows on a computer screen. Perry’s work, which can often be unsettling and disorienting, deals with how, in the digital realm, racially charged images have become increasingly unstable, for both the better and the worse. Perry will be on hand at this talk to discuss her videos, and she’ll screen My Twilight Zone Thing, a work-in-progress currently being developed in a residency at Recess Activities, Inc.
Electronic Arts Intermix, 535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor, 6:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 17
Exchange: Pia Camil at the New Museum
Ahead of her New Museum show “A Pot for a Latch,” which will go on view in January, Pia Camil will stage an exchange. Visitors are asked to bring “objects of power, of aesthetic interest, and of poignancy.” Monetary value isn’t an issue, but electronics, heavy items, objects smaller than six inches in diameter, and weapons are. When viewers bring in an object of their choosing, they’ll get a limited-edition sweatshirt that fittingly says “Xchange Certificate for the Donation of,” with a blank space that can be filled in when viewers drop of their object.
New Museum, 235 Bowery, 5–9 p.m., free
Opening: “Order” at Essex Street
We don’t know too much about Essex Street’s winter group show “Order,” but it’s got a nice artist list: Romare Bearden, Melvin Edwards, K.r.m Mooney, Christina Ramberg, and Richard Rezac. Given Essex Street’s solid lineup this year, which has included shows from Vern Blosum to Valerie Snobeck, expect this to be another worthwhile show.
Essex Street, 114 Eldridge Street, 6–8 p.m.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 18
Screening and Conversation: “Jonas in the Brig” at Artists Space
In Jonas Mekas’s 1964 film The Brig, a group of U.S. Marine have their morale worn down over the course of a single day. Set in 1957, in a camp in Japan, the film is an adaptation of a play of the same. It’s rare that The Brig gets screened, so it’s a treat that, this week, at Artists Space, the film will be shown with Mekas there to discuss it. Also screening will be Newsreel: Jonas in the Brig, newsreel footage of Mekas making the film.
Artists Space, 55 Walker Street, 7–9 p.m.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 19
Screening: Mulholland Drive at Lincoln Center
As part of its “Lynch/Rivette” film series, which compares seven David Lynch films against seven of those by Jacques Rivette, the Film Society of Lincoln Center will be screening Lynch’s Mulholland Drive (2001), widely considered to be the director’s finest work. Initially created with the intention of becoming a TV show à la Twin Peaks, the film follows interconnecting plots involving an amnesiac woman and the aspiring actress who tries to help her discover her identity, and a disheveled young director trying to find the perfect star for his movie. However, in true Lynchian form, the movie quickly reveals the flexibility of its reality by shuffling the characters along with their stories, leaving audience members to come to their own conclusions.
Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, 9 p.m. Tickets $14/11/9