TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24
Talk: Kim Gordon and Elissa Schappell at the Strand
Kim Gordon returns to the Strand for her second talk this year, this time in honor of her new memoir, Girl in a Band. She’ll be talking to Elissa Schappell, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, about her childhood, her time with Sonic Youth, and the New York art scene during the ’80s. Tickets are currently sold out, but the Strand promises a standby line and standing room in the back.
The Strand, 828 Broadway, 3rd Floor, 7–8 p.m., standby line begins at 5 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 25
Opening: “Surround Audience” at the New Museum
Co-curated by video artist Ryan Trecartin and museum curator Lauren Cornell, this New Museum Triennial focuses on the intersection of social media and life. The exhibition will feature 51 artists and artist collectives from around the world.
New Museum, 235 Bowery, 11 a.m.–6.p.m., $16/$14/$10
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 26
Opening: Alex Da Corte at Luxembourg & Dayan
Halloween comes early this year with Die Hexe, Alex Da Corte’s new, site-specific installation at Luxembourg & Dayan. The press release describes it as a “cross between a dollhouse and a haunted house” that takes up the entire townhouse. Works by Robert Gober, Mike Kelley, Bjarne Melgaard, and Haim Steinbach are curated into the installation.
Luxembourg & Dayan, 64 East 77th Street, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: Claire Fontaine at Metro Pictures
The French “collective artist” continues her interest in theft and readymades with “Stop Seeking Approval,” her second show at Metro Pictures. She’ll be showing “Fresh Monochromes,” a series of monochromes done using a type of paint that never dries and is used by museums to catch thieves, and new sculptures, some of which have razors on or in them. Don’t touch the art.
Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: Lena Henke and Max Brand at Off Vendome
We don’t really know much about what the show itself is about—the press release is pretty cryptic. But this show by Lena Henke (who also has work in the New Museum Triennial) and Max Brand will be the first at Off Vendome, the new gallery from dealer Matt Moravec.
Off Vendome, 254 West 23rd Street, #2, 7–9 p.m.
Screening: Larry Clark’s The Smell of Us at the Film Society of Lincoln Center
Following his show of gritty, uncomfortable black-and-white photography last summer at Luhring Augustine, Clark is coming out with a new film called The Smell of Us. Like his others, it is largely plotless and follows a group of teenagers who do very bad things. The film is curated into Film Comment’s “Selects” series at the Film Society of Lincoln Center. A Q&A with Larry Clark will follow after the film.
Walter Reade Theater, 165 West 65th Street, 8:45 p.m., $16
Opening: Kevin Beasley at Casey Kaplan
The event marks both the gallery’s first show in their new Flower District space and Beasley’s first solo exhibition in New York. The Virginian-born artist will present Movement IV, an epic work selected from an ongoing series of sound-based sculptures which create immersive environments when activated by a performer.
Casey Kaplan, 121 West 27th Street, 6–8 p.m.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 27
Screening: Cao Fei’s Haze and Fog and i.Mirror by China Tracy (aka: Cao Fei) Second Life Documentary Film at the Museum of Modern Art
As part of its “Documentary Fortnight” series, MoMA is screening two films by Cao Fei, the Beijing-based artist and filmmaker who tackles Chinese economic and social issues. Haze and Fog, the newer film of the two, is about businessmen, sex workers, and others who interact in an apartment complex.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, Theater 1, 8 p.m., $12/$10/$8