TUESDAY, DECEMBER 16
Talk: Ann Temkin and Robert Gober on MoMA’s “The Heart Is Not a Metaphor” at the New York Public Library
The artist and curator discuss his stunning retrospective.
NYPL, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 476 Fifth Avenue, New York, 6–8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 17
Talk: Tomas Saraceno at the Guggenheim
No idea why but people are always very frank during talks at the Guggenheim. Perhaps because they’re underground? Inhibitions lower. Regardless, sure to be good.
The Guggeneheim, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, $8-$12, 7–9 p.m.
Opening: “Jeanette Hayes: This American Life” at 55 Gansevoort
If you like 55 Gansevoort, Jeanette Hayes, or This American Life—or, shoot, even Serial—this show is a must for you.
55 Gansevoort Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Performance: SEM Ensemble at Paula Cooper Gallery
The SEM Ensemble–Adrian Rosas (Bass), Jeffrey Gavett (Baritone), Kamala Sankaram (Soprano), Marty Coyle (Tenor), Pauline Kim Harris (Violin/Viola), Petr Kotik (Conductor)–will present Kotik’s Master-Pieces, which is based on writings by Gertrude Stein, at Paula Cooper.
Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, New York, 7:30 p.m. $10/15 advance, $15/20 at the door
Talk: Alain Badiou, “Some Fundamental Characteristics of Contemporary Art” at Tilton Gallery
French philosopher Alina Badiou will present a lecture about contemporary art.
Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76th Street, New York, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18
Talk: Yvonne Rainer at NYU
The legendary dancer chats with the lucky students of NYU. Open to the public!
Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, New York, 5 p.m.
Opening: Angelo Filomeno at Galerie Lelong
The Italian-born, New York-based, and always wonderful artist will present new examples of his “intricately designed and embroidered paintings.”
Galerie Lelong, 528 West 26th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: “The Memphis Group” at Koenig & Clinton
The second part of a joint show with Joe Sheftel Gallery of the wild 1980s Italian design group that went under the name Memphis.
Koenig & Clinton, 459 West 19th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 19
Book Signing: Tony Matelli at Printed Matter
Artist Tony Matelli will be signing copies of New Gravity, published in conjunction with his solo show at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College.
Printed Matter, 195 Tenth Avenue, New York, 6-8 p.m.