WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 21
Panel Discussion: “The Art of the Figure” at the New York Public Library
This panel—with art critic Donald Kuspit and artists Vincent Desiderio, Natalie Frank, Alexi Worth, and Peter Drake (the moderator)—“explores the genesis and progression of figurative art through the ages,” according to the library, and also looks at how “technology has changed perceptions of the human body and altered figurative art.” Should be a hot Wednesday evening.
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, South Court Auditorium, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, 6–8 p.m., doors at 5:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 22
Opening: Ben Schumacher at Bortolami
Sounds like quite the show. Take it away, press release! “Schumacher will transform the gallery into a staging ground for a submission to the New York City Farm Tower architectural competition, the outcome of which could potentially be realized on 19th Street and 10th Avenue, one block away from Bortolami and adjacent to the High Line.” The show will feature the work of: Peter Friel, Rochelle Goldberg, Jason Matthew Lee, Michael Pollard, Jared Madere, Andy Schumacher, Lillian Paige Walton, Jonathan Gean, Eric Schmid, Jonas Asher, Rachelle Rahme, Lauren Burns-Coady, Elaine Cameron Weir, Jenny Cheng, and Heinrike Klinger.
Bortolami, 520 West 20th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Openings: “Cheyney Thompson: Birdwings and Chambered Shells” and “Annette Kelm: Archive” at Andrew Kreps
Double trouble! New shows from Cheyney Thompson and Annette Kelm! What more do you need to know?
Andrew Kreps, 535 and 537 West 22nd Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Steffani Jemison, Jamilah Lemieux, Alexander Provan, and Michael C. Vasquez at the Studio Museum in Harlem
Pegged to the Studio Museum’s exhibition about Ebony and Jet magazines, “Speaking of People,” the aforementioned will consider the rise of digital media and the new landscape of publishing.
Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, New York, 7-9 p.m.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 23
Exhibition: Piranesi and the Temples of Paestum: Drawings from Sir John Soane’s Museum at the Morgan Library
The Morgan Library will show drawings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, based on his 1777 trip to the ruins of Paestum on the Gulf of Salerno south of Naples. In the collection of the Sir John Soane’s Museum, this is the first time the drawings will be exhibited in the United States.
Morgan Library & Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, museum hours 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. on Fridays
SATURDAY, JANUARY 24
Opening: “Call and Response” at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
Gavin Brown organizes a group show with every artist ever, basically.
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, 620 Greenwich Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: “Voyage to the Virtual” at Scandinavia House
Hey, it’s the first Scandinavia House exhibition “dedicated to digital, moving image, and light-based Nordic art.” Featuring: A K Dolven, Anders Weberg, Ann Lislegaard, Elina Brotherus, Jacob Tækker, Jette Gejl Kristensen, Katja Aglert, Per Platou, Petra Lindholm.
Scandinavia House, 58 Park Avenue, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: Araya Rasdjarmrearnsook at SculptureCenter
It’s the Thai artist’s first U.S. retrospective! Curated by Ruba Katrib.
SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves street, Long Island City, Queens, 5–7 p.m.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 25
Talk: “Lary 7: Single Frame” at Anthology
Lary 7, the founder of the Plastikville Records label and studio and a force in New York art and music communities for decades, will present a slide lecture on the history of the East Village and Lower East Side over the past 35 years. Anthology is also screening a documentary about Lary 7—times are available on its website.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, New York, $10/$8/$6, 8 p.m.