Artists Muse

74440922 Artists MuseArtists tend to be visual, not verbal, but once in a great while, they’ll talk about their work. No explanations promised, of course, but any of these events will boost your contemporary art cred, and knowledge.

The Whitney Museum of American Art
Susan Rothenberg
Nov. 3, 7 p.m.
This Wednesday, Adam D. Weinberg, the Whitney’s director, sits down with Ms. Rothenberg, an artist featured in the museum’s landmark 1978 exhibition “New Image Painting.” In the decades since, she has become only better known for her figurative paintings of horses, spinning bodies and fractured forms.
http://www.whitney.org

New York Studio School
Luc Tuymans
Nov. 4, 6:30 p.m.
Flemish artist Luc Tuymans is known best for understated, languorous, almost out-of-focus paintings that have an ominous air. This lecture takes place only two days before the opening of his solo exhibition “Corporate,” at the David Zwirner gallery in Chelsea.
http://www.nyss.org/lectures

NY Art Book Fair at MoMA P.S.1
Nate Lowman, Paul Chan, Jo Baer
Nov. 5-7
A host of artists will speak (and sign books) at this Long Island City event. On Saturday, Nate Lowman will have a book signing of his Life’s a Beach and Then You Die. On Sunday at 1 p.m., American minimalist Jo Baer, in an interview with her son Josh (publisher of The Baer Faxt), will discuss her Broadsides & Belles Lettres: Selected Writings and Interviews, 1965-2010. At 3 p.m., Paul Chan reads from his new book, Phaedrus Pron. It’s limited edition in print, but an unlimited e-book, so bring your iPad.
http://www.nyartbookfair.com/events

The New School
Simon Fujiwara
Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.
Simon Fujiwara, recent winner of the Cartier Award and Art Baloise Prize, recently showed a piece in London in which he “re-created” an archeological dig for a fictional “lost city.” Here, he’ll discuss the erotic life of his family.
http://www.newschool.edu

The New School
Pawel Althamer
Nov. 10, 6:30 p.m.
Polish artist Pawel Althamer, recently featured in the controversial exhibition “Skin Fruit” at the New Museum, is known for his enormous human sculptures and collaborations with socially excluded groups. Here, the artist will present a hybrid performance-lecture.
http://www.newschool.edu
 
The Museum of Modern Art 
Sharon Lockhart
Nov. 11, 7 p.m.
Artist and filmmaker Sharon Lockhart will introduce her film Double Tide, an intimate portrait of Jen Casad, a woman who endures the monotonous, backbreaking work as a clam digger living in Cove, Maine, the site of a rare natural phenomenon, low tide occurring twice during daylight hours. A Q&A session will follow the screening.
http://www.moma.org/visit/calendar/

The 92nd Street Y
Julian Schnabel
Nov. 11, 8 p.m.
Julian Schnabel, winner of the Best Director award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly, will discuss his latest film, which deals with the tension between Israel and Palestine.
http://www.92y.org

The School of Visual Arts
Rona Pondick
Nov. 16, 7 p.m.
Sculptor Rona Pondick, winner of the Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, combines 3-D computer technologies with ancient sculpture methods to create otherworldly stainless-steel sculptures of human-animal and human-tree hybrids. http://www.schoolofvisualarts.edu