This Week in New York’s Art World

Published each Monday, Happenings is Gallerist‘s guide to events in the New York art world each week.


Massimiliano Gioni’s Performa Intensive Lecture
New Museum associate director, Gwangju Biennial curator, and Maurizio Cattelan body double Massimiliano Gioni discusses the state of that loved and loathed exhibition format, the biennial, in the first in a new series of curator lectures sponsored by Performa.
NYU Steinhardt School, Barney Building, 34 Stuyvesant Street, between 2nd and 3rd Avenues, New York, 6:30 p.m.


“Toward an Ethics of Art Writing” Panel Discussion
Art writers Adam Kleinman, Patricia Milder, Quinn Latimer and Matthew Schum come together to discuss how they navigate the ethical quandaries of writing in the art world. Writer Aimee Walleston will moderate the action.
School of Visual Arts
, 133/141 West 21st Street, New York, 7 p.m.

“Picasso’s Drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing Tradition” Opens at the Frick
An exhibition of Picasso’s paintings, co-organized with the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., demonstrates the importance of his sketches to his style and process of artistic discovery.
Frick Collection, 1 East 70th Street, New York, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.


Whitney Museum 2011 Gala and Studio Party
The Whitney honors New Yorker writer and Duchamp and Rauschenberg biographer Calvin Tomkins, at Pier 57, near the museum’s future home in the Meatpacking District. A postprandial dance party is also scheduled.
Pier 57 at West 15th Street on the Hudson River Greenway, New York, gala at 6:30 p.m., party at 9:30 p.m.


“Step & Repeat” Opens at Toomer Labzda
For its third show, the new downtown space Toomer Labzda features four artists–Marin Abell, Ivin Ballen, Alisa Baremboym and Leah Dixon–that engage “ritual and process” in their work.
Toomer Labzda, 100A Forsyth Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

Nicola Tyson Reading at Friedrich Petzel Gallery
The painter of colorful, horrific figures reads sardonic letters she has composed to her forebears, among them Manet, Bacon and Picasso.
Petzel Gallery, 537 West 22nd Street, New York, 6:30 p.m.

“Real/Surreal” Opening at the Whitney Museum
From the creepy figuration of Edward Hopper to the near-abstraction of Yves Tanguy, this exhibition looks at the development of American Surrealism.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Avenue, New York, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.


Rita Ackermann Book Launch Party at White Columns
White Columns hosts a signing for Rizzoli’s new monograph of artist Rita Ackermann, which features texts by artist Josh Smith, writer John Kelsey and others. “Perfect Man II,” a group show curated by Ms. Ackermann and Prinaz Mogadassi, is on view now at the gallery.
White Columns, 320 West 13th Street, New York, 6 p.m.


“The Sky Is the Limit/NYC” Performance on the High Line
This public project by Kim Beck will spell out store signage like “Last Chance” or “Now Open” across the sky in skywriting, a performance meant to interact with her statues at the south end of the High Line.
The sky above the High Line, Meatpacking District and West Chelsea, New York, 4 p.m.