8 Things to Do in New York Before May 14

  • TUESDAY, MAY 8

    Talk: Bill Kelly in Conversation with Chuck Close at CUNY Graduate Center
    CUNY Graduate Center hosts a conversation between Chuck Close, whose large-scale portraits are among the most recognizable works in contemporary art, and its president, Bill Kelly. –Michael H. Miller
    Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, tickets available at smarttix.com or 212-868-4444, 6:30 p.m.

    THURSDAY, MAY 10

    Opening: Sam Falls at American Contemporary
    In much of his work, Mr. Falls carries photography into brilliant and unexpected places. On the more traditional end of the spectrum, he has drawn on top of prints (a richly colored example is on view uptown at Higher Pictures through May 26), but he also used the sun to fade and color stretches of fabric, making photograms in the most rawest, most elemental sense. No doubt the indefatigable artist has some new inventions to offer here. —Andrew Russeth
    American Contemporary, 4 East 2nd Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Artist Talk: Liam Gillick and Simon Critchley at the Brooklyn Museum
    Philosopher Simon Critchley and artist Liam Gillick take prompts from the audience to kick off a talk about how the intersection of their work touches on the subject of utopianism. Visitors can submit questions in advance via the Brooklyn Museum’s various social media sites. —Rozalia Jovanovic
    Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 7 p.m.

    Opening: Ari Marcopoulos, “Wherever You Go,” at Marlborough Gallery
    Photographer and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos is known for his intimate and gritty portraits of artists, musicians and skateboarders, and his own history as a member of the downtown New York scene, and an assistant to Andy Warhol. Among his latest portrait subjects is Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks. Seen through Mr. Marcopoulos’s lens, we’re allowed a remarkably personal and fresh look at the athlete. —R.J.
    Marlborough Gallery, 545 West 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    FRIDAY, MAY 11

    Opening: Michael Bauer “H.S.O.P. 1973″ at Lisa Cooley
    Lisa Cooley presents painter Michael Bauer’s first solo show in New York. The title’s acronym is an arbitrary reference to the Hudson River School of Painting, though Mr. Bauer’s bright, chaotic works are pretty much joyful abstractions. —M.H.M.
    Lisa Cooley Gallery, 107 Norfolk Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: Laurie Anderson
    Vito Schnabel presents an exhibit of paintings and drawings by the sound and performance artist, including a tribute to her dog Lola Belle. —Dan Duray
    Unnamed exhibition Space, Greenwich and Leroy Streets, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    SATURDAY, MAY 12

    Gala: White Columns
    Everybody’s favorite, White Columns, hosts its annual gala with a silent auction with works by N. Dash, Andrew Kuo, Billy Childish,Walter Robinson, B. Wurtz, Mickalene Thomas, Spencer Sweeney—there are really too many good artists contributing this to name in their entirety. And it’s for a good cause! —D.D.
    White Columns, 320 West 13 Street, New York, entrance on Horatio, 7 p.m., tickets start at $150.

    SUNDAY, MAY 13

    Opening: “Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City” at Socrates
    Curator Amy Smith-Stewart helms the second part of this two-part show about alternative visions for Long Island City, which have been offered up by four artists: Mary Miss, Rirkrit Tiravanija George Trakas and Natalie Jeremijenko combined with xClinic. An impressive array of public programs—from a kite flight to an outdoor cinema that combines films with cuisine from neighborhood restaurants) served out of a Tiravanija installation—will follow throughout the summer. —A.R.
    Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Queens, 2–6 p.m.

  • CUNY Graduate Center hosts a conversation between Chuck Close, whose large-scale portraits are among the most recognizable works in contemporary art, and its president, Bill Kelly. --Michael H. Miller

    Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, tickets available at smarttix.com or 212-868-4444, 6:30 p.m.

  • In much of his work, Mr. Falls carries photography into brilliant and unexpected places. On the more traditional end of the spectrum, he has drawn on top of prints (a richly colored example is on view uptown at Higher Pictures through May 26), but he also used the sun to fade and color stretches of fabric: photograms in their most raw form. No doubt the indefatigable artist has some new inventions to offer. (Pictured is Untitled Tangerine (Val Verde, CA), 2011)
    American Contemporary, 4 East 2nd Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

  • Photographer and filmmaker Ari Marcopoulos is known for his intimate and gritty portraits of artists, musicians and skateboarders, and his own history as a member of the downtown New York scene, and an assistant to Andy Warhol. Among his latest portrait subjects is Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks. Seen through Mr. Marcopoulos's lens, we're allowed a remarkably personal and fresh look at the athlete. —R.J.

    Marlborough Gallery, 545 West 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

  • Philosopher Simon Critchley and artist Liam Gillick take prompts from the audience to kick off a talk about how the intersection of their work touches on the subject of utopianism. Visitors can submit questions in advance via the Brooklyn Museum's various social media sites. —Rozalia Jovanovic

    Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, 7 p.m.

  • Lisa Cooley presents painter Michael Bauer's first solo show in New York. The title's acronym is an arbitrary reference to the Hudson River School of Painting, though Mr. Bauer's bright, chaotic works are pretty much joyful abstractions. —M.H.M.

    Lisa Cooley Gallery, 107 Norfolk Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

  • Vito Schnabel presents an exhibit of paintings and drawings by the sound and performance artist, including a tribute to her dog Lola Belle. —Dan Duray

    Unnamed exhibition Space, Greenwich and Leroy Streets, New York, 6-8 p.m.

  • Everybody's favorite, White Columns, hosts its annual gala with a silent auction with works by N. Dash, Andrew Kuo, Billy Childish,Walter Robinson, B. Wurtz, Mickalene Thomas, Spencer Sweeney—there are really too many good artists contributing this to name in their entirety. And it's for a good cause! —D.D.

    White Columns, 320 West 13 Street, New York, entrance on Horatio, 7 p.m., tickets start at $150.

  • "Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City" at Socrates Curator Amy Smith-Stewart helms the second part of this two-part show about alternative visions for Long Island City, which have been offered up by four artists: Mary Miss, Rirkrit Tiravanija George Trakas and Natalie Jeremijenko combined with xClinic. An impressive array of public programs—from a kite flight to an outdoor cinema that combines films with cuisine from neighborhood restaurants) served out of a Tiravanija installation—will follow throughout the summer. —A.R. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Queens, 2–6 p.m.

    Curator Amy Smith-Stewart helms the second part of this two-part show about alternative visions for Long Island City, which have been offered up by four artists: Mary Miss, Rirkrit Tiravanija George Trakas and Natalie Jeremijenko combined with xClinic. An impressive array of public programs—from a kite flight to an outdoor cinema that combines films with cuisine from neighborhood restaurants) served out of a Tiravanija installation—will follow throughout the summer. —A.R.
    Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Queens, 2–6 p.m.

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