8 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before August 6

  • MONDAY, JULY 30

    Screening: Films by Fred Halsted at Eastern Bloc
    As the queer film series Dirty Looks: On Location nears the end of its monthlong run, it offers a series of films made by or featuring Fred Halsted, the director behind the 1972 work L.A. Plays Itself, “gay porn’s first masterpiece,” according to the organizers. Also screening are Sex Garage and A Night at Halsted’s, among other films. —Andrew Russeth
    Eastern Bloc, 505 East 6th Street, New York, 10 p.m.–4 a.m.

    WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1

    Opening: Les Rogers “Summer Swells” at Half Gallery
    Bill Powers met Les Rogers when he commissioned the artist to do an edition for his Exihibition A website. But this was to be more than just a summer fling: now the painter brings new works to the Half Gallery. Don’t delay, hit the opening Wednesday! Half Gallery is best experienced when it’s at capacity. —Dan Duray
    208 Forsyth street, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Opening: “Lost Mirrors” at Con Artist
    Con Artist Gallery debuts “Lost Mirrors,” the first in a series of collaborative works by artist Michael Sharp, the c0-founder and curator of the art organization Wasted Spaces. –Michael H. Miller
    Con Artist, 119 Ludlow Street lower level, New York, 8 p.m.

    Lecture: Jeffrey Wolf “Bill Traylor” at American Folk Art Museum
    Filmmaker Jeffrey Wolf will talk about the work of artist Bill Traylor in light of new contextual discoveries related to the artist’s works on paper. There will also be a preview of Mr. Wolf’s forthcoming film on Traylor. –M.H.M.
    American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square, New York, 6 p.m.

    THURSDAY, AUGUST 2

    Night Tour: Spencer Finch, “Full Moon Tour of Lunar (2011)” at Storm King
    Before the first installation of this work in July 2011, at its first site in Chicago, Mr. Finch used a “colorimeter” to gauge and replicate the precise color of the full moon over Chicago. Now situated in Storm King in the “Light and Landscape” exhibition, each day, as the light outside slowly fades, Lunar soaks up the sun’s energy and uses it to power itself into a glow of the exact color as that first full moon. As Finch said, “every night it’s a full moon.” If you’ve never been to Storm King, this just might be the ticket. —Rozalia Jovanovic
    Storm King, Old Pleasant Hill Road, Mountainville, N.Y., 9-10 p.m.

    SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

    Collection Tour: Art in General’s “Cocktails in the Hamptons” in Bridgehampton
    As the summer retreat of some of Manhattan’s busiest collectors, the Hamptons serves as a kind of hub of some of the best private art collections. For collectors like Eileen and Richard Ekstract and Nancy and Stanley Singer, their summer homes offer an opportunity to rotate some work from another home or bring in new acquisitions. Art in General is offering you a glimpse into their glittering collections. Pop in for cocktails, or stay on for a full tour. —R.J.
    The homes of the Singers and the Eckstracts, Bridgehampton, N.Y., 4-5:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m., respectively, $150 for cocktails, $250 for cocktails and tour.

    SUNDAY, AUGUST 5

    Screening: Edward Kihn’s General Notes for Circulation at Universal Studio
    This is the final day of “The Loitering Presence of a Rational Actor,” a fortnight of screenings presented by a group of creative types operating under the name Universal Studio at the location of the Artist’s Institute. Up this afternoon and evening is General Notes for Circulation (2011) by Edward Kihn. –A.R.
    Universal Studio, 163 Eldridge Street, New York, 3–10 p.m.

    Reading: Anthony Elms, Timothy Porges at Golden
    Golden gallery hosts a reading by White Walls editors Timothy Porges and Anthony Elms. Mr. Elms is also an associate curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art and is an associate producer for Performa, Mr. Porges an author of a book on the artist Harold Boyd. What’s not to like? – D.D.
    120 Elizabeth, ground floor, 7 p.m.