6 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before October 19

  • MONDAY, OCTOBER 15

    Opening and Performances: “Some Sweet Day,” at Museum of Modern Art
    This week, MoMA begins its three-week dance series “Some Sweet Day,” which pairs some of the brightest talents in conceptual dance from the Judson Church era to today in dialogues that explore the boundaries of movement. Steve Paxton, Jérôme Bel, Sarah Michelson and Faustin Linyekula are some of the dancers in the performance series that occurs at various times in the atrium over the course of the exhibition. Steve Paxton opens the dialogue with his works Satisfyin Lover and State, presented at various times on Wednesday and Sunday. Jérôme Bel responds with The Show Must Go On, presented at various times on Saturday and Sunday. Saturday at 4 p.m., join Sabine Breitwieser, chief curator of the department of media and performance art, and guest curator Ralph Lemon as they lead the two dancers in a discussion about their work. —Rozalia Jovanovic
    Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, Oct. 15–Nov. 4, times vary.

    TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16

    Auction: Dialogues Between Art & Design at Phillips de Pury
    Murray Moss curates a selling exhibition of work that straddles the line between art and design. Some of diverse artists included are Maarten Baas, Paul Cézanne, Kazimir Malevich, Frank Stella and Robert Wilson.—Michael H. Miller
    Phillips de Pury, 250 Park Avenue, New York, 11 a.m.

    Conference: Leaders in Software and Art at the Guggenheim
    A group of talents in the fields of both software and art gather to discuss the growing intersection of the art and digital realms. Participants include keynote speaker Laurie Anderson, as well as Luke Dubois, Mary Huang and Tristan Perich. —M.H.M.
    Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 8 a.m.–11:45 p.m., full day tickets: $500

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 18

    Discussion: “A Reflection on Documenta 13″ at Artists Space Books & Talks
    Besides organizing a hulking series of programs and exhibitions for Documenta 13 in Kassel, Germany; Kabul, Afghanistan; Cairo; and Banff, Canada, the show’s artistic director, Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, also worked with a team to publish 100 notebooks with various writings. Theorist Avital Ronell will share a presentation on the ambitious project, Ms. Christov-Bakargiev will offer a response and Lawrence Weiner will make some remarks. Ms. Christov-Bakargiev will also present a lecture on her Documenta on Saturday at 5 p.m. at Cooper Union, and will be followed by debate among artists Mariam Ghani, Joan Jonas and Michael Rakowitz, who were part of the show. —Andrew Russeth
    Artists Space Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street, New York, 7 p.m., $8

    Opening: William Copley, “The Patriotism  of CPLY and All That,” at Paul Kasmin Gallery
    William Copley was one of the great heroes of postwar art in America, running a gallery in Los Angeles, collecting work by European Surrealists and giving artist grants. He even donated Marcel Duchamp’s last piece, the mysterious installation Étant donnés, to the Philadelphia Museum. He was also one of his era’s most adventurous figurative painters, crafting not only bawdy, sex-filled scenes, but also paintings rich with symbols of the United States, which will be the featured in this show. —A.R.
    Paul Kasmin Gallery, 293 10th Avenue, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Benefit Auction: “Take Home a Nude,” at Sotheby’s
    It’s time again for ‘Take Home a Nude,’ the benefit auction at Sotheby’s. Mingle with artists and hopefuls vying for the chance to take home their very own nude portrait, all for a good cause. Check out our write-up of last year’s event to get the idea. –R.J.
     Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, New York, 6 p.m.