5 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before January 1

  • THURSDAY, DECEMBER 27

    Screening: Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom at MoMA
    Released in 1975, the year that Pasolini was murdered, Salò, which is based on the Marquis de Sade’s book 120 Days of Sodom, tells the story, in graphic detail, of Italian fascists abusing and humiliating a group of young people after the fall of Mussolini. It’s not exactly easy watching—it’s banned in several countries—but it is bravely unflinching in its dark, prescient vision. (MoMA’s Pasolini retrospective runs through Jan. 5.)
    Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 8 p.m., $12

    Screening: Django at Film Forum
    An inspiration for Quentin Tarantino’s Djano Unchained (2012), Sergio Corbucci’s Django (1966) is a super violent spaghetti Western that apparently did not even have a complete script. (This is not difficult to believe when watching it.) Nevertheless, it’s hilarious, entertaining and even suspenseful.
    Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, New York, 10 p.m., $12.50

    MONDAY, DECEMBER 31

    Opening: Tom Sanford, “100 Little Deaths,” at BravinLee
    Tom Sanford will present a new painting that depicts 100 people who died in 2012, from Joe Paterno to Franz West. Meanwhile, he’s asked a number of artists, including Daniel Heidkamp, Michael Scoggins, Natalie Frank and Michael Bevilacqua to make small works that depict one of the people.
    BravinLee Programs, 526 West 26th Street, New York, 6–9 p.m.

    Extended Screening: The Clock at MoMA
    This is the big night. Christian Marclay’s 24-hour masterwork screens through the night, ushering in the new year. MoMA’s Cafe 2 will remain open until 1 a.m. to serve up food, and its espresso bar, mercifully, will never close.
    Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 10:30 a.m.–Monday, Jan. 1, 5:30 p.m., $25, $12 during extended hours

    EVERY DAY

    Train Show: Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Gardens
    For a few years every year, an impressive variety of toy locomotives glide around more than 140 models of New York landmarks that are installed inside the gardens’ sprawling conservatory. One of the true joys of the holiday season in New York, the train show is an absolute pleasure. Not to be missed.
    The New York Botanical Gardens, 2900 Southern Boulevard, Bronx, hours vary, check website, $25