9 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before January 21

  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 15

    Opening: Adam McEwen at the National Exemplar
    I don’t know anything about this show except that I like the gallery and I like the artist. Is that enough? Join me on Tuesday and we’ll find out together. —Dan Duray
    National Exemplar, 318 Broadway, 2nd Floor, 6-8 p.m.

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 17

    Opening: Song Dong, “Song Dong Doing Nothing” at Pace Gallery
    This two-space show features a retrospective of 18 of the artist’s works and, in the second location, a new installation that expands the artist’s work shown at Documenta 13. Ya gotta go. Ya gotta! —D.D.
    The Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th Street, 510 West 25th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Opening: “This Is THIS” at Zach Feuer
    Isaac Brest organizes a show that explores “the potential of commonplace objects,” with artists Darren Bader, Alex Da Corte, Nick Darmstaedter, N. Dash, Mark Flood, Brendan Lynch, Grayson Revoir and Zachary Susskind. —Michael H. Miller
    Zach Feuer Gallery, 548 West 22nd Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Screening/Performance: Alexis Gideon – “Floating Oceans” + Three Films by William Kentridge at the New Museum
    This event pairs Alexis Gideon (“an emerging animator and songwriter,” according to the museum) with William Kentridge for an evening of films by Mr. Kentridge and a performance of Mr. Gideon’s Video Musics III: Floating Oceans.” It’s part of the museum’s “Get Weird” program. Sounds about right, eh? But also: fun. —D.D.
    New Museum, 235 Bowery, 7 p.m., $12

    FRIDAY, JANUARY 18

    Discussion: Judith Bernstein and Paul McCarthy in Conversation at the New Museum
    Judith Bernstein, whose solo show at the New Museum, “HARD,” is up until Jan. 20, will discuss violence and sexuality with Paul McCarthy. Moderated by the New Museum’s Margot Norton. —M.H.M.
    New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, 7 p.m., $8

    Screening: Christian Marclay, “The Clock,” at MoMA
    This is the final weekend that MoMA is staying open from Friday morning through Sunday evening, screening Christian Marclay’s The Clock (2010) nonstop. The lines will be long, sure, but the glory of seeing midnight will last forever. —Andrew Russeth
    The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 10:30 a.m. on Friday continuously through Sunday, 5:30 p.m.

    Lecture: Paul Bloodgood, “Artists on Artworks,” at the Met
    Paul Bloodgood is a great choice for the Met’s “Artists on Artworks” lecture series—even if he is better known for ripping up and rearranging masterworks than talking about them. Mr. Bloodgood used to create collages out of Cézanne and Pollock reproductions, from which he would then paint. Though he no longer relies on these assemblages for source material (a 2010 head injury impaired his ability to recognize objects and this fractured vision now fuels his work), Mr. Bloodgood should be able to lend insight to the role of art history in a contemporary practice. —Zoë Lescaze
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Tickets are free with museum admission and will be distributed 30 minutes prior to the talk. 

    SATURDAY, JANUARY 19

    Opening: “Frozen Lakes” at Artists Space
    This group show, curated by Artists Space’s director and curator, Stefan Kalmár, and its curator, Richard Birkett (who just organized a tight, thrilling White Columns Annual), takes as its jumping-off point the legendary “Pictures” show that Douglas Crimp organized at Artists Space in 1977. This exhibition investigates how young artist are approaching images today, arguing that its participants “shift their many attention from the dialectics of production”—the mode of the original “Pictures” gang—”towards the conditions of circulation.” The roster is impressive, including quite a few names we’ve gotten to see only rarely in New York, like Ken Okiishi, Shadi Habib Allah, Charlotte Prodger and Tobias Kaspar. —A.R.
    Artists Space, 38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    SUNDAY, JANUARY 20

    Performance: Aki Sasamoto, “Talking in Circles,” at Soloway
    If you’ve never had the chance to see Aki Sasamoto perform, you’re missing out on a world of pleasure. At one performance I saw by her at a Calder Foundation event last year, Ms. Sasamoto gave a pitch-perfect lecture that grew increasingly surreal as she charted strange diagrams on sheets of white paper, built sculpture almost out of thin air and then began tearing it all apart. It’s a little bit hard to explain, actually. But it was wonderful. This is the second of three performances she’s doing as part of her one-person show at Soloway. —A.R.
    Soloway, 348 South Fourth Street, Brooklyn, 7 p.m.

    Update, Jan. 17: An earlier version of this post misstated the day of Aki Sasamoto’s performance. It is Sunday, Jan. 20, not Saturday.