To Do Wednesday: Ruscha Cachet

Larry Gagosian and Ed Ruscha.

Larry Gagosian and Ed Ruscha.

California art icon Ed Ruscha, famed for his stark paintings of desolate gas stations and floating phrases like “PAY NOTHING UNTIL APRIL” and “HOLLYWOOD IS A VERB,” and the Gagosian Gallery (which is concurrently exhibiting “Ed Ruscha: Books & Co.”) are part of the New York Public Library’s “LIVE from the NYPL” series. Bring your sketch pads and tape recorders as Mr. Ruscha talks candidly with Paul Holdengräber onstage about his prolific career, his many books (including Twentysix Gasoline Stations, Every Building on the Sunset Strip and A Few Palm Trees) and his influence on countless modern artists.

Steven A. Schwarzman Building, Celeste Bartos Forum, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, (917) 275-6975, 7pm, tickets $25