15 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before May 5

  • MONDAY, APRIL 29

    Book Signing: Wolfgang Tillmans at Taschen
    The indomitable Wolfgang Tillmans, who opens 11th show at Andrea Rosen on Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., will sign copies of the limited-edition version of his new book Neue Welt. —Andrew Russeth
    Taschen Store, 107 Greene Street, New York, 7–9 p.m.

    Screening and Talk: Lucien Smith’s A Clean Sweep at the Apple Store
    Lucien Smith’s exhibition of brooms and polaroids doesn’t open at the Suzanne Geiss Company until May 8, but his short film A Clean Sweep premieres tonight at the Apple Store. After the screening, Mr. Smith will chat with his director of photography Deering Reegan, producer Jake Hanly and editor Benjamin Morsberger, along with with Glenn O’Brien and Bill Powers. Genius bar indeed. —Zoë Lescaze
    Apple Store, 103 Prince Street, New York, 8 p.m.

    TUESDAY, APRIL 30

    Screening and Talk: Alex Hubbard at EAI
    Alex Hubbard, who just opened an excellent new show at Maccarone (it features one-person portable drinking bar installations, among other treats), will premiere two new videos that sketch out plans for a full-length project he’s making with Whitney curator Jay Sanders and playwright Richard Maxwell. He’s also planning to screen a few videos from 2012, discuss his work and take questions. Sounds like an action–packed evening. —A.R.
    Electronic Arts Intermix, 535 West 22nd Street, Fifth Floor, New York, 6:30 p.m., $7

    Screening and Lecture: “Object Worshipping: Notes on Claes Oldenburg’s Films, or the Ballad of the Turning Woman” at Light Industry
    Columbia professor Branden Joseph, who has an essay in this month’s Artforum on Oldenburg, will present an illustrated lecture on the artist’s early work in film, including 1969’s Statue of Turning Woman Being Installed in Front of Chateau Marmont, Los Angeles. It’s only been shown publicly once, if at all; this evening, the audience will get to see it via a digital transfer. —A.R.
    Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn, 7 p.m.

    Book Party and Performance: Sun Ra + Ayé Aton: Space, Interiors and Exteriors, 1972 at Blonde Art Books
    “Musician, composer and mystic” Sun Ra is celebrated in this new book along with his collaborator Ayé Aton. The book hypes its many pictures of Ra in full Afro-futuristic regalia. This discussion will feature a slide show and conversation between editor John Corbett and David Grubbs, who will perform a short set following the conversation. —Dan Duray
    Blonde Art Books, 92 St. Nicholas Avenue, Brooklyn, 7 p.m.

    WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

    Book Signing: Tracey Emin “I Followed You to the Sun” at Lehmann Maupin
    The artist signs books ahead of her new show. Witticisms gratis. —D.D.
    Lehmann Maupin, 201 Chrystie Street, New York, 5–7 p.m

    Book Signing: Mark Ryden at Paul Kasmin Gallery
    Mark Ryden will sign copies of his retrospective book Pinxit. —Michael H. Miller
    Paul Kasmin Gallery, 511 West 27th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: Sarah Braman and Wallace Whitney, “Contact High,” at American Contemporary
    Two of the cofounders of the esteemed Canada gallery, sculptor Sarah Braman and painter Wallace Whitney, pair their work. The news release for this is pretty great; here’s a taste: “Like a long drive, the work pushes forward towards something in a landscape, a quotidian sublime grounded by the clunk and funk of a thing prized beyond its obsolescence.” What’s not to love? —A.R.
    American Contemporary, 4 East Second Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    THURSDAY, MAY 2

    Reception: Ethan Wagner, Thea Westreich Wagner “Conversations Cocktail” at ICI
    A cocktail reception at the home of Thea Westreich Wagner and Ethan Wagner, featuring their collection of artworks, a number of which have been donated to the Whitney and the Centre Pompidou. —M.H.M.
    Independent Curators International, 799 Broadway, Suite 205, New York, 6:30–8:30 p.m., $250 to $2,500

    Opening: Philip Taaffe, “Recent Work,” at Luhring Augustine
    Philip Taaffe’s first solo show of paintings in New York in six years is inspired by, among other things, Viking artifacts and Syrian embroidery pattern books. —M.H.M.
    Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Opening: Jannis Kounellis at Cheim & Read
    Visitors to the ADAA Art Show last month may remember barely being able to enter Cheim & Read’s booth due to Jannis Kounellis’s massive sculpture All or Nothing at All. Getting in the gallery this Thursday should be somewhat easier, with Mr. Kounellis’s work (new pieces he spent the winter making in his Bushwick studio) safely set back from the entrance. —Z.L.
    Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: Sara VanDerBeek at Metro Pictures
    Sara VanDerBeek, whose photographs and sculptures have graced the Whitney, MoMA and the Guggenheim, is having her first solo show at Metro Pictures. A big moment! —Z.L.
    Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    FRIDAY, MAY 3

    Opening: Rodney Graham’s inaugural exhibition at new location at 303
    Ever wondered what those construction guys have been building under the High Line on West 24th Street since forever? It’s the new 303 Gallery, pals! Why not swing by on Friday? —D.D.
    303 Gallery, 507 West 24 Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Opening: Piotr Uklański at Karma
    Karma shows selections from the artist’s “Pornalikes,” tied to their new book on the series. It’s in the vein of his Nazis series, which featured film stills of famous actors playing Nazis. —D.D.
    Karma Books, 39 Great Jones Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    SATURDAY, MAY 4

    Opening: Marc Quinn, “All the Time in the World,” at Mary Boone Gallery
    Perhaps most famous for using his own blood to create casts of his head, YBA Marc Quinn appears to be presenting some more traditional media at his upcoming solo show: giant bronze seashells and an oil-on-canvas painting. —Z.L.
    Mary Boone Gallery, 541 West 24th Street, New York, 5-7 p.m.