MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
Performance: And Martin, by Brendan Fowler, at MoMA
Brendan Fowler, who’s featured in MoMA’s just-opened “New Photography 2013” show will perform in the museum’s atrium. He used to do some wild performances—hybrid lectures and rock shows—under the name BARR that were really, really great. (Poke around online to find some that old material.) This new project “mines a wider field of both the stand-up show and the TED Talk,” according to the museum. Which sounds nice. If you can’t cut out of work today, it will stream online on MoMA’s website, right here. —Andrew Russeth
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 4:30 p.m., regular museum admission
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
Opening: “Environments” at e-flux
Portuguese artists Pedro Neves Marques and Mariana Silva have collaborated on this show, which takes as its starting point the 1972 Volkswagen Foundation-sponsored report The Limits to Growth, and deals with the ongoing international economic crisis in videos and events that will be organized throughout the run of the show. Judging by the great, vaguely apocalyptic tone of the press release (give it a read), this is going to be one intense, intriguing show. —A.R.
e-flux, 311 East Broadway, New York, 7–9 p.m.
Opening: Paola Pivi, “Ok, you are better than me, so what?” at Perrotin
This is the inaugural show for Emmanuel Perrotin’s New York gallery. —Dan Duray
Perrotin Gallery, 909 Madison Avenue, New York, 6–8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
Talk: “Sol LeWitt Wall Drawings: A Panel Discussion” at Paula Cooper
Paula Cooper Gallery is really on a discussion streak. Last week brought a blockbuster Charles Gaines talk, and this week is bringing a panel on Sol LeWitt’s wall drawings (there’s a fine one on view at the gallery now), with Béatrice Gross, who’s editing the catalogue raisonné of the artist’s wall works, John Hogan, who is the technical manager for the estate of Sol LeWitt (no small task given what goes into making some of LeWitt’s pieces) and Ann Temkin, who needs no introduction. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or (212) 255-1105. —A.R.
Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, New York, 7–8 p.m.
Opening: “Audible Presence: Lucio Fontana, Yves Klein, Cy Twombly” at Dominique Lévy
For the inaugural exhibition at her first solo space in New York, Dominique Lévy will present more than 30 paintings and sculptures by three contemporary giants that deal with sound, music and silence. Rarities include a Fontana installation conceived for a private Milanese home and Yves Klein’s only all-white sponge painting. Klein’s Monotone-Silence Symphony, in which a single note is held for 20 minutes followed by a 20-minute period of silence, will be performed by a 32-piece orchestra and several dozen singers at 8 p.m. in the Madison Avenue Presbyterian Church. —Zoë Lescaze
Dominique Lévy, 909 Madison Avenue, New York, 6-9 p.m.
Forum: “Theaster Gates: A Way of Working” at the New School
The New School hosts a public forum on Theaster Gates’s Dorchester Projects, followed by a lecture by the artist. –Michael H. Miler
Public forum: Sept. 18, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Sept. 19, 10 a.m.-noon, Teresa Lang Community and Student Center, 55 West 13th Street, New York; lecture: Sept. 18, Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, New York, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Opening: “Decartes’s Daughter” Group Show at Swiss Institute
“A group show,” you say. “But-but-but I thought the summer was over?!” Chill out, Dad, you can have a group show in the fall too. This one is curated by Piper Marshall. —D.D.
Swiss Institute, 18 Wooster Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Exhibition: T.J. Wilcox, “In The Air,” at the Whitney Museum of American Art
New York-based artist T.J. Wilcox will surround viewers with a panoramic film installation projected on an enormous circular screen that will occupy most of the museum’s second floor. The exhibition will also include works from the museum’s collection by artists like Yoko Ono and Felix Gonzalez-Torres, selected by Mr. Wilcox. —Z.L.
The Whitney, 945 Madison Avenue, New York, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Fair: The NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1
Make a pilgrimage to PS1 this weekend for Printed Matter’s eighth annual fair featuring books, journals, zines, monographs, catalogs, prints, photographs, flipbooks and other publications from all over the country and world. The list of exhibitors is larger this year, and ranges from Ivy League university presses to independent and experimental publishers. The preview on Thursday will involve a performance from underground dance outfit MASKS. —Z.L.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, Thursday (preview), 6–9 p.m.; Friday, 12–7 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m–7 p.m.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
Opening: Richard Hollis at Artists Space Books & Talks
The influential graphic designer opens a show at Artists Space. —D.D.
Artists Space Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22
Symposium: Who Is Jack Goldstein? at the Jewish Museum
A symposium on the artist Jack Goldstein featuring keynote speaker Morgan Fischer, along with panelists Robert Longo, Matt Mullican, Troy Brauntuch, Kathryn Andrews and Paul Pfeiffer, moderated by art historians Julia Robinson and Claire Bishop. –M.H.M.
Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, 12:30–4:30 p.m., $12 adults, $8 seniors/students, $5 members