11 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before November 18

  • TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12

    Party: Creative Time’s Fall Ball at Output
    This year’s fall ball will “be an immersive hyper-colorized dancethon” with a long, long list of hosts and “mind-altering” music from JD Samson, Tiki Disco, Jeffrey Tonnesen and The Dolls. —Zoë Lescaze
    Output, 74 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, 9 p.m.–1 a.m., $75

    WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13

    Discussion: “John Berger: Understanding a Photograph” at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore
    Geoff Dyer, Christophe Agou, Wendy Lesser and Lawrence Weschler will discuss John Berger’s writing on photography, collected in a new book edited by Mr. Dyer, Understanding a Photograph. —Michael H. Miller
    Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, 547 West 27th Street, New York, 6:30 p.m., $5 donation

    Screening: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here at Film Forum
    The Russian husband-wife team that brought that big boat, The Ship of Tolerance, to the DUMBO Arts Festival earlier this fall and currently has a show up at Pace Gallery are the subjects of a new documentary by the folks that brought you that great Louise Bourgeois doc, Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress and the Tangerine. The film runs through Nov. 26—check the website for details. —Z.L.
    Film Forum, 209 West Houston Street, New York, multiple showtimes, $12.50

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 14

    Benefit: “Buy What You Love 2013: An Auction of Select Artworks to Benefit the Rema Hort Mann Foundation” at Bleecker Street Arts Club
    Two hundred works for sale, the artist’s names only revealed upon purchase, but you almost can’t go wrong here. Artists include Gina Beavers, Van Hanos, William Bradley, Andre Butzer and Aliza Nisenbaum and Ayal Pozanti. —Dan Duray (Beavers photo courtesy the artist and Nudashank)
    Bleecker Street Arts Club, 305 Bleecker Street, New York, $20 suggested donation, 6:30–9 p.m.

    Opening: Gu Wenda “Central Park” at Chambers Fine Art
    True story about Gu Wenda: he installed a large piece that was essentially a net made of hair throughout my college library my senior year and while I have always been a fan of his I sort of sided with the people who were like, “WTF, I’m just trying to get a book here and now I’m tangled up in HUMAN HAIR.” So, maybe a better context for this great artist. —D.D.
    Chambers Fine Art, 522 West 19 Street, New York, 5–7 p.m.

    Performance: “Liz Magic Laser: Absolute Event” at Paula Cooper
    The great Liz Magic Laser will use public performances this evening and Saturday at the same time to make a new video work that will be on view through Nov. 30. Sounds great. If you need a bit more convincing, know that it involves “two actors (who are former congressional staffers) perform[ing] a dialogue in which a political strategist coaches a politician from behind the scenes of a situation room.” The audience will be encouraged to get involved. —Andrew Russeth
    Paula Cooper Gallery, 197 Tenth Avenue, New York, 7 p.m.

    Opening: “Sarah Morris: Academia Militar” at Petzel
    The other day I was talking to a friend, and wondered aloud, “What’s Sarah Morris been up to? It’s been like four years since she’s had a show at Petzel.” Here’s the answer, which will include new paintings and a new film. —A.R.
    Petzel, 456 West 18th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16

    Performance: “Performance: Alina Astrova, Merlin Carpenter, Clayton Deutsch, Ed Lehan, Georgie Nettell” at 345 West 14th Street
    The five venturesome artists mentioned above will present a brunch-time performance, titled Performance, on the northern edge of the Meatpacking District, which I’m told can get pretty wild during weekend brunch hours. Details are scant at the moment, but given the cast involved, it seems like a solid way to spend a Saturday afternoon. —A.R.
    345 West 14th Street, New York, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

    Reading: Daniel Heller-Roazen, Dark Tongues: The Art of Rogues and Riddles at Miguel Abreu Gallery
    I haven’t read this book about secret languages, the latest from Princeton University professor Daniel Heller-Roazen, but it sounds fantastic. Here’s a pithy little description from the event’s release: “From criminal jargons to sacred idioms, from Saussure’s work on anagrams to Jakobson’s theory of subliminal patterns in poetry, from the arcane arts of the Druids and Biblical copyists to the secret procedure that Tristan Tzara believed he had uncovered in Villon’s songs and ballads, Dark Tongues explores the common crafts of rogues and riddlers, which play sound and sense against each other.” Neato. —Z.L.
    Miguel Abreu Gallery, 36 Orchard Street, New York, 7 p.m.

    SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 17

    Opening: Essex Flowers + Lost Soul Enterprises
    Sounds like a rad party! Lost Soul is a “series of audio-visual-party-performances promoting collaboration between contemporary visual artists and DJs” and “on Sunday November 17, [they] welcome nine artists that are collectively responsible for enigmatic newcomer LES gallery Essex Flowers: Phillip Birch, Patrick Brennan, Amanda Friedman, Heather Guertin, Van Hanos, Jeffrey Tranchell, Lizzie Wright, Denise Kupferschmidt and Joshua Smith.” —D.D. (Photo courtesy Bowery Boogie)
    Beverly’s, 21 Essex Street, 6 p.m.–12 a.m.

    Opening: Jessica Mein “Obras,” at Simon Preston Gallery
    Jessica Mein, whose work has made use of salvaged billboards from her hometown of São Paulo, will have her second solo show at the gallery. –M.H.M.
    Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

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