MONDAY, NOVEMBER 4
Talk: Carroll Dunham and Alison Gingeras at Karma
Celebrate Karma’s just-published Bathers Trees with a great talk between a great artist and a great curator. —Dan Duray
Karma, 39 Great Jones Street, New York, 6-8 p.m., talk starts at 6:30 p.m.
Opening: “Calder Shadows” at Venus Over Manhattan
A dozen rare Calder mobiles and stabiles will be exhibited in the dark, spotlit so that their shadows—roaming over the walls and ceilings—become the focus of the show. The gallery, owned by Observer columnist Adam Lindemann, will also present a group of the artist’s small, sheet metal maquettes, which he used as studies for his monumental sculptures. —Zoë Lescaze
Venus Over Manhattan, 980 Madison Avenue, New York, 6-8 p.m.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 5
Opening: Gabriel Orozco, “Thinking In Circles” and “Spanish Lessons” at Marian Goodman Gallery
Circles! Circles in paintings, drawings, a new installation and sculptures involving river stones collected from Mexican coastline. No shortage of circles, in other words. In the lower level gallery, Mr. Orozco will stage “Spanish Lessons,” a linguistic laboratory of sorts that will include various events, activities and workshops, with guests like artists Damián Ortega and Wilfredo Prieto. —Z.L.
Marian Goodman Gallery, 24 West 57th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Martha Erlebacher at New York Academy of Art
The academy will present the most complete retrospective of work by late figurative painter and former faculty member Martha Erlebacher, to date. Many of the paintings have never been previously exhibited. —Z.L.
New York Academy of Art, 111 Franklin Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 6
Opening: Peter Doig, “Early Works” at Michael Werner Gallery
Michael Werner presents a “comprehensive overview” of Peter Doig’s work from the 1980s, many of which are being shown for the first time. —Michael H. Miller
Michael Werner Gallery, 4 East 77th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Screening: Squat Theatre’s Mr. Dead and Mrs. Free at EAI
Have you seen “Rituals of Rented Island” at the Whitney yet? Have you perused its fine catalogue? You should. They’re great. This screening is organized in conjunction with that show, which looks at the difficult-to-categorize performance work made in Downtown Manhattan between 1970 and 1980. The film, Mr. Dead and Mrs. Free (1981–83), was made by the Squat Theatre, a collective composed of Hungarians who fled (or were expelled from) their homeland and opened up a performance space on West 23rd Street. It “provides an astonishing glimpse of New York’s downtown underground in the early ’80s,” according to EAI. Squat members Eva Buchmuller and Anna Koos will chat with “Rituals” curator Jay Sanders after the film. —Andrew Russeth
Electronic Arts Intermix, 535 West 22nd Street, Fifth Floor, New York, 6:30 p.m., $7/$5
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 7
Opening: Raqib Shaw at Pace
Why, this is quite a big show! Whole lotta art. You can look at it all. —D.D.
Pace Gallery, 508, 510 and 534 West 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: “Isaac Julien: Playtime” at Metro Pictures
Isaac Julien is back with his latest film, Playtime, which “explores current debates on the relationships between capital, the art world and the individual.” As The Times revealed last month, James Franco is playing a dealer-collector, Simon de Pury an auctioneer and Maggie Cheung(!!!) a journalist. —A.R.
Metro Pictures, 519 West 24th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Talk: John Zorn & Jay Sanders at Columbia
“Curator Jay Sanders and avant-garde composer/performer John Zorn discuss experimental performance practices.” Great stuff for sure. Tied to Mr. Sanders’s new show at the Whitney, “Rituals of Rented Island: Object Theater, Loft Performance, and the New Psychodrama—Manhattan, 1970-1980.” —D.D
Prentis Hall, 632 West 125th Street, New York, 6 p.m.
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 8
Performance: Zeena Schreck and Frank Haines at the Community Church of New York
Zeena Schreck, the composer, musician, graphic designer, Tibetan Buddhist yogini and founder of Sethian Liberation Movement, will play a set with percussionists Hisham Bharoocha and Anders Hermund, “a vocal based work as chant that taps into the ritual use of vocalized sacred syllables, originating from emptiness.” Sounds awesome. And there’s more: artist Frank Haines, who has put the whole evening together, has designed the set. —A.R.
Community Church of New York, 40 East 35th Street, New York, 8 p.m., $15
Opening: Martin Creed at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and Hauser & Wirth
Gavin Brown and Hauser & Wirth present a joint solo show of the British artist Martin Creed. —M.H.M.
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, 620 Greenwich Street, and Hauser & Wirth, 32 East 69th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 9
Opening: “Tue Greenfort: Garbage Bay,” “Agnieszka Kurant: exformation” and “Now Showing: Sam Anderson” at SculptureCenter
A Tue Greenfort solo show? Cool. Agnieszka Kurant also? Whoa, no way. And new work by Sam Anderson? You have to be kidding me! (A detail of a work by Ms. Anderson is pictured.) —A.R.
SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street, Queens, 5–7 p.m.