11 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before December 14

  • MONDAY, DECEMBER 9

    Drinking and Dancing: Dirty Looks at Bowery Electric
    It’s a Monday here in New York City. It’s cold, and it’s rainy. It’s a pretty nice day to have some drinks and do some dancing, in other words. And here’s some fine news: you can do it while supporting the great Dirty Looks queer film screening series! The 8 p.m. entry buys you a “VIP Toast” and an M Lamar performance. At 9 p.m. you get Bottoms and a host of other great performances. —Andrew Russeth
    Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery, New York, $50 at 8 p.m., $10–20 sliding scale at 9 p.m.

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10

    Screening: Mike Kelley’s Mobile Homestead at MoMA
    This documentary “comprises a compilation of artist Mike Kelley’s Going West on Michigan Avenue from Westland to Downtown Detroit and Going East on Michigan Avenue from Downtown Detroit to Westland.” If you’re not yet familiar with the artist’s Mobile Homestead project, one of his last, you should really check it out. Held in conjunction with his terrific PS1 retrospective. —Dan Duray
    MoMA, 11 West 53 Street, begins Tuesday but there are tons of screenings check times here, $12

    Typhoon Haiyan Relief Benefit at the Lodge Gallery
    A reception for the Lodge Gallery’s benefit to raise funds for the Philippines featuring a huge group of artists. An online auction from Paddle8 will run until December 13th.–Michael H. Miller
    The Lodge Gallery, 131 Chrystie Street, New York, 7-9 p.m.

    WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11

    Talk: “She’s Got What It Takes” at Cheim & Read
    Really quite a roster for this all-women artist talk: Betty Woodman, Deanna Sirlin, Elaine Reichek, Jane Freilicher, Jennifer Bartlett, Joan Snyder, Joyce Kozloff, Louise Fishman (whose work is pictured here), Pat Steir and Ursula von Rydingsvard. What better way to regrow one’s braincells, post-Art Basel Miami Beach? —Zoë Lescaze
    Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12

    Talk: Jens Hoffmann and Sigmund Freud at The Jewish Musuem
    “Participate in an unusual evening of discussion between Jens Hoffmann and Dr. Sigmund Freud, represented by Michael Roth, President of Wesleyan University and author of six books including Memory, Trauma and History: Essays on Living with the Past (2011). Roth curated the 1998 exhibition Freud: Conflict and Culture at the Library of Congress and edited a collected volume of essays on Freud, published under the same title.” If you tell me you don’t want to see Jens have a talk with Freud, you’re lying. —D.D
    The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., pay what you wish

    Event: Conversation and Scotch Tasting with Lawrence Weiner at FLAG
    If you like Lawrence Weiner you probably like scotch. Now granted, the polling sample for this study was very small (me), but I think there’s a strong correlation between the two. Glenn Fuhrman’s FLAG Art Foundation thinks this too. RSVP required but you know I bet it’ll be pretty chill. It’s Weiner! —D.D.
    FLAG, 545 West 25th Street, 6 to 8 p.m.

    Opening: “Touch the Moon” at Louis B. James
    Kristen Lorello helms this group show of 13 artists “whose work evokes outer space through handmade processes and materials found in the home.” Among the names are Demetrius Oliver, Anna Betbeze (whose work is pictured) and David Malek. Looks good! —A.R.
    Louis B. James, 143B Orchard Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

    Performance: Martin Creed, Work No. 1020 at The Kitchen
    Martin Creed, the Turner Prize-winning artist whose work is currently on view at the Hauser & Wirth townhouse, is staging the New York premiere of Work No. 1020 down in Chelsea. Five classically trained dancers, each limited to the five core ballet positions, will perform with live music composed by Mr. Creed and played by his band. Tickets are available here. —Z.L.
    The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, 7:30 p.m., $25 (additional performances Dec. 13-14)

    Opening: Ingrid Calame, “Tracks,” at James Cohan Gallery
    According to the gallery, “The centerpiece of the exhibition, entitled Indianapolis Motor Speedway Pits #4, #7, #9, #26, #32, #33, #35, #37, #39, #40, is a vibrantly-colored large-scale pounce wall drawing wrapping around all four walls of the main gallery and incorporating tracings of tire tracks from the Indy Speedway.”–M.H.M.
    James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

    Opening: Robert Mapplethorpe, “Saints and Sinners” at Sean Kelly
    To commemorate Mapplethorpe’s controversial exhibition, “The Perfect Moment,” 25 years after it scandalized the powers that be, Sean Kelly is presenting 54 photographs, hung in pairs. These will, the gallery promises, “offer the possibility of seemingly endless personal interpretations of the work and a fresh perspective on Mapplethorpe’s practice and his fearless contribution to contemporary photography.” —Z.L.
    Sean Kelly, 475 Tenth Avenue, New York, 6-8 p.m.

    Opening: “Turnkey of Forever After” at Bed-Stuy Love Affair
    This project space is named after a cocktail from the redoubtable Peaches restaurant, which is enough for me to love it, but it also happens to be hosting this superb-sounding group show. Check out that artist list! Sam Anderson, Elaine Cameron-Weir, Win McCarthy, Ben Schumacher, Lena Henke—it’s epic. —A.R.
    Bed-Stuy Love Affair, 214 Van Buren Street, New York, 7–10 p.m.

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