TUESDAY, JANUARY 28
Panel: The Kitchen L.A.B.: “Audience” at The Kitchen
Do you know what the word “audience” means? I thought I did, but I probably don’t. Boru O’Brien O’Connell, Jen Rosenblit and Jay Scheib unpack the word, as part of a series. —Dan Duray
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street, New York, 6:30 p.m.
Lecture: The 26th Annual Rebay Lecture at the Guggenheim
The museum’s description for scholar Darby English’s talk is great, so let’s just let it sing: “In this lecture, Darby English, Starr Director of Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute, considers the intense traffic in ideas about art and culture that animated New York’s art world around 1971. In that year—just as newer forms of radical art practice such as Conceptualism and Earth art were gaining ground—late modernist painting and sculpture exhibited unexpected new capacities, and briefly restored abstraction’s historical alliance with urgent, and otherwise inexpressible, social and political quandaries. Formalism as activism? Let’s see.” —Andrew Russeth
Guggenheim, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 6:30 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 29
Book Launch: Duchamp: A Biography at the New York Public Library
Calvin Tomkins, MoMA Chief Curator Ann Temkin and artist and publisher Paul Chan will talk Duchamp. It’s all to mark the release of a new and revised version of Mr. Tomkins’ Duchamp biography. Can’t beat this lineup! —A.R.
NYPL, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, New York, 6 p.m., doors at 5:30 p.m.
Performance: “James Hoff: Stuck Song Syndrome” at Beauchene
Just when you thought Sarah Crowner’s show at Nicelle Beauchene could not get any more beautiful, the gallery up and announces “that three french horns and two tubas will perform two recent compositions by James Hoff” within it. Those pieces are based on songs by Chic, Cutting Crew and Huey Lewis and the News. Should be a fun one. —A.R.
Nicelle Beauchene, 327 Broome Street, New York, 7:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, JANUARY 30
Screening: The Birds at MoMA
Dunno how I feel about Hitchcock today. He’s the master of suspense, etc. But the movies are pretty schlocky, and yet so humorless. So why don’t you go watch this and tell me about it? —D.D.
MoMA, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, Thursday and Friday at 1:30 p.m., usual movie prices
Opening: Frank Thiel, “Nowhere Is a Place” at Sean Kelly
Appropriately for New York’s never-ending polar vortex, Frank Thiel’s new exhibition at Sean Kelly focuses on photographs of “massive glacial ice formations” in Patagonia. —Michael H. Miller
Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 10th Avenue, New York, 6-8 p.m.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 31
Benefit: Light Industry Party and Silent Auction at Maccarone
A bunch of great artists have donated work to this auction benefitting Light Industry, the Brooklyn film and electronic art venue that shares an address with Triple Canopy. Go grab work by Richard Aldrich, Tacita Dean, Charline von Heyl, Glenn Ligon, Frances Stark, Anicka Yi and others (it will be on view starting Jan. 28.). —Z.L.
Maccarone, 98 Morton Street, New York, 7-9 p.m., $75
Opening: David Altmejd, “Juices” at Andrea Rosen
Expecting some big, intricate sculptures and elaborate installations involving crystals, but who knows what’s in store. Additionally, there’s a three-artist group show featuring Aaron Bobrow, Daniel Lefcourt and Davina Semo going up down the block at the gallery’s second space. —Z.L.
Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 West 24th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Opening: David Musgrave at Luhring Augustine
London-based artist David Musgrave is bringing a bit of everything for his second solo show at the gallery, presenting drawings, sculpture and digital animation. —Z.L.
Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24th Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
Closing party: JIM JOE at The Hole
The Hole will host a closing night party for a show by street artist JIM JOE, who is “not a real person, of course,” according to the gallery. “JIM JOE is reluctant to let us compose a press release, as he/she prefers to avoid the flattening of explanation, much as a poet would cringe to see their poem parsed analytically,” The Hole says. So: I won’t elaborate on the matter. —M.H.M.
The Hole, 312 Bowery, New York, 9 p.m-12 a.m.
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 2
Performance: Jutta Koether and Kim Gordon at PS1
The two will present a “unique event” for the closing of the Mike Kelley show. —D.D.
MoMA PS1, Performance Dome, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, 4–6 p.m., $18 in advance, $20 day of