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Opening: “The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World” at MoMA  Taking inspiration from science fiction writer and cyberpunk hero Williams Gibson, the Museum of Modern art will cease being merely “modern” and will instead strive for timelessness—the works in this sprawling group show all are supposed to exist outside of any era. Or something like that! — Nate Freeman  The Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd Street, New York, 8:00, invite only. Open to the public Sunday, December 14

11 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before December 13

Turner Prize winner Douglas Gordon has a busy week. First, on Tuesday, his Park Avenue Armory commission opens. The work will fill the entire Wade Thompson Drill Hall with a field of water that will flip the Armory’s architecture upside down through in an optical effect created by pool’s reflection. There will also be a series of musical performances by pianist Hélène Grimaud who will play pieces by Debussy, Ravel, Liszt, and more during ten nights that the work is on view. Later in the week Mr. Gordon will open a concurrent show with Gagosian.

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