MONDAY, MAY 13
Opening: Dena Yago at Malraux’s Place
I have never been to an opening at Sebastian Black’s studio, but cannot fault his taste. I have to miss this one tonight because of the Leonardo DiCaprio auction, but if I didn’t have that I’d go in a second. Photo courtesy of Art Observed. —Dan Duray
Malraux’s Place, 253 36th Street (Sixth floor), Brooklyn, 7–9 p.m.
TUESDAY, MAY 14
Memorial: “Daniel Reich: Believer” at Abrons Arts Center
NADA hosts a gathering in honor of the late art dealer Daniel Reich, who passed away in December. —Michael H. Miller
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, 4-7 p.m.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 15
Opening: Dan Colen, “The spirits that I called,” at Oko
There’s not exactly a shortage of Disney-related art in town, what with Paul McCarthy’s immense Snow White sculptures at Hauser & Wirth, but a little more can’t hurt. According to the gallery’s announcement, Dan Colen’s new Fantasia-inspired oil paintings depict “non-figurative and relatively empty landscapes that quote the movie’s overwrought visual elements of magic and fantasy. —Zoë Lescaze
Oko, 22 East 10th Street, New York, 8-10 p.m.
Reading: “A Guerilla Reading by Alex Ross” at the Museum of Modern Art
Every Wednesday, writers have been reading pieces they wrote in response to work in MoMA at the invitation of Kenneth Goldsmith, the museum’s first poet laureate. This week it’s New Yorker music critic Alex Ross. What, we wonder, did the The Rest Is Noise author choose to write about? A Kandinsky composition? Picasso’s Three Musicians (1921)? Something a little less obvious, perhaps? Looking forward to finding out. —Z.L.
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 12:30 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 16
Opening: “Rebind” at Eyebeam
Portland, Oreg.’s enterprising Publication Studio imprint is setting up camp in Eyebeam’s bookstore for one week and organizing a variety of projects. For its “Rebind” exhibition, Publication Studio asked 42 artists to design unique covers for “iconic paperback books.” It’s a nice lineup of people! Among the participants are Sara Greenberger Rafferty, Amy Yao, B. Wurtz, Zak Kitnick, Ruby Sky Stiler and Oscar Tuazon. —Andrew Russeth
Eyebeam, 540 West 21st Street, New York, 6–9 p.m.
FRIDAY, MAY 17
Talk: Suhail Malik at Artists Space Books & Talks
Mr. Malik presents the next installment in his talk series at Artists Space, “On the Necessity of Art’s Exit from Contemporary Art.” This one concerns: “The problem with contemporary art is not the contemporary.” —D.D.
Artists Space Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street, New York, 7 p.m. $5
Talk: Call & Response III: The Political Aesthetic
Part of a series of talks for the 20th anniversary of the Vera List Center. This is an all-day thing, but the talk I selected seems like it might interest our readers. Participants: Simon Critchley, Professor of Philosophy, The New School; Julie Mehretu, artist, New York; Joao Ribas, Curator, MIT List Center; Martha Rosler, artist, Vera List Center Advisory Committee member, New York. Moderated by David Joselit, Professor, Art History, Yale University. —D.D.
Tishman Auditorium, 66 West 12th Street, New York, 2:30-4 p.m.
Opening: Joe Bradley, “Lotus Eaters,” at Gavin Brown’s Enterprise
Wondering what Joe Bradley has cooked up this time? Let’s find out together. —A.R.
Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, 620 Greenwich Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
SATURDAY, MAY 18
Screening: Stan Brakhage at AFA
Anthology will screen six of Brakhage’s early films from the 1950s, including Reflections on Black (1955) and Flesh of Morning (1956). Additional Brakhage screenings are scheduled through the month. —A.R.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, New York, 3:45 p.m., $10
Benefit: 2013 White Columns Benefit + Auction
White Columns will hold its annual benefit, featuring work by more than 90 contemporary artists, including Alex Katz, Amanda Ross-Ho, Andrea Bowers, Elizabeth Peyton, Ryan Foerster and Wade Guyton. —M.H.M.
White Columns, 320 West 13th Street, New York, 7 p.m., tickets required, to purchase call 212-924-4212