11 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before October 21


Benefit: Uptown | Downtown: An Abrons Arts Center Benefit
Time to support the Abrons Arts Center, which each year offers scores of performances as well as artist residencies, gallery exhibitions and classes. The benefit will feature performers Kyle Abraham, Joey Arias, Jack Ferver and James Whiteside, Ellen Greene, Robert La Fosse, Bebe Neuwirth, Philippe Petit (of Man on Wire fame) and “other special guests.” The benefit auction, which includes works by Ryan McNamara, Mark Dion and Josh Kline, closes later today. —Zoë Lescaze
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, New York, dinner 6:30 p.m., performance 7:30 p.m., after party (only for $250+ ticket holders), 9 p.m., $100-$1,000.


Talk: Natalie Frank at Pratt
The terrific Natalie Frank discusses her work and offers studio critiques. She’s got some great stuff cooking at the moment, go to this now and you’ll be in on the ground floor. Plus, should be a good time! — Dan Duray
Pratt Brooklyn, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Alumni Reading Room, Brooklyn, 6:30 p.m.


Opening: Guy Stanley Philoche at Castle Fitzjohns Gallery
New L.E.S. gallery alert! I love an opening that starts later and goes later, plus Philoche seems to be one to watch. Swing on by! —D.D.
Castle Fitzjohns Gallery, 98 Orchard Street, New York, 7–10 p.m.

Performance: 3×3 by Lilacs and Champagne at Lisa Cooley 
Alex Hall and Emil Amos, the duo behind the instrumental band Grails, are giving a performance involving three projectors and three turntables that, according to the news release, will explore “…Psychedelic Singularity, Hallucinatory Physics, Phase Inconsistency, Polyrythmic Tracers, Crystalline Dissolve, Harmonic Decay, and Symmetrical Return.” Pretty much all you need to know, right? —Z.L.
Lisa Cooley, 107 Norfolk Street, New York, 7 p.m.


Reading: Pinsky Reads Poe at Morgan
Former poet Laureate Robert Pinksy reads selections from Edgar Allan Poe, in conjunction with the museum’s new exhibition “Edgar Allan Poe: Terror of the Soul.” Take that, London! —D.D.
The Morgan Library, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, 6:30 p.m., $15 or $10 for Morgan and Poets House Members

Talk: “Was Karl Marx Right?” at the Jewish Museum
The topic of this talk should go without saying. Moderated by Liel Liebovitz. —Michael H. Miller
Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue, New York, 6:30-7:30 p.m. RSVP here.


Opening: Sophie Calle, “Absence” at Paula Cooper Gallery
For her latest solo show, Sophie Calle will present an ongoing project relating to the death of her mother as well as a new series inspired by the 13 works stolen from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, where the artist has a show opening on Oct. 24. —Z.L.
Paula Cooper Gallery, 534 West 21st Street, New York, 6-8 p.m. 

Book Signing: Alain de Botton “Art as Therapy” at Cooper Union
Alain de Botton will sign copies of his new book, Art as Therapy, written with art historian John Armstrong. –M.H.M.
Cooper Union, The Great Hall, 7 East 7th Street, New York, 6:30-8:30 p.m.


Performance: “Suzanne Lacy: Between the Door and the Street” in Brooklyn
The day has finally arrived! Some 300 women (“and a few men,” according to press materials) will take to the residential stoops of Park Place to discuss gender politics, for an unscripted work by social practice artist Suzanne Lacy. You are invited to wander among the discussions. It’s a project by Creative Time and Brooklyn Museum. Should be great. —Andrew Russeth
Park Place, between Underhill and Vanderbilt Avenues (enter via Vanderbilt), Brooklyn, 4:30 p.m.

Openings: “Monica Cook: Milk Fruit” and “Steve Mumford: The Snow Leopard” at Postmasters
Postmasters will officially inaugurate their new Tribeca space with their second Monica Cook show, which involves “a complete and intricately-realized cosmology of sacrifice and reciprocity embodied by a parade of delicate, soulful animals and their jerry-built chariots,” according to a release, and drawings by Steve Mumford that he made in Guantanamo Bay on two trips earlier this year for Harper’s Magazine. —A.R.
Postmasters Gallery, 54 Franklin Street, New York, 5–8 p.m.


Performance: “Luther Price: How Deep is Your Love?” at MoMA PS1
The queer film series Dirty Looks is ending its run of programs at MoMA and MoMA PS1 with the redoubtable filmmaker and artist Luther Price. The group has commissioned his first performance in eight years, a “multi-media ice scream clown dance party” that will take place in PS1’s VW Dome. Clowns I can take or leave, but dancing, parties, multi-media works and “ice scream” I love, so I really wish I was in town this weekend. Send me some photos, tell me how it is. —A.R.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, 4 p.m., regular admission

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