6 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before January 6

I confess to not having seen this (or, if we're being really honest, not hearing about it until just now), but it sounds like a swell way to usher in the new year. MoMA calls this avant-garde doc an "intense, exquisitely crafted portrait of deep-sea fishermen doing battle with their prey in the roiling seas of the wintry North Atlantic. Unencumbered by voiceover, narrative arc, linear time, or any other expository context, Leviathan immerses the viewer in an almost hallucinatory sensory experience." All that and sitting in the dark might even help with the hangover. —Zoë Lescaze
The 
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 2 p.m., $12
Mexico City-based critic and curator Chris Sharp helms this two-venue group show "about monomania and manual repetition." He's put together a pretty wild artist list, including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Wallace Berman, Sebastian Black, Andy Boot, André Cadere, Hanne Darboven, Mierle Laderman Ukeles (whose work is pictured) and B. Wurtz, among quite a few more. —Andrew Russeth

Lisa Cooley, 107 Norfolk Street, and Laurel Gitlen, 122 Norfolk Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
New York last caught up with cunning, inventive Whitney Claflin at Chelsea's Thomas Erben Gallery in the middle of 2012, where she had a bewitching solo show called "As Long As You Get To Be Somebody’s Slave, Too." This is her second one-person outing at Greenpoint's Real Fine Arts, and will include new paintings adorned with "wax, glitter, beads, wine, eyeshadow, paper, small chains" and other materials that sound like they were sourced on Garment District rambles, and works on paper that will be "housed in a black display case measuring 106 inches in length." Sounds great. Can't wait. —A.R.

Real Fine Arts, 673 Meeker Avenue, Brooklyn, 6–8 p.m.
The excellent Sarah Crowner returns to Beauchene for her third show. (How wild is it that Lower East Side galleries have been around long enough to be lining up their artists' third solo shows?) This outing has Ms. Crowner showing her trademark sewn geometric paintings around an "elevated, glazed terra cotta tile floor," which she made in Guadalajara, Mexico. Should be a beautiful one. —A.R.

Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, 327 Broome Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.
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The museum is offering up sonic accompaniment to its stellar Mike Kelley show, beginning with a discussion between artist and publisher James Hoff (Primary Information) and art historian Branden W. Joseph (Columbia University) regarding Kelley's music. The pair will play selections from his early, Detroit-based noise band Destroy All Monsters, and later works before handing the mic over to Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, former members of Throbbing Gristle, which was a big influence on Kelley. The duo will perform their Desertshore / The Final Report LP for the first time in the U.S. —Z.L.

MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, 1-6 p.m., $20 day-of tickets (advance tickets sold out)

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 1

Screening: Leviathan (2012) at MoMA
I confess to not having seen this (or, if we’re being really honest, not hearing about it until just now), but it sounds like a swell way to usher in the new year. MoMA calls this avant-garde doc an “intense, exquisitely crafted portrait of deep-sea fishermen doing battle with their prey in the roiling seas of the wintry North Atlantic. Unencumbered by voiceover, narrative arc, linear time, or any other expository context, Leviathan immerses the viewer in an almost hallucinatory sensory experience.” All that and sitting in the dark might even help with the hangover. —Zoë Lescaze
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 2 p.m., $12

SATURDAY, JANUARY 4

Opening: “Stay in Love” at Cooley and Gitlen
Mexico City-based critic and curator Chris Sharp helms this two-venue group show “about monomania and manual repetition.” He’s put together a pretty wild artist list, including Bernd and Hilla Becher, Wallace Berman, Sebastian Black, Andy Boot, André Cadere, Hanne Darboven, Mierle Laderman Ukeles (whose work is pictured) and B. Wurtz, among quite a few more. —Andrew Russeth
Lisa Cooley, 107 Norfolk Street, and Laurel Gitlen, 122 Norfolk Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

Opening: “Whitney Claflin: Crows” at Real Fine Arts
New York last caught up with cunning, inventive Whitney Claflin at Chelsea’s Thomas Erben Gallery in the middle of 2012, where she had a bewitching solo show called “As Long As You Get To Be Somebody’s Slave, Too.” This is her second one-person outing at Greenpoint’s Real Fine Arts, and will include new paintings adorned with “wax, glitter, beads, wine, eyeshadow, paper, small chains” and other materials that sound like they were sourced on Garment District rambles, and works on paper that will be “housed in a black display case measuring 106 inches in length.” Sounds great. Can’t wait. —A.R.
Real Fine Arts, 673 Meeker Avenue, Brooklyn, 6–8 p.m.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 5

Closings: “Interwoven Globe,” “Julia Margaret Cameron” and “Medieval Treasures from Hildesheim” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
Have you seen that textile exhibition everyone went nuts over? Have you spent time with Julia Margaret Cameron’s spooky photographic portraits? No? This is the last day you can, so hie thee hither. (The reportedly solid show of artifacts from Germany’s Hildesheim Cathedral is closing too.) —Z.L.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

Concert: “An Afternoon of Mike Kelley on Music” at MoMA PS1
The museum is offering up sonic accompaniment to its stellar Mike Kelley show, beginning with a discussion between artist and publisher James Hoff (Primary Information) and art historian Branden W. Joseph (Columbia University) regarding Kelley’s music. The pair will play selections from his early, Detroit-based noise band Destroy All Monsters, and later works before handing the mic over to Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti, former members of Throbbing Gristle, which was a big influence on Kelley. The duo will perform their Desertshore / The Final Report LP for the first time in the U.S. —Z.L.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, 1-6 p.m., $20 day-of tickets (advance tickets sold out)

Opening: “Sarah Crowner: The Wave” at Nicelle Beauchene
The excellent Sarah Crowner returns to Beauchene for her third show. (How wild is it that Lower East Side galleries have been around long enough to be lining up their artists’ third solo shows?) This outing has Ms. Crowner showing her trademark sewn geometric paintings around an “elevated, glazed terra cotta tile floor,” which she made in Guadalajara, Mexico. Should be a beautiful one. —A.R.
Nicelle Beauchene Gallery, 327 Broome Street, New York, 6–8 p.m.

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