TUESDAY, OCTOBER 7
Performance: “Shakespeare’s Sonnets” with the Berliner Ensemble, by Robert Wilson and Rufus Wainwright
This sure sounds fun! Robert Wilson teams up with Rufus Wainwright to do 25 selections of Shakespeare’s sonnets—in their own style, of course. The description on the website is pretty awesome: “As pallid, genderqueer dramatis personæ, the virtuosic performers smirk and sneer through expressionistic slapstick, while Wilson’s signature sculpting of time, light, and gesture evokes an absurdist dream.” — Alanna Martinez
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Peter Jay Sharp Building, BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, October 7-12
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 8
Party: Storm King Art Center Annual Gala Dinner and Live Auction
The fifth annual benefit for the venerable 500-acre sculpture enclave up Hudson will take place at the Four Seasons, which recently lost a Picasso. To make up for Aby Rosen’s switcheroo, Pace has installed three sculptures by Alexander Calder (the Calder Foundation is an honoree) around the lobby of Mr. Rosen’s Seagram Building, where the restaurant is located.—Nate Freeman
The Four Seasons Restaurant, Seagram Building, 99 E. 52nd Street, New York, 6:30 p.m. Private event. For ticketing information, please visit http://www.stormking.org/gala2014/.
Opening: “Elliott Puckette: New Work” at Paul Kasmin
Elliott Puckett’s first show in four years is her eighth total with Paul Kasmin. This also marks the inaugural show at the new Kasmin space, which is right next to the other two spaces.—N.F.
Paul Kasmin Gallery, 297 10th Avenue, New York, 6:00 p.m.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 9
Opening: “Marisol: Sculptures and Works on Paper” at El Museo del Barrio
In the mid ’90s I became totally obsessed with a Mexican telenovela my grandmother introduced to me, whose protagonist shared the same name as this Venezuelan artist—part of why this show at El Museo del Barrio caught my eye. It’s the artist’s first solo museum show in New York, and will be the first retrospective to highlight her works on paper alongside major sculptures. — A.M.
El Museo del Barrio, 1230 5th Avenue, New York
Party: The New York Academy of Art’s Take Home a Nude Auction
Perhaps the most intriguingly named benefit of the year, the annual Take Home a Nude auction allows well-heeled buyers a chance to put down a lot of cash for portraits with not a lot of clothes. Brooke Shields is this year’s honorary muse, which makes sense if you know anything about Brooke Shields.—N.F.
Sotheby’s, 1334 York Avenue, New York, 6:00 p.m. Ticketed.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 10
Opening: “ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s” at the Guggenheim Museum
The first comprehensive look at the extremely influential German collective Zero, focusing on works by Heinz Mack, Otto Piene, and Günther Uecker.—N.F.
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, 10:00 a.m.
Opening: Spaced Out: Migration to the Interior” curated by Phong Bui at Red Bull Studios
Playing off of the unconventional space Red Bull Studios is housed in, Brooklyn Rail editor-in-chief/publisher Phong Bui curates a show of psychedelic work that sounds like it’ll be a total trip. A brand new 3,000-square-foot vinyl tape installation by Jim Lambie (his first since the 2008 work at MoMA), a “fluffy pink cotton candy colored carpet” and “peach painted walls reminiscent of cake icing,” and a Fred Tomaselli work that features mescaline cactus. It’s unclear whether visitors are encouraged to, you know, partake in the psychedelic fun, if you catch my drift. The press release indicates “good vibrations activated by the visitor.” — A.M.
Red Bull Studios, 220 West 18th Street, New York, private reception and opening Thursday, October 9, 8- 11 p.m.
Opening: Michael Bell-Smith “Rabbit Season, Duck Season” at Foxy Production
Bell-Smith has a degree in semiotics from Brown University, needless to say his stuff amusingly heady, often a play on familiar tropes from games or advertising, appropriated through digital animation or other means. The only image available for this show so far is a cartoon still of a hole blown through a yellow flyer posted on a tree. Signs of a violent hunting season ahead? — A.M.
Foxy Production, 623 West 27th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: Alyson Shotz “Time Lapse” at Derek Eller Gallery
Shotz is having a huge month. She’s already got a show up at Carolina Nitsch (open through November 15) and she’s simultaneously opening a site-specific installation and exhibition at the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College upstate on October 11. All the work explores the overlapping themes of light, gravity, mass, and space. Kudos to her considering her Red Hook studio was devastated by Sandy and all the new work was produced in the time after. — A.M.
Derek Eller Gallery, 615 West 27th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: “Garden of Unearthly Delights: Works by Ikeda, Tenmyouya and teamLab” at Japan Society
Drama abounds in this group show featuring the work of Manabu Ikeda, Hishashi Tenmyouya, and collective teamLab, covering a large swatch of artistic topics “from medieval Buddhist paintings to contemporary anime and manga,” according to the show’s description. And don’t miss a lecture with co-curators Miwako Tezuka and Laura J. Mueller on Saturday, October 11. — A.M.
Japan Society, 333 East 47th Street, New York
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 12
Opening: “Matisse: The Cut-Outs” at MoMA
The show set record attendance when it opened at the Tate in London, and so MoMA is pretty serious about encouraging visitors to purchase timed tickets ahead of time for this. You don’t want to miss the largest show of his cut-outs ever, do you? — A.M.
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York