MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24
Party: OMGala 7.5 at Hair of the Dog
Just because it’s a slow holiday week, let’s spotlight an event near and dear to my heart: OMGala, the semi-regular art writer meetup that’s been going on for the last few years. It started when one of us put a business card in a bowl at the aggressively brotastic LES sports bar Hair of the Dog and won an hour-long open bar for all of our friends. So, we decided that each time they picked out one of our business cards, there would be another OMGala. Themes vary but are often associated with the progeny of a certain billionaire collector. Occasionally beer pong is involved. A good time is always had by all.—Nate Freeman
Hair of the Dog, 168 Orchard Street, New York, 7:00 p.m., invitation only.
Book Launch: Release: An Odyssey of Art and Recovery at Pablo’s Birthday
A new book features over fifty works made by artists who are in recovery from substance abuse and mental disorders. Copies will be available for $100.—N.F.
Pablo’s Birthday, 57 Orchard Street, New York, 6-9 p.m.
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25
Signing: Marina Abramovic at MoMA Design Store Soho
Did you miss the chance to have Marina Abramovic stare at you until you cried, or lead you around a room blindfolded while you wore noise-canceling headphones? Then maybe you should go by the MoMA design store on Tuesday, where the artist will be present for a celebration of a scarf that she designed with the fashion brand Pineda Covalin. It’s 2014, and Marina Abramovic is designing scarves.—N.F.
MoMA Design Store Studio, 81 Spring Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27
Double Screening: Chinatown and Who Framed Roger Rabbit at BAM
If you’re not traveling for Thanksgiving and don’t have early dinner plans, then spend your day watching movies at BAM with a back-to-back killer screening line-up of cult classics Chinatown and Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Roman Polanski’s 1974 Hollywood noir starring Jack Nicholson was inspired by the California Water Wars and won an Oscar for Original Screenplay; it screens at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Robert Zemeckis’ 1988 film was considered groundbreaking for its mix of live action and animation; you can catch showings at 4:45 p.m. and 9:45 p.m. Skip the turkey, go to the movies.—Alanna Martinez
BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, ticketed event
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28
Event: Trunk Show featuring Yumnah Najah Designs at the Studio Museum in Harlem
Go Black Friday shopping at the Studio Museum in Harlem’s Trunk Show, located inside the museum store. The Trunk Show Series runs through December 21 and spotlights the work of noteworthy artists and designers. This week: Yumnah Najah Designs. The young artist creates hand-painted jewelry and accessories featuring brightly colored geometric patterns on large, bold, pieces. — A.M.
Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street, New York, Noon – 6 p.m.
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Performance: John Zorn’s 30th Anniversary Cobra Show at Roulette
Mr. Zorn’s composition Cobra has been played many, many times despite being unpublished. It premiered back in 1984 at Brooklyn venue Roulette. The New York composer known for his masterful improv skills will be on hand to lead the historic performance.—A.M.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, ticketed event
Opening: “The 10th Annual Thanksgiving Collective: Attitudes” at Tripoli Gallery
Maybe you Thanksgiving (yes, it’s a verb now) out in the Hamptons, just like you summer (always been a verb) in the Hamptons. If so, swing by the tenth annual Thanksgiving-themed group show at Tripoli Gallery, the gallery run by the young Tripoli Patterson, a well-connected surfing champion-turned-dealer. There’s work by Ryan McGinley, Julian Schnabel, and Richard Prince. And everyone knows Southampton is secretly better in winter anyway.—N.F.
Tripoli Gallery, 30A Jobs Lane, Southampton, 6-8 p.m.
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Screening and Talk: Mr. Turner with Mike Leigh in person
British director Mike Leigh will be on hand for this screening of his 2014 biopic about the famed “painter of light,” J. M. W. Turner. Mr. Turner follows the painter— a master at rendering the effects of light and the powerful nature of the sea in watercolor and oil—through his famed career, while paying special attention to his love affairs, travels, eccentricities.—A.M.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Queens, ticketed event
Closing: Storm King Art Center
Did you neglect to find time to drive up Hudson to see the magnificent Storm King Art Center in all its green beauty? Or maybe the folks live up north aways and you’re nearby for Thanksgiving? Either way, Storm King closes for the season after Sunday, so you can see it then, or you can see it in April. Your choice.—N.F.
Storm King Art Center, 1 Museum Road, New Windsor, 10:00-4:30 p.m.
Opening: “Marcin Cienski: Blissful Summit Days” at Envoy Enterprises
It’s not often that a single painting elicits such a strong reaction from us that we literally jump a bit in our chairs, but that’s exactly what happened when we came upon Marcin Cienski’s painting The Sleep of Reason (2014) while glancing the offerings for his upcoming solo show at Envoy Enterprises, “Blissful Summit Days.” Jumping out from a dark background, the gaping, warping, toothed scream of a figure stares out at the viewer with a mix of fear and rage. It’s pure nightmare fuel, and while some of the other paintings in the show aren’t nearly as terrifying, they’re equally unnerving. — A.M.
Envoy Enterprises, 87 Rivington Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Opening: “The Botanica” presented by AA Bronson and Michael Bühler-Rose at Invisible Exports
AA Bronson and Michael Bühler-Rose have teamed up to organize a group show inspired by Hispanic botanicas, or magical supply shops. Featuring the work of 40 artists, the installation touches on themes of shamanism, art object as deity, and art as ritual. Keep your eye out for work by Rashid Johnson, Bharti Kher, Scott Treleaven, Naomi Ben-Shahar, Rachel Stern, and more. —A.M.
Invisible Exports, 89 Eldridge Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.