Robert Gober. “Untitled” (2005-2006), aluminum-leaf, oil and enamel paint on cast lead crystal. 4 3/4 inches high × 4 1/4 inches in diameter. Collection the artist. Image Credit: Bill Orcutt, courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery. © 2014 Robert Gober (all images courtesy the Museum of Modern Art, New York)
Robert Gober, “Untitled” (2005–06), aluminum-leaf, oil and enamel paint on cast lead crystal, 4 3/4 in high × 4 1/4 in in diameter, collection the artist (photo by Bill Orcutt, courtesy the artist and Matthew Marks Gallery, © 2014 Robert Gober)

This week, Skowhegan, Flux Factory, Thomas Struth, Susan Te Kahurangi King, Reuven Israel, and much much more.

 Robert Gober & Ann Temkin

When: Tuesday, December 16, 6–8pm (free)
Where: New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

Ann Temkin, MoMA’s chief curator of painting and sculpture, joins Robert Gober for a discussion on the artist’s work and career. The event will largely focus on The Heart is Not a Metaphor, the retrospective of Gober’s work on view at MoMA through January 18. (In case you missed it, check out Thomas Micchelli’s recent review of the show here). The free event will also include an audience Q&A.

 Thomas Struth in Conversation with Paul Holdengräber

When: Tuesday, December 17, 7–9pm ($25/concession $15)
Where: New York Public Library (Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

To coincide with Public Eye: 175 Years of Sharing Photography, the New York Public Library’s first survey exhibition on photography, German photographer Thomas Struth will join interviewer Paul Holdengräber for a conversation centered on picture making and experience:

What drove me from the beginning of my practice is: Which elements compose our sense of reality? What constitutes common sense under the impact of a constant flow of individual experiences? How can picture-making educate and order my perception, and does it stabilize or irritate our existence?

 Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

When: Thursday, December 18, 7:30pm
Where: Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (136 West 22nd Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

To celebrate the opening of their new 5,000-sq-ft public space, the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture is hosting a performance of John Cage’s Variations VIII, which was originally performed by Cage and Merce Cunningham at Skowhegan’s Maine campus in 1967. Artists John Dombroski and Ander Mikalson will be leading the performance at the newly renovated location, which has been described in press materials as “part think-tank, part test site.” The space, which was designed pro bono by trustee Alan Wanzenberg, will also house the Skowhegan lecture archives.

 Parallax: Perspectives

When: Friday, December 19, 7–11pm
Where: Flux Factory (39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens)

For one night only, Flux Factory is hosting an exhibition of holographic art. Organized in conjunction with the Holocenter, the show will include a number of works from the Parallax series, displayed earlier this year on Governor’s Island (check out Allison Meier’s review here). Among the works featured will be Maximus Clarke’s “Around the Clock,” a 3D panorama of the Holocenter’s former home — the Long Island City Clocktower — which was sold earlier this year.


 Graphic Design & Social Change Movements

When: Saturday, December 20, 6–8pm
Where: Interference Archive (131 8th Street, Gowanus, Brooklyn)

Often overlooked, graphic design plays a pivotal role in any social movement. Whether it’s the tie-dye aesthetic of the 1960s and ’70s, the stark advertising-informed messaging of Occupy, or something else, designers do their best to effectively inject the social message into our lives. Now the Interefence Archive is offering a class, so you can become a more informed activist or designer.

Susan Te Kahurangi King, “Untitled” (c. 1965), graphite and colored pencil on paper 11.5 x 16 inches (courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery)
Susan Te Kahurangi King, “Untitled” (c. 1965), graphite and colored pencil on paper 11.5 x 16 in (courtesy Andrew Edlin Gallery)

 Susan Te Kahurangi King: Drawings From Many Worlds

When: Ends Saturday, December 20
Where: Andrew Edlin Gallery (134 Tenth Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan)

We’re big fans of King’s wondrous work. When Hyperallergic Weekend writer Edward M. Gómez tackled her work last month, he wrote:

To examine King’s drawings up close is to recognize the remarkable affinities they share with certain kinds of modern art, including perspective-busting Cubist painting. Their rollicking, push-me-pull-you perspectives bring to mind the dizzying vantage points associated with the pictorial space of some ancient Japanese paintings. Unwittingly, to be sure, many of King’s pictures also beat postmodern appropriationist art-making at its own game of removing source material from its original contexts and allowing it — or forcing it — to suggest new meanings.

This is your last chance to catch this infectious show.

 Reuven Israel: Multipolarity

Sculptures by Reuben Israel (via
Sculptures by Reuben Israel (via

When: Ends Saturday, December 20
Where: Fridman Gallery (287 Spring Street, Soho, Manhattan)

Reuven Israel’s retro sci-fi kebab sculptures are hard to categorize, but standing with them in a gallery inevitably piques your curiosity about what they could possibly be (totems? futuristic barbells?). Walking the line between the austerity of formalist sculpture and the fantasy of commercial product display, Israel’s latest works are more sparse than ever, and they reject any sense of monumentality in favor of a more volatile sense of space.

 The Forever Now: Contemporary Painting in an Atemporal World

When: Through Sunday, April 15
Where: The Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

Painting is often neglected in the contemporary museum, even if it is clearly dominant in the art fair and in the auction house. Now the temple of the Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, has selected 17 artists (Richard Aldrich, Joe Bradley, Kerstin Brätsch, Matt Connors, Michaela Eichwald, Nicole Eisenman, Mark Grotjahn, Charline von Heyl, Rashid Johnson, Julie Mehretu, Dianna Molzan, Oscar Murillo, Laura Owens, Amy Sillman, Josh Smith, Mary Weatherford, and Michael Williams) to focus on the contemporary state of painting. Is there a lot left to say in painting? You bet there is.

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