Installation view of “Museum of Stones” at the Noguchi Museum, 2015 (© The Noguchi Museum, photo by Elizabeth Felicella) (click to enlarge)

This week, you can join us for our Decolonizing Museums discussion at Livestream, attend the Performancy Forum Quinquennial (Brooklyn’s underground performance art fest), welcome Jim Shaw to the New Museum, or listen to “genius” Nicole Eisenman talk about her work. Of course, this is New York, so that’s not all.

 Museum of Stones

When: Opens Wednesday, October 7, 10am–5pm
Where: Noguchi Museum (9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, Queens)

For the first time contemporary artists will be exhibited at the Noguchi Museum alongside works by Isamu Noguchi to further explore the artist’s transmutation of rock to stone. Museum of Stones will include sculpture, photography, and also rock objects from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s collection. Works by Lawrence Weiner, Mitch Epstein, Bosco Sodi and a controversial piece by Stephen Lichty that features a taxidermy cat, will be on view through January 10. —Victoria Reis

 Jim Shaw: The End is Here

When: Opens Wednesday, October 7, 11am–6pm
Where: The New Museum (235 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

West coast artist Jim Shaw comes to the New Museum this week to remind us all that the American dream is a living nightmare. The End is Here is reminiscent of a stage production, with his large-scale paintings as the backdrop and multimedia sculptures acting as the characters populating his dystopian vision. The first major retrospective of his work in New York, this is a rare opportunity to venture into Shaw’s kooky and colorful world. —Victoria Reis

One Japanese man counterprotested the Kimono Wednesday protests to say he is not offended and even encouraged others to join him at future counterprotests. (via

 What We Learned from “Kimono Wednesdays”

When: Wednesday, October 7, 7–8:30pm (Free, RSVP recommended)
Where: Livestream Public (195 Morgan Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

In July the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ignited a controversy when it organized (and then called off) a weekly event called “Kimono Wednesdays” wherein visitors donned kimonos and fans and posed in front of Claude Monet’s “La Japonaise” (1876). In response to the public outcry Hyperallergic has organized this panel — which will include writers Ryan Wong and Seph Rodney, artist Akiko Ichikawa, and members of Decolonize Our Museums from Boston — to discuss broader issues around the representation of race, cultural minorities, and gender in US art institutions and what would a decolonized museum look like? —Benjamin Sutton

 Between History and the Body

When: The 8th Floor (17 West 17th Street, Midtown, Manhattan)
Where: Wednesday, October 7th, 6–8pm

As part of the Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation’s Between History and the Body, Shaun Leonardo will be performing in response to his drawings of black men murdered by police brutality. Images of Michael Brown and Eric Garner are paired with self-portraits of the artist fighting against an invisible man, highlighting which kinds of bodies are deemed unimportant and how the enemy is impossible to fight. The performance will take the form of a self-defense class, where the audience will learn means of survival in a violent world. Afterwards, Leonardo and Dr. Isaiah B. Pickens, a clinical psychologist, will discuss trauma and the relationship between communities of color and law enforcement. —Gabriella Santiago-Vancak

Nicole Eisenman, “Seder” (2010), oil on canvas (courtesy the Jewish Museum, New York)

 Nicole Eisenman

When: Wednesday, October 7, 6:30pm (Free)
Where: New York Academy of Art (111 Franklin Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)

Having just become one of only two contemporary visual artists to win a 2015 MacArthur Foundation fellowship (the other being LaToya Ruby Frazier), Nicole Eisenman will host a free lecture at the New York Academy of Art tomorrow night. Eisenman’s 2014 “mid-career survey” exhibition at the ICA Philadelphia — Dear Nemesis, Nicole Eisenman 1993–2013 — was a critical hit (the show topped Hyperallergic’s Best of 2014 list) and an absolute delight to behold. The artist’s work —bright, beguiling, and unafraid of humor— intelligently interrogates art history, a rarity in an age that clings to pastiche and mere “quoting.” —Tiernan Morgan

 Robotic Church NY

When: Friday, October 9, 6:30–8pm; Saturday, October 10 and Sunday, October 11, 2:30–4pm, 6:30–8pm)
Where: The Norwegian Seaman’s Church (111 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn)

Atlas Obscura, Chico MacMurtrie, and Amorphic Robot Works are once again throwing open the doors to the Robotic Church NY all weekend. Started in the 1980s by the multimedia artist MacMurtrie, the robot orchestra has grown to include some 42 anthropomorphic automatons, each designed to perform a unique sonic contribution to the live (sort of) performance. Attendees will have to sign a liability waiver; afterward there is a tour of the workshop and a discussion with the artist. —GSV

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 Whispering Voices: a Ritual for Our Time

When: Saturday, October 10, 7:30–11 pm
Where: Last Frontier NYC (520 Kingsland Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn)

Last Frontier NYC, a new art venue that occupies a large, former industrial space in Greenpoint, opens this weekend and celebrates its inauguration with an evening of live performances by five artists. Featuring musical works by Katy Gunn, aerial performance art by Autumn Kioti, and digital animation by Richard Borge that each takes the human form as their starting point, the evening seems like it’s going to be pretty high-energy, packed with immersive, audience-involved presentations. —Claire Voon

 Art Critical Cabaret

When: Saturday, October 10, 5–7pm (suggested donation $10–20)
Where: Grace Exhibition Space (840 Broadway, 2nd Floor, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

As part of this year’s Performancy Forum Quinquennial (October 8–25), fabulous art critic-cum-cabaret starlet Mona Chromatic (Hyperallergic contributor Daniel Larkin) will offer her account of art history with close, unconventional readings of art. Between analyses, Mona often segues with a surprise to soothe the crowd, whether it be her “creature,” pop songs, or something unexpected. —BS

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With contributions by Tiernan Morgan, Victoria Reis, Gabriella Santiago-Vancak, Benjamin Sutton, and Claire Voon

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