Andy Warhol, “In the Bottom of My Garden” (c. 1956), The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, Contribution the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc (© 2016 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York)
This week, Beijing artist Cao Fei gets her first US solo show, New York’s biggest independent comics festival sets up its tables, a lecture considers Sun Ra’s radical take on time, and more.

 A Tale of Two Warhols

When: Opens Tuesday, March 29, 6:30pm ($15/students free with ID)
Where: Morgan Library & Museum (225 Madison Avenue, Midtown East, Manhattan)

As part of the Morgan Library & Museum’s Warhol by the Book exhibition, art historian Thomas Crow will discuss Warhol’s transition from a successful illustrator to a blue-chip fine artist. Entitled “The Two Warhols,” Crow’s lecture promises to probe the distinction between the two labels, while asking what Warhol retained and discarded “in moving from one identity to another.” The exhibition will be open for guests from 5:30pm, an hour before Crow’s lecture is due to begin. —TM

 Learn About Land Use

When: Tuesday, March 29, 7–9pm (RSVP required)
Where: FABnyc (61 East 4th Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

If you’re interested in seeking landmark status for a property, this free workshop, hosted by Fourth Arts Block, will likely be helpful. The third installment of a yearlong Land Use Workshop series, this event will feature the NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission’s William Neeley, who will give an overview of the city’s preservation policies and discuss today’s application process. —CV

 Art on the Water

When: Wednesday, March 30, 6–8pm (registration required)
Where: Cornell AAP NYC (26 Broadway, 20th floor, Financial District, Manhattan)

In rowing boats along the East River and Newtown Creek in the name of art, I’ve learned firsthand just how much artists can inspire us to reconsider our watery surroundings. Three artists working to do just that — Jean Barberis, Mary Mattingly, and Nancy Nowacek — along with Kay Takeda of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, will kick off the Waterfront Alliance’s #DeepDives2016 lecture series with a conversation about how art can connect people to the waterfront — an always timely issue in the landscape of New York City.

Cao Guimarães, “jogo” (2016), digital HD video, 5 min 22 sec (courtesy the Artist and Galeria Nara Roesler)

 Films that Drift

When: Opens Wednesday, March 30
Where: Galeria Nara Roesler (47 West 28th Street, NOMAD, Manhattan)

The recently opened Galeria Nara Roesler (which has two branches in Brazil) is dedicating its second show to the filmmaker and visual artist Cao Guimarães. Drift will screen eight of his films, which follow life’s extremes of childhood and old age. From scenes of two boys playfully fighting in the mud to an empty playground, Guimarães’s aim is to make film more like life. At a screening at Union Docs, the artist remarked that people aren’t always talking in life, but “you go to the cinema and people are always talking all the time.” His films are marked not by words but by sounds: objects engaged in some sort of dance, whether to the whistle of the wind, the creak of a seesaw, or the pitter-patter of rain. These scenes seem to drift, as they feel like distractions, meditations, or hazy recollections. —EWA

Stan Douglas, "The Secret Agent" (2015) (image courtesy the artist)
Stan Douglas, “The Secret Agent” (2015) (image courtesy the artist)

 The Secret Agent

When: Opens Thursday, March 31, 6–8pm
Where: David Zwirner (519 West 19th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

This exhibit has a single focus: Stan Douglas’s nearly feature-length, six-screen film “The Secret Agent” (2015). In it, Douglas typically borrows from a famous literary work, Joseph Conrad’s novella, only the film is set in Lisbon in the years following the dictatorship, which officially ended in 1974. By mixing historical fact and fiction, and splitting this story of social unrest and revolution into multiple screens, Douglas makes it difficult to make out the truth or follow any one perspective. —EWA

 Cao Fei

When: Opens Sunday, April 3
Where: MoMA PS1 (22–25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens)

In her first solo show in the US, the Beijing-based artist Cao Fei uses video, photography, and digital games to express the anxieties and dreams of young people in a rapidly changing China. Looming skyscrapers, anime characters, and surreal, colorful juxtapositions animate her landscapes, which seem to merge the modern cities and industrial environments we know with dystopian cities of the future. Her fantastical works, caught between the virtual and real, are profound portraits of contemporary Chinese subcultures. —EWA

Artwork by Noelle Stevenson (via

 Independent Comics Festival

When: Saturday, April 2–Sunday, April 3, 12:30–5pm ($5 per day)
Where: Ink48 (653 11th Avenue, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan) and Metropolitan West (639 West 46th Street, Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan)

If you like comics, it’s hard to find a more fun and fulfilling way to spend the weekend than the MoCCA Arts Festival. Wander through the vast floor of exhibitor tables and just try not to spend all your money. Or check out some of the always smart conversations and panels, which this year feature Malaysian comics artist Sonny Liew, animation and illustration legend R.O. Blechman, and a tribute to long-running feminist comix anthology Wimmen’s Comix, among others.

 Sun Ra Rising

When: Monday, April 4, 6:30pm (RSVP full, stand-by tickets available first-come, first-served)
Where: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (1071 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)

It’s time to reconsider musician and pioneering Afrofuturist Sun Ra’s radical ideas about alternatives to Western temporality, which will be the subject of Northwestern University art history professor Huey Copeland’s lecture at the Guggenheim. In addition to his more widely circulated theories about outer space, Ra’s thinking about time will shape Copeland’s discussion of the work of artists including Mai-Thu Perret, Edgar Arcenaux, and Glenn Ligon, and the notions of simultaneity and cyclical time linking them. —BS

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With contributions by Elisa Wouk Almino, Tiernan Morgan, Benjamin Sutton, and Claire Voon

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