TUESDAY, MAY 29
Screening: Iwan Schumacher, “Urs Fischer,” at New Museum
Iwan Schumacher’s documentary, Urs Fischer, makes its U.S. premiere at the New Museum, presented by Gavin Brown’s Enterprise and the Swiss Institute. –Michael H. Miller
New Museum, 235 Bowery, New York, doors at 6:30 p.m., screening 7 p.m. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Talk: Georgia Sagri and Stephen Squibb at Artists Space Books & Talks
One of the really amazing and exciting things about the art world is that it is willing to tolerate and even celebrate (for better or worse) all sorts of unusual behavior from artists. To wit, a little more than six months after she was involved in an occupation of Artists Space, artist Georgia Sagri is back with the institution, speaking at its new Tribeca Books & Talks location. She’ll be speaking with Stephen Squibb about “Working the No Work,” an idea tied to her supremely and wonderfully peculiarWhitney Biennial installation/performances. —Andrew Russeth
Artists Space Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street, New York, 7 p.m.
THURSDAY, MAY 31
Opening: Lawrence Schiller, “Marilyn & Me,” at Steven Kasher
Lawrence Schiller, Norman Mailer’s collaborator on The Executioner’s Song, will have his first solo exhibition in the U.S., showing his photographs of Marilyn Monroe. The exhibition, “Marilyn & Me,” coincides with Mr. Schiller’s book of the same name. –M.H.M.
Steven Kasher Gallery, 521 West 23rd Street, New York, 6:00 p.m.
Opening: “Carl Andre/John Wesley: Serial Forms” at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
Here’s a great idea. Take work by one of postwar art’s wittiest painters and combine it with pieces by one of its most austere, innovative sculptors. The focus here is on their use of serial forms. This seems likely to be a soothing, refreshing combination, a crisp, clean counterpoint to the messy summer group shows that will soon be hitting the city’s galleries. —A.R.
Mitchell-Innes & Nash, 534 West 26th Street, New York, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Gala: Madison Square Park Conservancy Honors Martin Friedman at Prince George Ballroom
The organizers of the Madison Square Park art program toast the newly created Martin Friedman Curator position with a gala at the Prince George Ballroom honoring the man himself. Philip Glass, Frank Gehry, David Hockney, Cindy Sherman, Charles Long, Leo Villareal, Agnes Gund and Adam Weinberg are to attend. —Dan Duray
The Prince George Ballroom, 15 East 27th Street, New York 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m., tickets only
FRIDAY, JUNE 1
We once heard TED Conference founder Richard Saul Wurman describing his conference as a really great dinner party. Conversation breaks between the inspiring short talks are really important. Like it’s predecessor, this local spinoff event, TEDxChelsea, will present a day-long series of thought-provoking short lectures, this time around on the subject of art. As the lecturers include artists Jennifer Dalton and Eric Doeringer, art advisor Candace Worth, former Whitney Museum director David A. Ross and Pace Gallery public relations maven Sarah Goulet, it promises to be interesting. But don’t just come for the ideas, open yourself up to the “full program,” which means communicating with fellow “TEDsters.” It’s okay to let down your guard, even in New York. You’ve all been accepted. —Rozalia Jovanovic
School of Visual Arts, 335 West 16th Street, New York, 12-6:30 p.m.
Opening: “Everyday Abstract – Abstract Everyday” at James Cohan Gallery
White Columns director Matthew Higgs curates this show, a proposal for the 6th Berlin Biennale. Oh shoot, why not just run the whole artist list? Walead Beshty, Alexandra Bircken, Sarah Braman, Wolfgang Breuer, Tom Burr, Ernst Caramelle, Andy Coolquitt, Paul Cowan, N. Dash, Tony Feher, Michel François, Joe Fyfe, Kim Gordon, David Hammons, Richard Hawkins, Ann Cathrin November Høibo, Bill Jenkins, Sergej Jensen, Udomsak Krisanamis, Jason Loebs, Agnes Lux, David Moreno, Virginia Overton, Manfred Pernice, Judith Scott, Nancy Shaver, Gedi Sibony, Michael E. Smith, Josh Smith, Shinique Smith, Al Taylor, Bill Walton, Andy Warhol, Hannah Wilke, Philadelphia Wireman, B. Wurtz, Amy Yao. — Dan Duray
James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26 Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
Fair: Bushwick Basel at Starr Space
Artist Jules de Balincourt may hate art fairs, but that hasn’t stopped him from putting on his own. Mr. de Balincourt hosts 11 of Bushwick’s leading galleries including Storefront Bushwick, Norte Maar and Regina Rex (which is actually in Ridgewood, Queens) for an art fair that’s “kind of a parody, kind of not.” On the one hand, it’s a scrappy riff on Art Basel, Frieze, NADA and their ilk. On the other, it will be carefully curated, takes itself somewhat seriously and will offer art for sale. If trolling hundreds of art studios during Bushwick Open Studios is too overwhelming for you, Mr. de Balincourt gives you a one-shot deal. The brave ones can venture beyond. —R.J.
Starr Space, 108-110 Starr Street, Brooklyn, 12–7 p.m.