At 5 p.m. tonight Triple Canopy kicks off its third annual marathon reading of Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans: Being a History of a Family’s Progress, the barnburner of a modernist masterpiece that was published in 1925. The action runs through sometime on Sunday evening, probably around 10 p.m., at its Greenpoint headquarters at 155 Freeman Street.
Despite its name, “The Future of Art Magazines” panel discussion at the College Art Association’s 101st annual conference earlier this month was devoted less to divination than to discourse on the past and present of art glossies. Chaired by Art in America editor, Lindsay Pollock, the panelists assembled at the massive Hilton New York in Midtown to speak on a number of pressing issues—and occasionally spar with one another.
Beginning in 1974, Paula Cooper Gallery hosted an annual reading of Gertrude Stein’s epic novel The Making of Americans around New Year’s Eve, with scores of people taking turns reading sections of the lengthy text. The event ran each year through 2000. (At the suggestion of John Cage, they switched to James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake for two of those years.) Earlier this year, the online arts journal Triple Canopy revived the practice at 155 Freeman, the Greenpoint culture venue that is also home to Light Industry and the Public School, hosting a read from Jan. 20 through 22.
WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 8
Tour: ArtWalk Chelsea: David Zwirner, Gagosian and Gladstone
The American Federation for the Arts takes visitors on a tour of three exhibitions of three very different artists in Chelsea–Doug Wheeler, Damien Hirst and Shirin Neshat. –Michael H. Miller
Meet at David Zwirner, 519 West 19th Street, New York, 4–6 p.m., $25 for AFA members, $35 for non-members.
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9
Opening: “Happenings” at the Pace Gallery
Over 300 photographs document performance pieces from the movement, featuring work by Jim Dine, Simone Forti, Red Grooms, Allan Kaprow, Claes Oldenburg, Lucas Samaras, Carolee Schneemann, and Robert Whitman. Sounds like a stellar tribute to a too-short movement, and you never know, someone may stage a be-in right at the opening. –Dan Duray
The Pace Gallery, 534 West 25th Street, New York, 6-8 p.m.
Triple Canopy, the nonprofit online arts magazine, will be inaugurating their new arts and culture center at 155 Freeman in Greenpoint with a marathon reading of Gertrude Stein’s 900-page novel The Making of Americans. The reading will likely take about 48 hours (January 20-22), or at least that’s how long it usually took at Paula Cooper Gallery, where members of the downtown art scene would gather on New Year’s Eve from 1974 to 2000 to read Stein’s novel straight through (for a couple of years they read Finnegans Wake because John Cage was bored with Stein).
“We’ve been timing ourselves,” said Sam Frank, an editor at Triple Canopy who is organizing the event. He said he’s shooting for 48 hours, but “whatever happens will happen.”