A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a discussion of curatorhood at the Jewish Museum; a conference on artistic collaboration at The New School; a roundtable on Warhol at Columbia; First Saturday festivities at the Brooklyn Museum; a Nancy Holt screening at Electronic Arts Intermix; and a conference on exhibition history at the Graduate Center at CUNY.
Tuesday, Apr. 1, 6:30 p.m.
Curators Jens Hoffmann, of New York's Jewish Museum (who just did a show based on a 1966 exhibition at the same museum), and freelancer Germano Celant (who recently replicated the historic exhibition "When Attitudes Become Form" in Venice), along with Bruce Altshuler, head of the museum studies program at New York University (newly out with his book Biennials and Beyond: Exhibitions that Made Art History: 1962-2002), explore exhibition history and curatorial practice. Free-RSVP recommended.
Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Ave. at 92nd St
Friday, Apr. 4, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.,
Saturday, Apr. 5, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
The first in an annual series of conferences, "What Now? Collaboration & Collectivity" will consider timely questions about what is gained and lost when artists and institutions collaborate. Among the speakers are Charles Esche, director of the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (in town to pick up his $25,000 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College at an Apr. 2 gala); Creative Time director of global initiatives Laura Raicovich; artist Mariam Ghani; and activist-pranksters The Yes Men. Free admission. Organized by Art in General and the Vera List Center for Art and Politics.
The New School, Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Auditorium, 66 Fifth Ave.
Friday, Apr. 4, 4:30-8 p.m.
Inspired by Andy Warhol's prescient remark that "In the future, everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes," Warhol specialists Neil Printz, Blake Gopnik, Larissa Harris and Tom Kalin will each speak for a quarter of an hour about the father of Pop art and his continuing relevance. There's also a day-long exhibition of Warhol's photographs on view. Urs Fischer and Peter Brant (chairman of Brant Publications, which publishes A.i.A.) finish off the evening with a conversation Organized by Columbia University and the Brant Foundation Art Study Center.
Columbia University, Schermerhorn Hall, 1198 Amsterdam Ave.
Saturday, Apr. 5, 5 to 11 p.m.
The Brooklyn Museum has arranged a host of public programs linked to its major spring exhibition, "Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties." On offer this Saturday are music by Toshi Reagon and CharlieRED; a gallery talk by Columbia University's Kellie Jones; a screening of Stanley Nelson's 2013 film Freedom Summer, about activists in Mississippi in 1964; and more.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
Saturday, Apr. 5, 12-7 p.m.
Electronic Arts Intermix pays tribute to Earthworks artist Nancy Holt (1938-2014) with a daylong screening of her film and video works. EAI will screen 12 of Holt's moving-image pieces, which span the years 1968 to 2013.
Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), 535 W. 22nd St., 5th floor
Monday, Apr. 7, 12-8 p.m.
Another event devoted to curators (and others) debating curatorial practice! "Exhibit A: Authorship on Display" explores the burgeoning field of the study of the history of exhibitions with art historians, curators and artists including David Joselit, Lynne Cooke and Carol Bove, among many others.
CUNY Graduate Center James Gallery, 365 Fifth Ave., Room 5103