A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a book launch for Laura Raicovich's spam-based new novel at Creative Time; a chat between musician Kim Gordon and artist Raymond Pettibon at the Strand bookstore; performances at Brooklyn's American Medium; a lesson in watercolor technique at the Morgan Library & Museum; and a lecture by artist Leslie Hewitt on the work of Carl Andre (with a protest) at the Dia Foundation.

Tuesday, June 24, 6 p.m.
A Diary of Mysterious Difficulties
Book Launch

Most of us think of spam as a minor annoyance, but Creative Time Global Initiatives director Laura Raicovich has turned her junk e-mails into a creative resource. Her new novel takes them out of the inbox and onto the page. In addition to a reading, there will be a performance by viola player Mark Golamco and tenor saxophonist Jason Phillips.
Creative Time
, 59 E. 4th St., sixth floor


Wednesday, June 25, 7 p.m.
Raymond Pettibon Book Launch with Kim Gordon


Raymond Pettibon: To Wit
documents the artist's recent show at New York's David Zwirner Gallery, where he turned the space into a working studio. Longtime fan Kim Gordon, of Sonic Youth and Body/Head, will be in conversation with the artist. Buy a copy of the book or a $20 gift card to gain attendance.
Strand Book Store
, 828 Broadway


Friday, June 27, 6 p.m.
Watercolor Technique Workshop


Art Students League instructor Naomi Campbell will lead participants on a tour of the exhibition "A Dialogue with Nature: Romantic Landscape Drawings in Britain and Germany" (through Sept. 7), including works by Gainsborough, Constable, Turner, and Caspar David Friedrich. Then, working from photographs, aspiring artists will create their own watercolors. Materials will be provided. Entry is $20, $15 for members.
Morgan Library & Museum
, 225 Madison Ave.


Friday, June 27, 7 p.m.
"Man of My Dreams": An evening of performance

To mark the closing of Ann Hirsch's "Muffy," the inaugural show at its new location, Brooklyn gallery American Medium will host performances by Nate Hill, Nathaniel Sullivan and Brian Droitcour exploring the link between sexuality, surrealism and gender. They'll ask what it means to be a man in today's dating scene and the art world. We're told a fish will be involved.
American Medium
, 424 Gates Ave., Brooklyn

Monday, June 30, 6:30 p.m.
Artists on Artists Lecture: Leslie Hewitt on Carl Andre


On the occasion of Carl Andre's long-awaited Dia:Beacon retrospective, Leslie Hewitt will discuss the seminal Minimalist's work. Also, the No Wave Performance Task Force is planning a demonstration called "We wish Ana Mendieta was still alive," referring to the artist's wife, who fell from a window of their apartment to her death in 1985. (Andre was acquitted of murder charges after a three-year legal process.)
Dia:Chelsea
, 535 W. 22nd St.