Tom Kelley, Marilyn Monroe on the Red Velvet, 1949/1980. For sale Apr. 17 at Swann Auction Galleries, estimate $1,800 to $2,200.

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: artists talk collecting at the Morgan Library; an auction of photographic novelties at Swann; a film screening at BAM of a "micro-budget" documentary; and Creative Time's globetrotting artists report from the field at Joe's Pub.

Tuesday, Apr. 15, 6:30 pm
"Accumulated Wisdom: The Collector as Inventor"

Does assembling a collection make you, in some way, a creator? In an evening of performances and talks, artists including Nina Katchadourian, Carrie Cooperider and Tim Davis consider the relationship between collecting and creating. Co-organized with Cabinet magazine.
Morgan Library
, 225 Madison Ave.

Thursday, Apr. 17, 1:30 p.m.
"The Vernacular Eye: Photographic Albums, Snapshots and Objects"

Going on the block at this Swann auction are photographs and photographic objects ranging from a Hills Brothers coffee can emblazoned with an Ansel Adams Yosemite landscape (estimate $900 to $1,200) to Tom Kelley's nudie shot of Marilyn Monroe on red velvet, which was included in the inaugural Playboy (est. $1,800 to $2,200).
Swann Auction Galleries
, 104 E. 25th St

Friday, Apr. 18
Film screening: Jonathan Caouette, Tarnation

Initially created for just $218, Caouette's 2004 movie combines Super-8 film, VHS videotape and other materials to recount his tale of growing up with a mentally ill mother. "Nobody has ever made a movie like it," wrote A.O. Scott of the New York Times. John Cameron Mitchell (Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Shortbus), executive producer, will participate in a Q&A with Caouette.
BAM Rose Cinemas
, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn

Monday, Apr. 21, 6:30 p.m.
Creative Time Global Residency: Reports From the Field

"From industrial looms in Nagoya [Japan] to East African prisons filled with Somali pirates," unusual places and subjects are sought out by the artists selected for residencies by New York public art organization Creative Time. Artists Andrea Geyer, Suzanne Lacy, Duke Riley and Mika Tajima will recount tales from their international journeys.
Joe's Pub
, 425 Lafayette St.