A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York, including several panel discussions on museum practice: a panel on satellite museums at the Guggenheim; a Jeff Koons lecture on sculpture at the Frick; a launch party for a mobile activist studio, the NannyVan; a conversation about street art at the Brooklyn Museum; a panel on art criticism in Europe at the Cervantes Institute; and a conversation about museums' collecting at MoMA.
Thursday, Apr. 24, 1 p.m.
Expect sparks to fly at this discussion, including Richard Armstrong, director of New York's Guggenheim Museum, which has come under criticism for labor conditions for workers preparing the museum's branch in Abu Dhabi. Also participating: Jean-Luc Martinez, director of the Louvre, which has a branch in Lens, France, and Alain Seban, head of the Centre Pompidou, Paris, which has a satellite in Metz. Moderated by Sophie Claudel, of Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Free entrance. RSVP required: firstname.lastname@example.org
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave.
Thursday, Apr. 24, 6 p.m.
Lecture: Jeff Koons on Sculpture
Jeff Koons is known to collect the work of the old masters and to base some of his works on historical examples. Koons will address the importance of the small-scale bronze tradition, using examples from the Frick's superb show "Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection." The lecture is free, and seating is first-come, first-served.
The Frick Collection, 1 E. 70th St.
Thursday, Apr. 24, 7 p.m.
Launch Party for the NannyVan's East Coast tour
The bright orange NannyVan is a mobile design lab and sound studio for the creation of products ranging from flyers to apps that can help domestic workers to know and protect their rights. It's a project of New York-based Studio REV-, a self-described "women- and minority-led team of artists, techies, media makers, low-wage workers, immigrants and teens," in collaboration with the National Domestic Workers Alliance. It will come to worker centers and cultural venues on the East Coast this spring, starting in New York.
Downtown Community Television Center, 87 Lafayette St.
Thursday, Apr. 24, 7 p.m.
In Conversation: Brooklyn Street Art
Steven P. Harrington and Jaime Rojo, founders of the website Brooklyn Street Art, will enlighten visitors on the history of street art. Also participating are artists Swoon and Luna Park, and independent curator Keith Schweitzer. A reception with DJ, cash bar, and street art-making project will follow. Presented in conjunction with the site-specific installation Swoon: Submerged Motherlands (through Aug. 24).
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
Sunday, Apr. 27, 3 p.m.
"Walking in the Air: Art Criticism in Europe"
We in America know that daily newspapers nationwide have trimmed their visual art coverage to the bone; hear from seasoned European critics about the state of the dailies in their countries. Hyperallergic's Hrag Vartanian moderates a discussion among Poland's Dorota Jarecka, Marja-Terttu Kivirinta of Finland, Spain's Javier Montes, and Tomáš Pospiszyl, from the Czech Republic. Organized by AICA International.
Cervantes Institute in New York, 211 E. 49th St.
Monday, Apr. 28, 4 p.m.
"The Art Market and the Museum: New Realities in Public Collecting"
How can public museums compete in a turbo-charged art market, especially when collectors are increasingly opening their own museums rather than donating to existing ones? How do museums collect contemporary art that aims to be fleeting and uncollectable? New York dealer Barbara Gladstone, Whitney Museum curator Scott Rothkopf, Brooklyn Museum director Arnold Lehman and art lawyer Thaddeus J. Stauber address these questions and others in a panel moderated by A.i.A. editor in chief Lindsay Pollock. Organized by the American Federation of Arts.
Museum of Modern Art, enter at 27 W. 53rd St., $20