A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a conversation between artist Amalia Ulman and cosmetic dermatologist Fredric Brandt at the Swiss Institute; a book signing by artist duo FriendsWithYou at the Paul Kasmin Gallery's PK Shop; a performance of Civil War-era popular songs at the Studio Museum in Harlem; and music by I.U.D. along with Kim Gordon at MoMA PS1.
Wednesday, June 4, 7 p.m.
Amalia Ulman in Conversation with Fredric Brandt
Artist Amalia Ulman discusses bodies as both objects and investments with cosmetic dermatologist to the stars, Fredric Brant. Madonna, Baby Jane Holzer and Stephanie Seymour thank the Miami- and New York-based Brandt, who is also an art collector, for the state of their skin. The UK- and Spain-based artist is included in the Swiss Institute's current show "The St. Petersburg Paradox."
The Swiss Institute, 18 Wooster St.
Thursday, June 5, 6 p.m.
Book Signing: FriendsWithYou
The Los Angeles-based arts conglomerate (as Catherine Kron called them at A.i.A. in 2011) FriendsWithYou combines Arturo "Tury" Sandoval III and Samuel Borkson's interest in industrial design, engineering and sculpture. Their new book We Are FriendsWithYou (Rizzoli, $55) has contributions by recording artist Pharrell Williams, film director Alejandro Jodorowsky and Dallas Contemporary director Peter Doroshenko. The authors will be on hand to sign copies.
PK Shop, 511 W. 27th St.
Saturday, June 7, 3 p.m.
Courtesy the Artists Presents "Songs of the Civil War"
What were they singing in the 1860s, when America was rent by the deadliest war in its history? Artist group Courtesy the Artists (Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade, also of My Barbarian) and several collaborators offer live performances based on sheet music of Union and Confederate songs that Gaines and Segade discovered during a Studio Museum in Harlem residency.
Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 W. 125th St.
Sunday, June 8, 6 p.m.
I.U.D. with Kim Gordon
Expect plenty of noise when the musical duo I.U.D., made up of artists Lizzi Bougatsos and Sadie Laska, joins musician/artist Kim Gordon (Sonic Youth, Body/Head) on stage as part of MoMA PS1's Sunday Sessions.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City