A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: an African-American art auction at Swann; discussions with Joshua Decter and Claire Bishop at 192 Books; the premiere of a documentary featuring the fiscally fraught New York art school the Cooper Union; a marathon reading of Mrs. Dalloway at the Brooklyn Museum and elsewhere; and a lecture at Dia:Chelsea by multimedium artist Frances Stark on minimalist painter Robert Ryman.
Tuesday, June 10, 2:30 p.m.
African-American Art Auction
Including works ranging from a Roy DeCarava screenprint estimated for as little as $1,000 to an Elizabeth Catlett wood-and-enamel sculpture tagged at up to $200,000, this sale also includes works by Barkley L. Hendricks, William T. Williams, Romare Bearden and Lorna Simpson.
Swann Auction Galleries, 104 E. 25th St.
Tuesday, June 10, 7 p.m.
Joshua Decter in Conversation with Judith Barry and Ken Saylor
Joshua Decter, author of Art is a Problem: Selected Criticism, Essays, Interviews and Curatorial Projects (1986-2012), new from JRP Ringier, will be in conversation with artist and writer Judith Barry and Ken Saylor, founding principal of New York architecture, art and design consultancy Saylor + Sirola.
192 Books, 192 Tenth Ave.
Thursday, June 12, 7 p.m.
Claire Bishop in Conversation with Kate Fowle
Art historian and critic Claire Bishop will have a discussion with Kate Fowle, chief curator at Moscow's Garage Museum, about Bishop's book Radical Museology: Or, What's "Contemporary" in Museums of Contemporary Art? The book examines three institutions—the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Madrid's Museo Nacional de Reina Sofía and MSUM in Ljubljana—as alternatives to prevailing museum practices.
192 Books, 192 Tenth Ave.
Friday, June 13, 12 p.m.
Ivory Tower Documentary Premiere
Cooper Union, the embattled New York school of art, architecture and engineering, is one of a number of schools featured in this documentary about the cost of higher education in the U.S., directed by Andrew Rossi (Page One: Inside the New York Times). Rossi will be in attendance for a Q&A following the 7:45 p.m. show June 13 and June 14, and following the 3:05 p.m. show June 15.
Angelika Film Center, 18 W. Houston St.
Saturday, June 14, 12 p.m.
Clarissa Dalloday: A Reading of Mrs. Dalloway
In an 8½-hour performance, Brooklyn theater company Ripe Time will read the entirety of Virginia Woolf's 1925 novel Mrs. Dalloway, which focuses on a day in the life of high-society lady Clarissa Dalloway as she prepares for a party that evening. After nearly four hours at the museum, the reading continues on the Brooklyn Public Library's front steps and ends up with a final two hours at a private residence on Prospect Park West.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
Monday, June 16, 6:30 p.m.
Artists on Artists Lecture: Frances Stark on Robert Ryman
Frances Stark, the California-born artist whose work takes on subjects as varied as online sex chats and nouveau roman novels, and whose formats range from collages and drawings to performance and video, will home in on the minimalist output of painter Robert Ryman, known for dwelling on the color white.
Dia:Chelsea, 535 W. 22nd St.