A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: Frieze, NADA and the Outsider Art Fair; a lecture by Katharina Grosse; a panel discussion about the work of Sarah Charlesworth; a dance performance organized by Melinda Ring; a benefit concert at Roulette, in Brooklyn; and a symposium on self-taught artists and the American tradition.
It's yet another art fair week. The main action will be at three fairs: Frieze New York, May 9-12, on Randall's Island; NADA: New York, May 9-11 at Pier 36, 299 South St.; and the Outsider Art Fair, May 8-11, at 548 W. 22nd St.
Wednesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m.
Katharina Grosse lecture
Katharina Grosse is known for expanding the definition of painting by blasting paint from spray guns onto building facades and large sculptural objects. Her New York debut, Just Two of Us, is on view through the summer at Metrotech Commons in downtown Brooklyn.
The New School, 66 W. 12th Street
Wednesday, May 7, 5:30 p.m.
Sarah Charlesworth: A Panel Discussion
The work of the late Pictures Generation artist comes under consideration by writer Glenn O'Brien, MoMA curator Eva Respini, Charlesworth estate manager Matt Lange, artists Sara Greenberger Rafferty and Keith Sonnier, and curator/critic Brian Wallis.
Maccarone, 630 Greenwich St.
Thursday, May 8-Saturday, May 10, 7 p.m.
Friday, May 9-Saturday, May 10, 3-6 p.m.
Melinda Ring: Forgetful Snow
New York choreographer Melinda Ring is founder of the dance company Special Projects, which "promotes dance performance as a visual event in equal partnership with the kinesthetic experience." In this piece, she "investigates the transcendent possibilities of body and mind." To aid with the transcendence, the evening dances are performed naked.
The Kitchen, 512 W. 19th St.
Thursday, May 8, 8 p.m.
Sound Bites: Celebrating 35 Years of Roulette
This benefit concert supporting the venerated Brooklyn nonprofit performance space includes pieces by Tristan Perich, recently included in MoMA's first major sound art exhibition, and the late Robert Ashley, featured in the current Whitney Biennial.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn
Monday, May 12, 9 a.m.
Self-Taught Genius: A Full-Day Symposium
How does the notion of the self-taught artist resonate with the uniquely American? Presenters at this conference include writers Adam Gopnik and Andrei Codrescu, along with American Folk Art Museum (AFAM) curator Valérie Rousseau, and Notre Dame sociology professor Lynnette Spillman. It's organized by the AFAM, where the exhibition "Self-Taught Genius: Treasures from the American Folk Art Museum" will be on view May 13-Aug. 17.
Time Warner Corporate Headquarters, One Time Warner Center (enter on 58th Street between 8th and 9th avenues)