Robert Gober: On floor, Untitled, 1991, wood, beeswax, leather, fabric and human hair, 13¼ by 16½ by 46⅛ inches, and, on wall, Forest, 1991, hand-painted silkscreen on paper. Photo K. Ignatiadis. Courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York. 



A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: Robert Gober in conversation MoMA curator Ann Temkin; a talk by artist Tomás Saraceno at the Guggenheim; a Trunk Show of work by Xenobia Bailey at The Studio Museum in Harlem; and a performance by intermedia artist Phill Niblock at Roulette in Brooklyn.

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 6 p.m.
Robert Gober in Conversation with Ann Temkin

The catalogue Robert Gober: The Heart Is Not A Metaphor, which accompanies the artist's retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art (through Jan. 18), features an expansive essay by Hilton Als exploring the development of Gober's lyrical sculptures and installations. The New York Public Library is marking the book's publication by hosting this conversation between Gober and MoMA's Ann Temkin, the lead exhibition curator.
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Fifth Ave. at 42nd St.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7pm
Artist's Talk: Tomás Saraceno

The Berlin-based artist, known for his immersive installations that transform viewers' perceptions of architectural space, will discuss practice in relation to that of Otto Piene, the seminal artist currently featured in  "ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s" (through Jan. 7).
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 5th Ave.

Friday Dec. 19, 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Trunk Show featuring Xenobia Bailey

The Studio Museum in Harlem's annual Trunk Show series provides an opportunity to purchase the creations of artists and designers, many with longstanding relationships to the institution. Xenobia Bailey, a former artist-in-residence at the Museum, will be showcasing her "Arts-of-Jubilation," or crocheted pieces that are part of her ongoing multi-medium project, "Reconstructing Paradise in the Aesthetic of Funk."
The Studio Museum in Harlem
, 144 W. 125th St.

Sunday, Dec. 21, 5 p.m.
Performance: Phill Niblock

Best known for his dense drone compositions, Phill Niblock is a renowned composer and artist working in a variety of mediums, including film, photography and video. "Phill Niblock, Music and Film, Six Hours" promises to be a long-duration introduction to his rich and varied practice. 
, 509 Atlantic Ave., Brooklyn