"Paweł Althamer: The Neighbors," 2014. Exhibition view at the New Museum. Photo Benoit Pailley.

What to do this week in New York.

Thursday, Mar. 20, 4:30 p.m.
Performance 

As part of the 2014 Biennial, artist-collective My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon and Alexandro Segade) performs The Mother and Other Plays, its adaptation of the work of playwright Bertolt Brecht. Dress sharp: audience members participate in some scenes.
Whitney Museum of American Art
, 945 Madison Ave.

 

Friday, Mar. 21, 3 p.m.
Gallery Talk

The New Museum's "Outside the Box" gallery talk series is so out of the box, a curator from another institution is leading this one. Ana Janevski, associate curator of media and performance art at New York's Museum of Modern Art, will draw on her experience collaborating with the artist in Warsaw in her tour of the exhibition "Paweł Althamer: The Neighbors."
New Museum, 235 Bowery

Saturday, Mar. 22, 1-4 p.m.
Art Workshop

Ray Johnson fans and architecture enthusiasts alike, take note! At this workshop you'll create your own mail artwork under the guidance of artists Michael and Alan Fleming. Everyone will then amble over to the Bronx General Post Office-whose building, reflecting the U.S. Postal Service's dire financial straits, is up for sale-to mail their creations. There, Glenn Palmer-Smith, artist and author of Murals of New York City: The Best of New York's Public Paintings from Bemelmans to Parrish, for a guided tour of the Ben Shahn murals, recently designated as an interior landmark by the New York Landmarks Preservation Commission.
Bronx Museum of the Arts, 1040 Grand Concourse