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Along with New York's regularly scheduled gallery and museum openings, there's always a slew of art-related events happening in the city just below the radar. ArtWeLove's weekly events digest helps you navigate the art scene's offerings, on and off the beaten track.
TUESDAY: LISTEN TO THE SOUND OF SILENCE
If silence is golden, then this performance sounds platinum. For Dia at the Hispanic Society's Tuesdays on the Terrace program, artist and poet Eileen Myles is presenting "The Collection of Silence," a site-specific work consisting of poets enacting unspoken outdoor performances for an equally silent crowd of dancers, Buddhists, an opera singer, and a life-drawing class. Hours: 7 p.m. Admission: free.
WEDNESDAY: WATCH HIGH-ART HI-JINKS IN TIMES SQUARE
Step aside Jonas Brothers, MTV's Times Square headquarters is about to be taken over by a slightly more adult sensation. Beginning tonight and running throughout the month of July, Creative Time will be screening British artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen's short film "Deadpan" (1997) on one of MTV's super-sized outdoor monitors. Inspired by the a classic scene from Buster Keaton's movie "Steamboat Bill," in which a house's facade falls on--and miraculously doesn't crush, thanks to a well-placed window--the comedic hero. McQueen's dose of thought-provoking slapstick will be a welcome addition to the already media-saturated intersection. Hours: beginning at the top of every hour. Admission: free.
THURSDAY: GO BRAZILIAN WITH MOMA
Beginning this week, MoMA will be heating up the summer nights by staying open late every Thursday to celebrate Brazilian culture as part of its "Premiere Brazil 2009" film series. Visitors will get to hang out in the museum's sculpture garden and exhibition spaces until 8:45 p.m., enjoying tapas and live performances of samba, bossa nova, and forró. Hours 5:30 p.m - 8:45 p.m. Admission: free with $20 museum admission.
FRIDAY: COLLECT ARTISTS' BENEFITS, DEPRESSION STYLE
Are you an artist who's pinching pennies to get through the dog days of the recession? Beginning Friday, "The Work Office," a Chashama-funded collaboration by artists Katarina Jerinic and Naomi Miller, will be making work for underemployed artists by commissioning art pieces for a weekly wage of $23.50, the same amount the Works Progress Administration paid its artisans during the Great Depression. Participants will be able to choose from a list of proposed artworks at the Times Square "office," each taking one week to complete--a chance to get one's creative juices flowing, not matter how lousy the pay. Running until July 26. Hours: 4 p.m. - 8 p.m. Wednesdays, 1 p.m. - 8 p.m. Thursdays, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Fridays, 12 p.m. - 8 p.m. Saturdays, and 12 p.m. - 6 p.m. Sundays. Admission: free
SATURDAY: WARM UP YOUR FOURTH OF JULY
It's that time of year again! On the Fourth of July, P.S. 1 will set the summer in full swing with the first installment of their much-loved "Warm Up" music series. Held under the canopy of their Young Architects Program outdoor installation and featuring Reagenz with Jonah Sharp (Spacetime Continuum) & Move D (extended live set) and a DJ set by Daniel Bell (a.k.a DBX), it'll be a way to celebrate Independence Day with music, beer, and art. Hours: 2 p.m.- 9 p.m. Admission: $10.00.
SUNDAY: GET PEARLS FROM SWINE
Because "The Pig Presents" was such a hit at last December's Art Basel Miami, Deitch Projects is restaging the anarchic, artist-curated show at its Long Island City space until August 9, complete with a series of performances and talks by some of the contemporary art world's most interesting figures. This Sunday, Gianni Jetzer, director of the always-exciting alternative Soho space the Swiss Institute, will give a talk about the prank-loving Austrian art collective Gelatin as well as his own experiences as a curator. Coming on the heels of Jetzer's excellent publication about Dia guards for X Initiative's "No Soul for Sale," it's bound to be interesting. Hours: 5 p.m. Admission: free.