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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.
MONDAY: LEARN THE SECRET TO SPOTTING TALENT
When it comes to discovering and promoting new artists, getting there first often comes at the expense of getting it right. Late curator Walter Hopps was one of the few who did both time and time again--showing the first Duchamp retrospective, the first show of Warhol's pop art, and the first museum exhibition of R. Crumb's work. Tonight join Guggenheim director Richard Armstrong and globetrotting Serpentine Gallery director Hans Ulrich Obrist as they discuss Hopps' extraordinary career, which features prominently in Obrist's new book, A Brief History of Curating. Hours: 6:30 p.m. Admission: $5.
TUESDAY: SEE NEW MEDIA WITH NEW EYES
As artists of all stripes increasingly embrace new technology, from video to video games, wrestling with the problems of how to understand, show, and preserve so-called "new media" art is more important than ever. This Tuesday Eyebeam will be celebrating the release of New Media in the White Cube and Beyond: Curatorial Models for Digital Art (UC Press), a book edited by Christiane Paul that will examine the legacy of the medium as both a product and a process, and as an art form that is intrinsically linked with its time. At Eyebeam, 540 W. 21st St. Hours: 5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: free.
WEDNESDAY: WATCH A JOHN WATERS MOVIE WITH ONE OF HIS PROTEGES
A hot up-and-coming talent, Brooklyn-based performance artist Kalup Linzy is currently emerging as a black, singing, drag-queen version of Cindy Sherman, making videos that mash up racial and gender stereotypes with soap opera cliches in the most hilariously uncomfortable way. On Wednesday come see Linzy host a screening of one of his favorite filmic inspirations, John Waters' 1977 movie "Desperate Living," as part of the EFA Project Space's weekly Chaperone film series. At EFA Project Space, 323 West 39th Street, 2nd Floor. Hours: 7 p.m. Admission: Free.
THURSDAY: GAZE AT THE STARS!
Celebrity, as we saw with the recently deceased King of Pop, can be a fearsome, glittering parasite, taking as much or more from its host as it gives. To explore the allure of this Faustian bargain for such celebs as Marilyn Monroe, Amy Winehouse, and Liza Minnelli, Salon 94 Freemans' new show "Stars!" will open with work on the subject by artists from Jack Pierson--who contributes eerie, empty stage sets--to Marilyn Minter, who knows her way around tawdry glamor. Hours: 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. Admission: Free
FRIDAY: CELEBRATE POETRY AT MOMA
Back in the 50s and 60s the poet/critic Frank O'Hara had an outsize impact on the development of American art, championing Willem de Kooning and other Abstract Expressionists before they had a reputational leg to stand on. To honor his legacy, MoMA--where O'Hara long worked in the museum's bookstore--has invited three poets to read historical and original work in homage. The trio are writer and punk pioneer Richard Hell, poet Eileen Myles, and spoken-word master Saul Williams. Hours: 7 p.m. Admission: Free with $20 admission.
SATURDAY: CONSIDER THE AFRICA-WESTERN ART EXCHANGE
Come to the Brooklyn Museum for a day-long series of events surrounding its retrospective of work by British-Nigerian conceptual artist Yinka Shonibare, whose colorful work juxtaposes and cross-pollinates African and European cultures. Among the offerings are a talk by fashion designer/performer Wunmi, synth pop and hip hop from Rwanda and Sierra Leone in the museum's sculpture garden, and a screening of the film "This Is My Africa." Hours: 1 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. Admission: $10 (suggested).
SUNDAY: DIGRESS WITH DAN GRAHAM
Conceptual artist Dan Graham's overabundance of interests range from hardcore punk music to 19th-century British landscape painting to the design of America's shopping malls, so while it's hard to predict what he'll discuss during his talk at Deitch Projects' Long Island City space this Sunday, it's easy to guess it'll be riveting and unpredictable. (Maybe he'll even discuss his current retrospective at the Whitney.) Hours: 5 p.m. Admission: free.