The NY Art Book Fair and New Yorker Festival Event Recommendations

by Paddy Johnson on September 27, 2011 Events

It’s hard to imagine a busier culture week for New York than this one. AFC’s Whitney Kimball is about to unleash our gallery opening picks for this week alone – oddly enough Lisa Yuskavage at David Zwirner is on our list of shows to see (we, like everybody else, enjoy crotch shots and boobs) — and both the NY Art Book Fair and The New Yorker Festival will run Friday through Sunday. Given the sheer volume of events to go see, I’ve picked out a few anticipated talks from the NY Art Book Fair and The New Yorker Festival. I have a feeling this will be a very fun weekend.



THE NEW YORKER FESTIVAL, (Sept. 30- October 2nd)

Peter Schjeldahl talks with Steve Martin, All about art, SVA Theatre 1, 333 West 23rd Street, 7:00 p.m., Sold OutStreaming Video

Intelligent discussion about art promised. New Yorker art critic and prize-winning writer Peter Schjeldahl talks with actor, novelist, and collector Steve Martin. Hopefully it goes better than Martin’s 92nd Street Y fiasco last year, which resulted in egg-face all around when, just like in English class, nobody had read the book.



THE NEW YORKER FESTIVAL, (Sept. 30- October 2nd)

David Cronenberg talks with David Denby, Mind attack, SVA Theatre 2, 333 West 23rd Street, 4:00 p.m., Sold Out | No streaming video?

Famed Canadian film director David Cronenberg will talk to The New Yorker’s film critic David Denby. Cronenberg has directed films such as Dead Ringers, The FlyNaked Lunch,  eXistenZ, A History of Violence and Crash. His most recent, “A Dangerous Method,” will be released this fall. Past being a great artist Cronenberg is well known for being a great interview subject. In particular, this short discussion with Rocketboom’s Andrew Baron in 2006, is worth a watch as a primer. Baron discusses Cronenberg’s Art Gallery of Ontario show, and the Internet.

Editor’s note: I haven’t found any tickets on Craigslist for this event, which probably means the airplane equivalent of standby is your only hope of attending this talk.

Geoff Dyer talks with Rebecca Mead, Here and There, SVA THEATRE 2, 333 West 23rd Street, 1:00 p.m., $30

Personally, I would have liked to have seen the Geoff Dyer / Peter Schjeldahl talk, but it looks like that’s not on the schedule, for what are probably very practical reasons. Alleged motherfucker Geoff Dyer has written many a beautiful book on art; The Ongoing Moment, his meandering non-history of photography, is a personal favorite. Rebecca Mead is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of “One Perfect Day: The Selling of the American Wedding.”

NY ART BOOK FAIR (Sept. 30-October 2)

Liam Gillick and W.A.G.E., October 1, Staircase, 12:00 p.m.

W.A.G.E. (Working Artists and the Greater Economy) launches “Are You Working Too Much?”, and will present a live reading followed by a Q&A. Artist Liam Gillick will read from an unpublished text on Volvo’s revised working practices deployed in the early 1970s called “Construction of One: a manuscript (2011)”. It’s an unusual pairing, and likely to lead to some interesting connections. Attend to find out what they are. Presented by e-flux.

Iman Issa & Isla Leaver-Yap, The Classroom, Gallery U (3rd Floor), 6:00 p.m.
Art Fag City friend and curator Isla Leaver-Yap will discuss her exhibition “Short Stories”, at The Sculpture Center, with participating artist Iman Issa. Issa will also discuss her book Thirty Three Stories about Reasonable Characters in Familiar Places.


Sunday / October 2nd

NY ART BOOK FAIR (Sept. 30-October 2)

Martha WilsonConference room, 1:00 p.m.

Dalhousie Art Gallery and Independent Curators International launch two publications on the pioneering feminist Martha Wilson. Panel participants include: Peter Dykhuis, Dalhousie Art Gallery/Halifax INK; Kate Fowle, Independent Curators International, New York; Jayne Wark, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design; and the artist herself. They’ll be discussing her performances, videos and photo-text compositions as well as her position as founder and director of Franklin Furnace. (This session is followed by a signing of the Martha Wilson Sourcebook by Wilson herself, at table O32.)

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