5 things to do in ny this week: from wolfgang tillmans to madonna

Here are our top five picks of what you need to see, hear and do in NYC this week.

by Courtney Iseman
14 September 2015, 9:55pm

Wolfgang Tillmans: Sound on CameraGerman artist Wolfgang Tillmans is one of the most important documentarians of the 1990s and the gay club scenes in New York and London. His photos, usually of friends, became powerful storytelling tools for the subcultures he was revealing to the rest of the world. Tillmans' video work is not quite as well known but it's just as thought-provoking. Tonight, the Kitchen will be showing footage shot by Tillmans between 1987 and 2015, with the artist himself there to discuss each work. The event coincides with his PCR >> show at David Zwirner.

Monday, September 14 at 2:30PM, 7PM, at The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street.

Amy Schumer and Madonna
We'd like to personally thank whoever had the idea to bring these two icons - one a recent breakout and one a legend - to the same stage. As if seeing the clearly immortal Madonna pull out all the stops with OTT sets, special effects, dancers and her insane catalog of sing-along hits wasn't enough, the warm-up is comedy's most exciting act and the girl we all want to be best friends with. Between Amy Schumer's relatable, brutally honest material and Madonna's Rebel Heart production values, the night promises to be a celebration of girl power in the biggest way.

Wednesday, September 16 at 8PM, at Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza.
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Alex Katz
To launch his new book, Brand-New & Terrific: Alex Katz in the 1950s, the legendary artist will sit down with fellow artists Phong Bui and Elizabeth Peyton, as well as Diana Tuite, who is curating an all-Katz exhibit at the Colby College Museum of Art in Maine. Their discussion will focus largely on the decade of work celebrated in the book, a period of lesser-known, more experimental creations.

Wednesday, September 16 at 6PM at the New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue at 42nd Street.

Printed Matter's NY Art Book Fair
Printed Matter is the definitive authority on art books, tracking down obscure titles, curating classics, and discovering new artists with its open submission process. So when the store puts on a weekend-long art book fair, you go. Stalls from publishers, book stores and collectors that hail from all over the world will fill MoMA PS1 with probably every art book you could dream of. Prepare to fill your coffee table.

September 17 to September 20, at MoMA PS1, 2-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens.

Dream Gurls
More girl power is in store this week with Dream Gurls, a one-night show that will feature the work of 12 internet friends. The group represents some of the coolest up-and-coming women in art right now. Nicole Killian's glittery prints investigate the internet from a feminist POV, Lilian Martinez creates textiles inspired by transcendental experiences, and Emily Reile works pop culture into gifs. The show, organized by CCOOLL, will also feature performances by Adult Mom and Yohuna.

Friday, September 18 at 5PM, at Silent Barn, 603 Bushwick Avenue, Brooklyn.


Text Courtney Iseman

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