Here are five free events happening this week in the city that never sleeps.
Paul Kenton: London/New York
Chase Contemporary, Manhattan
Reception March 7, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.; exhibition through March 21
Consider Kenton’s exhibition to be a celebration of the city — as home, as muse, as urban oasis. Through his series of oil-on-metal cityscapes, Kenton attempts to capture the bustle and exciting beauty of both New York City and London. At Thursday’s opening reception, the artist will discuss his creative process.
Self Actualizing: A Feminism of Book History
The Center for Book Arts, Manhattan
March 9; 5:30 p.m.
How have women working in the cultural sector been systematically oppressed over centuries? This broad question is intended to be a starting point for a discussion about the forgotten contributions of women. Sarah Kirk Hanley, a fine prints expert, will moderate a discussion between antiquarian bookseller Lisa Unger Baskin, New York University English professor Paula McDowell, New York Public Library curator Madeleine Viljoen and book historian Sarah Werner.
Nature in Black and White
Arsenal in Central Park, Manhattan
Reception March 13, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m; exhibition through May 31
Instead of capturing nature’s lush colorways, the artwork included in this exhibition features exclusively black and white tones. The goal, according to a curatorial statement, is to reveal intricate details of form in the absence of color.
Marta Pereira da Costa: A Portuguese Guitar
David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Manhattan
March 14; 7:30 p.m.
Marta Pereira da Costa, considered the unofficial ambassador of Portugal’s Fado, will grace Lincoln Center’s atrium for a performance on the Portuguese guitar. She will be joined by a viola, contrabass, piano and percussion.
Your Eyes, So Beautiful, Like Washing Machines (But Not As Big)
Kentler International Drawing Space, Brooklyn
Through April 30
Brooklyn-based artist Alexander Gorlizki presents a series of works on paper. His drawings are intended to be both humorous and thought provoking and find inspiration in Indian miniature paintings. Turkoman rugs, market spices and pictures of goats in sweaters all find their place in his colorful, eclectic drawings.