5 Free Events: ‘Building Things’ in Times Square and art lessons at home

5 Free Events: ‘Building Things’ in Times Square and art lessons at home

Looking for something to do? Here is a selection of free events taking place in-person and online this week.


Open Studio From Home: Jasper Johns
When: Jan. 8 at 11 a.m. Eastern
Where: Online via the Whitney Museum; link sent with registration

Last fall, the exhibition “Jasper Johns: Mind/Mirror” opened at both the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This weekend, educators from the museums will come together to present a family friendly class that takes inspiration from Johns’ practice. The program will take place over Zoom and will utilize household objects, such as paper, pencil and markers.

When: Jan. 8 and 9 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Eastern
Where: Various locations around New York City

This weekend marks the end of Mulchfest — an annual holiday tree recycling event hosted by NYC Parks and New York City Department of Sanitation. Those who bring their tree in for chipping will get to take home a bag of mulch — good for both nourishing the soil and the imagination.


Skate Performances by Ice Theatre of New York
When: Jan. 11 at 12:40 p.m. Eastern
Where: Bank of America Winter Village at Bryant Park; Manhattan

Bundle up and head over to Bryant Park for a brief but virtuosic ice skating performance from Ice Theatre of New York, presented as part of the Pop Ups with Ice Theatre of New York program. Additional dates, which stretch through Feb. 17, can be found on the Ice Theatre of New York website.

Kathryn Schulz and Jia Tolentino: “Lost & Found”
When: Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: Online the Strand Book Store; link sent with registration

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and The New Yorker staff writer Kathryn Schulz discusses her new memoir “Lost & Found” with fellow New Yorker staffer Jia Tolentino. The publisher describes the book as “part memoir, part guidebook to living in a world that is simultaneously full of wonder and joy and wretchedness and suffering — a world that always demands both our gratitude and our grief.”


“Building Things”
When: Nightly at 11:57 p.m. to 12 a.m. Eastern
Where: Times Square; Manhattan

The latest Midnight Moment from Times Square Arts transports viewers to a room in an office building where a worker goes about tasks. On view nightly through Jan. 31, the video installation is by artists British artists John Wood and Paul Harrison (known as Wood & Harrison) and plays off of familiar markers from office culture, fluorescent lights included. The work is co-presented by Cristin Tierney Gallery.

“We don’t have a proper job, we are told quite often, we don’t go to the office and do important things, we’ve never sent a fax to Chicago,” Wood & Harrison said in a press release. “So maybe that’s why the idea of an office, for us, is special, a bit of a mystery. Maybe that’s why we built an office in our studio. Maybe that’s why one of the art we tried to make is ‘Building Things.’”

Top Image: Still from "Building Things" by Wood & Harrison. Photo courtesy Times Square Arts.