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by Mallory Passuite, 11/16/2011

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There's always something exciting to do and see around the five boroughs that doesn't cost a dime. See our weekly picks below, and visit our calendar and special offers section for more free events.

November 16–22

Wednesday, November 16
Diane Keaton Reads From Then Again
The image of Diane Keaton as Annie Hall—that charmingly neurotic, impeccably dressed New Yorker—still suits her well (pun fully intended). She played the role in both film and real life, as she reveals in her new book, Then Again. Dating Woody Allen was like being in a Woody Allen film, apparently: "He couldn't help himself; he loved neurotic girls," she writes. That the two dated, split and remain friends is interesting, but that's only a fragment of the autobiography, which also draws from her mother's diaries, as well as letters from lovers, including Al Pacino and, of course, Allen. On November 16, Keaton will read from her new book at Barnes & Noble in Union Square, beginning at 7:30pm.

Thursday, November 17
Nan Goldin: Scopophilia
For much of 2010, the Louvre allowed photographer Nan Goldin access to its collections on Tuesdays, when the famed institution is closed to the public. Goldin would wander barefoot through galleries and take photographs of works she responded to, revisiting certain pieces again and again, to the point where she started to see them as human rather than historic objets d'art. The connection that developed became "one of the most sensuous experiences" of Goldin's life, she told The New York Times. Scopophilia, which means "love of looking," pairs images from Goldin's career with those she took at the Louvre into a 25-minute-long slide installation. It will be shown through December 23 at the Matthew Marks Gallery at 522 W. 22nd St.

Friday, November 18
Pollock Screening
The film Pollock tells the tale of American artist Jackson Pollock, known for his feverish style and equally feverish personal life, which included struggles with alcoholism, anger and depression. Pollock moved to New York in 1930 to pursue art. Here, he impressed and befriended Peggy Guggenheim, who lent the artist the down payment for his house in Springs in East Hampton, NY, where he and his wife, artist Lee Krasner, lived until their deaths. Ed Harris, who directed and stars in the movie, filmed much of it at the original home (all of the exterior shots and a couple of the interior shots). Pollock screens at 1pm at the Kips Bay Library.

Saturday, November 19
Irving Penn
Through his signature, elegant style, the great American photographer Irving Penn captured beautifully minimal images—images that have a tendency to captivate viewers. Carrère Gallery at The Forbes Galleries is displaying a selection of Penn's iconic images and fashion editorials, including Woman with Roses, a photograph of his wife, Lisa Fonssagrives-Penn, in a black Lafaurie dress with a stunning silhouette, shot in 1950.

Sunday, November 20
Bach to the Future: Pianist Alexander A. Wu
New York pianist Alexander A. Wu, who has performed in the United States and abroad, will play at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts on November 20. Expect to hear his take on classics from the likes of Johann Sebastian Bach, Leonard Bernstein, Frédéric Chopin, George Gershwin, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and more. Wu, an artist affiliated with Yamaha (the likes of which include Elton John, Alicia Keyes and Paul McCartney), has garnered much acclaim for his showmanship. As The Wall Street Journal notes, his "combination in capturing the soul of many music styles, with an innate technique, has all the right ingredients for an exciting concert." The music begins at 2:30pm.

Monday, November 21
Visionaire: Larger Than Life
The editors behind ultra-specialized New York City fashion/art magazine Visionaire have created a 5x7-foot issue, the largest ever produced—officially confirmed by Guinness World Records—called, appropriately, Larger Than Life. Visionaire, published triannually in limited editions, selects a theme for each issue, which artists, photographers and stylists interpret and produce work for. This latest edition includes pieces by Steven Meisel, Maurizio Cattelan, Marilyn Minter and Ryan McGinley, as well as a cover, shot by photography power couple Inez Van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, that features Lady Gaga as an oil-slicked mermaid. And while the standard edition may be an impractical purchase (it costs $375 and is 4 feet tall), the even larger deluxe edition, at 7 feet tall and $1,500, is free to see at the Visionaire Gallery.

Tuesday, November 22
Oscar Tuazon: America is My Woman
Seattle-born, Paris-based contemporary artist Oscar Tuazon presents America is My Woman, his third solo exhibition at Maccarone. Tuazon has mounted abstract prints to aluminum sheets and other structures and then distorted them with bends and punctures. The contorted pieces are largely black, some spotted with an orb of color, and are finished with a lacquered sheen that recalls an intriguing clash of industry and destruction.

related venues/(3)

  1. 1
    Matthew Marks Gallery
    523 W. 24th St.
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10011
  2. 2
    New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
    111 Amsterdam Ave
    Manhattan – Upper West Side
  3. 3
    630 Greenwich St
    Manhattan – Chelsea
    NY 10014

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