SATURDAY, 11.18: In an event entitled “The Erotic & the Domestic: The Pitfalls of Modern Intimacy,” Esther Perel and Laura Kipnis discuss the politics of sex and desire in contemporary culture with moderator Paul Holdengraber as part of the LIVE from the NYPL series. 4:00pm, $15. Additionally, Japan Society screens Typhoon Club (“Youthful excitement bubbles over into reckless abandon on campus as a typhoon approaches town. Somai directs in his unique style of wide ‘one scene one cut’ shots, and his playful scene of naked students dancing in a rainy field poignantly expresses the teenagers’ frenzied anxiety…”) as part of a series that delves into “the cultural phenomena and images of girlhood and femininity … in contemporary Japan.” 7:15pm, $10.
SUNDAY, 11.19: At the Whitney, Albers And Moholy-Nagy: From The Bauhaus To The New World: “Josef Albers and LÃƒÂ¡szlÃƒÂ³ Moholy-Nagy were two of the greatest pioneers of modernism in the twentieth century. This exhibition focuses on their individual accomplishments as well as the parallels in their work and examines their groundbreaking development of abstract art beginning in the early 1920s. Though their paths only overlapped for the five years between 1923 and 1928 when both were teaching at the Bauhaus, their artistic practice was informed by similar concerns, including an emphasis on material properties, the subversion of traditional boundaries between media and high and applied art, and a probing into the status of the work of art in an age of mass production.” The museum’s Sunday hours are 11:00am – 6:00pm, $15. In Brooklyn, Sunday Salon (one of my favorites) presents an evening with Alison Smith, Jami Attenberg, Scott Snyder and Melissa Petro. 7:00pm, FREE.
Please note: The Smart Set returns the week after next following a brief holiday hiatus. Miss me? You will.