image_overview.jpgOne of the great things about living in New York is that Gothamist now often finds ourselves attending more lectures than we did in college - mainly because now they tend to provide an opportunity to legally stalk our betters, rather than listen to a four hour analysis of the intricacies of pre-Minoan pottery glazing.

These next two weeks have a number of great opportunities to get your inner art nerd on, starting today with a discussion between art critic Eleanor Heartney and the artist Vija Celmins, whose work appears in MOMA's current exhibit "Contemporary Voices: Works from the UBS Art Collection.” [For those in the midtown area, MOMA is also still offering its popular Brown Bag Lunch series of informal lunchtime lectures every Monday and Thursday from 12:30 - 1:15. Specific lecture information is available on the MOMA website.]

On Thursday at 6:30, the performance art foundation, Performa, will be hosting “Not for Sale: New Media and Sound,” a panel discussion on the history of new media as it relates to the research, development, and presentation of visual arts performances. The panel will include Christoph Cox, Ron Kuivila, Elizabeth LeCompte, and Christian Marclay. Art historian RoseLee Goldberg will moderate and curator David Cross will respond.

Next week features a number of interesting events. On Tuesday the 26th, distinguished art historian Douglas Crimp will be speaking at the Guggenheim about the early work of artist Daniel Buren, in conjunction with the museum’s exhibition “In the Eye of the Storm: Works in Situ By Daniel Buren.” Among other things, Crimp will discuss his firsthand experience of the controversial removal of Buren’s work from the Guggenheim’s 1971 International Exhibit. The next day, Wednesday the 27th, the museum will also be hosting an artist’s talk with influential conceptual artist John Baldessari.

Finally, for anyone whose left side of the brain has not yet melted away, on Wednesday the 27th, pioneering artist Linda Benglis will be discussing her sculpture at the Whitney, as part of the museum’s longstanding “Seminars with Artists” series.

So that’s the week in art. Go, wear black, affect a vaguely European accent, and ponder the deeper meaning of meaning. Or, you know, you could just go to the park.