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An evening with Christopher Williams and other can't miss events for September 15-21.

Christopher Williams, Cutaway model Nikon EM. Shutter: / Electronically governed Seiko metal blade shutter vertical travel with speeds from 1/1000 to 1 second with a manual speed of 1/90th. / Meter: Center-weighted Silicon Photo Diode, ASA 25-1600 / EV2-18 (with ASA film and 1.8 lens) / Aperture Priority automatic exposure / Lens Mount: Nikon F mount, AI coupling (and later) only / Flash: Synchronization at 1/90 via hot shoe / Flash automation with Nikon SB-E or SB-10 flash units / Focusing: K type focusing screen, not user interchangeable, with 3mm diagonal split image rangefinder / Batteries: Two PX-76 or equivalent / Dimensions: 5.3 × 3.38 × 2.13 in. (135 × 86 × 54 mm), 16.2 oz (460g) / Photography by the Douglas M. Parker Studio, Glendale, California / September 9, 2007– September 13, 2007. (2008).
Courtesy: The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired through the generosity of Helen Kornblum in honor of Roxana Marcoci and Committee on Photography Fund. Courtesy of the artist; David Zwirner, New York/London; and Galerie Gisela Capitain, Cologne © Christopher Williams.

Monday, September 15
An Evening with Christopher Williams at MoMA
In conjunction with his retrospective exhibition (see “Christopher Williams at MoMA: The Aesthetics of Smartypants“), the artist joins curator Stuart Comer for a discussion of his long-standing engagement with cinema. He will discuss and screen his own Super-8 films, made in 1979 while he was a student at CalArts.
7 p.m. Free for all museum members. Non-member tickets are currently sold out online but may be available at the museum.

Tuesday, September 16
The Asia Art Fair Preview Opening Reception
Get the first look at the second annual Asia Art Fair, which this year features an expanded selection of international galleries, dealers, and artworks.
5–9 p.m. Tickets are $180 and include general admission to the fair.

 Wednesday, September 17
“Fire!” Curated by de Pury de Pury at Venus Over Manhattan
Featuring ceramic and glass pieces by Ai Weiwei, Sterling Ruby, Rosemarie Trockel, and nine other artists, Simon de Pury’s carefully curated show at Adam Lindemann’s buzzy Madison Avenue gallery is one you won’t want to miss, and the opening is sure to be a barn burner.
Opening reception 6–9 p.m.

Thursday, September 18
Mira Friedlaender “Half of What’s There” at Recess Activities, Inc.
As part of Recess’s residency program, Friedlaender will unpack, document, and inventory the life’s work of her mother, Bilgé Civelekoğlu Friedlaender, who came to New York from Turkey at age 24 with the goal of becoming an artist.
Opening reception 6–8 p.m.

Friday, September 19
Artists on Artworks: Leslie Hewitt at the Met
As part of an ongoing series where the Met collection is shown through the eyes of an artist, photographer and sculptor Leslie Hewitt will lead a tour of the museum, discussing the works that have influenced her most.
6:30–7:30 p.m. Limited to 45 people. Tickets are distributed 30 minutes prior to the talk.

Saturday, September 20
Charles Atlas Continuous Screenings at the Second Ward Foundation in Hudson, New York
If you’re in the mood for a day trip, check out the artsy town of Hudson, and stop by to see four works from the pioneering artist and filmmaker Charles Atlas. Hail the New Puritan, Mrs. Peanut Visits New York, Son of Sam & Delilah, and Butcher’s Vogue will be screened back-to-back.
12–5 p.m. Free and open to the public.

Sunday, September 21
Unbound: Daniel Kehlmann with Zadie Smith 
For the literary folk, Daniel Kehlmann will discuss his critically lauded recent novel, F, with acclaimed author Zadie Smith as part of the Brooklyn Book Festival. Presented by BAM and Greenlight Bookstore, the talk will take place at the Brooklyn Borough Hall Courtroom.
11 a.m. Free and open to the public.

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