Mark Your Calendar: Art Fakers, Eva Zeisel Tribute, Milton Glaser, Gridlock!, and More

Art and design fans have much to look forward to in the coming weeks. Here are our picks of the latest and greatest not-to-be-missed events in NYC:

  • What’s more fun that art forgery? A talk about the colorful history of art forgery by Milton Esterow. The ARTnews editor and publisher takes to the stage tomorrow evening at 92nd St Y for “Fakes, Frauds, and Fake Fakers” (we adore that title), a sure-to-be-fascinating look at how forgers have created convincing imitations of masterpieces, as well as works that mimic the styles of great artists, duping collectors, dealers, and even the experts themselves. Don’t bother trying to forge a ticket to this talk; buy a real one here.
  • On Monday, January 30, Moleskine hosts an evening of interactive portrait-making at Exit Art. Stop by the reception (6-9 p.m.) to “explore the many ways to capture a portrait using Moleskine objects” with featured artists including Emilie Baltz and Nathan Sensel. Text-portraits, sound-portraits, taste-portraits, photo-portraits, and more are promised. RSVP here to be sure that your name in their little black (guest) book.
  • Cooper-Hewitt director Bill Moggridge kicks off a new year of Bill’s Design Talks with a tribute to Eva Zeisel, who died a few weeks ago at the age of 105. Joining Moggridge on February 9 at The Greene Space will be art critic Jed Perl (The New Republic) and the designing duo of James Klein and David Reid (KleinReid), who collaborated with Zeisel on a series of ceramics and prints. Register here to attend. There will be also be a live webcast.

  • But back to people named “Milton”! On February 16, Milton Glaser comes to Brooklyn’s terrific powerHouse Arena for an exclusive discussion and signing of his new book In Search of the Miraculous (Overlook). A $10 ticket saves you $10 off the price of the book, in which Glaser highlights work, largely created by him over the last five years, to demonstrate how one concept leads to another. Bring on the fascinating juxtapositions.

  • And if you traveled by surface streets to get to any of the above happenings, you’ll already be well-acquainted with the topic of this last event. On Wednesday, February 15, the Museum of the City of New York hosts: Gridlock!: Congestion and Flow on New York City Streets, a public program presented in conjunction with the exhibition “The Greatest Grid: The Master Plan of Manhattan, 1811-2011.” Guest curator Hilary Ballon will moderates a discussion with “Gridlock SamSchwartz, NYC Deputy Commissioner for Planning and Sustainability Bruce Schaller, and Jeffrey Zupan of the Regional Plan Association. UnBeige readers can get the member rate on tickets by using code Gridlock215 when ordering here.