Mark Your Calendar: NYC Art and Design Events

A plush pup made for The Jewish Museum in conjunction with the exhibition “Maira Kalman: Various Illuminations (of a Crazy World)” and Ragnar Kjartansson’s “Scandinavian Pain” (2006), now on view at Scandinavia House.

It’s Christmas in July for art and design fans in New York, with events galore offering edifying escapes from the lifeforce-sapping heat. Here are three of our favorites:

  • Robert Storr is in the house—Scandinavia House, that is. The always insightful scholar and critic will lecture tonight on “North by New York: New Nordic Art,” on view through August 19 at Scandinavia House. Storr, who curated the exhibition with Francesca Pietropaolo, will discuss the process of creating the show and guide you in the proper pronounciation of names such as Mieskuoro Huutajat. Wear your “I’m With Ólafur Ólafsson!” t-shirt and bring a notepad. The fun starts at 6:30 p.m., and admission is free. We suggest a pre-lecture viewing of the animated hijinks of Strindberg & Helium.
  • On Wednesday evening, the Whitney Museum of American Art takes a cue from the comic strip-inspired canvases of Lyonel Feininger (an exhibition of the artist’s work is on view through October 16 at the museum) to explore the fine art of comics in a panel discussion. We imagine tickets will sell out swiftly, because the speakers are master comic artists Gary Panter, Art Spiegelman, and Chris Ware. John Carlin will guide the discussion, which begins at 7 p.m.
  • You have until the end of the month to catch The Jewish Museum’s terrific Maira Kalman exhibition, but we suggest popping by this Friday, July 22, when the illustrator, author, and designer herself will be tending the in-show pop-up store from noon to 5:30 p.m. Kalman will be selling Einstein pins, Proust posters, James Joyce soap, fly swatters, egg slicers, and other ephemera of daily life at her eclectic concession, The Pop Up Store Called Milton. Proceeds from sales will be donated to charities that help the world to keep calm and carry on.