Who: Cally Spooner
What: Performance lecture
Where: New Museum of Contemporary Art, 235 Bowery at Prince St., 212-219-1222
When: Wednesday, May 25, $15, 7:00
Why: In her New Museum Lobby Gallery installation “On False Tears and Outsourcing,” her first solo institutional presentation in the United States, British multidisciplinary artist Cally Spooner explores issues of communication, power, and the human body, inspired by the scene in Gustave Flaubert’s Madame Bovary in which Emma receives a farewell letter from Rodolphe signed with a fake tear. The site-specific piece is choreographed with and performed by Holly Curran, Maja Ho, Emily McDaniel, Ashton Muniz, José Rivera Jr., Maggie Segale, and Jennifer Tchiakpe in different configurations. Spooner, who has previously staged “He’s in a Great Place! (A film trailer for And You Were Wonderful, On Stage)” at the Tate Modern, “And You Were Wonderful, On Stage” at the National Academy, and “It’s About You” on the High Line, will be at the New Museum on May 25 to deliver a performance lecture in conjunction with the installation.