Who: Antony Gormley
What: Artist talk at Parsons School of Design addressing the question “What is sculpture good for?”
Where: The New School, the Auditorium, Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall, 66 West Twelfth St.
When: Tuesday, February 4, free with advance registration, 6:00
Why: On February 4, British sculptor Antony Gormley will be at Parsons School of Design to discuss his latest work, New York Clearing, which will be on view in Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 3 from February 5 to March 27. The “drawing in space,” consisting of eighteen kilometers of looping and coiling square aluminum tubing, is part of the global project CONNECT, BTS, organized by K-pop sensation BTS. “It’s a truth universally acknowledged that creativity can transcend the boundaries of language, culture, and history,” the superstar boy group explains on the official website. “Art embodies a will to respond to the world, and to communicate that response to others; it is always there, no matter what the era, moving with or despite the times. . . . CONNECT, BTS reaches for a collective experience that might be only the beginning of new communication between art, music, and people.” Curated by Daehyung Lee, CONNECT, BTS also includes Danish artist Jakob Kudsk Steensen’s Catharsis in London, the performance series Rituals of Care curated by Stephanie Rosenthal and Noémie Solomon in Berlin, and Argentine artist Tomás Saraceno’s Aerocene Pacha in Buenos Aires, as well as a yet-to-be-named work in Seoul. “Art only becomes art when it is shared,” the London-born Gormley, whose Event Horizon dazzled and frightened people in Madison Square Park nearly ten years ago, has said. Admission to the February 4 discussion is free with advance registration.