Tuesday, May 27
“Should I Go to Grad School?” can be a tough question to answer. It’s also the title of a book featuring a collection of essays by sculptors, philosophers, activists, poets and even a movie star who attempt to give an answer. Tonight at the world famous Strand Book Store, New School Professor of Philosophy Simon Critchley, New York Times reporter Amy O'Leary and Nikil Saval, editor at n+1, come together to pull apart the question and provide personal insights on issues that arise when deciding your educational future. To attend the discussion, buy a copy of “Should I Go to Grad School?” or a $15 Strand gift card. Both options admit one person. 7:30 p.m., Strand Book Store, 828 Broadway, Union Square.
Wednesday, May 28
“Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937” is the first show since the Neue Galerie opened in 2001 to deal exclusively with the Nazi period. “Degenerate" was the term used to describe modern art by the Nazi regime. Modern art was seized from museums and private collections and shown in a three-year traveling exhibition that criss-crossed Germany and Austria. At the exhibition's conclusion, most works were sold, lost or presumed destroyed.
Highlights of the Neue Galerie show include a number of works shown in Munich in the summer of 1937, such as Max Beckmann's "Cattle in a Barn," Erich Heckel's "Barbershop," Paul Klee's "The Angler," "The Twittering Machine" and "Ghost Chamber with the Tall Door." The exhibition has now been extended for two months through September 1, 2014. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., 1048 Fifth Avenue, Upper East Side, $20.
Thursday, May 29
Art, music and custom-mixed cocktails come together this evening with Brooklyn Museum’s multisensory See, Make, Sip. Express tours of three exhibitions provide inspiration for art-making projects, followed by art-inspired cocktails. DJ Rabbi Darkside provides beats and music. From 6:30 p.m. Brooklyn Museum, Martha A. and Robert S. Rubin Pavilion, 1st Floor, 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn. Free with Museum admission ($12).