Artist and filmmaker Matthew Barney is
famous for taking gooey, slimy, moldable materials to create his ambitious sculptures and for sometimes making a mess in the process (the street in front of the SFMOMA once got a warm petroleum jelly bath when the hose that was pumping 1,600 gallons of the stuff up to the fourth-floor gallery exploded). Expect things to be much cleaner at the Morgan Library, which is presenting “Subliming Vessel,” a collection of nearly 100 sketches, drawings, books, photographs, and storyboards that span the artist’s career. Art on display will include work related to his Cremaster film cycle—five films that probe the creative process—as well as art for his current project, River of Fundament. Tonight at 7, the library also screens Alison’s Chernick’s 2006 documentary, Matthew Barney: No Restraint, which follows Barney and his partner, Björk, on a trip to Japan to film his project Drawing Restraint 9. And on May 15, he’ll talk with conservator Christian Scheidemann about his use of nontraditional materials and the relationship of drawing to other media.

Mondays-Sundays, 10 p.m. Starts: May 10. Continues through Sept. 2, 2013