August suffers from a lull in gallery openings, so you can anticipate plenty of film and performance listings from us for the rest of the month. This week we recommend checking out some of the Lord of the Rings at MoMA (yes, you read that right), a film about land artist Andy Goldsworthy at Storm King, and the last of Shaun Krupa’s performances at the Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery. Sound also emerges as a theme this week, with a performance by Ganjatronics at Clocktower Gallery and the launch of the Soundings event programming at MoMA.
MoMA11 W 53rd St
New York, NY 10019
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
You’ve probably already seen The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, so count this as great opportunity to see the film again, this time with all the art aura a museum can lend. It ranks as one of the most ambitious movies of our time, and there’s no way you’re going to be able to get the same experience watching it on your laptop.
Clocktower Gallery108 Leonard Street, 13th Floor
New York, NY 10013
6:00 - 8:00 PMWebsite
Performance & Open Studios: MV Carbon, Ganjatronics
Who wants to see a “reactive environment that incorporates video, sound and handmade objects”? We’re game. Carbon, an interdisciplinary artist and composer promises to gonna test the physical qualities of the space using magnetic tape, sound objects, field recordings and so on. Also performing will be Ganjatronics a project of Doron Sadja and Justin Craun. The duo creates danceable electronic soundscapes, a contrast to the more abstract sounds of Carbon.
Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery54 Ludlow Street
New York, NY 10002
Shaun Krupa: The Flooded Room
Just three more events to go in Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery’s Shaun Krupa’s performance series. So far, Krupa has been face-painting, rolling around, fan-torturing and generally homaging Bruce Nauman. This week, we’ll see Algal Mat (Tuesday), Soil Table (Wednesday) and The Flooded Room (Thursday).
International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP)1040 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Curating Pacific Spaces: Recent Developments in Contemporary Art from the South Pacific
Here’s a rare opportunity for those us in New York: an exhibition that promises to showcase artworks from the oft-under represented indigenous communities of New Zealand. (And by rare we mean, we’re not sure if there’s ever been a show of this kind in New York.) The show’s curators are both pro Māori art specialists. Reuban Friend is himself an artist of Māori and Pākehā lineage, as well as the former curator of Māori and Pacific Arts at City gallery. Shelley Jahnke was named curator at Te Manawa this April. Her father is also head of the School of Maori Studies and co-ordinator of Maori Visual Arts at Massey University in Palmerston North.
MoMA, Special Exhibitions Gallery, third floor11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY 10019
Soundings: A Contemporary Score
The screenings for “Soundings: A Contemporary Score” begin this week, and they’re doozies. This week’s films are meant to transport the viewer to “unusual sonic realms”. This means we’ll be listening to Phillip Brophy’s alien sounds graphed onto pre-existing footage of the performers in Evaporated Music. Experiencing “Unusual Sonic Realms” also means listening to Fucked Up Lover by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, which combines the sound of 12 friends talking about mix tapes with footage from a Nick Cave performance.
There’s some other shorts as well from Luke Fowler, Aaron Ates and Audrey Ewelll. Together the programming is just over an hour and a half.
Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI)535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
New York, NY 10011
A screening that unites nearly a dozen video artists under the common umbrella of the Uncanny and how near-imitation can be used to produce eery critique. Some featured works include facial distortions by Georgia Sagri, Pilvi Takala going to Disneyland Paris wearing “unapproved attire”, and a hacked 3D-scanning software video that depicts a fractured reality from Takeshi Murata and Billy Grant.
Videos by Oliver Laric, Liz Magic Laser, lya Lipkin & Joen Vedel, Takeshi Murata & Billy Grant, Rachel Rose, Georgia Sagri, Shanzhai Biennial, Pilvi Takala, and Stewart Uoo
Eyebeam540 W 21St.
New York, NY 10011
New York Times Feminist Reading Group
In celebration of the Eyebeam’s roster of fellows, residents and honorary fellows for the first time include more women than men, curatorial fellow Laurel Ptak has organized a feminist reading of the New York Times titled The Very First Year. The discussion will be led by Jen Kennedy and Liz Linden which will go over everything in that day’s paper, from content to ad placement.
Storm King Art Center1 Mountain Rd
Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY 12520
Starlit Screening: Rivers and Tides: Andy Goldsworthy Working with Time (2001)
Why go all the way up to Storm King to watch a movie about Andy Goldsworthy? Because it’s Storm King and you can also spend the day looking at David Brooks sculptures and Goldworthy’s snaking Storm King Wall. This screening is outdoors so bring a blanket and a flashlight and tick repellant.