It’s a slow week, but one with just enough good events to keep any Thanksgiving-related food coma at bay. Monday night, we’ve got two book release events with talks and more! Fragments of Metropolis – Rhein & Ruhr launches with a panel discussion at NYU’s Deutsches Haus and Douglas Crimp: Before Pictures is kicking-off at The Kitchen. Tuesday, rising video art star Sondra Perry speaks at SVA and bitforms gallery returns to its roots for a homecoming party. Wednesday, MoMA opens a Josef Albers exhibit that shows the color guru’s dark(room) side.
Thursday is Thanskgiving, so there are no art events. But if you can’t deal with the potential of seeing a Trump-supporting relative, I recommend teaming up with friends to support local immigrant-owned businesses instead! Post-holiday, there’s a bit of a slowdown. On Black Friday, check out a campy screening at Williamsburg’s Spectacle theater. Saturday Pioneer Works is hosting the Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation. If that’s not your thing, head to Roulette, where artists reinterpret the music of Kate Bush. That’s one thing we can all be thankful for.
Deutsches Haus at NYU42 Washington Mews
New York, NY
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.Website
Fragments of Metropolis – Rhein & Ruhr
Architecture/history nerds rejoice: a panel discussion about Central European Expressionist architecture from the boom days of the Weimar Republic. Niels Lehmann and Christoph Rauhut travelled around the Rhein-Ruhr industrial megalopolis documenting the Expressionist structures that survived both the war and subsequent reconstruction, resulting in a new bilingual book on the subject. They’ll be joined by Barry Bergdoll in this discussion.
The Kitchen512 W 19th St
New York, NY
7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.Website
Douglas Crimp: Before Pictures
Another historically-minded book launch event! Douglas Crimp’s “Before” pictures of New York in the 1970s capture the days of Merce Cunningham, disco, and weirdo affordability alongside memoirs. He’ll be hanging around at the end of the event to sign for-sale copies.
SVA, Room 101C133/141 West 21st Street
New York, NY
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.Website
Artist Talk: Sondra Perry
For over a year, Paddy has been singing the praises of Sondra Perry, a young video/installation artist whose work is blowing up as of late. Perry currently has a solo project, Resident Evil on view at The Kitchen (pictured). I haven’t seen the show yet, but it sounds great. We’re expecting that work to be a topic of discussion.
The Former bitforms529 West 20th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY
8:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.Website
Random 529: Media Art, Music, and Performance
bitforms gallery is celebrating its 15th birthday by reopening its previous 20th street location as a project space. Future programming includes installation and performance as well as “happy hour” events. This evening, they’re re-christening the space with a party by NEARFUTURE. There will be musical performances from NAR, Celestial Trax, XHOSA, vyle, Nueport, Ayo Yen, and POPE. The event is hosted by TIME WITH SPACE, DUSTY, and YOKO. With this many all-caps single-word names, you know it’s going to be too cool for art school. The event photo is a still from Jonathan Monaghan’s epic “Escape Pod,” which we included in our exhibition Geographically Indeterminate Fantasies, so we’re hoping more of his work will be on display as well!
MoMA11 West 53rd Street
New York, NY
10:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.Website
One and One Is Four: The Bauhaus Photocollages of Josef Albers
Josef Albers may be known as the godfather of color, but he made an impressive collection of black-and-white photocollages during his tenure at the Bauhaus. True to everything that happened in the Weimar years, these feel experimental and ahead of their time. Case in point: I believe the preview image above features a selfie with a cat.
Spectacle124 South 3rd Street
The Satan Killer
If you need to cleanse your palette from a wholesome family gathering (or Black Friday shoppers) this is the 1993 cult camp film for you! Directed by Stephen Calamari, the film promises “murder, machine guns, drugs, drag queens, private eyes, beach babes, former male nurses, a frequently-visited t-shirt shop, punks, pimps, a frequently-visited coffee shop, strippers, a haunted house and a scene where the killer screams at a church, ‘You never fooled me!’”
Pioneer Works159 Pioneer Street
Eyeworks Festival of Experimental Animation
Eyeworks has presented its animation program in various cities worldwide, and now they’re bringing their festival of animated shorts to Pioneer Works. This includes two curated programs, which visitors can see for just $15. These include everything from early abstract experimental cinema to contemporary narratives employing unusual animation techniques. Here’s the full line-up:
Shorts Program 1
16mm and video
Robert Breer, Trial Balloons, 1982
Barry Doupé, A Boy on a Dock Blowing His Nose, 2005
Paul Glabicki, Under the Sea, 1989
Suzan Pitt, Crokus, 1971
Sabrina Ratté, Portals, 2014
Karl Sims, Evolved Virtual Creatures, 1994
Martin Sulzer, King James Version Genesis Chapter Nineteen, 2015
Hoji Tsuchiya, Visit from Hotoke at the Cape, 2015
Diana Wilson, Log Hill Story / A Film For Log Hill Dogs, 1976
Shorts Program 2
16mm, 35mm, and video
Karen Aqua, Yours For the Taking, 1984
Anibal Bley, Siniestro del Jefe, 2015
Peter Burr, The Mess, 2016
Sky David, Ace of Light, 1984
Robert Frerck, Nebula II, 1969
Eri Kawaguchi, Wild Wild Ham, 2013
Ryo Orikasa, Datum Point, 2016
Mila Severtseva, Warmth of Your Body Can Save Me, 2016
Brian Smee, Lazy Daze, 2015
Jim Trainor, The Moschops, 2000
Ryoya Usuha, Open a Manhole Cover While Walking, 2015
Jaques Verbeek & Karin Wiertz, The Case of the Spiral Staircase, 1980
Roulette509 Atlantic Ave
Curated by Meredith Monk: Theo Bleckmann’s Hello Earth! The Music of Kate Bush
OMG! Curator Meredith Monk has assembled musicians and performers to reinterpret the music of reclusive British icon Kate Bush. You know this is going to be weird. And likely very glamorous.
Featuring: Theo Bleckmann, Henry Hey, Chris Tarry, Caleb Burhans, Ben Wittman