This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Your “Electronic Heroin”

by The AFC Staff on August 4, 2014 Events

1407083844559Last week’s cancelled pro-Palestine workshop was depressing, to say the least. Better news this week: the conversation continues with a livestreamed panel at Whitebox Art Center. Also in activism, the MAD Museum hosts a workshop on how artists can get the city to listen to us.

For fun: Spectacle is full of gems, as always, this week including titles such as “The Grim Reaper,” “Women in Revolt,” and “Plan 10 From Outer Space.” You can also catch a film about Chinese teens who have to go to rehab for their Internet addictions (guilty), and Jeff Bailey Gallery celebrates its last hurrah in Chelsea before moving its entire operation to Hudson, New York.

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124 South 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
7:30 PMWebsite

The Grim Reaper and Women in Revolt

Is there ever an off night at Spectacle? No.
Tonight, they’re screening the 1976 film “The Grim Reaper,” one in a series of grindhouse gore films by Nashville-based evangelical Christian Ron Ormond. Where do they find this stuff??
This is followed by “Woman in Revolt!” at 10 PM, featuring transgender icons Candy Darling, Jackie Curtis, and Holly Woodlawn playing militant feminists who turn against each other.


11 West 53rd Street
7:30 PMWebsite

The Great War: a Cinematic Legacy

It’s been 100 years since the beginning of World War I, so MoMA has put together a show of materials of that war’s representation in film—promising “rare gems” among the familiar. If it’s anything like this year’s fantastic show of Civil War photography at the Met, then it’ll be a must-see. The show opens tonight and only runs through September 21.


311 East Broadway
Lower East Side
7:30 PMWebsite

Summer Monday

Every Monday this late summer, e-flux has been hosting escape after escapade to fill your mind and soul with the productivity of failure—after all, each week is organized by the Agency of Unrealized Projects (AUP).

This go around, the theme is “APP LAWS.” Audience participation will be expected in BFAMFAPhD‘s Census Report, an online report on the impact of debt on creatives, as well as a musical-sculptural piece by Tamar Ettun & The Moving Company—Tyler Patterson, Tina Wang, Lyndsey Eugene, Maia Karo, Adrian Galvin, and Lisa Park. From the PR: “Movers will manipulate sculptures with movement and sound, inviting the audience to participate in the performance and writing of the piece.”


Whitebox Art Center

329 Broome Street
Lower East Side
6 PMWebsite

Palestine Live Web Stream Panel Discussion

“What is the responsibility of each of us, in the context of a potential genocide?” that was Amin Husain in our interview last week about the cancelled pro-Palestine workshop “10 Days, 10 Ideas.” We are glad to see that the conversation won’t be ending there. Whitebox Art Center (currently hosting a show by Palestinian artist Khaled Jarrar) will be livestreaming a panel discussion with two of the workshop’s organizers Joseph Audeh and Myriam Vanneschi, along with Israeli filmmaker Ariella Azoulay, contemporary art scholar Judith Rodenbeck, and Alex Shams, co-editor of the blog Ajam Media Collective. This discussion just so happens to take place against the backdrop of the New Museum’s first major survey of art from the Arab world. We wonder whether the museum will get involved.


Film Forum

209 West Houston Street
Greenwhich Village
7:00 PMWebsite

Web Junkie

“Web addiction” or “Electronic heroin”: This is what spending more than 6 hours a day online for non-work related reasons is called in China. This documentary follows these “addicts,” mostly teenage boys, as they are forced to go into government-affiliated rehabilitation clinics. And the camps themselves are a weird mix of prison, drug clinic, and psych ward. Overall, this is pretty little known and fascinating phenomenon, and it just goes to show how seriously the Chinese government takes things that we find fairly benign.


Jeff Bailey Gallery

625 West 27th Street
6:00 to 8:00 PMWebsite

Come Celebrate a New Beginning

Come Friday, August 8, Jeff Bailey will officially become one of the many galleries leaving Chelsea. After eleven years,they’ve opened a second space in Hudson, New York and will be moving their operations there full-time. This bodes well for more NADA Hudson events (we hopewe hope).

Celebrate them, and the end of an era for their last Chelsea exhibition, “Contrapposto & Other Stories”, curated by Katia Rosenthal, which will remain on view through Friday, August 8. Artists include Christopher Hanrahan, Dean Levin, Amy Pleasant, Ruby Sky Stiler, George Woodman.

55 Gansevoort

55 Gansevoort
West Village
7:00 to 9:00 PMWebsite

Kayode Ojo: you gotta keep your head up but you can let your hair down

Female celebrities stumbling in gold flapper dresses is the subject of this glitz and branding fuckfest/culture-jam by Kayode Ojo (disclaimer: AFC friend). We just think “A metallic burst that triggers a fury of flashes” (from the press release) is a really great way to describe Lindsay Lohan falling down in a lobby. We’re excited.


Basilica Hudson

110 South Front Street
Hudson, New York
8:00 PMWebsite

A Rare Evening With Michael Lindsay-Hogg

Speaking of Hudson, New York, here’s another reason to go there: a screening of the never-aired 1968 TV special “The Rolling Stones’ Rock and Roll Circus.” The film was withheld for twenty years after it was filmed. According to wikipedia rumor, this has to do with the fact that the Stones were clearly exhausted during filming and gave a subpar performance, which was clearly upstaged by The Who. Interesting…

Anyway, the screening is a part of a rare book signing and reading by director Michael Lindsay-Hogg from his memoir “Luck and Circumstance”. In addition to the “Rock and Roll Circus” Lindsay-Hogg brought you The Normal Heart, The Beatles’ Let It Be, and Brideshead Revisited. He’s also the rumored son of Orson Welles. There is a strong resemblance.

Spectacle Theater

124 South 3rd Street

Plan 10 From Outer Space

Another gem at Spectacle. This one follows a young writer who unearths a massive Mormon conspiracy involving aliens. Apparently director Trent Harris said of this one “Just because I made it up doesn’t mean it isn’t true!” Mormonism actually coming from outer-space? We believe it.


MAD Museum

2 Columbus Circle
Hell's Kitchen
3:00 PMWebsite

Mayor de Blasio Listens: Artists as Policy Advocates

Mayor de Blasio listens. That’s to be determined, because he’s not actually scheduled to be at this event.

This is, however, an opportunity for artists to hear from representatives from El Puente and Art Gowanus about how artists can get involved in local organizing (namely, how to stay in New York). Let’s pack this place.

The Cloisters

99 Margaret Corbin Drive
Fort Tryon Park
12:00 to 1:00 PMWebsite

El Camino, the Road to Santiago de Compostela

Stuck in the city on a summer Saturday? Might as well take a daytime trip to the Cloisters, a place we know only as a far-off vista off the highway. On Saturday, you can learn about the famed Christian pilgrimage route El Camino, while perusing the Met’s museum of 12th-15th century European architecture.

Transfer Gallery

1030 Metropolitan Ave
7:00 to 11:00 PMWebsite

Language and Code

Perhaps you see it as progress or perhaps you see it as the beginning sequence in an Isaac Asimov novel, but some machines can learn from our activities and we can learn from theirs. Two artists, Bill Miller and Daniel Temkin, deal here with this fact. Expect a ton of interactive art, coding, and a camera that takes selfies infinitely.

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