A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a launch of a new book by Sara Cwynar at Independent Curators International; a screening of a film by Vera Chytilová that criticizes Communism from the inside; an informal critique by artists and curators of the current show at the Drawing Center; and a screening of Gustav Deutsch's cinematic tableaux vivants re-creating canvases by Edward Hopper.
Tuesday, July 22, 6:30-8 p.m.
Sara Cwynar: Artist Conversation and Book Launch
Brooklyn's Blonde Art Books celebrates its first publication, artist Sara Cwynar's book Kitsch Encyclopedia, with a conversation between Cwynar, Blonde Art Books founder Sonel Breslav and Corina Reynolds of Small Editions. Kitsch Encyclopedia combines original and appropriated images and text "to formulate a relationship of kitsch to images."
Independent Curators International Curatorial Hub, 401 Broadway, Suite 1620
Thursday, July 24, 7 p.m.
Screening of Vera Chytilová's film Panelstory
Panelstory, aka Panel Story or Prefab Story (1980) is the rarest of period films: an Eastern bloc documentary openly critical of state socialism. Shot in failed utopian housing complexes in Communist Czechoslovakia, it was banned immediately after it was produced. Hosted by Brooklyn's Spectacle Theater, the screening is part of the Museum of Arts and Design's inaugural Makers Biennial.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle. Click here to purchase tickets ($10), or call 800-838-3006.
Thursday, July 24, 6:30 p.m.
Critique and Conversation: "The Intuitionists"
The exhibition "The Intuitionists" packs work by dozens of artists, from Shaun Acton to Enrique Chagoya, Cui Fei and Kara Walker, into the Drawing Center's galleries. The exhibition "considers how the collection, the database, and the aggregate serve as complementary models for the organization of information and objects in flux." Nayland Blake, Peter Drake, Nina Katchadourian, Byron Kim and George Negroponte, all of whom have lent their curatorial talents to the Drawing Center before, will engage in informal conversations with some of the artists. The show is organized by Heather Hart, Steffani Jemison, and Jina Valentine and curated by Lisa Sigal.
Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St.
Friday, July 25, 7 p.m.
Screening: Shirley: Visions of Reality
Austrian filmmaker Gustav Deutsch has recreated on film the tableaux presented in paintings by Edward Hopper. Deutsch also examines the paintings in light of contemporaneous events, tying them to wars and social history from the years 1931-63. Each tableau features the same actress, Canadian-born dancer and choreographer Stephanie Cumming, as "Shirley," who takes on the lead role in various Hopper canvases. The Hollywood Reporter calls it "an experimental tour de force." The screening will be followed by a reception and a masterclass presentation by Gustav Deutsch and Hanna Schimek.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue (at 37 Street), Astoria, Queens. Tickets are $12 ($9 for senior citizens and students, free for Museum members) and include admission to the museum's galleries, which are open until 8 p.m.