A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a screening of a 1970 documentary about the U.S. pavilion at Expo '70 Osaka, hosted by Storefront for Art and Architecture; a screening of videos by artist Stanya Kahn at Electronic Arts Intermix; a party to close out a weeklong sale at Printed Matter; and a panel discussion about the cultural boycott of Israel at the Asian American Writers' Workshop.
Tuesday, July 29, 7 p.m.
Air Up! Screening and Discussion
When it opened, the U.S. Pavilion at the World's Fair-Expo '70 Osaka featured one of the first so-called "air-supported" cable roofs, covering over 120,000 square feet with a clear span of 262 by 460 feet. It was commissioned by then United States Information Agency design chief Jack Masey, who will be present for a Q&A after a screening of the 1970 documentary Air Up! Construction of the US Pavilion at EXPO '70 Osaka.
Storefront for Art and Architecture, 97 Kenmare St.
Wednesday, July 30, 6:30 p.m.
Screening and Artist Talk: Stanya Kahn
A handful of characters in surgical scrubs get up to all kinds of weird behavior in artist Stanya Kahn's new video Don't Go Back to Sleep (2014), which will be previewed at this screening; at one point, one of them drops her gum into a dead body's guts. Other works to be shown include It's Cool, I'm Good (2010) and Arms Are Overrated (2012). Afterward, Kahn will be in conversation with critic and curator Ed Halter.
Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI), 535 W. 22nd St., 5th floor
Thursday, July 31, 5-8 p.m.
Printed Matter Warehouse Sale and Party
Psychedelic electronica by Earthmasters and synth-noise from DROOIDS close out a weeklong sale with up to 40 percent off most artist's books and other items at Printed Matter. Cookies and cocktails are also on the menu.
Printed Matter, 195 Tenth Ave.
Thursday, July 31, 7 p.m.
Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions: What It Means for Artists
Since 2005, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has called on Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian land. When the exhibition "Living as Form," organized by New York's Creative Time, traveled to Haifa this summer, artists who had not agreed for their work to travel to Israel withdrew from the show and the issue became much more real for the art world. A panel discussion on the cultural boycott includes Remi Kanazi (poet, writer and activist), Josh MacPhee (designer and artist) and Hannah Mermelstein (activist).
Asian American Writers' Workshop, 112 W. 27th St., 6th Floor