A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a panel discussion on the state of Palestine and its representation in art at the Whitebox Art Center; a panel discussion on art and games at the Swiss Institute; a night of pretty dream-pop music with L.A. band Takashi Miyaki at the Museum of Modern Art; and a workshop on how artists can get involved in local policymaking at the Museum of Arts and Design.
Tuesday, Aug. 5, 6 p.m.
Here and Elsewhere, at War, and Into the Future: Palestine
Just as New York's New Museum opened "Here and Elsewhere," its exhibition devoted to art from and about the Arab world, a new conflict between Israel and Hamas commenced. So this webstreamed panel discussion on the potential connections between military and museum, war and art, couldn't be more timely. Moderated by critic and curator Mohammad Salemy, it includes artist Joseph Audeh, Brown University media and literature professor Ariella Azoulay, art historian and critic Judith Rodenbeck, editor Alex Shams and curator and writer Myriam Vanneschi. (If you can't make it, you can view it at http://bit.ly/1ooURhH.)
Whitebox Art Center, 329 Broome St.
Thursday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Ludic Aesthetics, featuring Ericka Beckman, Douglas Wilson and Eric Zimmerman
Duchamp ostensibly forsook art for chess; the Smithsonian art museum staged a show of video games in 2012; Lygia Clark's current retrospective at New York's Museum of Modern Art includes sculptures you can play with. Exploring the overlap between games and contemporary art, in conjunction with its exhibition "The St. Petersburg Paradox" (through Aug. 17), the Swiss Institute presents a panel discussion moderated by game designer Eric Zimmerman. He will probe artist Ericka Beckman, whose work is included in the show, and fellow game designer Douglas Wilson on what games bring to today's art.
Swiss Institute, 18 Wooster St.
Thursday, Aug. 7, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
MoMA Nights with Tashaki Miyaki
Since their band was conceived at a late-night L.A. jam session between drummer/singer Lucy Miyaki and guitarist Rocky Tashaki (bass player Dora Hiller joined later), Tashaki Miyaki has gained such distinctions as an invitation to play at London's venerated 100 Club. A writer for that city's Guardian newspaper wrote that Miyaki's lyrics are "just like honey . . . only watch out for the razor blades." Pitchfork deemed "Cool Runnings," their latest single, "a prettily sleepy slice of dream-pop." (They're also playing the Studio at Webster Hall Aug. 9.)
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.
Saturday, Aug. 9, 3 p.m.
Artists as Policy Advocates
Artists have long supported various social causes, on and off the canvas. At this workshop, Brooklyn organizers Anusha Venkataraman of El Puente Green Light District and Abby Subak of Arts Gowanus will talk about how artists can get involved in local organizing and advocacy. Facilitators Caron Atlas of Arts and Democracy and Tamara Greenfield of Fourth Arts Block will explain public policy matters and how to lobby local policymakers.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle