A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a screening of a documentary on artist Thornton Dial at the American Folk Art Museum; a screening of "radical sex education films" at Light Industry; raga music performed by Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury and Ramzi El-Edlibi at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and an Alcoholics Anonymous-style recovery program for artists at the Museum of Arts and Design.
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 6 p.m.
Screening: Mr. Dial Has Something to Say
Artist Thornton Dial, born in rural Alabama and now in his mid-80s, creates mixed-medium assemblages and relief paintings that Anne Doran, writing in A.i.A. last year, called "materially inventive, structurally complex, thematically ambitious and politically astute." Director Celia Carey's hour-long 2007 documentary Mr. Dial Has Something to Say examines Dial's work and his reception in the art world, as well as questions of institutional racism and classism as they impact on the reception of art by self-taught black artists. Independent curator and critic Karen Wilkin will introduce the film; Suzanne de Vegh, the museum's director of public programs and audience development, will join her for a post-screening discussion.
American Folk Art Museum, 2 Lincoln Square
Tuesday, Aug. 12, 7:30 p.m.
Screening: Radical Sex Education Films at Light Industry
San Francisco's National Sex Forum (NSF), founded in 1968, aimed to use 16mm film as an educational tool, and its catalogue included the five distinctly NSFW (the acronym for "not safe for work") films that will be shown at Light Industry. Filmmakers include Jerry Abrams (whose 8-minute Eyetoon is mostly a psychedelic trip, without much sex at all), Constance Beeson, Lisa Crafts (whose Desire Pie features a perfectly hilarious animated couple caught in the act) and Alice Ann Parker (aka Ann Severson). The catalogue offers "suggested uses" for each film that range from "good example of a man's fantasy" to "show this pretty potpourri of a couple making animated love to relax and desensitize the group." The selection is curated by Philadelphia-based curator and filmmaker Herb Shellenberger.
Light Industry, 155 Freeman St., Brooklyn
Friday, Aug. 15, 6-7 p.m.
Moroccan Court Music Series: Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury and Ramzi El-Edlibi
Sitarist Indrajit Roy-Chowdhury performs in the raga idiom with both original and traditional compositions. He will be accompanied by Ramzi El-Edlibi on the riq and Egyptian tabla.
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.
Friday, Aug. 15, 7 p.m.
Karen Finley's Artists Anonymous
Twelve-step programs aren't just for alcoholics, drug addicts, nymphomaniacs and overeaters anymore. Karen Finley and the Museum of Arts and Design offer an A.A.-style recovery program. These are open meetings "for artists who feel that their lives have been affected by art making, the art world, and the troubles of maintaining a creative life and career." A few of the program's 13 steps:
1. We Are Powerless Over Art.
7. Get Out of the Way We Are Making Art.
12. Hope To Provide A Spiritual Awakening With Art And Maybe Some Cash.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle