A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: the final work of composer Robert Ashley at the Whitney Museum; a new play by avant-garde icon Richard Maxwell at the Abrons Arts Center; a debate at the Museum of Modern Art on a machine that allows men to experience the pleasure and pain of menstruation; and a talk at the Brooklyn Museum by feminist artist Judy Chicago.
Thursday, Apr. 10, Friday, Apr. 12, and Saturday, Apr. 13, 4 p.m.; Friday, Apr. 11, 6:30 p.m.
Robert Ashley and Alex Waterman: Crash
"If there's such a thing as an ‘artist's composer,' Robert Ashley is it," Catherine Kron wrote in A.i.A. in 2011. Ashley died in March, three months after completing the opera Crash, which will have its world premiere, directed by Alex Waterman, as part of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave.
Thursday, Apr. 10-Saturday, Apr. 26, 8 p.m.
Known for a radically stripped-down theatrical style, Richard Maxwell has carved out a unique place for himself in the New York theatrical avant-garde. In his latest play, staged with the New York City Players, Isolde is a famous actress who finds herself unable to retain her lines and the personal memories that fueled her greatest roles.
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand St.
Thursday, Apr. 10, 6:30 p.m.
Design and Violence Debates: Designing Empathy
Men, have you ever wished you could experience menstruation? The Menstruation Machine (2010), designed by Sputniko! (aka Hiromi Ozaki), allows you to do just that. The invention will be the subject of debate between Chris Bobel (author of New Blood: Third-wave Feminism and the Politics of Menstruation) and Mickey Boardman of Paper magazine.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.
Sunday, Apr. 13, 2 p.m.
Exhibition Talk: "From Finish Fetish to Feminism"
How did artist Judy Gerowitz get radicalized, transform into Judy Chicago, and end up making iconic works of feminist art like The Dinner Party? Find out at this talk, featuring the artist along with Brooklyn Museum curator Catherine Morris and art historian Frances Borzello. The talk is in conjunction with the exhibition "Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago's Early Work, 1963-74." A book signing follows.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway