A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a panel discussion of millennial curators at the School of Visual Arts; a lecture by artist Basim Magdy at the New School; a new "consumer feedback opera" by Cally Spooner at the High Line; and a symposium on aesthetics at Pratt Institute with participants from as far as Vancouver's Emily Carr School and UC Irvine.
Tuesday, Sept. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion: Curators: The Younger Than Jesus Effect
How are millennials curating today? Six young practitioners will discuss their methods for dealing with "the mechanisms of youth, novelty and the market" in a panel that draws its name from a 2009 New Museum show devoted to artists under 33. Weighing in will be Alaina Claire Feldman of Independent Curators International; Rujeko Hockley, one of the organizers of the Brooklyn Museum's upcoming "Crossing Brooklyn" show of artists from that borough; independent curator and critic David Everitt Howe; Artist's Institute director Jenny Jaskey; and independent curators Piper Marshall and Chris Wiley.
School of Visual Arts, 132 W. 21st St., 10th floor
Wednesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.
Lecture: Basim Magdy
A veteran of international roundups such as the latest Istanbul Biennial and the upcoming Biennale de Montréal, Egyptian-born artist Basim Magdy ranges across various mediums to create work that curator Okwui Enwezor has described as aiming to "criticize the media's disinformation and the propaganda inherent in information systems." He will discuss his work in the latest in the latest in the New School's AMT visiting artist series.
The New School, 66 Fifth Ave.
Thursday, Sept. 18 and Friday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m., 7:45 p.m., and 8:30 p.m. both days
Performance: Cally Spooner, It's About You
What does a "consumer feedback opera" look like? Find out this week, when London-based artist Cally Spooner stages one on the High Line. Three opera singers will accompany large-scale video projections in which dancers perform to "appropriated transcripts" of corporate employees disclosing personal content for an advertising campaign. The videos also include the text of complaints about the NSA's Prism surveillance program as well as tweets about Katy Perry's 2013 album of the same name, all adding up to a comment on the intermingling of public and private in our mediated age.
High Line, 14th Street Passage
Friday, Sept. 19, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Symposium: Questioning Aesthetics
What does aesthetics have to say about conceptual art, data visualization, social practice art and race? This daylong symposium features participants including Whitney Museum curator Christiane Paul, NYU art historian Boris Groys, artist Mel Chin and architect Jorge Otero-Pailos. The symposium celebrates the publication of the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (Oxford University Press).
Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Ave., Brooklyn