A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: Halloween parties at the Storefront for Art and Architecture (brainy) and MoMA PS1 (queeny); a live ballet and video happening at the former 3rd Ward Space in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn; and a conversation on the legacy for contemporary art of literary giant James Baldwin, at the New School.
Friday, Oct. 31, 9:30 p.m.-late
Critical Halloween: I-Relevance
Storefront for Art and Architecture is nothing if not intellectually ambitious in its exhibitions and programs, and its annual Critical Halloween Party is no different. Storefront invites partygoers to think critically about art and architecture through costume design; the fourth edition is keyed to the theme of irrelevance, "the most feared ghost of art and architectural production." Tickets start at $50.
3-Legged Dog, 80 Greenwich St.
Friday, Oct. 31, 8 p.m.-12 a.m.
HalloQueens! MoMA PS1 Halloween Ball & Haunted Warehouse Party
Deejays Amber Valentine and Måns Ericson (Rollerboys/NoShow) will provide the soundtrack for a celebration of all things Queens (royal queens, queens of mean and queens of art will all be feted, according to the invite). Wear your best getup to enter the costume competition, and be prepared for dancing. Self-proclaimed Queen of the Night Susanne Bartsch hosts the official afterparty, with music by Donkey, Flax and W Jeremy. Tickets start at $15.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
Saturday, Nov. 1, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.
Happyokay: video and live ballet
Inspired by the 1950s Japanese multidisciplinary art happenings called happyokai, combined with modern possibilities for digital collaboration, Amsterdam-based ballet and art collective House of Makers collaborate with New York video collective Last Hour on a video and live ballet happening. Dutch National Ballet and New York City Ballet dancers perform live; afterward, Chairlift's Ramona Lisa will provide the score for video presented following the live component.
The former 3rd Ward space, 195 Morgan Ave., Brooklyn
Monday, Nov. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Conversation: The Legacy of James Baldwin in Contemporary Art
Author James Baldwin (Go Tell it on the Mountain, The Fire Next Time) has inspired artists Leslie Hewitt and cinematographer/artist Bradford Young to make site-specific moving-image installations addressing, among other concerns, notions of time and place; they've been exhibited in venues including the Kitchen and the Studio Museum in Harlem, both in New York. The artists will talk with MoMA associate curator of media and performance art Thomas J. Lax about the literary master's "relationship to collaboration, visuality and representation."
The New School, Wollman Hall, 65 W. 11th St., Room B500