A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: Orson Welles at Film Forum; Mary Reid Kelley at School of Visual Arts; Kate Gilmore at the Metropolitan Museum of Art; Tomi Ungerer at Drawing Center; Anne Imhof at MoMA PS1; and Fang Lu at the Asia Art Archive in America.
Wednesday, Jan. 14, 7 p.m.
To mark the centennial of the director’s birth, Film Forum hosts “Orson Welles 100,” a retrospective organized in consultation with Welles historian and author Joseph McBride, who will introduce three films during the festival: Touch of Evil (1958), Macbeth (1948) and The Magnificent Ambersons (1942). The latter picture, the auteur’s follow-up to Citizen Kane, follows the spoiled heir of a decaying fortune. Often thought to have been butchered by editors, the film captures an emotional sense of the American spirit in the face of industrialization.
Film Forum, 209 W. Houston St.
Thursday, Jan. 15, 7 p.m.
Artist Mary Reid Kelley is known for stylized black-and-white videos steeped in intellectual history and loaded with visual puns and elaborate wordplay. At SVA, she presents selections from her trilogy about the Minotaur, the last installment of which is set to premier later this year. Produced with her husband Patrick Kelley, these videos draw upon Greek mythology, Victorian poetry and avant-garde aesthetics. A conversation with curator and critic Steven Henry Madoff follows.
School of Visual Arts, 132 W. 21st St., 10th floor
Friday, Jan. 16, 6:30 p.m.
Kate Gilmore, whose video and performance repertoire includes pieces for which she’s smashed sheetrock in high heels, takes part in the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s “Artists on Artworks” series, a forum for contemporary artists to share their take on the Met’s collection. Those familiar with Gilmore’s oeuvre, which explores female identity, angst and power, won’t be surprised that she has elected to lead visitors on a tour of the Arms and Armor galleries.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Ave.
Saturday, Jan. 17, 3 p.m.
Tomi Ungerer came to New York from his native Strasbourg in 1956 and designed advertising campaigns before finding fame as an author and illustrator of children’s books. Ungerer went on to publish some three dozen books, examples from which are on view this winter at the Drawing Center. Also featured are Ungerer’s political cartoons and risqué erotic images of human/machine couplings. The artist, who now lives in Ireland, will sign books (his newest, Fog Island, was published in 2013) and speak about his work with Steven Heller, the former art director of the New York Times.
Drawing Center, 35 Wooster St.
Sunday, Jan. 18, 12 p.m.
Commissioned for MoMA PS1’s “Sunday Sessions” series, Anne Imhof’s performance Deal promises to be fantastically elaborate, featuring a cast that includes “performers, composers, lawyers and a family of white rabbits.” Deal incorporates elements of several of the German artist’s previous performances, building on her interest in the poetics of repetition.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City
Monday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
Chinese video artist Fang Lu presents her 18-minute No World (2014), in which six youths in an empty house randomly assault each other for no apparent reason—with metaphorical echoes of everything from domestic squabbles to nations at war. The artist will discuss her penchant for using artificial situations to explore “natural” interpersonal actions with Herb Tam, chief curator of New York’s Museum of Chinese in America. Seating limited; online RSVP required.
Asia Art Archive in America, 43 Ramsen St., Brooklyn