Ralph Lemon, Untitled, 2013-14, archival pigment print. Courtesy the artist. In "When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South" at the Studio Museum in Harlem.

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a discussion of the creative economy at the Graduate Center; a screening of films by Laida Lertxundi at Light Industry; spring shows at the Studio Museum in Harlem; and Vivian Qu's new film at MoMA.

Tuesday, Mar. 25, 6:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion

Count on a polemical discussion of the politics of the creative economy from panelists Andy C. Pratt, professor of cultural economy at the City University London; Thomas Frank, political analyst and journalist; Jenny Gersten, executive director of Friends of the High Line; and Martha Rosler, artist, activist, and writer. Among the questions they'll consider: What is the current state of the city's creative life, and how does it relate to gentrification?
The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave.

Tuesday, Mar. 25, 7:30 p.m.
Screening and Discussion

Critic Genevieve Yue has described the short films of Laida Lertxundi as "dense with poetic imagery." Yue and the filmmaker will discuss Lertxundi's films, three of which will be presented: Utskor: Either/Or (2013), The Room Called Heaven (2012) and Footnotes to a House of Love (2007). Also on tap are shorts by Mary Helena Clark and Beatrice Gibson.
Light Industry
, 155 Freeman St., Brooklyn

Thursday, Mar. 27, 6 p.m.
Opening

Free admission celebrates three spring shows opening at the Studio Museum in Harlem. "When the Stars Begin to Fall: Imagination and the American South" features 35 American artists who share an interest in the American South, including Thornton Dial, Theaster Gates, Deborah Grant and John Outterbridge. "Glenn Kaino: 19.83" marks the New York debut of two works created in collaboration with American athlete Tommie Smith, famous for raising a fist during a medal ceremony at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic games. "Draped Down" looks at references to fashion in visual art.
Studio Museum in Harlem
, 144 W. 125th St.

Saturday, Mar. 29, 4 p.m.
Screening and Discussion

As part of the annual New Directors/New Films festival, MoMA screens the noir-ish Trap Street (2013), the first feature film by Chinese director Vivian Qu, which deals with themes of observation and surveillance in today's China. Qu will participate in a discussion after the screening.
Museum of Modern Art
, 11 W. 53 St.