A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: writer Lydia Davis at BAM Café, a screening of the film DUST, a talk by iconic body artist Carolee Schneemann, a performance by artist collective Whoop Dee Doo and local teens, and a conversation on transgender representation at the Camera Club.
Wednesday Mar. 18, 6:30 p.m.
Writer Rick Moody once called Lydia Davis "the best prose stylist in America," and over the years she's grown beloved for the power of her pared-down language and fragmentary poetic fiction. To promote her fifth collection of short stories Can't and Won't, Davis will converse with the New Yorker's fiction editor, Deborah Treisman, as part of BAM's "Eat, Drink & Be Literary" series.
Brooklyn Academy of Music Cafe, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
Thursday Mar. 19, 9:30 p.m.
Filmmakers Adam Dugas and Casey Spooner (the latter from performance duo Fischerspooner) will present this single-night screening of their new tragicomedy about a dysfunctional family. A work of art-pop trash, DUST has been compared by its producer, Michael Stipe, to movies by John Waters and by Paul Morrissey of Andy Warhol's Factory. The cast features notable personalities like Factory superstar Holly Woodlawn, fashion designer Peggy Noland and the other half of Fischerspooner, Danny Fischer.
Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
Friday Mar. 20, 7 p.m.
Known for works like her dionysian 1964 performance Meat Joy-an erotic celebration of flesh, with dancers rolling around in raw meat, fish and furs-Schneemann often explores the body, gender and sexuality. Throughout five decades of artmaking, she's operated on instinct, taking inspiration from dreams, visions and coincidences, and finding meaning in her work only after the fact. This Friday, she'll discuss how symbolic and associative links continue to reveal themselves in her varied work.
Hunter Studios Auditorium, 205 Hudson Street, second floor
Saturday Mar. 21, 2 p.m., 4 p.m., 6 p.m.
Whoop Dee Doo is an artist collective led by Jaimie Warren and Matt Roche that collaborates with various community groups to create performances using surreal sets and spooky costumes. This one-day-only event will feature teens from the Urban Youth Theatre Ensemble, a Tuvan throat singer, the Japanese Folk Institute of New York, and more. The presentations are free and open to all ages. Space is limited, though, so an RSVP is recommended.
Abrons Arts Center, 466 Grand Street, G-05
Monday Mar. 23, 7 p.m.
This conversation about the representation of trans bodies in photos, videos, films and TV shows will feature photographer Mariette Pathy Allen, who recently published the book TransCuba, and multi-disciplinary artist Zachary Drucker, an actor and associate producer for the Emmy Award-winning Amazon Prime TV series "Transparent." The talk will be moderated by photographer Allen Frame.
The Camera Club of New York, 126 Baxter Street