A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: Kara Walker and Jad Abumrad talk sugar at the NYPL; a screening of 1970s avant-garde Japanese films by the Filmmakers Cooperative; influential painter Amy Sillman gives a seminar at the Whitney; and a Bruce High Quality Foundation University class on programming languages as Conceptual art.
Tuesday, May 20, 7 p.m.
Kara Walker and Jad Abumrad in Conversation
Celebrated and controversial artist Kara Walker, whose mammoth project "A Subtlety" is now on view at Brooklyn's defunct Domino Sugar Refinery, talks with Radiolab founder (and fellow MacArthur "genius") Abumrad about the history and meaning of sugar. "It's a history of sugar, sex, sweetness, power, and the secret mystery at the center of the exhibition," promises the NYPL.
New York Public Library, Fifth Avenue and 42nd St.
Tuesday, May 20, 7:30 p.m.
Screening: Japanese Avant-Garde Films of the 1970s
The Filmmaker's Co-operative presents a selection of experimental 16mm films by artists including Sakumi Hagiwara, Tsuneo Nakai, Ryoichi Enomoto and Toshio Matsumoto, "encompassing fog, souls, the sea and labyrinthine filmic constructions." Filmmaker Iimura Takahiko curated the selection from new acquisitions by the coop.
Filmmakers Co-operative, 475 Park Avenue South
Thursday, May 22, 6:30 p.m.
Seminars with Artists: Amy Sillman
It's the last week of the Whitney Biennial (through May 25), and New York's own Amy Sillman will give an hourlong talk called "Color as Material," followed by a seminar jointly held with artist Cameron Martin. Co-organized with New York's Center for Experimental Lectures.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 945 Madison Ave.
Thursday, May 22, 7 p.m.
Programming Languages as Conceptual Art
Conceptual art relies heavily on language; the Bruce High Quality Foundation University offers a class on how computer languages can be art, enabling skilled users to "undermine the machine, challenge how we communicate, and play on meaning and nonsense."
B.H.Q.F.U., 554 Hudson St.