A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a screening of a 1973 film about black vampires; a discussion about re-enacting performance art from the past led by critic Hal Foster; a one-woman show by artist Sophia Cleary; a satirical Samurai film from the 1930s at MoMA; and a Q&A with Ken Jacobs following a program of his 3-D shorts.
Thursday, May 7, 7 p.m.
As part of their screening series, n+1 magazine presents Ganja & Hess (1973), written and directed by Bill Gunn. Drawing from blaxploitation and vampire genres, it was the first motion picture directed by an African-American to screen at Cannes, where it was met with a standing ovation. There will be a discussion after the screening led by Brandon Harris, a filmmaker, critic, and professor at SUNY Purchase, who wrote about Gunn's film and Spike Lee's recent remake Da Sweet Blood of Jesus in n+1's most recent issue.
n+1, 68 Jay Street, Suite 405, Brooklyn
Friday, May 8, 6 p.m.
As part of the Storefront for Art and Architecture gallery's monthly salon, art historian and critic Hal Foster hosts a discussion on the recent museological trend of restaging performances and dances from the '60s and '70s. Foster, along with artist Sarah Oppenheimer and Artforum senior editor Julian Rose, examines the liminal space these reenactments occupy—between the past and the present, and between documentary and fiction.
Storefront for Art and Architecture, 97 Kenmare Street
Saturday, May 9, 8 p.m.
Playfully appropriating the term "emerging artist" for the title of her one-woman show, Cleary challenges ideas of precocity and potential, as well as patriarchal notions of female performance as cathartic. The show also features a video by artist Will Rahilly. Emerging Artist runs for two nights—Friday, May 8 and Saturday, May 9.
The Performing Garage, 33 Wooster Street
Sunday May 10, 5 p.m.
One of the Japanese interwar period's most subversive directors of jidai-geki, or period dramas, Mansaku Itami takes a satirical approach to Samurai culture and the chivalric Bushido codes for warriors. Made in 1936, Kakita Akanishi uses the era's newest sound technology to augment its comic tone, and the opening features a Chopin piano piece to farcical effect. Included in MoMA's exhibition "Japan Speaks Out! Early Japanese Talkies" (through May 20), the film will also screen on May 19.
MoMA, Titus Theater 2, 11 West 53 Street
Monday May 11, 7:30 p.m.
Although American experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs has been working with 3-D film since the 1960s, this program of shorts focuses on his avant-garde investigations of the medium in the last decade. The program includes Seeking the Monkey King (2011), A Loft (2010), Canopy (2014), and Capitalism: Child Labor (2014). A Q&A with the director follows the screening.
BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn