A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: an experimental work by composer MV Carbon; a talk about art collectives at Frieze New York; an event exploring intersections of art, commerce and hip-hop; a book launch for Swiss artist Thomas Hirschhorn's Gramsci Monument; and the premiere of a documentary about artist Eva Hesse.
Wednesday, May 13, 8 p.m.
New York-based experimental composer and sound artist MV Carbon presents a new two-act work, which she produced as part of her Jerome Foundation residency at Brooklyn's Roulette. The first act, "Speed Dial and Cellar Door," features the artist singing and performing with various electronics, tape loops, rotary telephones and processed piano. Pianist Emily Manzo provides accompaniment. For the second act, "The Telekenetic Grip," MV Carbon performs a duet with a holographic character she named Violet Raid. The composition includes electronics, amplified koto and pre-recorded cello.
Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn
Thursday, May 14, 12 p.m.
Part of the Frieze Art Fair's Frieze Talks series, this conversation led by Triple Canopy editor and A.i.A. contributor Alexander Provan explores how today's art collectives are emulating or adapting models from previous eras. Panelists include Abdullah Al-Mutairi of the nine-member GCC, which was supposedly founded in the VIP lounge of Art Dubai in 2013; Jamal Cyrus of the Houston-based Otabenga Jones & Associates, which focuses on the representation of black identities; and Dena Yago of the New York-based trend forecasting group K-HOLE, which blends elements of an art collective and an advertising agency. Entry to the talk is included in general admission to the fair, and the full events program runs through Sunday, May 17.
Frieze Art Fair New York, 20 Randall's Island
Friday, May 15, 6 p.m.
Conceived in reaction to conventional art fairs, Black Market is a multidisciplinary event focused on the intersection of hip-hop and contemporary art. Artist and Raw Dawg radio show host Awol Erizku will lead a conversation on the implications and value of hip-hop, and artist Devin KKenny will lecture on rap as a content delivery system for brands. There will also be performances by Nandi Loaf, GAZR, Prada Mane and Yung Jake. Work by the participating artists works-from mix tapes to apparel-will be on sale.
Bitcoin Center NYC, 40 Broad Street
Saturday May 16, 4 p.m.
To celebrate the launch of the book about the Gramsci Monument, a participatory sculpture Hirschhorn realized in a Bronx housing project in 2013, the Swiss artist discusses the project with Dia Art Foundation curator Yasmil Raymond. Dedicated to 20th-century Italian political theorist Antonio Gramsci, the Gramsci Monument is the fourth and final sculpture in a series of monuments paying tribute to different influential thinkers that Hirschhorn has erected around the world. The work was constructed on the grounds of Forest Houses, in part by residents of the complex.
Dia Art Foundation, 535 West 22nd Street
Sunday, May 17, 2 p.m.
Marcie Begleiter directed this documentary portrait about the art and life of Eva Hesse, a German-born sculptor who was a key figure in the American Post-Minimal movement of the 1960s. Begleiter and producer Karen Shapiro will introduce the screening, which will be followed by a panel discussion about Hesse's work and legacy, featuring Whitney curator Elisabeth Sussman, Princeton University Art Museum curator Kelly C. Baum and artist Sam Lewitt.
Susan and John Hess Family Theater, Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street