A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a conversation with three video artists led by curator Barbara London; a talk about experimental exhibition spaces with artists Marie Karlberg and Lena Henke; a screening celebrating the collaborations of the late Swiss fantastical artist HR Giger; a performance of works by David Rosenboom that explore the brain's response to music; and a screening of the classic musical dance film Black Orpheus.
Wednesday, May 20, 6:30 p.m.
Pioneering video art curator Barbara London, who retired from MoMA last year, speaks with the three women artists whose works make up "Enchanted Spaces," a show London organized at Fridman Gallery. Georgian-born artist Anna K.E.'s Gloss Forehead (2011) features a naked figure from behind in an artist's studio frantically putting things together and taking them apart, suggesting the process and anxiety of constructing meaning. Israeli-born Dana Levy's Everglades (2014) is an immersive video experience with environmentalist overtones that documents her projection of colored lights deep in the swampy Everglades National Park. Marilyn Minter's Green Pink Caviar (2009) is a colorful high-definition video that subverts the language of advertising, portraying a tongue sensually licking candy. The exhibition of the three artists' videos runs until June 6.
Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring Street
Thursday, May 21, 7 p.m.
Marie Karlberg and Lena Henke discuss their artist-run project M/L Artspace, which aims to challenge galleries' conventional spaces, commercial aims and hierarchical structures within which value is built. M/L has staged exhibitions in such non-traditional venues as a nail and beauty salon in Brooklyn's Bed-Stuy neighborhood and a space underneath the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway. This conversation is the final program in a series of talks about artists working as curators selected by Swiss artist Valentin Carron, in conjunction with his Swiss Institute show "Work Hard," through May 24.
The Swiss Institute, 18 Wooster Street
Friday, May 22, 7 p.m.
Although the best-known work of the Swiss surrealist artist HR Giger may be his monstrous creations for the 1979 sci-fi classic Alien, he's had a diverse career working both as a solo artist and collaborating with artists in a variety of mediums, from music to film to painting. Friday's program consists of two short documentaries showcasing Giger's collaborations and a 1968 sci-fi film featuring Giger's first prosthetics and costume designs, Swissmade 2069, which has never before screened in the U.S. Blondie's Debbie Harry and Chris Stein, who collaborated with Giger in the early ‘80s, introduce the evening's program. This celebration of Giger's career continues on Saturday, with two additional film programs that further explore the late artist's universe.
Museum of Art and Design, 2 Columbus Circle
Saturday, May 23, 8 p.m.
As part of a three-day concert series, Issue Project Room and the Whitney Museum present two compositions by American experimental music pioneer David Rosenboom, whose work explores the neuroscience of music. Ringing Minds, created in collaboration with neuroscientist and musician Tim Mullen and cognitive scientist and performer-composer Alex Khalil, investigates the feedback between listeners and performers, hyperscanning several people's brains while they're listening to two musicians—one on electronic violin and one on lithophone. The performers respond to the scanned brain waves which are in turn responding to the music. The second composition, Choose Your Own Universe, features an assemblage of Rosenboom's previous compositions, influenced by diverse figures from James Brown to Zen master Chi-fo. The concert series runs until Monday, May 25.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street
Sunday, May 24, 9 p.m.
As part of DanceAfrica and FilmAfrica, both running May 22-25, the Brooklyn Academy of Music presents the 1959 film Black Orpheus, an adaptation of the tragic Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice set during the week of Carnival in Rio de Janeiro. Several of the songs from the soundtrack by Brazilian composers Antônio Carlos Jobim and Luiz Bonfá have become bossa nova classics. The film, directed by Marcel Camus, won the Palm d'Or as well as the Academy Award for best foreign language film.
BAM Rose Cinemas, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn