A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a performance by Sadaf H. Nava and Joseph Heffernan; a screening and discussion of mumblecore classic Mutual Appreciation with director Andrew Bujalski; workshops and panel discussions presented by NEW INC and cyberfeminist research collective Deep Lab; a talk on Frida Kahlo by biographer Dr. Salomon Grimberg, MD; and events presented by Artists Space themed around gender, intimacy, and neoliberal personalities.
Wednesday, May 27, 7:30 p.m.
To mark the beginning of their two-week residency at 47 Canal, Nava (a performance artist and musician) and Heffernan (a percussionist and composer) present an improvisational piece subverting melodramatic conceits through visceral dissonance. Nava experiments with movement, vocals and amplified violin, while Heffernan accompanies her on piano and drums. At the end of their residency on June 4, there will be a second performance.
47 Canal, 291 Grand Street, 2nd floor
Thursday, May 28, 8 p.m.
Celebrating the 10th anniversary of this new classic, IFC screens a 35mm print of Mutual Appreciation, a tender yet banal film which cemented the term mumblecore into critics' vocabulary to describe the subgenre of naturalistic lo-fi independent film emerging in the mid-aughts. The anti-plot consists of a 20-something musician arriving in New York from Boston following the breakup of his band. Actor and filmmaker Alex Karpovsky joins director Andrew Bujalski for a discussion following the film.
IFC Center, 323 Avenue of the Americas
Friday, May 29, 10 a.m.
Highlighting themes of privacy, security, surveillance, anonymity and large-scale data aggregation, art-tech incubator NEW INC and cyberfeminist research collective Deep Lab have curated a day of events and presentations by artists, designers and technologists focusing on the unseen forces at work in our cities. Highlights include a workshop titled "Encryption Tools Speed Dating" and a panel on "Surveillant Anxiety" moderated by sociologist Kate Crawford. The day concludes with a performance by musician and multimedia artist EMA. "The Invisible City" is part of the New Museum's IDEAS CITY, a biannual festival running from May 28 to 30 with free events around the city.
NEW INC, 231 Bowery
Saturday, May 30, 3 p.m.
A leading expert in the life and work of artist Frida Kahlo, scholar and child psychiatrist Dr. Grimberg gives a talk on the Mexican artist in conjunction with "Mirror, Mirror. . .," running until Sept. 12 at Throckmorton. The show comprises a selection of rare images of Kahlo by artists, including her partner Diego Rivera and French photojournalist Gisele Freund, along with three drawings by Kahlo herself.
Throckmorton Fine Art, 145 East 57th Street, 3rd floor
Sunday, May 31, 1 p.m.
This weekend-long event emerges from No Total, a group of artists who have been using the Artists Space Books & Talks venue to read, write and discuss for the past two years. Desiring to open their conversations to the public, they have organized a weekend of performances and screenings. Sunday's selection concerns the theme of framing and includes a presentation of excerpts from Monika Treut's video Gendernauts (1999) by cultural theorist and artist Sandy Stone, and a screening of the experimental HD video Nicholas & Hillary (2015), in which actor Jane Levy and choreographer Mariana Valencia perform as neoliberal celebrities Nicholas Negroponte and Hillary Clinton.
Artists Space Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street