A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a talk about experimental filmmaker Stan VanDerBeek; the High Line's presentation of a pamphlet documenting Shannon Ebner's site-specific project; Studio for Propositional Cinema's zine launch including talks, screenings and performances; a performance and discussion about speech and death with Avital Ronell, Vanessa Place and Kyoo Lee; and a dinner theater-style performance of Eddo Stern's video game Vietnam Romance.
Wednesday, June 3, 6 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition "StanVanDerBeek: Poemfield" (on view through June 20), Andrea Rosen Gallery presents a book signing and dialogue celebrating Gloria Sutton's recent publication, The Experience Machine (MIT Press, 2015). The book focuses on VanDerBeek's experimental and collaborative multimedia projects, like his 1965 Movie-Drome prototype. Sutton, an assistant professor of contemporary art history and new media at Northeastern University, is joined in conversation by New Museum curator Lauren Cornell and representatives of the VanDerBeek estate, Johannes and Sara VanDerBeek and Chelsea Spengemann. That night, the exhibition—which appears in Rosen's Gallery 2 (544 West 24th Street), across the street from main space, where the talk takes place—stays open until 8 p.m.
Andrea Rosen Gallery, 525 West 24th Street
Thursday, June 4, 6 p.m.
For a project organized by High Line Art, L.A.-based artist Shannon Ebner, in collaboration with graphic designer and writer David Reinfurt, wheat-pasted a dozen posters featuring the capital letter "A" in various locations in Chelsea and the Meatpacking District. Ebner, known for text-based sculptures that she then photographs in black-and-white, has designed a pamphlet with photos from the site-specific commission. This event marks the culmination of her project and the launch of the publication. The evening also includes a performance by experimental musician Alex Waterman at 6:30 p.m.
The High Line, 14th Street Passage at 14th Street between 10th Avenue and Washington Street
Friday, June 5, 6 p.m.; Saturday, June 6, 8 p.m.; Sunday, June 7, 8 p.m.
To celebrate the second issue of a zine by German-based collective Studio for Propositional Cinema, published by Art Projects Era, artist Keren Cytter organizes a mini-festival. Friday's event includes a screening and talk by The Kitchen's associate curator Lumi Tan and a performance by artist and musician Kayla Guthrie. The festivities continue throughout the weekend, with more performances, a video screening by self-described avant-garde antihero Genesis Breyer P-Orridge on Saturday and a shadow play by artists Hayley Silverman and Matthew Schrader on Sunday. Artists Kaspar Müller and Dena Yago are among the zine's contributors.
MINI/Goethe-Institut Curatorial Residencies, 38 Ludlow Street
Saturday, June 6, 6:30 p.m.
Artist and criminal defense attorney Vanessa Place performs Botched Execution, an extension of her ongoing project Last Words, which explores speech acts that confront our own mortality. Before Place's performance, Derrida scholar and NYU professor Avital Ronell discusses the death penalty, and afterward, Kyoo Lee, philosopher, theorist and professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, moderates a discussion. This event and Place's Last Words—recordings of the artist reading final statements by executed death row inmates—are a part of the exhibition "S/N," organized by the Whitney Independent Study Program curatorial fellows, at The Kitchen through June 13.
The Whitney Museum, Susan and John Hess Family Theater, third floor, 99 Gansevoort Street
Sunday, June 7, 8 p.m.
Artist Eddo Stern employs improvisation, projection mapping and more to create an experience of nostalgia, fantasy and violence in a special presentation of Vietnam Romance, a video game sourced from cultural artifacts which explores how games and cinema affect the memory of war. One can purchase different levels of ticketed access—a reference to the different classes of adventure tourism packages available in Vietnam. The deluxe package includes a multicourse dinner provided by Thu Tran, star of the Independent Film Channel's show Food Party. Stern's exhibition "Vietnam Romance" is on view at Postmasters Gallery until July 11.
Babycastles, 137 West 14th Street