A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a talk about magazines' letters to the editor with Dan Fox and Ruth Graham; a reconstruction of a dance performance from 1960 at the Whitney; a Beta Gaming workshop at the Studio Museum in Harlem; a screening of a documentary about the Videofreex collective; and a C Spencer Yeh vocal performance.
Thursday, June 18, 7 p.m.
For the final installment of this three-part series presented by Cabinet magazine, Dan Fox, co-editor of Frieze, and Ruth Graham, a freelance journalist and contributing writer at Slate and the Boston Globe, discuss the reasons why people write letters to the editor. Fox focuses on the editor's intervening in this section, while Graham explores how letters to the editor read online versus in print, as well as the differences between high- and low-brow publications. The conversation is moderated by Carey Snyder, an associate professor of English at Ohio University.
Cabinet, 300 Nevins Street, Brooklyn
Friday, June 19, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; Saturday, June 20, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.
This performance re-presents a dance choreographed by Merce Cunningham with costumes by Robert Rauschenberg, first staged at the American Dance Festival during the summer of 1960. The new production features dancers from the Merce Cunningham Trust Fellowship Program and is directed by the program's studio coordinator Jennifer Goggans. Exploring relationships between men and women, the choreography features the physical entanglement of the dancers' bodies. The movements are set to a score by the late American composer Conlon Nancarrow, the subject of a festival at the Whitney through June 28.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street
Saturday, June 20, 1 p.m.
As part of the weekend-long program celebrating the role of comics in black culture, in conjunction with the exhibition "Trenton Doyle Hancock: Skin and Bones, 20 Years of Drawing" (through June 28 at the Studio Museum), Saturday's workshop welcomes participants—from amateurs to experienced gamers—to use Beta, a 2D game in which the user becomes a hybrid player-developer. Hidden Level Games, the New York-based game design studio that developed Beta, presents the workshop.
Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street
Sunday, June 21, 2:30 p.m.
This event features a documentary about the Videofreex, a pioneering video collective active in the 1960s and ‘70s. Their avant-garde tapes, created with Portapak recording systems, were recently restored. The film is shown along with a new short found-footage film about teenagers directed by Dan Schoenbrun. The directors of the Videofreex documentary, Jon Nealon and Jenny Raskin, as well as members of the artist group, present a Q&A following the screening.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
Tuesday, June 23, 8 p.m.
Musician and artist C. Spencer Yeh (also of the noise group Burning Star Core) kicks off his residency at the Brooklyn experimental music and performance hub ISSUE Project Room with a set at Artists Space Books & Talks. The vocal-only improvisational performance takes his recent release—the first of Yeh's discography to focus solely on the voice—as a point of departure. Yeh describes his vocal work, utilizing electronics extensively, as "exploring the limit at which a phrase could no longer register as language—where vocalizations' legibility disappears and becomes texture rather than communication."
Artists Space Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street