A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: an evening of performances exploring the idea of the city as a natural habitat at Pioneer Works; a performance by Aki Sasamoto at Luxembourg & Dayan; an installation and sound composition by Kevin Beasley at the Guggenheim; a screening of Jane and Louise Wilson's films exploring 20th-century nuclear disaster and warfare surveillance; a screening of the queer feature film Tangerine; and a presentation of Hamlet with costumes by Susan Cianciolo.
Thursday, June 25, 7 p.m.
To mark the end of artist Melissa F. Clarke's Clocktower residency at Pioneer Works, she's curated an evening of techno-industrial performances themed around urban interaction and experimentation that take place in and around the paper, wire, and reactive LED sculpture she created with artist Sue Ngo. The evening includes a dance choreographed by Monica Mirabile of the collective Fluct; music by UMFANG, Volvox, WETWARE, Drippy Inputs and Clarke herself; a multichannel 3-D animation by artist Sara Rothberg; and a performance using networked smartphones and dancers by Carbon Pictures, the artist-technologist pair of Winslow Porter and Jules LaPlace. Clocktower and Clarke have organized the event in collaboration with Christine Tran, founder of the Witches of Bushwick and Discwoman, and Mike Sheffield, creator of the music-art party She Was Freaks.
Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Brooklyn
Friday, June 26, and Wednesday, July 1, at 7 p.m.
"Laughter is not my ultimate goal in art, but the [comedy club] open mic is the ideal place for me to pare my mixed-medium ideas down to plain speech, and hone an effective delivery," writes Aki Sasamoto in A.i.A.'s summer issue focusing on comedy in contemporary art. The New York-based Japanese artist debuts a new performance in a two-night run at Luxembourg & Dayan. Taking her work Skewed Lives (2010) as a point of departure, the new performance—which includes a collaboration with musician Matt Braun and actress Jessica Weinstein—riffs on banal experiences. Combining the forms of stand-up, lecture, confessional and more, Skewed Lives/Parallel Stare winds throughout the gallery's townhouse location. Sasamoto's work is presented as part of "Body/Building," a summer performance series.
Luxembourg & Dayan, 64 East 77th Street
Friday, June 26, 8 p.m.
New York-based sculptor Kevin Beasley's new Guggenheim commission, Strange Fruit (Pair 1), combines familiar objects and sounds made from materials such as foam, resin and sneakers. Beasley has created an experimental composition from sounds recorded by these objects in the museum. This event is part of the programming accompanying the exhibition "Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim" (through Sept. 9).
The Guggenheim Museum, Rotunda Floor, 1071 Fifth Avenue
Saturday, June 27, 4 p.m.
In conjunction with the 601Artspace exhibition "From The Ruins . . . " (through Sept. 19) curated by writer Jane Ursula Harris, this program features two recent films by artists Jane & Louise Wilson. The Toxic Camera (2012) and Undead Sun (2014) both explore collective anxieties around historical events. The first film is about the 1986 documentary made by Vladimir Schevchenko immediately following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster; the Ukrainian director died eight months later from radiation sickness. In their film, the Wilsons interview surviving members of the film crew as well as plant workers and nuclear physicists. Undead Sun uses animation, photography and reenactments to explore World War I-era surveillance and propaganda programs, and is, in part, influenced by the diary of a conscientious objector. The filmmakers present a conversation following the screenings. An RSVP is required.
SVA Chelsea Gallery, 601 West 26th Street
Sunday, June 28, 6:30 p.m.
To mark the closing night of BAMcinemaFest and Pride weekend, the Brooklyn Academy of Music presents a feature film shot entirely on an iPhone 5S, which follows two best friends and trans sex workers in West Hollywood on Christmas Eve. The cinematic high-energy comedy directed by Sean Baker is also a portrait of L.A.'s taxi cab drivers, depicted in a subplot about an Armenian-American family. A Q&A follows the screening with Baker and the film's stars Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Mya Taylor, Karen Karagulian, Mickey O'Hagan and James Ransone.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
Tuesday, June 30, 7 p.m.
Presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Susan Cianciolo: if God COMes to visit You, HOW will you know? (the great tetrahedral kite)" (through July 12), this performance restages Mark von Schlegell and Sophie von Olfers's Frankfurt presentation of Hamlet from December 2012, a mise-en-scène inspired by Jack Smith. Artist and designer Cianciolo developed the costumes with a group of artists from the Städelschule fine art academy for Schlegell and von Olfers's adaptation. The event is also the U.S. launch, co-presented by Gladstone Gallery, of Portikus Catalog Nr. 179, Jack Smith (Portikus and Sternberg Press).
Bridget Donahue Gallery, 99 Bowery