A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a program of politically engaged queer films at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts; a lecture by curator Mark Godfrey about German painter Albert Oehlen; a performance referencing fitness routines by artist Alina Tenser; a screening of GIFs by 41 artists themed around sex, intimacy and technology; and an evening on the subject of standardization presented by Triple Canopy.
Thursday, July 9, 8 p.m.
Pairing Joan Jett Blakk Announces Candidacy for President (1992), directed by Bill Stamets, together with Gay and Homeless in the West Village (1995), directed by Tom Iorio, curator Carmel Curtis has organized a program of films for "Dirty Looks: On Location" about the marginalization of queer communities—especially queer communities of color. The first film, from the Media Burn Independent Video Archive, documents black drag queen Joan Jett Blakk announcing her candidacy in a Chicago bar. With the slogan "Lick Bush in '92," she launches a spirited campaign that underscores how her community is neglected by mainstream politics. In the second film, provided by the Gay Center's Archive, Silvia Rivera shows the activist filmmakers Randy Wicker and Tom Iorio around the gay homeless camp where she lives in New York's West Village.
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, 80 Hanson Place, Brooklyn
Thursday, July 9, 7 p.m.
The recent history of painting owes a great deal to the iconoclast Albert Oehlen's varied career which, as Raphael Rubinstein explains in his article about the German painter in A.i.A.'s summer issue, has spanned from a subversion of action painting to early experiments with digital painting. Mark Godfrey, Curator of International Art at Tate Modern in London whose research interests include abstraction and postwar art, discusses the artist's diverse body of work, primarily focusing on his abstract work in relation to the idea of degradation. He also reflects on Oehlen's collages and recent tree paintings. The talk is organized in conjunction with the exhibition "Albert Oehlen: Home and Garden," at the New Museum through Sept. 13.
New Museum, 235 Bowery
Friday, July 10, 7 p.m.
Ukranian-born, New York-based artist Alina Tenser performs a series of repetitive movements alluding to athletic and household activities. She's choreographed the performance around a folding screen, which refers both to her video set-ups and issues of privacy. The performance closes the group show "Neon Eon," including video works by Tenser in which "objects and limbs seem to float in space."
Kate Werble Gallery, 83 Vandam Street
Saturday, July 11, 7 p.m.
To celebrate the closing of her first solo exhibition, "Technophilia," New York-based artist and curator Faith Holland has organized a screening of GIFs created by 41 invited artists about the prevalence of pornographic images. The featured artists, including Andrew Benson and Talia Shulze, have created videos that range from the suggestive to the obscene, making a visual mixtape in conversation with the larger themes of technology, intimacy and image circulation at play in Holland's work.
Transfer Gallery, 1030 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn
Sunday, July 12, 5 p.m.
In conjunction with its new issue themed around standards and standardization, New York-based online magazine Triple Canopy has organized an evening of presentations by three artists. Lucy Raven discusses standardization in relation to film production, connecting episodes from American military history with today's attempts to create consistency in movies made by workers in different countries. Jen Liu's performance uses gesture and animation to reference the standardization of bodies in the Cultural Revolution's propaganda ballets and the regulation of laborers in contemporary meatpacking plants. David Horvitz's contribution includes a glass harp made from broken hourglasses and played by percussionist and composer Susie Ibarra.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Gansevoort Street