A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: two talks by poets, one on the desire for rejection in the social-media age and the other on temporary shelters; a program of experimental music featuring the duo DaiKyoFuroShiki; a screening of Charles Burnett's 1983 drama My Brother's Wedding set in South Central Los Angeles; a screening of artist Maggie Lee's video essay Mommy; and a performance by the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band.
Wednesday, August 12, 7 p.m.
In the first of two presentations, poets Chris Cheney and Amy Lawless, authors of the forthcoming book I Cry: The Desire to Be Rejected, discuss the consequences of social media on longing and how they've been handled. Poet Brandon Kreitler delivers a talk titled "Huts" about improvised shelter and poetry as a mode of thought. The event is organized in conjunction with Shira Naomi Schwarz's exhibition of textile art, on view through Aug. 14.
James Goodman Gallery, 41 East 57th Street, Suite 802
Wednesday, August 12, 8 p.m.
The evening's program of experimental music includes DaiKyoFuroShiki, a collaboration between artist and musician Cammisa Buerhaus and Japanese-born saxophonist Tamio Shiraishi. Along with Keiji Haino, Shiraishi was a founding member of the 1970s experimental rock band Fushitsusha. Buerhaus performs on her self-constructed pipe organ, with Shiraishi on sax. Additional performers include Kyle Clyd, Laura Ortman + Barry Weisblat Duo, and Giovanna Olmos.
Trans-Pecos, 9-15 Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood, Queens
Thursday, August 13, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Like his debut Killer of Sheep (1978), director Charles Burnett's sophomore feature examines African-American angst in South Central Los Angeles. A neorealist drama, My Brother's Wedding (1983) follows the internal conflicts of one young man as his best friend is released from prison and his brother marries a more privileged woman. This screening is part of the "Indie 80s" series, through Aug. 27.
BAMcinématek, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
Friday, August 14, 6 p.m.
A screening of Maggie Lee's video Mommy marks the closing of Greene Naftali's untitled summer group exhibition curated by Robert McKenzie. In Mommy, Lee documents a return to her childhood home in the wake of her mother's unexpected death and her discoveries of secret artifacts of her mother's life. The show also features works by Robert Bittenbender with Joseph Geagan, Julien Ceccaldi, Andrea Fourchy, Valerie Keane, Bradley Kronz and Taocheng Wang.
Greene Naftali, 508 West 26th Street, 8th floor
Friday, August 14 and Saturday, August 15, 7:30 p.m.
In 1969, Yoko Ono conceived a band that didn't exist, that didn't have any members. In reality, the group had a shifting lineup, and for years it was an avant-garde collaboration between Ono and John Lennon. This iteration of the band features Ono along with Denardo Coleman on drums, Erik Friedlander on cello and Alan Licht on guitar. The performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Yoko Ono: One Woman Show, 1960-1970," which is on view through Sept. 7.
Museum of Modern Art, Theater 2, 11 West 53rd Street