A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a screening of short films about women and race; three performances interrogating masculine mythologies; Agathe Snow's 24-hour film documenting post-September 11 nightlife; a science fiction horror film with a Q&A by director Roger Corman; and a performance by Eli Keszler.
Tuesday, August 18, 7:30 p.m.
This program features four short films from the 1980s and ‘90s dealing with issues of race and representation by women filmmakers. Julie Dash's Illusions (1983) chronicles two African-American women in the movie business navigating segregated Hollywood during World War II. Leah Gilliam's Sapphire and the Slave Girl (1995) is a postmodern remake of a 1959 film noir about the murder of a black woman passing as white. In Free, White and 21 (1980), Howardena Pindell recounts her own experiences of racism. Cauleen Smith, also drawing on autobiography in Chronicles of a Lying Spirit (by Kelly Gabron) (1992), mixes reality with fantasy and collage to explore representation and oppressive systems, from urban planning to the art world.
Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Wednesday, August 19, 7:30 p.m.
Three performers tackle the subject of men and mythology through mixed-media storytelling. Angelo Washko's Tightrope Routines focuses on exchanges she had with a writer, blogger and pick-up artist notorious for his sexist views. Michelle Levy's Come Back (phase 2) chronicles her father's rise and fall as a motivational speaker. Nathaniel Sullivan's Before the Nation Went Bankrupt recounts the 2008 financial collapse through a banker's love letters.
Dixon Place, 161A Chrystie Street
Thursday, August 20, 6 p.m.
A decade after Agathe Snow planned and filmed a dance party in a Lower Manhattan loft, she's turned the footage into a 24-hour film which celebrates the resilience and community spirit of the downtown scene. The film, Stamina, premieres at an all-night event, which features a screening as well as live music by the Onyx Collective, Donald Cumming, QTY, TV Baby and I.U.D., and DJ sets by Eric Duncan and Ben Ruhe.
Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue
Friday, August 21, 8 p.m.
American director Roger Corman, famous for making hundreds of independent B movies, presents his 1963 science fiction horror film X: The Man with X-Ray Eyes. In X, a scientist develops superhuman vision to bizarre and disturbing ends. A Q&A with Corman follows the film. The director will also be on-hand to answer questions after screenings of A Bucket of Blood (1959) and The Tomb of Ligeia (1964) on Saturday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m., respectively.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue
Saturday, August 22, 12 p.m.
During SculptureCenter's LIC Block Party, Eli Keszler intermittently performs a musical composition in a site-specific installation that interacts with SculptureCenter's pipes and cellar spaces. Keszler's piece, which layers live percussion with recorded sounds, is inspired by swarm theory and other models of emergent behavior.
SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, Queens