A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a screening, followed by an artist talk, of four films by conceptual pioneer David Lamelas; a conversation between poet Claudia Rankine and photographer Carrie Mae Weems at the New York Public Library; a new experimental dance performance choreographed by koosil-ja at the Kitchen; a panel discussion about biotechnology and fashion at Eyebeam; and a screening of footage from James Baldwin's funeral service, introduced by director Karen Thorsen.
Tuesday, September 8, 7:30 p.m.
Screening: Four Films by David Lamelas
This program features four early films by Argentinean-born artist David Lamelas, well-known for his minimalist sculptures. Lamelas also explored conceptualism through photography and cinema. These works, ranging in date from the late '60s to the mid-'70s, have been read as reacting to the assimilating effects of the era's mass media and entertainment industries. Following the screening of thefilms--A Study of Relations Between Inner and Outer Space, Time as Activity (Düsseldorf), To Pour Milk into a Glass and The Desert People--Lamelas will discuss his early work with Stuart Comer, chief curator of media and performance at the Museum of Modern Art.
Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Wednesday, September 9, 7 p.m.
Talk: Claudia Rankine and Carrie Mae Weems
Poet and playwright Claudia Rankine and photographer Carrie Mae Weems will discuss the intersectionality of race, class and gender, topics which feature prominently in both artists' bodies of work. Their conversation will be preceded by a special introduction by writer Elizabeth Alexander. The event is the first in a monthly series themed around the connection between poetry and other art forms, presented by the New York Public Library and the Academy of Poets. The talk is free and open to the public but an online reservation is recommended.
New York Public Library, Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, 5th Avenue at 42nd Street
Thursday, September 10-Saturday September 12, 8 p.m.
Performance: koosil-ja / danceKUMIKO: I am capitalism
In a new work, experimental choreographer koosil-ja and Geoff Matters, her collaborator and composer, explore the effects of capitalism on the body, contemplating how the system takes over mental and physical capacities. Then, they perform an exorcism of its powers, using movement, video, text, light and sound. The project was organized by Kitchen curator Matthew Lyons, and was created with Nick Bixby, Melissa Guerrero, David Or and Ryan Seelig.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Saturday, September 12, 7 p.m.
Talk: Cells and Seams: A Discussion on Biotechnology and Fashion
Organized in conjunction with Eyebeam's exhibition "Making Patterns," on view through September 17, Joshua Katcher, adjunct professor of fashion at Parsons School of Design, will lead a panel discussion on research and developments in biotechnology, covering subjects like biomateriality, sustainability and ethics. Panelists include artist Stefani Bardin; architect, artist and design researcher Annelie Koller; artist and interactive designer Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde; and artist and design researcher Ali Schachtschneider.
Eyebeam, 117 Beekman Street
Monday, September 14, 9 p.m.
Screening: James Baldwin Funeral Service-Cathedral of St. John Divine
This is the first time the complete raw footage from James Baldwin's 1987 funeral service will be publicly screened. The service features eulogies from Maya Angelou and Amiri Baraka and drumming led by Babatande Olatunji. The film, directed by Karen Thorsen, Bill Dill and Gregory Andracke, will be introduced by Thorsen, who also directed the 1989 TV documentary on Baldwin, The Price of the Ticket, in which portions of the funeral footage were shown. The event marks the final screening in the Lincoln Center Film Society's series "The Devil Finds Work: James Baldwin on Film," which begins Friday, September 11.
Lincoln Center, Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center, 144 West 65th Street
Photo: Vivorium by Ali Schachtschneider.