A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a performance by French artist Laure Prouvost at e-flux; a panel discussion at the Brooklyn Museum about Bard College's prison education program; a screening of Jayson Musson's satirical video series "ART THOUGHTZ with Hennessy Youngman"; a conversation about Hal Fischer's wry 1970s photo book Gay Semiotics; and a performance by Wayne Koestenbaum to launch The Pink Trance Notebooks.
Tuesday, September 15, 8:30 p.m.
To mark the opening of her exhibition "It, Heat, Hit," on view at e-flux through Oct. 26, London- and Antwerp-based French artist Laure Prouvost gives a live performance. Prouvost is known for her sculptural video installations which explore subjects like narrative, memory, identity, longing and pleasure.
e-flux, 311 East Broadway
Thursday, September 17, 7 p.m.
For over a decade, Bard College has led a pioneering program which brings post-secondary education to New Yorkers in prison. Participants in the program receive Bard diplomas and recidivism is very low among its alumni. Bard Prison Initiative founder and executive director Max Kenner leads a panel discussion with graduates from the program.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
Friday, September 18, 7 p.m.
In this video series, first released on YouTube and Vimeo, artist Jayson Musson performs as the fictional character Hennessy Youngman. As Youngman, he discusses concepts like post-structuralism and relational aesthetics with a jarring mix of hip-hop lingo and art speak, simultaneously laughing at the art world's pretension and challenging its whiteness and inaccessibility.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle
Saturday, September 19, 12 p.m.
In 1977, San Francisco photographer Hal Fischer produced a text-and-image project dissecting cruising signifiers like earrings and colored handkerchiefs that gay men used to communicate with each other. First exhibited and then published as a monograph with an essay by Fischer, the taxonomical project had a dry sense of humor embedded in its faux-anthropological tone. Fischer and independent curator Tina Kukielski will discuss the landmark book and its contribution to both queer and conceptual photography. This event is part of the 2015 New York Art Book Fair (Sept. 18 to 20), and for the occasion Fischer has produced a second edition of a 24-photo portfolio version of Gay Semiotics, first published in 2014.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens
Monday, September 21, 7 p.m.
To celebrate the publication of Wayne Koestenbaum's new book of poetry, The Pink Trance Notebooks (Nightboat Books), the poet and cultural critic will perform piano miniatures and spontaneous spoken-word soliloquies, recalling the same spirit of improvisation in which he wrote the book. Interdisciplinary artist Leeza Meskin has created a site-specific installation to frame the performance.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street