A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a Halloween-themed screening at EAI; a group reading and book launch for Francesca Capone's Writing in Threads; a screening and conversation between queer filmmakers Jenni Olson and Jennie Livingston; a performance themed around resort architecture and marketing by duo Rancourt/Yatsuk; and a discussion about colonialism and museum collections presented at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Wednesday, October 28, 6 p.m.
Electronic Arts Intermix presents a program of spine-tingling seasonal works, spanning some of the macabre, horrific and grotesque pieces in their collection. Many of the videos reference scary movies, from Cynthia Maughan's subversion of the stereotypical grindhouse movie trailer in Monster Voice (1975) to Takeshi Murata's digital manipulation of a scene from the classic 1960 Italian gothic horror film Black Sunday in Untitled (Silver), 2006. The free event also features works by Peggy Ahwesh, Cecilia Condit, George Kuchar, Tony Oursler and Michael Smith.
Electronic Arts Intermix, 535 West 22nd Street, 5th floor
Thursday, October 29, 6 p.m.
For the launch of New York-based artist Francesca Capone's new book Writing in Threads, which brings together epistolary exchanges structured in email threads, poems and pieces of weaving, Capone has invited nine writers to present their works. Participants include Sophia Le Fraga, Andrew Durbin and Lucy Ives. Their readings respond to Capone's book and the parallels she draws between cloth and word, writers and weavers.
Printed Matter, 231 Eleventh Avenue
Friday, October 30, 9 p.m.
Marking the New York theatrical premiere of Jenni Olson's film The Royal Road, the San Francisco-based filmmaker will be joined by Jennie Livingston (who directed the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning about New York's ballroom community) for a post-screening Q&A. The Royal Road is an essay film exploring the Spanish colonization of California, butch identities and Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, with a voiceover by playwright Tony Kushner. The film is co-presented by MIX NYC, producer of the New York Queer Experimental Film Festival.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue
Saturday, October 31, 5 p.m.
In conjunction with their exhibition "Villagio" (Oct. 29-Nov. 7), collaborators Rancourt/Yatsuk—comprised of native Floridians Justin Rancourt and Chuck Yatsuk—deliver a marketing promo for a fictional resort town. Presenting one developer's vision of a tropical vacation complex, their performance explores the architecture of opulent paradisiacal environments, as well as the dark side of our desires for them.
Kate Werble Gallery, 83 Vandam Street
Tuesday, November 3, 6:30 p.m.
Interrogating the way institutions simultaneously conceal and reveal particular histories in the way they present artworks and artifacts, artists Duane Linklater and Christopher Stackhouse are joined by anthropologist Audra Simpson to discuss the colonialist implications of museum collecting. In his own works, Linklater addresses these legacies. For a recent project, he made 3-D printed copies of the Native American objects in the Utah Museum of Fine Arts's permanent collection. The panel addresses how recontextualization changes the meaning of these objects.
The Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue