David Lynch with film reels, ca. 1966. Photo C. K. Williams

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a talk about Conceptual artist On Kawara; a screening of miscellaneous works and industrial films by David Lynch; a panel discussion in conjunction with the Jewish Museum's group show "Unorthodox"; an Alt-Lit poetry reading featuring Harry Burke and Morgan Parker; a performance by artist Ilija Šoškić; and a screening of the misunderstood masterpiece from the mid-aughts Southland Tales.


Tuesday, November 17, 6:30 p.m.

Talk: Scott Lyall on On Kawara

Canadian artist Scott Lyall presents a talk about the late Japanese artist On Kawara, whose work explored language, information and the passage of time. Kawara is known for his process-oriented "Today" series, which recorded the date of each painting's creation. The project continued until Kawara's death in 2014, shortly before which the sale of one of these date paintings set an auction record for the artist.

Dia Art Foundation, 535 West 22nd Street


Tuesday, November 17, 7:30 p.m.

Screening: Lim on Lynch

To mark the publication of his new critical biography on David Lynch, Dennis Lim, Lincoln Center Film Society's director of programming, presents a selection of commercials, short films and oddities by the director notorious for his uncanny style and banal absurdity. The evening includes an episode of Lynch's sitcom "On the Air" (1992), a public service announcement about rats and litter he directed for New York City in 1991, and Lynch's first short film, the experimental animation Six Men Getting Sick (1967). Copies of Lim's David Lynch: The Man from Another Place will be available for purchase.

Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn


Thursday, November 19, 6 p.m.

Talk: Unorthodox: On Art II

In conjunction with the Jewish Museum's group exhibition "Unorthodox" (through Mar. 27), a panel of featured artists including Austé, Meriem Bennani, Nick Payne and Jamian Juliano Villani join two of the show's curators, Kelly Taxter and Daniel S. Palmer, to discuss subjects like iconoclasm, political identity and the creative process.

The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue


Thursday, November 19, 6:30 p.m.

Poetry: What if someone told u you were significant?

The third and final iteration in Performa's series of Alt-Lit poets features Harry Burke and Morgan Parker, whose writing borrows Internet slang and social media vernacular. Burke is assistant curator at Artists Space and Parker teaches creative writing at Columbia University.

A+E Studios, 160 West Broadway


Saturday, November 21, 6 p.m.

Performance: Ilija's Šoškić's Maximum Energy - Minimum Time

Ilija Šoškić, the octagenarian Yugoslavian-born performance art pioneer, reinterprets and remixes several past works to create a new version of Maximum Energy - Minimum Time, first performed in 1975. The work explores the suicide of Russian Soviet poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and interrogating the idea of a soldier's death. This free event is part of the Performa biennial, which closes the following day, Nov. 22.

WhiteBox, 329 Broome Street, #1


Monday, November 23, 7:30 p.m.

Screening: Southland Tales

The follow-up to American director Richard Kelly's cult classic Donnie Darko, the lesser-known science-fiction thriller Southland Tales (2006) imagines a dystopian Los Angeles rife with porn stars, paranoia and parody. The film, which stars Sarah Michelle Geller, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Seann Williams Scott, was a box office disaster. To celebrate Thanksgiving, this movie and other "turkeys" (aka commercial flops) like Showgirls and Dune will screen between Nov. 20 and 29.

Brooklyn Academy of Music, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn