A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a program of experimental films about sexual assault at Light Industry; a discussion of ethnographic films presented by Michael Taussig at Artists Space Books & Talks; a new dance piece by Tere O'Connor at The Kitchen; a pair of academic panel discussions about liquidity and contemporary art criticism; and a new digital restoration of Godard's eighth feature film, A Married Woman.
Tuesday, December 1, 7:30 p.m.
JoAnn Elman's Rape (1975) is an experimental documentary interrogating the conventions of rape narratives, consisting of interviews between the filmmaker and women who have been assaulted. Jennifer Montgomery's Home Avenue (1989) is a personal recounting of the artist's own experience of sexual assault, in which the formal treatment of the image—marked by hand-processing—suggests the unstable status of subjective narratives. The screening of these two films will be followed by a short lecture by Johanna Fateman and a conversation with the organizers and Montgomery about rape culture. This event is open only to women, trans and gender non-conforming individuals.
Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn
Wednesday, December 2, 7 p.m.
Writer and Columbia anthropology professor Michael Taussig will discuss ideas of history and authority following the screening of two ethnographic films: Juan Downey's Laughing Alligator (1979) and Jean Rouch's Maîtres Fous (1955). Downey's film documents his family's life with indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest, while Rouch focuses on a possession cult in Ghana, framing madness in a way that upset both colonial authorities and African scholars at the time.
Artists Space Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street
Thursday, December 3, 8 p.m.
The Kitchen premieres American choreographer Tere O'Connor's latest work, a 12-person dance piece which eschews individual identification for a movement-based exploration of crowds and masses of bodies empowered by their union. O'Connor's longtime collaborator, James Baker, has composed a new score for the piece. The performance will run Dec. 2-5 and Dec. 8-12. Arrive early, as the venue stresses that there will be no late seating.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Friday, December 4, 1 p.m.
For a symposium co-organized by exhibiting artist Walead Beshty, the Institute of Fine Arts at NYU brings together academics from various fields to discuss how contemporary art is distributed, circulated and dispersed. The first panel, moderated by The Kitchen's executive director, Tim Griffin, and featuring Claire Bishop, Kenneth Goldsmith, Ruba Katrib and Bettina Funcke, will examine how the digital infrastructure affects the conditions of criticism. The second panel, moderated by Columbia University's Janet Kraynak, with Alexander Alberro, Robert Slifkin, Alex Kitnick and Christopher Wood, will look at performativity and methodology, asking if art history and criticism can decide the function as well as the meaning of an object.
Institute of Fine Arts, 1 East 78th Street
Saturday, December 5, 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 7:15 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
A new digital restoration of Godard's masterful yet often undersung 1964 film A Married Woman screens Dec. 4-10 at BAM. The story follows a love triangle between a housewife, her aviator husband and her actor lover. The director vacillates wildly between styles, resulting in a highly intellectual film that addresses the Holocaust as well as advertising to illustrate the protagonist's spiritual crisis.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, Peter Jay Sharp Building, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn