A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a dance piece choreographed by niv Acosta on the theme of Afrofuturism; a screening of Argentinian director Benjamín Naishtat's film El Movimiento; a panel discussion on Frank Stella's paintings and influence at the Whitney; a discussion of Butoh founder Tatsumi Hijikata's work following a screening of one of his 1970s dance productions; and an afternoon of experimental performances curated by gage of the boone and Raul de Nieves at MoMA PS1.
Wednesday, January 6, 8 p.m.
New York-based choreographer niv Acosta directs a new choreographic work exploring science fiction and the Black American experience, inspired in part by Diahann Carroll's holographic disco performance in the 1978 made-for-TV Star Wars Holiday Special. Acosta's 90-minute dance responds to the marginalized and alien status of the black body in mass media and draws from queer politics and Afrofuturism to imagine new possibilities of representation. Following Wednesday evening's performance, the work, commissioned by PS122 as part of the COIL Festival, will be presented four more times between Jan. 8-10.
Westbeth Center for the Arts, 55 Bethune Street
Thursday, January 7, 7 p.m.
As part of their series "Neighboring Scenes: New Latin American Cinema" (Jan. 7-10), the Lincoln Center Film Society and Cinema Tropical present Argentinian director Benjamín Naishtat's second feature El Movimiento. Set in the 19th century, the stylistic black-and-white film illustrates a fictional militia leader's violent efforts to unify the Pampas region. The film is based on historical events that happened prior to the founding of Argentina as a nation. Following the screening, there will be a Q&A with the director and a reception.
Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theater, 10 Lincoln Center Plaza
Friday, January 8, 6 p.m.
In conjunction with Frank Stella's retrospective (on view through Feb. 7), the Whitney presents a roundtable discussion on Stella's varied modes of painting as well as his legacy and influence. Participants include artists Walead Beshty, Keltie Ferris, Jordan Kantor and Sarah Morris.
Whitney Museum of American Art, 99 Ganesvoort Street
Saturday, January 9, 5 p.m.
This free event celebrates the late Tatsumi Hijikata (1928-1986), who founded the Japanese dance form Butoh in the 1970s. Ugly Duckling Presse recently published Hijikata's notebooks, containing transcriptions of his dance notation and sketches for the dance piece Costume en Face. This Saturday the Kitchen will present a rare screening of its original 1976 production. Following the film, there will be a panel discussion featuring Annie-B Parson, Paul Lazar, Aki Sasamoto, Bruce Baird and Yelena Gluzman. This month, Big Dance Theater will perform a short Hijikata-inspired work in "Big Dance, Short Form," the group's 25th anniversary program (Jan. 6-9, 13-16).
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Sunday, January 10, 1 p.m.
In conjunction with Greater New York (on view at MoMA PS1 through March 7), artist-performers Raul de Nieves, whose work is featured in the exhibition, and gage of the boone, who founded the queer event and community space The Spectrum, have curated an afternoon of performances, videos and installations. This program, an iteration of the weekly Sunday Sessions series, will feature artists such as Colin Self, Jake Dibeler and the experimental band Haribo.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens