A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a talk by Cheryl I. Harris on racial hierarchies, private property and debt at Artists Space; a panel discussion on the relationship between the outsider artist and the mainstream art world at the Swiss Institute; a live multimedia performance at MAD Museum by Aaron David Ross; a Vincente Minnelli comedy about postwar gender roles at MoMA; and a program of experimental films by Austrian director Björn Kämmerer.
Tuesday, January 19, 7 p.m.
In conjunction with Cameron Rowland's exhibition "90120000" (on view through Mar. 13), author and UCLA law professor Cheryl I. Harris will give a talk on the relationship between race and markets, explaining how "black" spaces are coded and hierarchies are established according to economic relationships and systems.
Artists Space Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street
Wednesday, January 20, 7 p.m.
Co-presented by the Swiss Institute and the Outsider Art Fair (Jan. 21-24), this panel discussion will interrogate the relationship between the mainstream and the category of outsider art, as well as how institutions and markets integrate artists on the periphery. Participants in this conversation include curator and critic Massimiliano Gioni, frieze magazine co-editor Dan Fox, Jewish Museum deputy director Jens Hoffman and Studio Museum in Harlem assistant curator Amanda Hunt. Artist and writer Chris Wiley will moderate the conversation.
Swiss Institute, 18 Wooster Street
Thursday, January 21, 7 p.m.
For the first installment of the Museum of Art and Design's performance series RADIAL, artist Aaron David Ross presents a new audiovisual work combining Vine videos and an immersive video game-like environment, with live improvisation and algorithmically determined selections. Ross's piece, realized using the free online tool VPeeker, suggests the accelerated rhythms of contemporary life while exploring global networks, public intimacies and the deep abyss of Internet detritus.
Friday, January 22, 4 p.m.
Starring screen legends Gregory Peck and Lauren Bacall, Minnelli's 1957 rom com Designing Woman explores new gender roles in the postwar era. Mike Hagen, a macho working-class sportswriter played by Peck, falls for Bacall's artistic fashion designer character Marilla Brown. After a quick marriage, the pair realizes just how different they are when their friends meet one evening. In a true-to-life supporting role, Jack Cole plays a gay choreographer. This film screens as part of MoMA's series "All That Jack (Cole)," Jan. 20-Feb. 4.
Museum of Modern Art, Titus Theater 2, 11 West 53rd Street
Saturday, January 23, 2 p.m.
Austrian filmmaker Björn Kämmerer will be present for this 45-minute program, featuring nine of his experimental 35mm works made over the past decade. Kämmerer's rhythmic and abstract work is marked by formal interrogations of light and motion, as well as an attention to geometric space and pattern-making.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens