A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: an artist talk by Tauba Auerbach at UrbanGlass; a lecture on our contemporary era of feudal post-globalism by Norman M. Klein; a program of woman musicians and performance artists at SIGNAL; a symposium about art and technology at the New Museum; the world premiere of an opera-novel about a spy in South Asia by Robert Ashley at the Kitchen; and a conversation about Basquiat and queer contemporary art.
Wednesday, January 27, 6:30 p.m.
San Francisco-based artist Tauba Auerbach will give an artist's talk discussing the glass sculptures she made during her UrbanGlass residency, which take the helix form as a point of departure for an investigation into the fourth dimension. These sculptures are included in her solo show "Projective Instrument," at Paula Cooper through Feb. 13.
UrbanGlass, 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
Thursday, January 28, 6 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition "Mass Observation 2.0: Research into the Everyday" (on view at Parsons's Sheila C. Johnson Design Center through Jan. 31), writer and Cal Arts professor Norman M. Klein presents "A Brief Archaeology of Our Present Crisis: Feudalistic Pluralism." Klein will discuss the latest era of global capitalism marked by feudal relations and digital rhythms. His talk will focus on imagining solutions to the crises created by this current economic organization.
The New School, Starr Foundation Room, 65 Fifth Avenue
Thursday, January 28, 8 p.m.
Bushwick gallery SIGNAL hosts the third installment of Intra Phenom, a monthly series, curated by Kayla Guthrie in different New York venues, highlighting women performers. Thursday's program will feature artist and poet Diamond Stingily, alto sax and flute soloist Eve Essex, performance artist Marcelline and musician Jamie Krasner performing as James K (PET).
SIGNAL, 260 Johnson Avenue, Brooklyn
Friday, January 29, 7 p.m.
As part of the season program "From Minimalism into Algorithm," The Kitchen presents the world premiere of Quicksand, an opera-novel written by the late Robert Ashley. Quicksand blends speech and song to tell the story of a composer turned U.S. government spy participating in overthrowing a military dictatorship in an unnamed South Asian country. Ashley wrote the music and libretto and adapted the narrative from his novel of the same name. Steve Paxton choreographed the work's movement sequences. The performance has a six-night run: Jan. 28-30 and Feb. 4-6.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Saturday, January 30, 2 p.m.-6 p.m.
This inaugural symposium about technology's effect on culture, organized jointly by the New Museum and Rhizome, brings together various stakeholders to discuss issues such as artists' adaptation to conditions of hypervisibility and the future of art and criticism in an evolving digital world. Four panels will be held over the course of the afternoon. Participants include artists such as Simon Denny, Constant Dullaart and Juliana Huxtable; K-HOLE founder Emily Segal; and writers such as A.i.A. associate editor Brian Droitcour and New York magazine critic Jerry Saltz. (Note: This event is sold out. A standby list will be opened at 11 a.m. on the day of the event, in person only. The program will also be livestreamed on the museum's website.)
New Museum, 235 Bowery
Monday, February 1, 6:30 p.m.
Artist and poet Juliana Huxtable, California College of the Arts professor Dr. Jordana Saggese, Black Contemporary Art founder Kimberly Drew, and The Very Black Project (photographer Justin Fulton and artist-educator André D. Singleton) will discuss the influence of Jean Michel-Basquiat in a queer context. Their conversation will touch on the phenomena that precipitated his success, as well as the effects of his legacy within African diasporic communities.
New York Public Library, Schomburg Center, 515 Malcolm X Boulevard