A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a performance at SculptureCenter by Georgia Sagri; a conversation between art historians Douglas Crimp and Bettina Funcke at Artists Space; a screening of works by iconoclastic young filmmaker Gabriel Abrantes at the Lincoln Center Film Society; a discussion on post-9/11 surveillance with Laura Poitras and other leading thinkers at the Whitney; and an immersive dance installation by Walter Dundervill at MoMA PS1.
Tuesday, February 2, 7 p.m.
In conjunction with the group exhibition “The Eccentrics” (on view through April 4), SculptureCenter has commissioned four new performance works that expand on the physicality of the sculptures in the show. Tuesday evening, Athens-born, New York-based artist Georgia Sagri performs the second of these commissions, in which she reanimates stories from the news media. Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance.
SculptureCenter, 44-19 Purves Street, Long Island City, Queens
Wednesday, February 3, 7 p.m.
As part of their Dialogues series hosted by art historian Bettina Funcke, Artists Space presents a conversation between Funcke and writer and curator Douglas Crimp. Looking ahead to the publication of Crimp’s memoir of 1970s New York next fall, the two will discuss how to reframe old questions in new ways, as well as the influence of dance on Crimp’s writing.
Artists Space Books & Talks, 55 Walker Street
Friday, February 5, 6:30 p.m.
A program of three comedic shorts by Gabriel Abrantes, followed by a Q&A with the director, will kick off the series “Friends with Benefits: An Anthology of Four New American Filmmakers” (Feb. 5-11). Abrantes’s films—as well as the larger series, curated by Dennis Lim and Dan Sullivan and featuring works by Alexander Carver, Benjamin Crotty and Daniel Schmidt—explore subjects from the Iraq War to debauchery in highly original works attuned to the organizing principles of power and pleasure as well as the effects of globalism.
Film Society of Lincoln Center, 70 Lincoln Center Plaza
Saturday, February 6, 2 p.m.
On the occasion of the opening weekend of Laura Poitras’s exhibition “Astro Noise” (Feb. 5-May 1), the artist-filmmaker-journalist will be joined by Kate Crawford, Jill Magid, Hito Steyerl and Whitney curator Jay Sanders—all contributors to the show’s accompanying publication, Astro Noise: A Survival Guide—to discuss surveillance in our post-9/11 reality. Their conversation will be mediated by Jess Search, co-producer of Citizenfour, Poitras’s Academy-Award-winning documentary on Edward Snowden.
Whitney Museum, Floor Three, Susan and John Hess Family Theater, 99 Gansevoort Street
Sunday, February 7, 3 p.m.
New York-based dancer and artist Walter Dundervill presents his 10-person, 3-hour dance installation ARENA (2014), which uses fabric and costumes to suggest a sense of constant flux and transformation. Over the course of the work, the costumes gesture toward different historical epochs and change from white to bright colors to black and eventually to silver. The audience is welcome to enter or exit at any time during the performance.
MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, Queens