A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: an evening of improvisational music at the Kitchen; a screening of and discussion about Steffani Jemison’s video works at the James Gallery; a conversation about LGBT art, design and activism with members of ACT UP and Dyke Action Machine!; a screening of Wendy Clarke’s Love Tapes (1977-2001) followed by a Q&A with the director; and a screening of the classic Russian film Man with a Movie Camera (1929), accompanied by live music.
Tuesday, February 9, 8 p.m.
In conjunction with the release of The Kitchen Improvises: 1976-1983, a CD collection compiled by composer and former Kitchen curator George Lewis, the nonprofit has organized an evening of improvisational performances in the same downtown spirit. Participants include Thomas Buckner, Oliver Lake, Earl Howard and Lewis himself, who are all featured on the archival recording, as well as Michael Lytle, Miya Masaoka, Ikue Mori, Andrea Parkins and Lucie Vítková. Space is limited, tickets are $15.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Wednesday, February 10, 6:30 p.m.
Brooklyn-based artist Steffani Jemison presents her videos Meaning of Various Photographs to Tyrand Needham (2010) and Escaped Lunatic (2010-11), which explore the politics of space, commemoration and resistance. Following the screening, organized in conjunction with the CUNY Graduate Center’s upcoming Shift Conference (March 17), Jemison will be joined by writer and art historian Andrianna Campbell and academic Wilson Sherwin to discuss how questions raised by the works relate to contemporary political movements like Occupy and Black Lives Matter.
The James Gallery at the Graduate Center, CUNY, 365 Fifth Avenue
Thursday, February 11, 6 p.m.
This Thursday, curator Sara Reisman will mediate a talk between Avram Finkelstein of ACT UP and Carrie Moyer and Sue Schaffner of Dyke Action Machine!. Through examples of their designs, which are influenced by advertising, propaganda and political campaigns, the activist-artists will address their ongoing commitments to LGBT issues in New York, particularly print-based public projects like Finkelstein’s iconic Silence=Death poster, produced at the height of the AIDS crisis. The event is limited capacity. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street
Friday, February 12, 7 p.m.
Director Wendy Clarke first conceived of her Love Tapes, a participatory video art project in which she interviewed everyday people about their thoughts on love, in 1977. The project eventually grew to encompass over 2,500 tapes, which were broadcast on PBS in the 1980s. Following this screening at the Museum of Arts and Design, Clarke will be on hand for a conversation with film historian Michael Renov. Tickets cost $10, or $5 for members and students.
Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle
Saturday, February 13, 2:30 p.m.
Live music accompanies a screening of Dziga Vertov’s 1929 silent experimental documentary Man with a Movie Camera, a city symphony filmed over several years in Moscow, Kiev and Odessa but edited to suggest a single day of urban life. The score will be performed by its composers, Donald Sosin and John M. Davis, along with John Mettam and Mattias Olsson. Tickets are $12.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria, Queens