A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: A philosophical examination of the post-Valentine’s Day blues at the Rubin Museum of Art; a panel on digital memory at Rhizome; a screening of Born in Flames followed by a talk with the director at Anthology Film Archives; “Agitprop!” artists Martha Rosler, Nancy Buchanan and Andrea Bowers discuss their art and activism at the Brooklyn Museum; and a rollerblading performance by Alex Baczynski-Jenkins at the Swiss Institute.
Wednesday, February 17, 7 p.m.
The gooey romance or crushing loneliness—depending on your relationship status—of Valentine’s Day may have passed, but the single and committed alike suffer from the post-Valentine’s blues. Helen Fisher, chief scientific advisor to the dating site Match.com and author of Anatomy of Love: A Natural History of Mating, Marriage, and Why We Stray, discusses this phenomenon with philosopher Simon Critchley, moderator of the New York Times column “The Stone.” They offer emotional guidance for the cost of the $25 ticket.
Rubin Museum of Art, 150 West 17th Street
Thursday, February 18, 7 p.m.
The archive is no longer the province of dusty libraries: millions of social-media-based cultural records are continuously being created online. Michael Connor, artistic director of Rhizome, moderates a discussion on the positive and negative implications of this shift, from the participatory and diverse nature of the Internet, to issues of censorship, privacy and technological obsolescence. Panelists include the Metropolitan Museum’s associate online community producer Kimberly Drew and Snapchat researcher Nathan Jurgenson. Tickets are $15.
New Museum, 235 Bowery
Friday, February 19, 7:15 p.m.
In the dystopian socialist future of the anarchic feminist classic Born in Flames (1983), two ideologically and racially diverse extremist feminist groups join forces to create the righteously pissed-off Women’s Army in order to take down the patriarchy. Following the screening, director, producer and writer Lizzie Borden, joined by stars Adele Bertei and Jeanne Satterfield, will be on hand to discuss the documentary-style film, now fully restored, with moderation by film critic Amy Taubin. Tickets are $11.
Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue
Saturday, February 20, 2 p.m.
The term “agitprop,” an amalgamation of “agitation” and “propaganda,” serves as both the title and defining expression of the group exhibition organized by the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art (through Aug. 7). A continually evolving installation, participating artists nominate their successor for each leg of the show, reflecting the generations of cultural producers tackling similar concerns. Martha Rosler, Nancy Buchanan and Andrea Bowers—who nominated each other—will discuss art and activism in their practices. The event is free with the cost of museum admission.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway
Sunday, February 21, 5 p.m.
While skating through the Swiss Institute, London-based artist and choreographer Alex Baczynski-Jenkins, along with participating rollerbladers, will recite (sometimes butchered) lines of poetry by the likes of Essex Hemphill, Langston Hughes and Eileen Myles. Selected poems ruminate on desire; the looping performers affect, through their altered speech and inexhaustible choreography, an aural and physical sensuality. RSVP to email@example.com.
Swiss Institute, 18 Wooster Street