A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a discussion between Uri McMillan, Lorraine O’Grady, Simone Leigh and Narcissister at the Studio Museum in Harlem; a screening of Ed Ruscha’s Premium at Hauser & Wirth; a screening of films by Frances Stark followed by a Q&A with the artist at BAM; Patti Smith in conversation with Omar Kholeif at Robert Miller Gallery; and a video-art program curated by Robin Rhode at the Armory Fair.
Thursday, March 3, 6:30 p.m.
Lorraine O’Grady entered her own float into the 1983 African-American Day Parade in Harlem, inviting parade-goers to pose behind empty gilded frames. The performance, titled Art is…, posited the spectators as works of art, a theme that resonates in author Uri McMillan’s recent book Embodied Avatars: Genealogies of Black Feminist Art. To coincide with the Studio Museum’s exhibition of photographs commemorating her performance (through Mar. 6), McMillan will moderate a discussion between O’Grady and artists Simone Leigh and Narcissister, followed by a Q&A and walkthrough of the exhibition.
Studio Museum in Harlem, 144 West 125th Street
Thursday, March 3, 6:00 p.m.
In conjunction with the exhibition “Larry Bell: From the ’60s” (through Apr. 9), Hauser & Wirth shows the California minimalist—known for his Light and Space works—in the spotlight as an actor. This rare screening of Ed Ruscha’s 1971 short film Premium follows a young Casanova, played by Bell, as he rents a motel room, prepares a salad on the bed and invites his unsuspecting lover to be his “crouton of love.”
Hauser & Wirth, 511 West 18th Street
Friday, March 4, 7:30 p.m.
A screening of Frances Stark’s eclectic video works inaugurates “Migrating Forms,” the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s annual film and video festival. Lo-fi cat videos are shown alongside intimate Chatroulette sessions in a program that explores the multidisciplinary artist’s preoccupation with emotional experiences mediated by the Internet. A Q&A with Stark will follow.
Brooklyn Academy of Music, 30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn
Saturday, March 5, 7:00 p.m.
Rock legend Patti Smith discusses the development of her artistic practice with Omar Kholief, senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. “Eighteen Stations” (Mar. 3-Apr. 16), her exhibition at Robert Miller Gallery, includes photographs related to her 2015 memoir M Train, which recounts anecdotes from Smith’s fascinating life from the seats of various international cafes.
Robert Miller Gallery, 524 West 26th Street
Sunday, March 6, 4:00 p.m.
Section Cinéma, a program of video art curated by South African artist Robin Rhode, is titled after Marcel Broodthaers’s 1972 Musée d’Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, Section des Figures, a conceptual installation of a fictional museum. The selected works come from the South Africa-based Emile Stipp Collection, which has played a pivotal role in archiving contemporary video work by emerging artists from Africa and the African diaspora. Tate curator Zoe Whitley will be on hand to deliver an introduction to this final event in the Armory Show’s symposium, “African Perspectives.”
Media Lounge, Pier 94, 711 12th Avenue