A panel from Will Eisner's The Spirit, published March 12, 1950.

A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: an experimental jazz performance by a Mary Halvorson-led trio at Roulette; a talk between Lynn Hershman Leeson and Michelle Kuo at Light Industry; a symposium on Will Eisner at the New School; a screening of the cult classic Rockers at the Museum of Arts and Design; and a series of lectures titled “Deferred Consumption” at Triple Canopy.


Tuesday, March 8, 8:00 p.m.

Performance: Mary Halvorson with Ambrose Akinmusire and Craig Taborn

Jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson teams up with trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire and pianist Craig Taborn for the second night of her residency at the 400-seat Brooklyn theater Roulette. The diverse trio (Halvorson is a famed improviser and bandleader, Taborn has worked with jazz legends like James Carter, and the young Akinmusire recently collaborated on rapper Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp a Butterfly”) presents a program of unpredictable avant-garde music.

Roulette, 509 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn


Wednesday, March 9, 7:30 p.m.

Talk: Lynn Hershman Leeson in conversation with Michelle Kuo

At Brooklyn’s Light Industry this Wednesday night, prolific artist and filmmaker Lynn Hershman Leeson speaks with Artforum editor Michelle Kuo. The event celebrates the recent publication of Hershman Leeson’s monograph Civic Radar (Hatje Cantz, 2016), which surveys five decades of her cross-disciplinary career and includes interviews and essays by figures such as Hou Hanru and Tilda Swinton.

Light Industry, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn


Thursday, March 10, 7:00 p.m.

Symposium: Al Jaffee, Dennis O'Neil, Brendan Burford and Danny Fingeroth discuss Will Eisner

As part of the “Spring 2016 New York Comics & Picture-story Symposium,” the New School hosts a panel discussion moderated by author Danny Fingeroth with Mad magazine’s Al Jaffee, Batman writer and editor Dennis O’Neil and Brendan Burford of King Features Syndicate. The group will discuss the legacy of comics legend Will Eisner, whose groundbreaking daily strip The Spirit turns 75 this year. On a related note, check out “Genius in a Box” from our January issue, an examination of another legend—Jack Kirby—in a high-art context.

University Center, UL105, 63 Fifth Avenue


Friday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.

Screening: Rockers

The Museum of Arts and Design screens Athens-born director Theodoros Bafaloukos’s 1978 Jamaican cult classic Rockers. A proto-docudrama, the film features legendary reggae musicians like Gregory Isaacs, Big Youth and Burning Spear playing themselves in their hometown of Kingston. A loose interpretation of Vittorio de Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948), the richly colored film, restored from the original negative, explores Rastafarian culture with true locals speaking with their natural Jamaican patois.

Museum of Arts and Design, 2 Columbus Circle


Saturday, March 12, 2:00 p.m.

Talk: Deferred Consumption: Three Talks on Economies of Art with Sophia Le Fraga, Rebecca Matalon and Marvin Taylor

Marvin Taylor, director of NYU’s Fales Library and Special Collections; Rebecca Matalon, a curator at L.A.’s Museum of Contemporary Art; and poet and visual artist Sophia Le Fraga will present short talks on the archive in the 21st century as well as similar “acts of recovery” and “memorialization.” The series presages Triple Canopy’s forthcoming issue “Vanitas,” which will explore themes of mortality and human striving.  

Triple Canopy, 155 Freeman Street, Brooklyn