A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: Massimiliano Gioni and Calvin Tomkins discuss Duchamp at 192 Books; a LAB session with Hal Foster, James Hoff, Michelle Kuo, and Laurie Spiegel at the Kitchen; a screening of Omer Fast’s Continuity at the Jewish Museum; a week of Chantal Akerman films at BAM; and a performance by Cao Fei at MoMA PS1.
Tuesday, March 29, 7:00 P.M.
New Museum artistic director Massimiliano Gioni and New Yorker critic Calvin Tomkins discuss Marcel Duchamp’s Boîte-en-Valise (Box in a Valise), 1935–41, on the occasion of its republication by French artist Mathieu Mercier. The modernist “museum in a box”—a briefcase containing eighty-one scale reproductions of Duchamp’s most famous works, including Fountain and Nude Descending a Staircase—is now available for mass distribution, re-posing Duchampian questions of institutional display, exhibition, and distribution.
192 Books, 192 Tenth Avenue
Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 P.M.
The Kitchen’s current exhibition series, From Minimalism into Algorithm (through April 2), as Charles Eppley noted on our website, “considers the roles of seriality, speculation and networked communication in art from the 1960s to the present.” As a part the nonprofit’s weekly LAB (Language, Art, Bodies) series, art historian Hal Foster, painter James Hoff, Artforum editor Michelle Kuo, and composer Laurie Spiegel review a younger generation of artists grappling with the legacy of Minimalism.
The Kitchen, 512 West 19th Street
Thursday, March 31, 6:30 P.M.
Capping off the twenty-fifth New York Jewish Film Festival, the Jewish Museum screens Israeli artist Omer Fast’s 2012 short film Continuity. The seemingly straightforward tale of a young soldier returning to his parent’s home from Afghanistan quickly takes an eerie turn (no spoilers here). Two of Fast’s recent films are additionally on view at James Cohan (March 25–May 7).
The Jewish Museum, 1109 Fifth Avenue
Friday, April 1, various show times
This showing of Belgian director Chantal Akerman’s final film, No Home Movie, at BAM kicks off a citywide week of screenings and exhibitions dedicated to the influential filmmaker, who died last year. In addition to BAM’s “Chantal Akerman: Images Between the Images,” a screening of twenty of her films (through May 1), Film Forum debuts Marianne Lambert’s documentary I Don’t Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman (March 30–April 5), and will also show a new restoration of Jeanne Dielman, 23 quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles (April 1–7).
BAMcinématek, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn
Sunday, April 3, 4:00 P.M.
Concurrent with the opening of her solo show at MoMA PS1, Chinese multimedia artist Cao Fei takes the stage with Chinatown-based rap group the Notorious MSG for this edition of the museum’s Sunday Sessions. The performance builds on much of Fei’s work, which explores the relationship between hip-hop and its “alien counterpart,” Asian culture.
MoMA PS1, 22–25 Jackson Ave, Long Island City, Queens