A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in New York: a discussion of Matisse's cut-outs at the Museum of Modern Art; a panel on zombie formalism at the School of Visual Arts; a discussion of the 1994 Whitney Museum Show "Black Male" to mark its 20th anniversary, at the New School; the screening of a new film by Stanya Kahn as part of the Migrating Forms festival, at BAM; and a conversation between Columbia art student Emma Sulkowicz and New York Times critic Roberta Smith about Sulkowicz's protest performance work.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 6 p.m.
Henri Matisse's Cut-Outs: A Discussion
A major exhibition of Matisse's cut-outs broke attendance records at Tate Modern and is now on view at New York's Museum of Modern Art. Art historians Todd Cronan (Emory University, Atlanta) and John Elderfield will discuss central works in the show and the master's enduring influence with MoMA curator Jodi Hauptman and MoMA conservator Karl Buchberg.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 W. 53rd St.
Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.
Zombie Formalism and Other Recent Speculations in Abstraction
Discussions on zombie formalism might be seeming pretty undead themselves by now, but this Wednesday's panel at the School of Visual Arts hosts none other than the coiner of the term, painter and critic Walter Robinson. Joining the fray are art advisor Todd Levin, director of New York's Levin Art Group, along with artist/curator/critic Ryan Steadman. SVA prof Amy Wilson moderates.
School of Visual Arts theater, 333 W. 23rd St.
Friday, Dec. 12, 6:30-8 p.m.
Looking Back at the Black Male
The 1994 Whitney Museum exhibition "Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary American Art," which focused on the aesthetics and politics of representations of black men, could not be more timely at a moment of protests nationwide over the police killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. To mark the show's 20th anniversary, Studio Museum in Harlem director Thelma Golden, who organized "Black Male," will look back at the show with the writer Hilton Als, who edited the exhibition catalogue, and art historian and critic Huey Copeland.
The New School, 66 W. 12th St.
Friday, Dec. 12, 8 p.m.
Don't Go Back to Sleep: Stanya Kahn
"Comedy does a similar thing to what trauma does—it causes a rupture and allows you to see things you're not supposed to see," artist Stanya Kahn said this summer at a screening at Electronic Arts Intermix that included a trailer for her new feature-length film, Don't Go Back to Sleep. The full film is included in the Migrating Forms film festival, which, William S. Smith wrote in A.i.A. last year, "enjoys a reputation for presenting the year's most vital cinematic work while reviving avant-garde classics." (This year's festival also includes Cory Arcangel, among other visual artists.) Don't Go Back to Sleep "grapples with the aftermath of tragedy through a web of jagged editing, eerie soundscapes, and Kahn's deft manipulation of time." The filmmaker will participate in a Q&A after the screening with writers Jennifer Krasinski and Lauren O'Neill Butler.
BAM Rose Cinemas, 30 Lafayette Ave., Brooklyn
Sunday, Dec. 14, 2 p.m.
"Carry That Weight": Emma Sulkowicz in Conversation with Roberta Smith
Campus rape has been in the spotlight in recent weeks, especially a case at the University of Virginia and a controversial story about it in Rolling Stone. Emma Sulkowicz, a Columbia university undergraduate art student, has made news all over the world with an endurance-based performance in protest; she alleges that she was raped in her bed at her dormitory. Whenever she's on the Columbia campus, she carries a 50-pound mattress to challenge the administration on its inaction in the case. She'll talk to New York Times art critic Roberta Smith, who penned an article on Sulkowicz this fall.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway