Between a lecture by an ape, a video that doubles as a performance, and a ballet by a Turner Prize winner, a trio of events in New York on Thursday may have art lovers stressed about which event to attend. But don't fret too much; two of the three will also take place on Friday and/or Saturday.
Coco Fusco: Observations of Predation in Humans
Studio Museum in Harlem, Thursday, 8 P.M., as well as Friday, Dec. 13 at 6:30 P.M. and 8 P.M.
Artist Coco Fusco delivers a lecture in character as Dr. Zira, the ape who was friendly to Charlton Heston's Taylor in the Planet of the Apes films. Dr. Zira, via time travel, has returned to the 20th century, and "resumes her life as a public intellectual," according to the press release, "after more than twenty years of seclusion in remote circuses and primate study labs."
A team of makeup artists, sound technicians and wardrobe artists has been enlisted to create a cinematic lecture experience. The performance is part of the exhibition "Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art" (through Mar. 9).
Charlemagne Palestine: Running n Chanting n Falling n Ranting
Electronic Arts Intermix, Thursday, 6-8 P.M.
The Brussels-based artist, composer and musician Charlemagne Palestine is celebrating the release of Running n Chanting n Falling n Ranting, a 257-page book that includes an interview of Palestine by the Serpentine director Hans Ulrich Obrist. The book features an audio CD and more than 200 images from the artist's video works, along with an introduction by EAI director Lori Zippay. Screening that night will be Where It's Coming From (1977), an hour-long video conversation about Palestine's work between the artist and De Appel founder Wies Smals. Stuffed animals, zany costumes and temper tantrums make appearances.
Palestine will be present to sign copies of the book. And, promises EAI's Josh Kline, "There will be knishes."
Martin Creed: Work No. 1020
The Kitchen, Thursday, 7:30 P.M., as well as Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12-14
A "minimalist ballet," Creed's first live performance in New York since 2008 employs five classically trained dancers who are restricted to using the core ballet positions. In conjunction with a two-venue show at New York galleries Hauser & Wirth and Gavin Brown's enterprise, the Turner Prize winner and his band will explore the effects of "time, speed and direction." A video excerpt available online suggests a trance-inducing experience.