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Art Rx

by Hrag Vartanian on February 4, 2014

Isaac Julien, "Ten Thousand Waves" (2010), nine-channel video installation (color, sound), 49:41 min (photo by Jillian Steinhauer for Hyperallergic)

Isaac Julien, “Ten Thousand Waves” (2010), nine-channel video installation (color, sound), 49:41 min (photo by Jillian Steinhauer for Hyperallergic)

This week, New York has a lot of big names on tap. Catch tributes to Marina Abramović and William S. Burroughs, see a Jean-Luc Godard film on the big screen, or sit in on a talk with Isaac Julien. If you’re looking for something more offbeat, try a discussion of public art in East Williamsburg or a remake of Robocop on the Lower East Side. Put your snow boots on and go art trekking.

 Public Art as Still Life

When: Tuesday, February 4, 6:30pm
Where: International Studio and Curatorial Program (1040 Metropolitan Avenue, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Sara Reisman, director of New York City’s Percent for Art program moderates, the ISCP’s latest salon, the subject of which is “Public Art as Still Life.” Artists Heather Hart, Kiril Kuzmanov, and Austin Thomas will discuss public art making in locations from Bulgaria to Brooklyn and beyond.

 Marina Abramović Tribute

When: Tuesday, February 4, 9pm ($7 suggested donation)
Where: Bizarre Bushwick (12 Jefferson Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

We have no idea how Just Scary’s burlesque/variety show tribute to Marina Abramović will turn out. Their synopsis states:

Don’t be fooled. This is no tongue in cheek send up or Roast, by any means. This will be a heavy handed show. We as performers intend to create and present a Critical Tribute to be added to the pantheon of conversations around art and it’s intrinsic value to society, and reality at large. And in a larger scope the entire evening is designed to be a site specific instillation with the stage show as one of the many components.

We detect a whiff of the cultish institutional language associated with Abramović’s MAI, but if we had to guess, the evening should consist of fun, good-natured, cheeky irreverence.

 William Burroughs Tribute

Polaroid of William S. Burroughs by Andy Warhol (via realitystudio.org)

Andy Warhol’s polaroid of William S. Burroughs (via realitystudio.org)

When: Wednesday, February 5, midnight–Thursday, February 6, midnight
Where: Munch Gallery (245 Broome Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

To celebrate the 100th birthday of writer William S. Burroughs, artist Marshall Weber will conduct a 24-hour nonstop recital of Burroughs’s The Nova Trilogy (which consists of The Soft Machine [1961], The Ticket That Exploded [1962], and Nova Express [1964]). Weber’s recital will be a “mash up” of the three works, which is appropriate considering Burroughs employed cut-up technique — a literary device that he popularized in the 1960s — to create them.

 Robocop Remake

When: Wednesday, Friday 5, 6pm & 8:30pm
Where: Culture Fix (9 Clinton Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Sick to death of Hollywood reboots and remakes? Has the latest Robocop pushed you over the edge? Then Our Robocop Remake should be perfect for you. This crowdsourced endeavor brings together 55 filmmakers to re-create 55 scenes. The resulting film is a more absurd and cheaper effort than this year’s $100 million remake.

 Godard’s Alphaville 

When: Friday, February 7, various times ($13)
Where: Film Forum (209 West Houston Street, West Village, Manhattan)

Jean-Luc Godard once stated that “all you need to make a movie is a girl and a gun.” Regardless of whether or not he coined the phrase (he attributed it to DW Griffith), it has no truer application than to his 1965 film Alphaville, starring Eddie Constantine as the disillusioned, Bogartian agent Lemmy Caution. A blend of sci-fi and noir, the film follows Caution as he infiltrates the dystopian society known as Alphaville. Catch it on the big screen if you can.

 Future/Past

When: Friday, February 7, 7–9pm
Where: Reverse (28 Frost Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

Sci-fi geeks rejoice! This group show features the work of artists who have touched upon sci-fi or time travel in their work. Whether it’s dystopian and utopian scenarios, Future/Past says it is “both a sentimental statement on science fiction, as well as a critical comment on politics and the science fiction genre as a whole.” The artists in this show, curated by Ginger Shulick, are Sam Burford, Don Edler, Daniela Kostova, Don Porcella, Larissa Sansour, and Josh Slater.

 Greenpoint Gallery Night

When: Friday, February 7, 6–9pm
Where: Various locations throughout Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Sixteen Greenpoint galleries will be opening their doors for this one-night affair that attracts art lovers from across the borough. Whether it is a show of San Francisco–based artists at Fowler, Andrew Guenther’s stark works at 106 Green, or Mike Taylor’s luscious book art at Booklyn, the night is a showcase for a wide range of spaces that are all very warm and welcoming.

 An Evening with Isaac Julien

When: Monday, February 10, 7pm ($12)
Where: Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

If you haven’t seen Isaac Julien’s impressive “Ten Thousand Waves” installation in the Museum of Modern Art’s atrium, then I suggest you run and see it before it closes in two weeks. If you want more insight into this work, then this event is for you. I’m sure Julien will touch upon many of the issues involved in the work, including migration, globalization, and more.

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