This week’s offerings are wonderfully diverse — a little something for everyone. See masterpieces of stained-glass art from the 12th century at the Cloisters or revisit a masterpiece novel, Invisible Man, at the Schomburg Center. If you’re looking for something a little more laid back, try Flux Factory’s new exhibition — an “exquisite contraption” that spans its whole building — or one of our consistently favorite art events, Bushwick Beat Nite. For those who can stomach it, the notorious Cannibal Holocaust is screening at Nitehawk.
When: Opens Tuesday, February 25
Where: The Cloisters Museum and Gardens (99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, Manhattan)
Radiant Light is an exhibition of six Romanesque-period stained-glass windows from Canterbury Cathedral in England, perhaps best known outside the UK as the destination of the pilgrims in Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales. This marks the first time that these exquisite windows, considered “the most comprehensive stained-glass cycle known in art history,” have been taken outside the cathedral since their creation in 1178–80. Renovations to the church’s walls have led to the displacement of the windows to the Cloisters, where they’ll be on view through May 18.
Words by Fred Wilson
When: Wednesday, February 26, 7pm
Where: School of Visual Arts (136 West 21st Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Since his pioneering Mining the Museum exhibition in 1992, Fred Wilson’s museological interventions have transformed public consciousness about the role of museums and their collections. Wilson is an excellent public speaker — plain-spoken, funny, and insightful. Regardless of how much you know about his work, any opportunity to see him talk is highly recommended.
When: Thursday, February 27, 6pm onwards
Where: Flux Factory (39-31 29th Street, Long Island City, Queens)
Flux Factory’s new collaborative exhibition is a “constructed machine” spanning their entire building in order to “facilitate a weekly family photograph” every Monday for the next year. Think Rube Goldberg meets mechanical reproduction meets art. It will be interesting to see how the work evolves, so it’s probably best to plan several visits. Plus, the contraption gives you an excuse to see the whole of Flux, which is filled end to end with little corners of creativity.
When: Friday, February 28, 7pm ($10 suggested donation)
Where: Bronx Documentary Center (614 Courtlandt Avenue, South Bronx, Bronx)
Journalist Sebastian Junger and photojournalist Tim Hetherington are most widely known as the directors of the Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo (2010). But after Hetherington’s death in Libya in 2011, Junger founded the charity RISC (Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues), which provides medical training for freelance journalists. The Bronx Documentary Center will host a slide show and video screening of recent work by the next group of RISC trainees. All donations will help fund future RISC classes.
When: Friday, February 28, 12:15am ($11)
Where: Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
This one is not for the faint of heart. Supremely violent and still banned in several countries, Cannibal Holocaust (1980) remains the most notorious “video nasty” ever made. So convincing was the mythos surrounding the film that its director, Ruggero Deodato, was arrested on obscenity charges. The charges were dropped after Deodato produced the entire cast (to prove that no one was murdered) and explained how the film’s most disturbing sequences were achieved. But allegations of harassment on set, the exploitation of Columbian natives, and real scenes of animal cruelty mean that the jury’s still out on Cannibal Holocaust. Some critics praise its apparent social commentary; others call it exploitative and racist. See for yourself.
Let’s Get Digital
When: Friday, February 28, 6:30–8:30pm ($15)
Where: Metropolitan Museum of Art (1000 5th Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
The Met chimes in and hosts a discussion on that hottest of panel topics, digital art. The conversation features an impressive lineup: artists Cory Arcangel, Carla Gannis, and Clement Valla; Met Associate Curator Mia Fineman; and Julia Kaganskiy, director of the New Museum’s Incubator for Art, Technology and Design.
Bushwick Beat Nite
When: Friday, February 28, 6–10pm
Where: Selected galleries throughout Bushwick, Brooklyn
Curated by Pocket Utopia’s Austin Thomas, the latest Beat Nite spotlights 10 art spaces around Bushwick, focusing on work by neighborhood emerging artists. The gallery shows look great and will be open between 6 and 10pm, with the usual after party at The Narrows. Look for a fuller guide from Hyperallergic later this week.
Ralph Ellison at 100
When: Saturday, March 1, 10am–5pm
Where: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (515 Malcolm X Blvd, Harlem, Manhattan)
The Studio Museum in Harlem and the Schomburg are teaming up to kick off the centennial anniversary of the birth of writer Ralph Ellison. Things begin on Saturday with a daylong reading of Invisible Man (1952). Harlem teenagers, actors, writers, musicians, and community leaders will all take part in what should be a great way to either discover or revisit Ellison’s landmark, eye-opening, and only completed novel.