This week, last chance to see the Statue of Liberty deconstructed, consider artists who excel in their old age, listen to the strange story of Alan Turing, and so much more.
Old Masters: Art Spiegelman, Jules Feiffer, Alex Melamid
When: Tuesday, December 2, 6:15–8:30pm (Free)
Where: Columbia University (1161 Amsterdam Avenue, Morningside Heights, Manhattan)
Renowned artists and authors Art Spiegelman, Alex Melamid, and Jules Feiffer discuss the historical achievements of aging artists whose best known works were produced during their so-called “twilight years.” Name-checked figures include Michelangelo, Willem de Kooning, and Chester Gould. Can’t make it? Fear not. The event will be livestreamed on Columbia University’s website.
Finishing Unfinished Films
When: Tuesday, December 2, 7–8pm
Where: Filmmaker’s Coop (475 Park Avenue S, Rose Hill, Manhattan)
In conjunction with the EFA Project Space exhibition A Wicked Problem, the Filmmaker’s Coop is hosting a screening of The Witch’s Cradle (1943), Maya Deren’s unfinished silent film co-starring Marcel Duchamp. The film is followed by Witch’s Cradle (2014), a reimagining of the former film by director Bruce Checefsky. The director will join critic Jennifer Krasinski for a conversation following the screenings. For the uninitiated, extracts of the film can be found on YouTube.
Stories About Alan Turing
When: Friday, December 5, 12pm ($29)
Where: 92Y (1395 Lexington Avenue, Upper East Side, Manhattan)
Alan Turing was a genius. The gay British mathematician played an important role in the Allied war effort in WWII by breaking the Enigma code, he invented the computer and artificial intelligence, and he was openly LGBTQ during an era when that was very uncommon (and illegal). Sadly, he also committed suicide at age 41.
The life story of this complex hero is worth your time.
When: Friday, December 5, 8:30pm ($10 at door)
Where: Lot 45 (411 Troutman Street, Bushwick, Brooklyn)
Screen/Sounds has been billed as an evening of audio-visual collaborations between filmmakers, visual artists, and composers. As stated by the event’s organizers, the night will consist of “re-imagined live scores to short films, washes of projection light over synthy beats, and a freshly pressed DJ dance party til dawn.” Participants include artist Jesse Mann, and composers Carson Moody and Anthony Vine.
When: Saturday, December 6 & Sunday, December 7, 12pm ($11)
Where: Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn)
Don’t get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight.
Gremlins (1984), the story of a boy and his high-maintenance pet/friend, surely ranks as one of the best Christmas movies — at least in the horror and comedy categories. Variously described as a black comedy, a satire on Western civilization, and an example of technophobia, the film was an instant commercial hit (perhaps thanks to Gizmo’s cuteness). Rumor has it that a third film is currently in the works. Enjoy the original on the big screen at one of Nitehawk’s weekend brunch screenings.
Danh Vo: We the People
When: Ends Friday, December 5
Where: New York City Hall, Financial District, Manhattan & Brooklyn Bridge Park, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
This is your last chance to see Danh Vo’s deconstructed Lady Liberty in various NYC parks. Whether you understand the work as a commentary on the American dream or on the commodification of identity, Vo’s work touches on something really powerful that makes this piece — perhaps his best — very memorable and striking. The best part of the public art exhibition is definitely in Brooklyn Bridge Park.
When: Ends Saturday, December 6
Where: Algus Greenspon (71 Morton Street, West Village, Manhattan)
Japanese artist E’wao Kagoshima, best known for his Pop- and Surrealist-inspired imagery, has resided in New York since 1976. Algus Greenspon’s latest exhibition, a mixture of drawings and collages produced from the late 1970s up to 2011, should serve as a fitting introduction to the artist’s work. Kagoshima is one of a number of postwar Japanese artists whose work is gradually being reassessed — the show’s press release points to a number of recent exhibitions, including Gladstone Gallery’s Requiem of the Sun: Mono-ha (2012) and the Guggenheim’s Gutai: Splendid Playground (2013).
Martha Rosler, Borna Sammak, Michael St. John
When: Ends Saturday, December 6
Where: Andrea Rosen Gallery (525 West 24th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)
Andrea Rosen’s current exhibition brings together work by Martha Rosler, Borna Sammak, and Michael St. John, all of whom “uniquely address matters intrinsic to the urban environment and the public sphere.”
Works by Rosler include The Bowery in two inadequate descriptive systems (1974/75) and highlights from the Transitions and Digressions photo series. It should be interesting to see how Rosler’s work compares to Sammak’s juxtaposition of everyday objects and information, and St. John’s examinations of mass culture.