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This week, New York is the center of the art geek universe as the College Art Association conference touches down in Manhattan starting Wednesday — we can’t wait. But that’s not all: there are also discussions about feminist collectives, Latinos in the media, collage narratives, love cults, and more.

 The 103rd Annual CAA Conference

When: Wednesday, February 11–Saturday, February 14 (See site for registration prices)
Where: Hilton New York (1335 Avenue of Americas, Midtown, Manhattan)

The College Art Association Conference is back in New York for its 103rd installment. A magnet for art history scholars, arts professionals, publishers, teachers, and students from across the world, the CAA conference is the perfect place to network, share ideas, and catch up on the latest research. This year’s conference opens with a reception at the Museum of Modern Art and a keynote address by critic Dave Hickey. A program with a list of this year’s panel discussions can be found here. Our only complaint is that the best panel title still belongs to the 2014 conference: “Doggie Style: Rococo Representations of Animal Sexuality.”

 Latinos in the Media

When: Wednesday, February 11, 6:30–9pm (FREE)
Where: El Museo del Barrio (1230 5th Avenue, East Harlem, Manhattan)

Authors Arlene Davila and Yedy Rivero join Juan Gonzalez of Democracy Now, Jillian Baez of Staten Island University, and D. Ines Casillas of University of California Santa Barbara for a conversation on their upcoming book Contemporary Latina/O Media: Production, Circulation, and Media.

The panel will discuss the potential of media activism to create spaces for the Latino community within these constructs. —Vic Vaiana

 Bookforum Presents Foreign Affairs

When: Friday, February 13, 6–8pm (RSVP Required)
Where: New Museum (235 Bowery, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

Looking for a Valentine’s Day warm-up? Take in views of the New York skyline from the New Museum’s Sky Room and listen to literary musings at Bookforum’s annual pre–Valentine’s Day event, “Foreign Affairs,” featuring readings by Paul Beatty, Laura Kipnis, Clancy Martin, Joseph O’Neill, and Lynne Tillman. —Kemy Lin

 Here Comes Kitty

When: Thursday, February 12, 6–8pm (FREE)
Where: Printed Matter (195 Tenth Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Hyperallergic Weekend’s Albert Mobilio joins artist Richard Kraft and writer Danielle Dutton for a discussion centered on their latest collaboration, Here Comes Kitty, a “wildly irreverent collage narrative.” Here’s a taster from the Printed Matter website:

Richard Kraft reassembles a Cold War comic about a Polish spy infiltrating the Nazis to orchestrate a multiplicity of voices into joyous cacophony. Like an Indian miniature painting, each comic book page is densely layered, collapsing foreground and background, breaking the frame and merging time. An unlikely and enormous cast of characters emerges as Kraft appropriates images and texts from an extraordinary variety of sources.

 Eastern Promises

When: Friday, February 13–Sunday, February 15, 12am ($14)
Where: IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue, Greenwich Village, Manhattan)

The penultimate film in IFC’s David Cronenberg series is Eastern Promises (2007), a tale of a midwife’s involvement with the Russian mafia. Set in London, the film follows Anna (Noami Watts) as she attempts to find the father of a newborn whose mother died during childbirth. She soon befriends Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen), a rising “cleaner” whose body — characteristic of Russian gangsters — is covered in tattoos referring to his exploits and ancestry. Mortensen’s tattoos were so accurate that diners in a Russian restaurant reportedly fell silent upon observing him. Sullen, violent, and filled with terrific performances, this is definitely one to watch on the big screen.

 Collaboration and Collectives in Feminist Art Practice

When: Saturday, February 14, 9am (FREE)
Where: The Museum of Arts and Design (MAD) (2 Columbus Circle, Midtown, Manhattan)

A day of free panels, Collective Creativity analyzes the collaborative methodologies that have informed feminist art practices since the 1970s. Organized by the Feminist Art Project and hosted by the Museum of Arts and Design, speakers include Damali Abrams, Jenn Dierdorf, Kathleen Wentrack, Joyce Kozloff, Kara Rooney, and Dread Scott.

 Love Cults, Drugs, and the Hypnotic Arts

When: Saturday, February 14, 8–11pm ($12)
Where: Morbid Anatomy Museum (424 Third Ave, in Brooklyn, at the corner of 7th Street)

With rare film clips serving as a backdrop, sex historian Mel Gordon will provide a Valentine’s Day admonition about the perils of love and lust. In a tantalizing lecture, accompanied by refreshments, Gordon will explore the love rituals — laden with narcotic concoctions and mind-altering tricks — that proliferated throughout religious sects in the 1920s and their enduring influence on contemporary romance and courtship. —KL

 Second Nature

Mark Dorf, “Emergent #10” (2014) (courtesy OUTLET Gallery)

When: Closes Sunday, February 15
Where: Outlet (253 Wilson Avenue, Bushwick, Brooklyn)

This joint show featuring the work of Mark Dorf and Julian Lorber is in its final week, exploring contemporary society’s disconnect from the environment.

For the press release: “Work by both artists demonstrate an alternative view or a second way of looking at landscape: Lorber’s more science fiction and Dorf’s more data science, both inescapable facets of human behavior.” —VV

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With contributions by Kemy Lin and Vic Vaiana


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