Josephine Baker in Williamsburg
Judith Henry, “Josephine Baker in Williamsburg” (2014), archival pigment print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag Bright White 16 x 24 inches (courtesy BravinLee Programs)

This week, artists lend a hand to ALS research, Björk fans get together to discuss the Museum of Modern Art exhibition, avant-garde sound art is audible in Queens, 3D printing is under discussion in Greenpoint, and much more.

 Artists Lend Support

When: Tuesday, April 7, 6–8pm
Where: New York Design Center (200 Lexington Avenue, Murray Hill, Manhattan)

We all love a good charity event, and this gathering by Artists Lend Support promises to help raise money and awareness about ALS, the rare disease also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. I haven’t heard of most of these artists, but the cause is fantastic and I encourage people to always give to charity when they can. Here’s your chance to at least learn more about ALS and how it impacts the lives of those around you.

 Judith Henry

When: Opens Thursday, April 9
Where: BravinLee Programs (526 West 26th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

Judith Henry premiers two series of works, Me as Her and The Artist is Hiding, exploring how people’s outer selves obscure their inner lives. Her work employs documentary objects such as newspapers, film clips, and telephone books; this ephemera underscores the themes of loss permeating her work. —Vic Vaiana

Val Garland, Crystal Mask, from The Museum of Modern Art’s “Björk” exhibition (photo by Benjamin Sutton/Hyperallergic)

 Björk Explained by a Fan

When: Friday, April 10, 11:30am (with museum admission)
Where: The Museum of Modern Art (11 West 53rd Street, Midtown, Manhattan)

OK, Björk fans, now is your opportunity to get together your kind and talk about the show the art world establishment wants to hate with a passion. This is a series, because fandom is obviously better in groups (even if you’re just commiserating).

 The End of the Image

When: Friday, April 10, 6:30pm ($7)
Where: Triple Canopy (155 Freeman Street, Greenpoint, Brooklyn)

A panel of academics and artists meets to discuss 3D imaging and printing, focusing on the anachronization of the legal terminology surrounding images. 3D printing is reshaping the production of images in a way that will reshape the economy, transforming not only law but labor and access as well. —VV

 New Work New York Pt II

When: Friday, April 10, 6–9pm
Where: 695 Grand Street (Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

This is the second installment of a biennial series aimed at providing a platform for rising talent to showcase their work in New York City. St. Nick’s Alliance recognizes recent MFAs from one of the seven MFA programs in the city.—VV


When: Friday, April 10 & Saturday, April 11, 12am ($10)
Where: Sunshine Cinema (143 East Houston Street, Bowery, Manhattan)

Perhaps no other film has done quite as much as Katsuhiro Otomo’s Akira (1988) to introduce anime to a global audience. A landmark in Japanese animation, Akira centers on bike gang members Shōtarō Kaneda and Tetsuo Shima as they become embroiled in the lives of a group of secret test subjects. For a taster, check out the critically lauded chase sequence below (English dub version). Any chance to see Akira on the big screen can simply not be missed.


When: Sunday, April 12, 4–10pm
Where: The Knockdown Center (52–19 Flushing Avenue, Maspeth, Queens)

An evening of avant-garde sound art, featuring collaborations betweens composers, instrumentalists, and sound designers with an installation art background. Their work will be amplified by a ten-channel sound system installed throughout the space, immersing the audience in a wave of sound. —VV


 The Lives of Artists

When: Sunday, April 12, 12:30pm
Where: The High Line Hotel (180 10th Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan)

As part of the MoCCA (Museum of Comic and Cartoon Art) Arts Festival, Hyperallergic’s Jillian Steinhauer discusses making biographical comics about artists with Annie Goetzinger, James Romberger, Marguerite Van Cook, and Barbara Stok. Goetzinger’s Girl in Dior chronicled the Dior fashion house, Romberger and Van Cook collaborated with David Wojnarowicz to produce 7 Miles a Second, and Barbara Stok created Vincent, a biography of Van Gogh.

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With contributions by Vic Vaiana

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