On view in ‘The Arch of My Eye’s Orbit’ at BAM: Slavs and Tatars, “Love Letters No. 9” (2014), woolen yarn, 250 × 250 cm (courtesy the artists and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York)

This week, learn about the life of a Pre-Raphaelite muse — who was also a poet and artist, listen to Mel Chin speak and sing about his art, commemorate 3/11 with a discussion about new Japanese art and architecture, and more.

 The Life of a Pre-Raphaelite Muse

Dante Gabriel Rossetti, “Beata Beatrix” (1864–70) (via Wikipedia) (click to enlarge)

When: Tuesday, March 8, 7pm ($8)
Where: Morbid Anatomy Museum (424 Third Avenue, Gowanus, Brooklyn)

Elizabeth Siddal, who modeled for John Everett Millais’s “Ophelia“(1851–52), is arguably the most recognized Pre-Raphaelite muse. She was also an artist and poet in her own right — a fact that’s often overshadowed by the historical focus on her tempestuous relationship with fellow poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti. His numerous infidelities contributed to Siddal’s laudanum addiction and led to her suspected suicide at the age of 32. Writer and graphic designer Dawn Marie Kresan will give an illustrated lecture on Siddal’s life, hopefully concentrating as much on her artistic output as on her relationship with Rossetti. —TM

 The Arch of My Eye’s Orbit

When: Opens Wednesday, March 9, 6–8pm
Where: BAM (30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)

For this show, our editor-in-chief (and my boss), Hrag Vartanian, has filled the galleries and transitional spaces of BAM with the work of four artists/groups: Anila Quayyum Agha, Kamrooz Aram, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Slavs and Tatars. The terrific title comes from a verse by the 14th-century Persian poet Hāfez — “The arch of my eye’s orbit is your very nest! / [Show mercy and come down! For this eye’s house – is yours!]” — and points to exhibition’s overarching (pun intended) theme: the connection between architecture and the act of seeing. Agha’s ArtPrize-winning work seems like a perfect fit, and I’m excited to see the contributions of the others, all at play in a series of actively used spaces.

 Migrating Forms in Art and Film

When: Through Thursday, March 10
Where: BAM (30 Lafayette Avenue, Fort Greene, Brooklyn)

Yeah, yeah, I know, two BAM picks in one week (sorrynotsorry). But I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind you that still have three days (well, nights) to catch a piece of Migrating Forms, the institution’s annual festival that mashes up filmic art and artful films. Two of the highlights (for me), the Frances Stark and GCC screenings, have come and gone, but there’s plenty of good stuff left — including a night devoted to Ed Atkins and a showing of Maidan, Sergei Loznitsa’s documentary about the 2013 anti-government protests in Ukraine.

 A Few Words to Make You Stroke Your Chin

Mel Chin, “Night Rap” (1993) (via (click to enlarge)

When: Thursday, March 10, 6–8pm
Where: The 8th Floor (17 West 17th Street, Union Square, Manhattan)

Mel Chin, one of the artists in the 8th Floor’s current show of political art, When Artists Speak Truth…, talks to curator Sara Reisman about his piece in on view — “Cross for the Unforgiven” (2012), a Maltese cross made of welded AK-47s — and the many political, environmental, and scientific issues that he takes up in his ambitious and sprawling oeuvre. The event description tantalizingly promises both “dialogue and song,” so be prepared to get out of your seat when the time comes. —BS

 One Artist, Two Poets

When: Thursday, March 10, 6:30pm
Where: James Cohan – Lower East Side (291 Grand Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

In his work on view at James Cohan Gallery, Philip Hanson combines his Chicago Imagist roots with the poetry of the Romantics to create psychedelic paintings that feature text floating in space, like words set loose in the ether. To celebrate his celebration of poetry, the gallery will host a reading with Anselm Berrigan, the son of powerhouse poets Alice Notley and Ted Berrigan, and a poet in his own right; and John Yau, poet, art critic, and co-editor of Hyperallergic Weekend.

On view in ‘In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11’ at Japan Society: Arai Takashi, “April 26, 2011, Onahama, Iwaki City, Fukushima Prefecture” from the series ‘Mirrors in Our Nights’ (2011), daguerreotype (© Takashi Arai / courtesy of PGl and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston)

 Japanese Art & Architecture After 3/11

When: Friday, March 11, 5:30–7:30pm ($35/$25 concession)
Where: Japan Society (333 East 47th Street, Midtown East, Manhattan)

In tandem with the exhibition In the Wake: Japanese Photographers Respond to 3/11, as well the institution-wide program series Commemorating the 5th Anniversary of 3/11, Japan Society will host a symposium that falls on the exact date of the fifth anniversary of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan. Artists, architects, and curators will come together to discuss creative rebuilding efforts that emerged from the catastrophe. —CV

 Genesis Breyer P-Orridge at the Rubin

When: Opens Friday, March 11
Where: Rubin Museum (150 West 17th Street, Chelsea, Manhattan)

If you’re wondering what business a museum devoted to art from Tibet, Nepal, and the surrounding region has giving a solo show to a pandrogynous industrial musician, performance artist, and unclassifiable polymathic visual artist based in New York City, well, don’t you think you’re being awfully closed-minded? Also, Breyer P-Orridge’s practice is heavily influenced by Hindu mythology and the iconography of the Kathmandu Valley, where s/he has lived at various intervals over the last three decades. —BS

Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, “Feeding the Fishes” (2010), fish, glitter, photos, tooth mold, copper ball, found wood box, 11 x 5 inches (courtesy Rubin Museum of Art)

 Read Brooklyn

When: Saturday, March 12, 1–5pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)

From Archie Rand’s colorful interpretations of the 613 Jewish commandments to Elizabeth Gaffney’s portrait of a girl living in postwar Brooklyn, hear writers read from their stories in front of artworks at the Brooklyn Museum. The new READ Brooklyn fair is also a good opportunity to peruse artist books, graphic novels, and new fiction by local authors, including the cartoonist Adrian Tomine and the duo Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant, who extensively documented New York City’s subway art. —EWA

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With contributions by Elisa Wouk Almino, Tiernan Morgan, Benjamin Sutton, and Claire Voon

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