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 Election Returns with Martha Rosler

When: Tuesday, November 8, 6pm onward
Where: White Box (329 Broome Street, Lower East Side, Manhattan)

It’s finally here. Our national obsession (or sadomasochistic addiction) of the past year and a half comes to its thrilling conclusion tonight. After the trauma of the past 18 months, you probably want to spend these final hours of the US Presidential Election among smart, supportive folks. White Box is once again hosting an election returns party, this one featuring a full slate of performances from the Aaron Burr Society, Pasha Radetzki and Don Amit Sahu, and the Living Theatre, among others, followed by Martha Rosler VJ-ing the election results late into the night.

 Marilyn Minter and Friends

When: Thursday, November 10, 7pm
Where: Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)

On the occasion of her major retrospective at the Brooklyn Museum, Pretty/Dirty, Marilyn Minter will lead a series of 10-minute Q&As with artists, activists, and organizers who’ve had an impact on her life and work. Her interlocutors will include artists Lorna Simpson and Jayson Musson, Planned Parenthood’s director of development for New York City, Abigail DeAtley, and the founder of Adult Magazine, Sarah Nicole Prickett, among others.

Marilyn Minter in her studio, 2015 (photo by Jason Schmidt, courtesy the artist)

 Avant Museology

When: Friday, November 11, 6–9pm
Where: Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Auditorium, Third Floor, Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Pkwy, Prospect Heights, Brooklyn)

It’s long been said that museums are like tombs where art goes to die. But museums seem more invested than ever in fighting against this preconception. The Avant Museology Symposium at the Brooklyn Museum will ask whether it’s possible for museums to match or live up to the art they show. It will look back to a progressive period in Russia, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when those in the arts believed museums could have a real social impact. But speakers — including the director of Museum Studies at New York University Bruce Altshuler, artist Fred Wilson, and the Brooklyn Museum’s director Anne Pasternak — will also consider how museology has tended to communicate in abstractions. —EWA

 Printed Matter’s One Year Anniversary Party

When: Friday, November 11, 6–8 pm
Where: Printed Matter (231 Eleventh Avenue, Chelsea, Manhattan)

It’s hard to believe, but a year has already passed since Printed Matter migrated to its expanded, two-story space on Eleventh Avenue. Join them in celebrating the anniversary this Friday evening with drinks and a DJ set by electronic musician Orlando Volcano. There will also be cookies, and to make the anniversary extra sweet, an offer of 40% off all titles published by the organization itself. —CV

 Black Feminist Cuir/Queer Artivism in Cuba & Mexico

When: Saturday, November 12, 1–3pm
Where: #DecolonizeThisPlace (Artists Space, 55 Walker Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)

Longtime AfroCuban, queer, feminist, educator-organizer Logbona Olukonee will be in New York to discuss several years of vibrant cultural work. The event will be in Spanish with English translation. “I position myself from my experience as a non-binary, AfroCuban person, coming from the margins of Havana, and an activist in the Cuban Hip Hop community, which nurtured me politically as much for the anti-racist struggle as for my formation as a feminist,” Olukonee says. “I will also discuss my research/intervention project that I am currently realizing between Mexico City and Chiapas from a ‘cuir’ and Afrodiasporic gaze (cuir = deformation of political resistance that some Latin American activists and academics have realized about the category ‘queer’ so that it can be inclusive of South American experiences — also known as ‘sudacas,’ Black, and indigenous). The project consists in promoting a bridge, retaking the concept of bridge from Cherrie Moraga and Chicana feminists, and generating exchanges between the trans and cuir movement and the feminist movement in Mexico City, and between Mexico City and Chiapas, by way of political art, artivism, cuir, and Afrodiasporic art.” I’m so there. —HV

 Posthumous Portraiture Tour

When: Saturday, November 12, 2–4pm
Where: Green-Wood Cemetery (500 25th Street, Greenwood Heights, Brooklyn)

In conjunction with the American Folk Art Museum’s Securing the Shadow exhibition on 19th-century posthumous portraiture, this tour I’m leading will explore  Victorian-era tombstone portraits in Brooklyn’s Green-Wood Cemetery. We’ll visit one of the most popular graves for Victorian cemetery tourists, with the image of a young girl killed suddenly in a carriage accident, as well as many beautiful sculptures in bronze and marble, each representing a vision of the deceased. And the fall colors on the trees are guaranteed to be stunning. —AM

Grave of Charlotte Canda in Green-Wood Cemetery (photo by Allison C. Meier)

 The Current Political Situation in Turkey and the Kurds

When: Saturday, November 12, 7–9pm
Where: #DecolonizeThisPlace (Artists Space, 55 Walker Street, Tribeca, Manhattan)

I helped organize this event because the level of knowledge about about Turkey and the situation of Kurds in Turkey is frightfully low in New York, and when you ask a privileged Turkish person (particularly those who are ethnically Turkish and culturally Sunni) they tend to downplay the realities. There will be panelists, the launch of a new zine, and conversation about the role of art in this type of conflict — including many questions and answers from people with firsthand experience. Want to know why many people are concerned about Turkey’s slide away from democracy? Come and find out. — HV

 Pain Revisited

When: Sunday, November 13, 3pm
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art (99 Gansevoort Street, Meatpacking District, Manhattan)

As part of its epic moving image exhibition, Dreamlands, the Whitney is screening this program of seven artists’ films that use a mix of documentary and fiction techniques to relate the experiences of African and African American groups. The films, which include works by Steffani Jemison, Rico Gatson, and Tony Cokes, use a broad range of styles and materials, from found photos to footage of anti-police brutality protests and a Black Panthers rally.

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With contributions by Elisa Wouk Almino, Allison Meier, Hrag Vartanian, and Claire Voon

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