MONDAY, JULY 24
Talk: Yvonne Rainer and Lynne Tillman at Film Society of Lincoln Center
Yvonne Rainer may be best known for her choreography, but over the course of her career she has directed eight films, many of which have been hard to find or unreleased on home video. Finally, Rainer’s films are receiving a proper retrospective, running through July 27 at the Film Society of Lincoln Center, which has all of her directorial efforts plus films she acted in and related works by Andy Warhol, Hollis Frampton, Maya Deren, and others. At stake in her work is often an interest in the very nature of performance. How do we know when someone is performing, and are actors any less authentic than real people? At this talk, Rainer will discuss her films with writer Lynne Tillman. After the event, Rainer will sign copies of her 2011 book Poems.
Film Society of Lincoln Center, 144 West 65th Street, 7 p.m. Free
Screening: “My First 3D Part III: The Final Chapter” at Microscope Gallery
The final screening in a series curated by artist Ben Coonley, this program features a selection of artists’ first 3-D works. Ranging in runtime from five seconds to 22 minutes, the films highlight various forms of experimentation with new technologies. The program includes films by Michael Bell-Smith, Cristobal Cea, Keenan Houser, Ken Jacobs, Lily Konigsberg, Kerry Laitala, Collin Leitch, Jodie Mack, Jeanine Oleson, Marisa Olson, Alan Resnick, Mireya Rodriguez, Rafael Rozendaal, Nastya Valentine, and Blake Williams. And after the screening, Coonley discuss some of the films.
Microscope Gallery, 1329 Willoughby Avenue, Brooklyn, 7:30–9:30 p.m. Tickets $7/$9
WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
Opening: “The Legacy of Lynching: Confronting Racial Terror in America” at Brooklyn Museum
It has been about a century and a half since slavery was abolished, but some of its most terrible aspects continue to haunt America. Working with the Equal Justice Initiative and Google, the Brooklyn Museum has organized a show that surveys recent artworks from the museum’s collection about violence against black Americans. In addition to pieces by Melvin Edwards, Titus Kaphar, and others whose work meditates on lynching, the show will include photographs commissioned by the EJI. A description notes that the show is primarily about “personal stories,” and there will be no explicit imagery.
Brooklyn Museum, 200 Eastern Parkway, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.
Screening: Until the Light Takes Us at Roxy Cinema Tribeca
Until the Light Takes Us is a documentary about the music and mayhem behind Norwegian black metal, a movement that evolved in Oslo in the early 1990s and turned into a media-abetted spectacle in the wake of politically pointed church burnings and murder among certain kingmakers of the scene. The film surveys it all with a searching perspective that makes interest in the music itself by no means a necessity; as central to the story are questions about cultural co-option and ways that collective intentions can run amok. Aaron Aites and Audrey Ewell, the directors of the film, also made a short titled Memory Box, a science-fiction-inflected meditation on memory and self-delusion that was to serve as a treatment for a feature film before the untimely death of Aites in 2016. Here, Ewell will be present to discuss both films with Shane Carruth, who played one of the leads in Memory Box and also directed two distinctive movies of his own (the features Primer and Upstream Color).
Roxy Cinema Tribeca, 2 6th Avenue, 7:30 p.m. Free; RSVP to email@example.com
THURSDAY, JULY 27
Screening: “Home Video: Media Art in Response to HIV/AIDS” at Electronic Arts Intermix
Organized with the Museum of the City of New York’s “AIDS at Home: Art and Everyday Activism” show in mind, this screening program features three videos that deal with the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the ’80s and ’90s. Alexandra Juhasz and Juanita Mohammed Szczepanski, two members of the “video support group” WAVE, will show an excerpt from a work featuring interviews with women afflicted with or affected by AIDS, while George Kuchar and Charlie Ahearn will screen two portraits, of the filmmaker Charlie McDowell and the artist Martin Wong, respectively. With the exception of Kuchar, who died in 2011, the artists will be present for a conversation with Stephen Vider, the curator of “AIDS at Home.”
Electronic Arts Intermix, 535 West 22nd Street, 7 p.m. Free
FRIDAY, JULY 28
Performance: Heidi Latsky at Whitney Museum
This year is the 27th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which outlaws discrimination against those who are handicapped. The Whitney Museum will pay homage to that act this week by hosting a performance of Heidi Latsky’s ON DISPLAY, a piece that includes dancers with and without disabilities. Periodically staged at various venues from the High Line to Times Square, the performance creates what Latsky calls a “human sculpture garden.” For the artist, the performance is a way of introducing new standards for beauty.
Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, 7–8:30 p.m.
Screening: “Falling, Realism, Aspiration” at Essex Street
Organized by Nick Faust and Alexandra Symons Sutcliffe, this amorphous two-day event explores the political content of movement. “By studying movement you can isolate gesture and intention and from that you can make tools for a desired future,” Faust and Sutcliffe note in a statement. “Dance, gymnastics, combat sports, industrial training, and civil disobedience practices are the arming of the body with knowledge.” The event kicks off with a screening program featuring films and documentation of works by Liza Johnson, Elizabeth Streb, and more. The following day, Alexis Danzig, of Rise and Resist and Act Up, will lead a civil disobedience workshop, and C. Ondine Chavoya will lecture on the collective ASCO’s “No Movies.”
Essex Street, 55 Hester Street, 7–9 p.m. Free
SATURDAY, JULY 29
Party: Watermill Center Gala at Watermill Center
One of the biggest (and most gloriously weird) events of the summer season, the Watermill Center Summer Benefit & Auction is now onto its 24th year of widening eyes and raising money for the art center in the Hamptons run by Robert Wilson. This year’s theme is “Fly into the Sun,” and it features Laurie Anderson and Isabelle Huppert “in tribute to Lou Reed.” (“Fly into the Sun” is a cool song by Reed that was also covered to great effect by Luna.) A cocktail party starts the night, in the midst of installations and performances staged by Watermill’s summer residents, and a dinner follows for those well-heeled enough to kick in for that part too. Dress code: “dark shiny matter.”
Watermill Center, 39 Water Mill Towd Road, Water Mill, 6 p.m. For pricing, consult gala website
SUNDAY, JULY 30
Opening: Sara Rabin at Larrie
Sara Rabin’s tongue-in-cheek drawings and paintings will be showcased in this show, which bears the title “Crazy? Did you say crazy? I was crazy once.” Drawing on a variety of art-historical sources from Otto Dix’s deliberately unflattering portraits to Ida Appelbroog’s proportionally incorrect pictures of women, Rabin meditates on the relationship between people and cities. Her Larrie exhibition will feature the Brooklyn-based artist’s cartoonish drawings, some of which appear scrawled on receipts, as well as her paintings, such as Face Swap (2017), an image of a woman’s face that appears warped and stretched à la a Snapchat filter.
Larrie, 27 Orchard Street, 6–9 p.m.