MONDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Talk: Dan Martensen at The Strand
Relive the glory of The Wolfpack, the Sundance documentary that brought light to the story of the Angulo brothers, the sheltered Tarantino-esque film buffs (to put it mildly). Fashion photographer Dan Martensen, who has shot for Vogue and GQ, among others, entered the brothers’ private, cinematic world and emerged with realistic portfolio that captures both their hermetic childhoods and glamorous collective obsession in a book called Wolves Like Us.
The Strand, 3rd floor, 828 Broadway, 7—8 p.m.
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1
Talk: Hiroshi Sugimoto at The Strand
Many of Japanese photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto’s large-format, black-and-white “Seascape” pictures look exactly the same. All of them are neatly divided in half by a horizon line—the top is the sky, and the bottom is the ocean. Look closely, and you’ll notice slight differences, depending on the weather when the photograph was taken. Sugimoto encourages viewers to pore over his images for long periods of time, and now, thanks to a second book of his “Seascapes,” you can do so in the comfort of your own home. Sugimoto will be discussing the book with Darius Himes, the International Head of Photographs at Christie’s.
The Strand, 828 Broadway, 7–8 p.m., $20 Strand gift card or purchase of Seascapes required for entry
Screening: 99 Homes at the Museum of the Moving Image
Director Ramin Bahrani (best known for 2007’s Chop Shop) brings a drama that centers on the 2008 bubble, starring Andrew Garfield, Laura Dern, and Michael Shannon (the latter of whom will be present for a Q&A following the screening). The plot follows Rick Carver (Shannon), a seemingly hard-hearted real estate agent who coerces construction worker Dennis Nash (Garfield) and his mother (Dern) to leave their house. In an ironic, highly profitable chain of events, Nash begins working for Carver, and begins a slow transition from foreclosee to forecloser. A press release favorably compares Shannon’s character to “a Gordon Gekko-like Machiavellian fiend who is as charismatic as he is cruel.”
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, Queens, 7 p.m. Free admission for museum members
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 2
Panel: “Living Cities” at the National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts
Accompanying the exhibition “Global Citizen: The Architecture of Moshe Safdie,” this discussion will focus on nature as a font of creativity “driving today’s most innovative ideas in architecture and urbanism,” according to a press release. New projects are merging landscape, infrastructure, and building techniques to create alternatives to urban parks that have the potential to contain climate change. Guest curator of “Global Citizen,” Donald Albrecht, will speak alongside leading contemporary architects such as Marion Weiss, Michael Manfredi, Chris Reed, and Mary Margaret Jones.
National Academy Museum & School of Fine Arts, Assembly Hall, 5 East 89th Street, 6:30—8:30 p.m. RSVP required
Screening: Anomalisa at the Museum of Moving Image
Ohioans might find Charlie Kaufman’s new film less eerie than intended, as the story centers around a mild-mannered businessman and respected self-help author, Michael Stone, who checks into a Cleveland hotel. There, in classic Kaufman fashion, he “discovers a possible escape from the tedium of his life” in Lisa, a baked goods sales rep from nearby Akron. Tom Noonan, who plays the “voice of everyone else” in this intriguing stop-motion film, will be present for a Q&A following the screening.
Museum of Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria, Queens, 7 p.m. Tickets $20/12
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 4
Opening: River of Fundament at IFC Center
Showings of six-hour Matthew Barney film cycles are rare, but even less likely are theatrical releases for them. This week, in a strange turn of events, Barney and Jonathan Bepler’s most recent work—River of Fundament, a non-narrative film about a soul’s journey through the afterlife—will get a brief run at the IFC Center. When it premiered last year at BAM, the film, an adaptation of the Norman Mailer book of the same name, got mixed reviews, though no critic hesitated to note the frequent scenes of people pooping and the large amount of lubricated objects. It is, after all, a Matthew Barney film.
IFC Center, 323 6th Avenue, runs through December 10
Performance: Time at Museum of Modern Art
How can you capture time? This was David Lamelas’s concern when, in 1970, he conceived Time, a performance in which performers count 60 seconds and then pass on the same task to the person next to them. The Argentina-born artist’s work is currently on view in MoMA’s “Transmissions,” which looks at connections between Eastern European and Latin American art made between 1960 and 1980, and Time is being staged as part of the show’s performance program. If you miss it (time flies, as the saying goes), it will be performed three times every Friday, through the end of the year.
Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, 1 p.m. Free with museum admission
Screening: La terra trema (The Earth Trembles) at the Guggenheim Museum
As a complement to Alberto Burri’s current exhibition “Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting,” the Guggenheim will be screening Italian neorealist films that depict “the aesthetics of poverty” on select Fridays throughout the show’s run. This Friday’s film will be La terra trema, a Sicilian-language docufiction directed by Luchino Visconti. The story follows the eldest son of a family of working-class fisherman, the Valastros, and the exploitation that they face.
Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, 1071 Fifth Avenue, 1 p.m. Free with admission
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 6
Screening: The Godfather at Museum of the Moving Image
For the past month, next to a screening room at the Museum of the Moving Image, a makeshift monitor has played The Godfather, Francis Ford Coppola’s famed 1972 mafia film. Though it looks like a television and stand that have fallen apart, that monitor is actually a part of Tom Sachs’s The Godfather Viewing Station. Shown as part of “Walkers: Hollywood Afterlives in Art and Artifact,” the work is about how, even 43 years after the critically acclaimed film came out, we keep coming back to it anyway. Just to prove it, Sachs, a big Godfather fan, will be at the museum to introduce a screening of the film.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, Queens, 2 p.m., $9/$12