Notable New York, This Week 2/15 – 2/21

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This week in New York Howard Bloom interviewed by Richard Foreman, Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Gopnik discuss mankind, John Cale reflects on music and art, Ed Park and Lynne Tillman read at Triple Canopy and Light Industry’s celebration of their new venue, a tribute to Gilbert Sorrentino, Kevin Sampsell and Justin Taylor read, and exhibitions of artwork by Kiki Smith and Dinh Q. Lê.

MONDAY 2/15: In Conversation: An Evening with John Cale. John Cale (Welsh, b. 1942), artist, musician, sonic innovator, and a founding member of the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground, reflects upon the liaison between music and art. MOMA. 11 W. 53rd St. 7-9pm.

TUESDAY 2/16: Howard Bloom and Richard Foreman. What do Google, Darwin and Shakespeare have to do with capitalism, with what you do for a living and with what you do for a life? MacArthur Genius Award-winner Richard Foreman, the “gray wizard of experimental theater,” will interview Howard Bloom, “the Einstein, Darwin, Newton and Freud of the 21st Century,” to discuss his new book, The Genius of the Beast: A Radical Re-Vision of Capitalism. The Strand.

Adam Gopnik and Malcolm Gladwell: Surveying Mankind from China to Peru. Award winning journalist Adam Gopnik and cultural-investigative writer Malcolm Gladwell, both native Canadians and staff writers at the New Yorker, go head to head on the subject of mankind.  Gladwell will be signing copies of his most recent book, What the Dog Saw, a collection of essays. 92Y. 92nd Street @ Lexington Ave. 8-9:30pm.

WEDNESDAY 2/17: Jen Kennedy & Liz Linden’s Contemporary Feminism Reading Group. This will be the first of a 3-part series (to be continued on March 20 and April 7). To learn more about Contemporary Feminism
http://www.contemporaryfeminism.com. PPOW Gallery. 511 W. 25th St. 7-8:30pm.

Documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s film Domestic Violence. One of Wiseman’s most devastating and compassionate films, Domestic Violence centers on a Tampa, Florida, shelter for battered women and their children, and follows the police as they intervene—or find themselves powerless to intervene—in harrowing family disputes. MOMA. 11 W. 53rd St. 6:45pm.

THURSDAY 2/18: Literary Death Match NYC Ep. 23. Join Todd Zuniga, editor of Opium Magazine, as he hosts the twenty-third episode of this most unique of literary contests, with contestants Elyssa East, Jason Roeder, Joanna Smith Rakoff and Melissa Broder. Judges include Rob Spillman of Tin House. Bowery Poetry Club. 308 Bowery. 7-10pm.

FRIDAY 2/19: Harper Perennial Night with Kevin Sampsell and Justin Taylor. Word. 126 Franklin St. 7:30pm.

The Medium was Tedium. The New Silent event, The Medium Was Tedium, examines how the move from the exhibition space to the printed page has been subsequently repeated by artists in relation to other media, such as television programming and the Internet. Triple Canopy’s editors will discuss practices that traverse mediums and the media with artists Mel Bochner, Daniel Bozhkov, and Erin Shirreff. New Museum. 235 Bowery. $8.

SATURDAY 2/20: Impossible Geometries – Triple Canopy/Light Industry Opening. Online mag Triple Canopy and avant-garde film organization Light Industry celebrate the opening of their new venue at 177 Livingston St. in downtown Brooklyn. The evening will begin with readings by Ed Park and Lynne Tillman. Next up, a rare screening of Lis Rhodes’s double projection film Light Music (1975). The “Anti-Matter Cabaret” of Ambergris and a set by the avant-pop ensemble Skeletons will follow. Readings at 8pm. Film at 9pm. Music at 10pm.

A Reading and Tribute for Gilbert Sorrentino. Donald Breckenridge of Brooklyn Rail hosts this evening in celebration of the publication of The Abyss of Human Illusion, the final novel of experimental writer Gilbert Sorrentino. Pierogi Gallery. 177 No. 9th St. 6pm.

SUNDAY 2/21: A Presentation of the 2010 Academy Award Nominated Short Animated Films. Includes “A Matter of Loaf and Death” Nick Park (U.K., 29 min.) and “French Roast” Fabrice O. Joubert (France, 8 min.) plus a trio of other acclaimed recent animated shorts.

ART: Dinh Q. Lê. Elegies, an installation of two videos, From Father to Son: A Rite of Passage (2007) and South China Sea Pishkun (2009) and related large scale photographic works, is PPOW Gallery’s sixth solo exhibition of Lê’s work. The  videos focus on “the specters that embody the psychological and physical inheritance of the Vietnam War.”

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Original Notable New York Illustration © André da Loba

Other images in order of appearance: Messenger III (Kiki Smith, 2007), as part of Smith’s show “Sojourn” at the Brooklyn Museum of Art; and Lis Rhodes’s double projection film Light Music (1975).


Rozalia Jovanovic is a founding editor of Gigantic, a magazine of short prose and art. She is the Deputy Editor of Flavorpill and has received fellowships from The MacDowell Colony and Columbia University. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming from Unsaid, The Believer, Everyday Genius, Guernica, elimae, and Esquire.com. She blogs at The Astonishing Egg and is The Rumpus New York Editor. More from this author →