Today at 2 p.m.: A Proposition by Center for Historical Reenactments: After-after Tears
“After-after Tears” explores the political dimensions of institutional suicide through reconsideration of temporality, duration, and history. Reflecting on the platform’s recent death, Gabi Ngcobo (Center for Historical Reenactments [CHR] member and faculty at Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg), in collaboration with artist Kader Attia, will contemplate how staging an institutional suicide can not only be a form of refusal but also a means to desire a different existence, one that enables the platform to haunt obsolete systems and ideologies that continue to condition contemporary life. A two-part response will expand upon various logics underpinning creative acts of refusal. Khwezi Gule, Chief Curator at the Soweto Museums, will delve into the crisis of meaning around ritual, sacrifice, and transcendence in addition to notions of self and collective preservation. Sohrab Mohebbi, writer and Curatorial Assistant of Public Engagement at the Hammer Museum, will consider measures of time in music that produce shared frames of reference in order to imagine ways institutions could also be synched to a different time signature.
For more information on the program, click here.
“Center for Historical Reenactments: After-after Tears” is on view at the New Museum from May 22 – July 7, 2013.
As part of a partnership with the New Museum’s Education Department, Elastic City is presenting Admission, a walk through “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” by dance artist Michelle Boulé and theater director Niegel Smith. They will lead museum-goers on a playful sixty-minute walk-through and address codes of museum engagement. All are welcome at 1 p.m. on Friday May 24. Please sign up for tickets here (limited capacity).
Elastic City offers participatory walks by artists throughout and outside of New York. Rather than fact-based tours, the walks may rely on sensory-based techniques, the creation of new folk rituals, and/or other artist-derived exercises to explore one’s self, the group, and a given space.
Photo: Caitlin Ruttle
On Saturday May 4 at the IDEAS CITY StreetFest, teens from the New Museum’s G:Class program, Chinatown YMCA, and University Settlement created a 250-square-foot mural at 273 Bowery with the help of Groundswell teaching artists. Check out an in-progress shot here!
To learn more about the IDEAS CITY Festival, click here.
’93 ’Til Infinity: Víctor Albarracín + Royal Trux
“’93 ’Til Infinity” asks artists, writers, and New Museum staff to describe their favorite records from 1993. Presented in conjunction with the exhibition “NYC 1993,” this series looks back at the ways that music shaped the year, and considers how these records continue to inform culture. “’93 ’Til Infinity” will appear each Friday for the duration of the exhibition. To see past entries in this series, click HERE. For this installment, Víctor Albarracín writes about his encounter with Royal Trux.
Mighty Morphin Power Rangers premiered in 1993. Now on view: “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star.”
Tony Kushner’s play Angels in America premiered in New York on May 4, 1993; it would later win a Pulitzer Prize. “NYC 1993: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star” is now on view.
Tomorrow is the IDEAS CITY StreetFest! Don’t miss the Museum of the American Prison and Civic Duty Initiative’s project Ask a Prisoner.
Organization: Museum of the American Prison and Civic Duty Initiative
Project Title: Ask a Prisoner
Ask A Prisoner enables StreetFest visitors to engage with civic-minded incarcerated individuals who are members of the Civic Duty Initiative (CDI) at Sullivan Correctional Facility in Fallsburg, New York. This project, which will launch on Saturday May 4, will be ongoing; documentation of the project will be on the Museum of the American Prison’s website, museumoftheamericanprison.org.
For the IDEAS CITY Festival, Bike Mind will present The Great Untapped Bike Fun Park. Power up your cell phone or blend a smoothie by biking!
IDEAS CITY, a biennial Festival in New York City from May 1 – May 4, explores the future of cities around the globe with the belief that arts and culture are essential to the vitality of urban centers, making them better places to live, work, and play. This year’s theme is Untapped Capital, with participants focused on resources that are under-recognized or underutilized in our cities. Learn more at www.ideas-city.org.
Organization: Bike Mind
Name: David Aronson
Project Title: The Great Untapped Bike Fun Park
We are making a bike-powered carnival game, similar to the popular “high striker” game. Test your strength and see just how much power your legs can produce. Can you charge a cell phone? Power a TV? How about a blender?
The 2013 IDEAS CITY Festival starts today! Follow @IDEASCITY on Twitter for updates, and visit ideas-city.org to plan your visit to the Conference, Workshops, StreetFest, and one hundred independent Projects throughout downtown NYC.