What’s Showing Today? Friday, May 4
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Featured Screening: Tracey Moffatt’s DeDevil at MoMA
Today MoMA begins a weeklong retrospective of the work of Tracey Moffatt, an Australian artist known for her video, photography and film exploring themes of “Aboriginal subjugation, maternal domination, gender stereotypes, and class division.”
BeDevil, a 1993 selection of the Cannes Film Festival, presents a trio of narratives linked to the idea of spirits and hauntings. Approaching folklore and horror film tropes with a highly stylized, experimental demeanor, its stories include the malevolent spirit of an American GI rising from beneath a pit of quicksand, a family haunted by a ghost train that runs alongside its house and a pair of deceased lovers-on-the-run whose spirits still yearn for each other. Each story is woven together stylistically by an eerie portrayal of the outback landscape along with heightened artifice of studio settings.
Tonight at Roulette artist Toni Dove presents SPECTROPIA, a live-mix scifi noir hybrid performed by Dove and software designer R. Luke DuBois. Filmed scenes including actresses Helen Palladino of Boardwalk Empire and The Wooster Group’s Helen Pickett are manipulated and mixed live by Dove and DuBois through software controlled by motion sensors. As Bruce Bennett describes in the Wall Street Journal, “The multilayered presentation of SPECTROPIA is…unlikely to sound or appear familiar to anyone who hasn’t already witnessed it.” Dove recently described her work to David Weinstein on Art on Air’s Clocktower Radio, and a serialized streaming version of SPECTROPIA is available on the Streaming Gallery. Tonight’s show begins at 8:00 pm, and tomorrow evening composer Elliott Sharp presents his “Spectropia Suite” with live video improvisations by DuBois and Dove.
Artists Space‘s 55 Walker Street location features a trilogy of films by Manon de Boer spanning the years 2003-2005 and focusing on women’s experiences of cultural, political and social radicalism during the 1970s. As their description elaborates: “They are both intimate portraits, and ruminations on the nature of memory in relation to personal biography. Through the reframing of interviews with Dutch actress Sylvia Kristel; Brazilian psychoanalyst Suely Rolnik; and American avant-garde percussionist Robyn Schulkowsky, de Boer develops a particular asynchronicity between image and sound, in which subtle layers of editing hold their own meaning. The voice itself takes on a role as the coming together of language and body, relating back to relayed narratives that trace an apex between political and sensory experience.”
Spectacle begins a monthlong look at the films of Youseff Chahine, one of Egypt’s greatest filmmakers best known for his 1958 Cairo Station. Alexandria, Why? and 1982’s An Egyptian Story, released respectively in 1978 and 1982, are the first two installments of the filmmaker’s semi-autobiographical “Alexandria Trilogy”.
Bill Murray stars in his passion-project adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham’s The Razor’s Edge, directed by John Byrum. Murray plays a WWI vet who sets off through the Himalayas on a journey of self-discovery. Despite a somewhat lukewarm critical reputation, its notable for being one of Murray’s earliest, and to date most sobering, dramatic turns.
Goodfellas-redux Casino opens Museum of the Moving Image‘s If Looks Could Kill: Fashion and Film series. Highlights tomorrow include Tom Gunning‘s presentation on film criminals’ visual identities along with a presentation of Belgian Surrealist short The Pearl, and later Joe May‘s silent German masterpiece Asphalt, a heady, expressionistic rendering of the inexorably damned relationship between a femme fatale and the traffic cop she seduces to participate in her petty schemes. This is, without a doubt, one worth catching on the big screen and one of the artistic summits of silence cinema.
- The Making of ‘A Summer’s Tale’. Details. Video. 2005. 90 min. 7:00 pm.
- Mosso Mosso (Jean Rouch As If…) & Niger, New Impressions of Africa. Details. Video. 1998/1999. 116 min. 9:00 pm.
- The Law of the Border (Lütfi Ö. Akad). Details. Digital. 1966. 71 min. 1:00 pm.
- Despite Everything (Orhan Oǧuz). Details. 35mm. 1988. 87 min. 3:00 pm.
- 40 Square Meters of Germany (Tevfik Başer). Details. 35mm. 1986. 81 min. 5:00 pm.
- Elegy (Yilmaz Güney). Details. 35mm. 1971. 80 min. 6:45 pm.
- Yol (Şerif Gören). Details. 35mm. 1982. 111 min. 8:30 pm.
- Yoole, The Sacrifice (Moussa Sene Absa). 2010. 75 min. 7:00 pm.
- The Steel Helmet (Sam Fuller). Details. 1951. 84 min. 1:30 pm.
- A Serious Man (Joel & Ethan Coen). Details. 2009. 105 min. 4:00 pm.
- Beginners (Mike Mills). Details. 2011. 104 min. 4:30 pm.
- BeDevil. Details. 1993. 90 min. 7:00 pm.
- Casino (Martin Scorsese). Details. 1995. 178 min. 7:00 pm.
- A Family (Pernille Fischer Christensen). Details. 2011. 102 min. 6:30 pm.
- Alexandria, Why?. Details. Digital. 1978. 127 min. 7:30 pm.
- An Egyptian Story. Details. Digital. 1982. 120 min. 9:30 pm.
- Putty Hill. HD. 2011. 87 min. 2:00, 4:00 and 7:00 pm.
Untamed Heart (Tony Bill) Cry-Along at 92YTribeca. Details. Tissues and a beer included. 35mm. 1993. 102 min. 8:00 pm.
Manon de Boer Film Trilogy at Artists Space (55 Walker Street). Details. 2003-2010. Introduced by curator Fionn Meade. 7:00 pm.
Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock) at IFC Center. Details. DCP. 1964. 130 min. 11:00 am and midnight.
Opening Screening at Millennium Film Workshop. 15 minute limit. 8:00 pm.
Toni Dove’s SPECTROPIA at Roulette. Details. Live-mix cinema event. 8:00 pm.
The Razor’s Edge (John Byrum) at The Rubin Museum. Details. 1984. 128 min. 9:30 pm.
Psycho (Alfred Hitchcock) at IFC Center. Details. DCP. 1960. 109 min. 11:40 pm.
Marnie (Alfred Hitchcock) at IFC Center. Details. DCP. 1964. 130 min. 11:45 pm.
Wild Bill (Walter Hill) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1995. 98 min.
They Live (John Carpenter) at IFC Center. Details. 35mm. 1988. 93 min. 12:10 am.
Evil Dead (Sam Raimi) at Landmark Sunshine. Details. 1981. 85 min.
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me (David Lynch) at Nitehawk. Details. 1992. 135 min. Preceded by TV Party intro beginning at 10:30 pm.
Deep Red (Dario Argento) at Spectacle. Details. Digital. 1975. 126 min.
Payback (Jennifer Baichwal) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 85 min. 1:00, 2:50, 4:40, 6:30, 8:20 and 10:00 pm.
Celine & Julie Go Boating (Jacques Rivette) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1974. 193 min. 1:00, 4:35 and 8:10 pm.
Bonjour Tristesse (Otto Preminger) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1958. 94 min. 3:00, 7:45 and 9:40 pm.
The Connection (Shirley Clarke) at IFC Center. Details. 1963. 110 min. 1:20, 3:20, 5:35, 7:55 and 10:05 pm.
- “Being Singular Plural” at The Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side. View screening schedule. Closed Thursdays. $18 general/$15 students and seniors/Children free. Free Saturdays 5:45 to 7:45 pm. Ends June 6.
- “Spiels in the House of Art: Photography, Film and Video” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Closed Mondays. Suggested donation admission. Ends August 26.
- Media Lounge and Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday. Ongoing.
- Mark Boulos “Projects 97” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday. Through July 16.
- “9 Scripts from a Nation at War” at MoMA, Midtown. Work by Andrea Geyer, Sharon Hayes, Ashley Hunt, Katya Sander and David Thorne. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday. Through August 6.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through May.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through May.
- Clifford Owens “Anthology” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through May 7.
- Julika Rudelius “What is on the Outside” at The Museum of Arts and Design, Columbus Circle. $15 general/$12 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Through July 5.
- Neil Goldberg “Stories the City Tells Itself” at Museum of the City of New York, Upper West Side. $10 general/$6 students and seniors. Open 7 days a week. Ends May 28.
- View all exhibitions at Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, Queens. $12 general/$9 students and seniors/$6 ages 3 to 18. Free admission Friday 4-8 pm. Closed Monday.
- Whitney Biennial 2012 at The Whitney Museum. See screening schedule above. Ends May 27.
Below listed North-South
- Adrian Paci, Luisa Rabbia, SUPERFLEX and Su-Mei Tse “4 Films” at Peter Blum Chelsea, 526 West 29 Street. Open Tue-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 30.
- Jeff Robb “Thought Experiments” at Witzenhausen Gallery, 547 West 27 Street. Open Tue-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 31.
- Lorraine O’Grady “New Worlds” at Alexander Gray Associates, 508 West 26 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 19.
- Alex Prager “Compulsion” at Yancey Richardson Gallery, 535 West 22 Street, 3rd Floor. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 19.
- “Found” at Eyebeam, 540 West 21 Street. Work by Fred Wilson, Christian Marclay, Rashaad Newsome and Jacob Ciocci. Program runs noon to 6:00 pm daily. Ends May 30.
- Beryl Korot “Selected Video Works: 1977 to Present” at bitforms gallery nyc, 529 West 20 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 5.
- Nina Yuen “The School” at Lombard-Freid Projects, 518 West 19 Street. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 26.
- Owen Land at Essex Street, 114 Eldridge Street. Appointments only. Ends May 13.
- Sara Blokland “Butterflies don’t exist” at LMAKprojects, 129 Eldridge Street. Open Wed-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 3.
- Shannon Plumb & Marianna Rothen “Last Seduction” at Hendershot Gallery, 195 Chrystie Street. Open Tues-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends May 3.
- Hans Schabus “Let’s Call It Heimat” at Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome Street. Open Wed-Sun 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends June 15.
- “Radical Localism: Art, Video and Culture from Pueblo Nuevo’s Mexicali Rose” at Artists Space. Curated by Chris Kraus and Mexicali Rose with Artists Space. Open Wed to Sun Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends May 27.
- Mary Ellen Carroll “Federal, State, Country and City” at Third Streaming, 10 Greene St. Open Wed-Sat Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends May 19.