What’s Showing Today? Monday, September 24
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Something of an inversion of the way films are often described with text, So Is This unravels as a sort of playful, self-reflexive investigation of both modes of communication. Ingeniously simple yet deviously complex, it’s a fun and cerebral exercise, which comes into that much greater relief when confronted with the task of writing about a film about language. As J. Hoberman describes, “Snow manages to defamiliarize both film and language, creating a kind of moving concrete poetry while throwing a monkey wrench into a theoretical debate (is film a language?) that has been going on sporadically for 60 years. If you let it, Snow’s film stretches your definition of what film is – that’s cinema and SO IS THIS.”
The film runs at 7:00 pm with $6 admission.
Pupi Avati‘s cerebral giallo The House of the Laughing Windows fixes upon a church fresco restorationist who slowly goes insane, eventually producing something far more terrifying than Cecilia Gimenez’s now-iconic botched job. It’s a major dark horse favorite of the cycle.
And at long last, Nirvana Night arrives at Spectacle. As programmer Ben Shapiro writes, “It doesn’t matter whether you’re a girl or a boy, a man or a child. Rich or poor, fat or thin. We can all agree on one thing: NIRVANA is the greatest band of all time.” I would qualify that with, “unless you are Steve Albini.” In any case, tonight is a super-mega fan comp newly created just for this evening of everything from classic interview clips to DIY fan tributes. It’s capped off by a “Secret Surprise Nirvana Film.”
- The House of the Laughing Windows (Pupi Avati). Details. 35mm. 1976. 110 min. 6:45 pm.
- Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Dario Argento). Details. 35mm. 1970. 98 min. 9:15 pm.
- For Heaven’s Sake (Sam Taylor). Details. 35mm. 1926. 68 min. 7:00 pm.
- Blind (Ahn Sang-hoon). Details. 2011. 111 min. 4:30 pm.
- El Dorado. Details. 1967. 126 min. 7:00 pm.
Richard’s Wedding (Onur Tukel) at BAMCinématek. Details. HDCam. 86 min. 2012. 7:00 pm.
Jules and Jim (François Truffaut) at IFC Center. Details. Introduced by Larry Kramer. 1962. 105 min. 8:00 pm.
So Is This (Michael Snow) at Microscope Gallery. Details. 16mm. 48 min. 1982. 7:00 pm.
Nirvana Night at Spectacle. Details. Compilation of lost interviews, rabid fan tributes and more followed by secret surprise Nirvana film. 8:00 pm.
The Tin Drum (Volker Schlöndorff) at Film Forum. Details. DCP. 1979. 142 min. 1:00, 4:00 and 9:00 pm.
Brazil (Terry Gilliam) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1985. 143 min. 2:00, 4:30, 7:00 and 9:30 pm.
Radio Unnamable (Paul Lovelace & Jessica Wolfson) at Film Forum. Details. Subject and filmmakers in attendance at 6:15 pm. 2012. 87 min. 1:00, 2:45, 4:30, 6:15, 8:00 and 10:00 pm.
- Regarding Warhol at the Metropolitan Museum. Sixty artists. Admission by recommended amounts enforced with shaming looks. Closed Monday. Closes December 31.
- Media Lounge and Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA, Midtown. $25 general/$14 students/$18 seniors. Free Fridays 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Ongoing.
- Quay Brothers “On Deciphering the Pharmacist’s Prescription for Lip-Reading Puppets at MoMA, Midtown. $25 general/$14 students/$18 seniors. Free Fridays 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Closes January 7.
- Performing Histories (1) at MoMA, Midtown. $25 general/$14 students/$18 seniors. Free Fridays 4:00 to 8:00 pm. Closes March 11.
- 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.
- “Ghosts in the Machine” at The New Museum. $14 general/$12 seniors/$10 students. Free Thursday from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Open Wednesday through Sunday. Closes September 30.
- Oskar Fischinger “Space Light Art” at The Whitney Museum. $18 general, $12 students/seniors. Pay-as-you-wish Friday 6:00 to 9:00 pm. Closed Monday/Tuesday. Closes October 28.
Below listed North-South
- Jesper Just “This Nameless Spectacle” at James Cohan Gallery, 533 West 26 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes October 27.
- Richard Phillips at Gagosian Gallery, 555 West 24 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes October 20.
- Guido van der Werve “Nummer veertien, home” at Luhring Augustine, 531 West 24 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes October 20.
- Simon Starling “Triangulation Station A” at Casey Kaplan, 525 West 21 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes October 20.
- Douglas Gordon “The End of Civilisation” at Gagosian Gallery, 522 West 21 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes October 13.
- Susan Philipsz “The Distant Sound” at Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, 521 West 21 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes October 20.
- “Toxic Beauty: The Art of Frank Moore” at Grey Art Gallery, NYU Bobst Library, 100 Washington Square East. Open Tues-Sat 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Closes December 8.
- Tony Conrad “Doing the City: Urban Community Interventions” at 80WSE, NYU Steinhardt School, 80 Washington Square East. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm.
- Alix Pearlstein “The Drawing Lesson” at On Stellar Rays, 133 Orchard Street. Open Wed-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sun noon to 6:00 pm. Closes October 21.
- Bernadette Corporation “2000 Wasted Years” at Artists Space: Exhibitions, 38 Greene Street, 3rd Floor. Open Wed-Sun Noon to 6:00 pm. Closes December 16.
- Emma Corrall, Mollie McKinley & Eliza Swann “DO IT AWAKE! (on Mysterious Mountain)” at Heliopolis, 154 Huron Street, Greenpoint. Open Sat 2:00 to 6:00 pm and Sun 1:00 to 6:00 pm.
- Joel Schlemowitz “Light Objects” at Microscope Gallery, 4 Charles Place, Bushwick. Open Thu-Mon 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Ends October 7.
- Guido van der Werve “Works 2003 – 2009″ at Luhring Augustine, 25 Knickerbocker Avenue, Bushwick. Open Fri 10:00 am to 6:00 pm and Sat-Sun noon to 6:00 pm. Closes December 16.