What’s Showing Today? Wednesday, April 11
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Featured Screening: Aelita: Queen of Mars and Loss of Feeling at MoMA
Today is the start of the series Mezhrabpom: The Red Dream Factory at MoMA. This generous selection of films—many of them must-see—highlights the diverse output of the German-Russian film studio extant from 1922-1936 until being unceremoniously dismantled by Hitler and Stalin. In my book, this represents the peak output of one of the most artistically fertile periods in cinema. Selections run the gamut among melodrama, science fiction, westerns and revolutionary avantgarde work. It begins today with Aelita, one of the greatest science fiction films ever made and a stunning showcase for the Cubo-Futurist and Constructivist aesthetic of costume/set designer Aleksandra Ekster. Similarly stunning, but vastly under-discussed and lesser-seen, is Loss of Sensation, which is based on the play R.U.R. by Karel Capek which not only dreamed up the notion of robots but literally invented and popularized the word itself to describe industrial autonomous workers. Aelita is at 4:00 and Loss of Sensation is at 7:00 pm.
Flaherty NYC concludes its animals series with Avant-garde Pioneers: George Kuchar and Carolee Schneemann. The latter will be in attendance for discussion with Abigail Child.
Work by video innovators and ocasional collaborators Tom DeWitt Ditto and Scott Bartlett is on view at the Film-Makers Co-Op tonight. Full details of the program, curated by Victoria Keddie, is here. It begins at 7:00 pm with $10 admission.
Light Industry presents De cierta manera, the sole feature film by Cuban Sara Gómez, which is also the first feature film made by a woman in Cuba and the first shot on 16mm. Details of the 7:30 pm screening are here.
And speaking of robots, if you’re willing to brave the possibility that a pack of swiney shitheads might bust down the door and beat you senseless for no reason aside from the fact that rich crypto-fascist hog masters told them to hate you, Spectacle presents PIGS ON THE BEAT, a screening of the Worlds Funniest Police Training Videos followed by William Lustig’s Maniac Cop. Free coffee and donuts!
- Disenchantment (Jaime Chavarri). Details. 35mm. 1976. 97 min. 7:00 pm.
- Ocaña: An Intermittent Portrait (Ventura Pons). Details. 35mm. 1978. 85 min. 9:15 pm.
- Donoma (Djinn Carrenard). Details. DVD. 2011. 133 min. 4:30 pm.
- May They Rest in Revolt (Figures of War) (Sylvain George). Details. 35mm. 2012. 154 min. 7:15 pm.
- Treasures from the Russian State Archives. Details. 1954-1976. 70 min. 2:00 pm.
- In Darkest Hollywood: Cinema & Apartheid, Pt I & II (Pete Davis & Daniel Riesenfeld). Details. 1994. 112 min. 3:30 pm.
- Mama Africa (Mika Kaurismäki). Details. HDCam. 2011. 90 min. 7:15 pm.
- The Believer (Marc Bauder). Details. Director and screenwriter in attendance. 7:00 pm.
- The River (Jean Renoir). Details. 1951. 99 min. 1:30 pm.
- Aelita (Yakov Protazanov). Details. Musical accompaniment and live translation. 1924. 100 min. 4:00 pm.
- Loss of Sensation (Alexander Andriyevsky). Details. Intro by Alexander Schwarz. 1935. 87 min. 7:00 pm.
- The Unbearable Lightness of Being. Details. Intro by Kaufman, Walter Murch and Annette Insdorf. 1988. 171 min. 7:30 pm.
- Grips, Grunts and Groans, From Nurse to Worse and In the Sweet Pie and Pie. Details. 1937-1943. 60 min. 2:00 pm.
- Ocean (Charles Atlas). Details. 4th Floor. HD. 2011. 100 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
- Les Goddesses (Moyra Davey). Details. HD. 2011. 61 min. Noon, 2:00 and 4:00 pm.
Avant-garde Pioneers: George Kuchar & Carolee Schneemann at 92YTribeca. Details. Schneemann in attendance for discussion with Abigail Child. 7:30 pm.
Brian McGreevy with Eli Roth: Hemlock Grove from Page to Screen at 92YTribeca. Details. 7:30 pm.
Newfilmmakers at Anthology Film Archives. Details. 6:00 pm.
Optics O:O – PURE FEEDBACK: Revisited, Slightly – Scott Barlett & Tom DeWitt Ditto at The Film-Makers Co-Op. Details. 16mm. 1967-1971. 80 min.
De cierta manera (Sara Gómez) at Light Industry. Details. 16mm. 1977. 78 min. 7:30 pm.
Pigs on the Beat: “Protect and Serve” Police Training Video Compilation and Maniac Cop (William Lustig) at Spectacle. Details. 1960-1990/1988. 121 min. 8:00 pm.
Post Mortem (Pablo Larraín) at Film Forum. Details. 2010. 98 min. 1:00, 3:15, 5:40, 7:50 and 10:00 pm.
The Graduate (Mike Nichols) at Film Forum. Details. 35mm. 1967. 105 min. 1:00, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30 and 9:40 pm.
Gerhard Richter Painting (Corinna Belz) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 94 min. 1:00, 6:10 and 10:15 pm.
A Separation (Asghar Farhadi) at Film Forum. Details. 2011. 122 min. 3:00 and 8:00 pm.
- Shumona Goel & Shai heredia “I am micro” at The Guggenheim Museum, Upper East Side. Closed Thursdays. $18 general/$15 students and seniors/Children free. Free Saturdays 5:45 to 7:45 pm. Ends June 6.
- Media Lounge and Contemporary Galleries: 1980-Now at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Ongoing.
- Mark Boulos “Projects 97” at MoMA, Midtown. $20 general/$12 students/$16 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. 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/Wednesday. Through August 6.
- Frances Stark “My Best Thing” at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through April.
- Rania Stephan at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through April.
- Chim↑Pom at MoMA P.S.1, Queens. $10 general/$5 students/$5 seniors. Closed Tuesday/Wednesday. Through April 23.
- 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
- David Lynch at Tilton Gallery, 8 East 76 Street. Open Tues-Sat 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.
- Notations: The Cage Effect Today at Hunter College Times Square Gallery, 450 West 41 Street. Open Tues-Sat 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm. Ends April 21.
- 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.
- Owen Land at Essex Street, 114 Eldridge Street. Appointments only. Ends May 13.
- 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.
- Oded Hirsch “Nothing New” at Thierry Goldberg, 103 Norfolk Street. Open Wed-Sun, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 15.
- Jenny Perlin “Funes” at Simon Preston Gallery, 301 Broome Street. Open Wed-Sun, 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Ends April 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.
- Frank Heath “Post Holes” at Simone Subal, 131 Bowery, 2nd Floor. “Graffiti Report Form” begins on the hour. Open Wed to Sun Noon to 6:00 pm. Ends April 26.
- 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.
- Adam Curits “The Desperate Edge of Now” at e-flux, 311 East Broadway 10002. Open Tue-Fri 1:00 to 6:00 pm. Ends April 14.