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Dutch Kills Theater
Wolf 359’s TEMPING
Tuesday, October 27 @ 3, 4:30, 7:30pm & 9pm
Wednesday, October 28 @ 3, 4:30, 6 & 7:30pm
Thursday, October 29 @ 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30pm & 9pm (opening)
Friday, October 30 @ 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, 7:30pm & 9pm
Saturday, October 31 @ noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, & 7:30pm
Sunday, March 1 @ noon, 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, & 7:30pm
Monday, March 2 @ 1:30, 3, 4:30, 6, & 7:30pm
The Wild Project Gallery
Dutch Kills Theater (In Quietness, The Sister, The Providence of Neighboring Bodies) invites you to Wolf 359’s TEMPING, an interactive, immersive and site-specific solo theatrical experience. Performances run October 23 – November 22 at The Wild Project Gallery (195 E. 3rd Street between Aves A & B).
Somewhere in a filing cabinet in Delaware or Indiana, there is a table that shows how long we’re expected to live. Most of us will never see it. But what if your job was to update these tables, to record the beginnings and ends of thousands of lives? What if you found the formula to predict your own lifespan?
Sarah Jane Tully, a 53-year-old actuary, is taking her first vacation in years, and you’ve been hired to cover for her. TEMPING, the strange and comic tale of an employee’s inner life, is performed for an audience of one by a Windows PC, a corporate phone, a laser printer, and the Microsoft Office Suite. Filling in at Sarah Jane's cubicle, you’ll update client records, send emails, and eavesdrop on intra-office romance. Each performance is unique, depending on which tasks you accomplish and which of your co-workers you decide to trust. Congratulations, you’re the new temp! Get ready to work.
NOTE: Given the limited availability, please choose a 1st, 2nd and 3rd choice of dates/times.
TEMPING is written by Michael Yates Crowley (The Rape of the Sabine Women, The Ted Haggard Monologues) and directed by Michael Rau with production design by Asa Wember (Seagullmachine) and set by Sara C Walsh (Queen of the Night, A Beautiful Day in November on the…Great Lakes).
With no live performers, the piece interacts with the single audience member and challenges them with themes of human interaction through technology, isolation, and death. Contrasting the anonymity of an Excel spreadsheet with furtive moments of human intimacy, TEMPING brings you deep into the heart of corporate America.
Each audience member will be required to wear a face mask throughout the experience. Hand sanitizer is available and all surfaces will be disinfected between patrons.
The Wild Project Gallery | 195 E. 3rd Street
Between Aves A & B).
French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) Presents Paris on Film
Jan. 12–March 1
A new Virtual CinéSalon series curated by Richard Peña
This January and February, the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) presents a cinematic escape to the City of Light with the CinéSalon series, Paris on Film. Curated by Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies professor at Columbia University and the former program director of Film Society of Lincoln Center, it looks at the French capital through nearly 100 years of cinema, from Louis Feuillade’s groundbreaking Fantômas (1913) to Djinn Carrénard’s intimate Donoma (2010).
Peña stated: “Quite possibly, alongside Hollywood, no place more conjures up the majesty and mystery of the cinema more than Paris, which has ignited the artistic imaginations of generations of filmmakers. To celebrate what’s bound to be a much better new year, this wide-ranging sample of films characterizes Paris as not only a background, or a subject, but in a provocative way the co-auteur of these distinctive works.”
Since the first public projection of the Lumière cinématographe—December 28, 1895, at the Grand Café—Paris has been a capital of film culture. Not only is it home for influential institutions such as la Cinémathèque Française and magazines such as Cahiers du Cinéma and Positif, but also boasts the highest rate of movie theaters per person in the world.
For this series, Peña, in collaboration with FIAF film curator Delphine Selles-Alvarez, shows how filmmakers eagerly exploited Paris’s ability to alter our senses of space and time. At times its luxurious boulevards are wide-open and inviting, while at others its darkened alleyways and shadows hide darker and treacherous secrets.
Peña and Selles-Alvarez will discuss the series in a special live virtual talk on Tuesday, January 19 at 6:30pm.
Through these films the city becomes a mirror responding to political events such as World War II in La Traversée de Paris and The Last Metro; aesthetic movements encapsulated by New Wave icons Agnès Varda in Cléo from 9 to 5 and Jacques Rivette in Paris Belongs to Us; as well as societal and demographic shifts that are at the core of Mathieu Kassovitz’s explosive La Haine and Carrénard’s Donoma.
Log on FIAF.org for schedule and fees
JAPAN SOCIETY REOPENS MARCH 2021, PRESENTS
WHEN PRACTICE BECOMES FORM:
CARPENTRY TOOLS FROM JAPAN
March 11 – July 11, 2021
As its first exhibition upon reopening to the public, Japan Society is pleased to present When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan. Opening on the tenth anniversary of the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake, the exhibition celebrates the resilient spirit of Japanese architecture and craftsmanship through woodworking tools, architectural patterns, and models. The site-specific exhibition design, conceived by the esteemed architect Sou Fujimoto in collaboration with Brooklyn-based Popular Architecture, introduces major themes from the exhibition and is in dialogue with the gallery’s spaces, highlighting an enduring connection between traditional Japanese wooden construction and modern architecture.
Featuring a variety of hand tools and wooden models reflecting joinery techniques that have been used for hundreds of years to build Japan’s wooden architectural masterpieces (from temples and shrines to bridges), the exhibition unpacks the intangible qualities of craftsmanship, such as consummate experience, expertise, and the honed skills of master carpenters in Japanese architecture. A diverse array of tools—planes, chisels, saws—have played an important role in the development of architecture in Japan, and this philosophy extends to Japan’s cultural heritage today. Integral to the processes of master carpenters (tōryō) is their extensive knowledge of the local environment and of wood as a material. Using natural resources and learning from their predecessors’ practices, they construct buildings using a refined methodology. Their philosophy of sustainability—for example, joinery can be restored or repaired as needed by future craftspeople—has been handed down over generations.
Themes emerging from the exhibition have been introduced by the internationally acclaimed architect Sou Fujimoto. His firm, Sou Fujimoto Architects, is based in Tokyo and Paris, and has been selected as site design producer for the 2025 World Exposition in Osaka, Japan. Fujimoto has designed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London (2013) among other internationally recognized projects. For this exhibition, Fujimoto has worked with Popular Architecture, as local partner to explore the coexistence of nature and architecture.
Program details are subject to change. Please visit japansociety.org/gallery for ticketing information and programming updates.
Carpentry Tools Demonstration, Online
Join a trained carpenter in this two-part series of live, online demonstrations highlighting how to use traditional Japanese carpentry tools. In partnership with Kezurou-kai USA, each event will focus on a different tool and techniques. This is a free event with advanced registration required.
Carpentry Tools Workshop, Online
$50/$40 Japan Society members, seniors & students, event registration includes free admission to the on-site gallery
Join a trained carpenter in this two-hour workshop as they demonstrate traditional techniques in Japanese carpentry and share strategies for tool usage. In partnership with Kezurou-kai USA. Advanced registration is required.
Family Workshop, Online
June 6, 2021 at 11 AM
$30/$24 Japan Society members; event registration includes free admission to the on-site gallery exhibition for one family (up to 2 adults).
This educational workshop invites guests to create their own architectural space inspired by the exhibition, using materials found in the home. For families and caretakers with children aged 5–11. Advanced registration required (maximum number of families 20).
Lecture: Sou Fujimoto, Online
June 24, 2021
$12/$10 students & seniors, essential workers | FREE for Japan Society members, event registration includes free admission to the on-site gallery
This keynote lecture by the exhibition’s architect Sou Fujimoto discusses his work and connections between contemporary architectural practice and traditional craftsmanship. This event may occur on-site; please check future announcements on our website.
Virtual Gallery Tours, Online
Upon request from April 1
Flat rate (up to 40 people): $150 adults/$100 seniors & university students
Take an immersive, multimedia tour of the exhibition led by a Japan Society docent.
Two weeks advance request recommended.
K-12 School Gallery Tours, Online
Upon request from April 1
K-12 school groups can schedule virtual gallery tours for an interactive art experience led by trained museum educators, who incorporate close-looking, personal connections, inquiry, and related activities for K-12 students. Two weeks advance request recommended.
Satellite Collective announces
Nearly 1,000 Artists Present Online Exhibition of
Worldwide Game of TELEPHONE
ONLINE LAUNCH: April 10, 2021
More than 950 artists from 70 countries played a game of TELEPHONE, in which a message was passed from art form to art form. The message could become a poem, then a painting, then a film, then a dance, as it was passed 7,177,703 kilometers between 489 cities. An interactive, online exhibition of these hundreds of original, interconnected works will debut to the public for free on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 9am EST at https://phonebook.gallery/. This particular game of TELEPHONE was started on March 23, 2020 and will be available after running for 383 days.
Only a handful of staff members know the original message of TELEPHONE. The participating artists are only aware of the work that directly preceded their own, and do not know how their own work was translated or further translated in subsequent. When TELEPHONE becomes publicly available, it will be the first time that any of the artists get to see the exhibition in full. Satellite Collective (https://satellitecollective.org) incubated the first generation of Telephone with Nathan Langston, and partners now with TELEPHONE as a select group of artists from the game join the Satellite Collective Fellows.
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