|Abigail DeVille: Empire State Works in Progress October 13–15 8 pm
Calder: Hypermobility features an expansive series of performances and events, bringing contemporary artists into dialogue with Alexander Calder as they interplay their own disparate practices with his innovations. For her project, Abigail DeVille has worked closely with director Charlotte Brathwaite to develop a new piece, Empire State Works in Progress, that features a film, Only when it’s dark enough can you see the stars. The work centers around a series of DeVille’s kinetic sculptures pertaining to current social, environmental, and civil issues in New York. Using a speech by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as a point of direct inspiration, visual cues transport the audience in a flight through space and time into the interior of a black hole collision. On October 13 and 14 at 8 pm, DeVille’s sculptures will be activated in a performance entitled The Invisible Project, featuring performers Okwui Okpokwasili and Paul Pryce, and musicians Justin Hicks and Meshell Ndegeocello.
Tickets are required for the performance ($25 adults; $18 students and seniors; free for members). Museum admission included in ticket purchase. This event is standing room only and capacity is limited.
The installation and film will also be on view October 13 and 14 from 10:30 to 5 pm and October 15 from 10:30 to 6 pm.
Edgar Heap of Birds in Conversation with David Breslin Wednesday, October 18 6:30 pm
On the occasion of the exhibition An Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1940–2017, Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds (b. 1954) speaks about his work Relocate Destroy, In Memory of Native Americans, In Memory of Jews (1987) from the series American Policy, within the context of his diverse art practice. The artist will engage in conversation with David Breslin, DeMartini Family Curator and Director of the Collection.
Hock E Aye Vi Edgar Heap of Birds is an artist of Cheyenne and Arapaho descent who frequently draws upon language to address the violent histories of displacement of North American indigenous peoples from ancestral land.
Tickets are required ($10 adults; $8 members, students, and seniors).