Cinema and spectacle are a theme for this week’s highlights:
• Tonight, Modern Mondays presents a screening program of selections from two decades of work by Chinese artist Cao Fei, in conjunction with her first U.S. solo museum exhibition (now at MoMA PS1). The artist will be joined for a conversation with Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at Large, MoMA.
• On Tuesday, a Gallery Sessions tour, Taxidermy and Beyond, looks at works by artists who have appropriated animals’ bodies to explore the possibilities of the animal as material, symbol, or reference point.
• The screening series Germany 66, which looks at a pivotal time in East and West German filmmaking and the themes explored on both sides of the Berlin Wall—women in society, married couples in a changing culture, outsiders and outcasts—begins on Tuesday with Ulrich Schamoni’s It.
• A weeklong run of Anucha Boonyawatana’s eerie and evocative debut feature The Blue Hour begins on Friday.
• On Saturday, Family Films takes a look at Tall Tales with animated short films of Jack and the Beanstalk (1955), made using silhouette cutouts, and The Gruffalo (2009), based on the illustrated book.
• Film funnyman Jerry Lewis joins us on Sunday for a screening and conversation with Daniel Noah, director of Max Rose, in which Lewis plays a former jazz pianist facing life in his late 80s after the passing of his beloved wife (played in flashbacks by Claire Bloom).
• And for Sunday Sessions at MoMA PS1, Rosa Barba presents White Museum—Live, a premiere performance, based on her White Museum series, that is both a visual concert and a sculpture of light. Free with admission