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This week’s art events include Laurie Anderson’s talk on virtual reality art and Legacy Russell’s talk on the power of footnotes

There’s also an outstanding show by Cuban artist Wifredo Lam at Pace and a climate change review at the Museum of New York.

Each week, we explore the New York area for the most exciting and thought-provoking concerts, films, and events, both online and in person.

1. “Virtual Realities: Laurie Anderson and Hsin-Chien Huang Talk About Their Work.”

Laurie Anderson will discuss her collaborative virtual reality work with Taiwanese media artist Hsin-Chien Huang in connection with her biggest exhibition to date, “Laurie Anderson: The Weather.” (The display includes one-piece La camera arrabbiata, which won “Best VR Experience” at the Venice International Film Festival in 2017.)

A Q&A led by Hirshhorn curator Marina Isgro will follow a pre-recorded chat between the artists.

2. “Legacy Russell: On Footnotes” at the New School’s Vera List Center for Art and Politics.

Legacy Russell, writer and curator, discusses the power of the footnote in the 15th annual AICA-USA outstanding critic lecture at the New School, and how it operates as a space that extends the scope of the book or essay to include radical Black, queer, and feminist ideas.

3. “Public Art Fund Talks: Martine Gutierrez” at Cooper Union, New York New York-based artist Martine Gutierrez will discuss her recent exhibition “Anti-Icon,” which took over advertising space on 300 JCDecaux bus shelters across New York, Chicago, and Boston, with Public Art Fund associate curator Katerina Stathopoulou. Although there will be limited in-person attendance, the event will be live-streamed on YouTube.

4. Film presentation of Cayeye 28 (2003–2004) with Banana Craze

Juanita Solano and Blanca Serrano’s ongoing virtual curatorial project Banana Craze analyses the appearances, origins, and multiple meanings of the banana in Latin American art.

In the past year, the initiative has conducted online discussions with authors such as Valeria Luiselli of Mexico, Elkin Calderón and Alberto Baraya of Colombia, and Victoria Cabezas of Costa Rica. This week, Banana Craze is sponsoring an online screening of Armando Bolao’s documentary film Cayeye 28 (2003–04).

The film tells the storey of the sad and long-forgotten slaughter of banana strikers by the Colombian army at the Ciénaga Magdalena train station in 1928 and strives to unearth the truth of the horrific episode via the testimonies of both victims and survivors. The film will be screened on the 93rd anniversary of the atrocity.

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