What a week… highlights include the discipline of Toxicology, a new geometry, Ashbery on Rimbaud, the decline of modernism’s cultural influence, Anthology Film Archives’ 40th, Children of Hiroshima, novels about bookstores, worldwide writers yapping, and the void.
The first night of the PEN World Voices Festival (is this thing like Chanukah?) includes Salman Rushdie, Deborah Eisenberg, and Malcolm Gladwell, who will write a book with a very long subtitle while participating in a panel discussion on world literature. 7:30 pm, the Lighthouse at Chelsea Piers. More great events all week.
Seraphim: Paintings and works on paper, new work from Stephen Westfall including geometric forms inspired by the artist’s time in Italy, goes on show at Lennon, Weinberg opening reception Friday 6-8 pm.
Come celebrate Anthology Film Archives’ 40th Anniversary at City Winery. The event includes performances by Harmony Korine, Marina Abramovic, Richard Barone, Ólöf Arnalds, and Transgendered Jesus. Doors at 7.
Or go to a poetry party: in honor of John Ashbery’s new translation of Rimbaud’s Illuminations at the Poetry Project with a slew of writers and musicians. 8 pm.
PICTURE NO PICTURE “hopes to raise questions concerning what can be “said,” within the context of visual art.” If you have answers, make sure to share them. Artists include José Gabriel Fernández, Dan Graham, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Allan McCollum, and Olivier Mosset. Opening at carriage trade.
Care about bookstores? Join French novelist Laurence Cossé at Community Bookstore, where she will read from A Novel Bookstore and An Accident in August and speak with World Literature Today editor Michelle Johnson about the role of independent booksellers in today’s culture. 7 pm.
Don’t shed this one! Poetry: The Second Skin, curated and emceed by Laurie Anderson, explores “the porous borders between poetry and music.” The internationally flavored lineup includes Yusef Komunyakaa (US), John Burnside (Scotland), Ernesto Cardenal (Nicaragua), David-Dephy Gogibedashvili (Georgia), Hasina Gul (Pakistan), Juan Carlos Mestre (Spain), Piotr Sommer (Poland), Joachim Sartorius (Germany), Pia Tafdrup (Denmark), plus surprise guests! 7:30 at the 92nd Street Y; more info here.
Get overwhelmed by the PEN schedule for today. Is that a lot of great writers or what.
Last chance to see Shame the Devil, which draws a parallel between artists and comedians as social critics, at The Kitchen.