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Abel Azcona uses his body to illustrate personal experiences of abandonment, pain, and empathy. In Someone Else he shows us interpersonal relations, both sentimental and sexual, in which in a parallel way, true feelings, true love, or the true object of desire are all hidden. The artist shares different intimacies with different people, making the antagonist-guest the protagonist. He presents dreams that become true in the mind, but never in the actual body. Abel Azcona is a Spanish interdisciplinary and performance artist. He creates cathartic works as a means of self-knowledge and personal construction. Azcona’s artwork has been presented in various museums, contemporary art centers, and galleries worldwide. Synergistically autobiographical and critical, his work takes audiences into his inner world and invites them to share their own experiences. His themes are directly informed by his experiences as the child of a prostitute, and his passing through multiple children’s shelters, mental institutions, and foster homes, as well as adolescent episodes of drug use, prostitution, and several suicide attempts. The resilient artist assures the public that when he practices self-harm, it is his own choice to alter the shape of his body, as opposed to an abused child or woman who has no choice.
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Memory Prints is a solo exhibition by Phillip Chen, a visual artist from the Midwest. In fifteen relief etchings about his family, Chen reckons with significant moments in Chinese American history. At first glance, individually and as an ensemble, these relief prints are schematic and enigmatic. Rooted in personal experiences, the prints depict precisely drawn tools and everyday objects that reflect his family’s occupational histories. The etchings can be approached as part futurist blueprints and part archaeologic shards, each juxtaposed in an almost Rube Goldberg set of relationships and movements. Their rich darkness reveal precisely drawn tools and everyday objects, an occasional human visage. Each array on each print is imaginatively filled in with lines that interlink and interrelate the items.
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"Pink Narcissus" (1971) is an American arthouse drama film by James Bidgood visualizing the erotic fantasies of a gay male prostitute."A kind of a gay Fantasia, part underground extravaganza, part romantic porn." The Village Voice. After the film, there will be a Q&A session with the filmmaker, James Bidgood and Jonathan David Katz, curator.
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American Museum of Natural History Presents: SciCafe: Islands at the Edge: Climate Change, Globalization, and Island CulturePresented by American Museum of Natural History
Island cultures and ecosystems are already feeling the effects of climate change. Join Museum anthropologist Jenny Newell and Marshall Islands poet and activist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner to explore how life in the Pacific islands is changing, and what this might mean for all of us in the future. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free with cash bar 21+ with ID Enter at 77th Street
In honor of New York Archives Week, discover the Museum Library’s rich history of scientific exploration from around the world. Rarely seen collections of field notes, films, photography, artwork, and memorabilia will be on display to tell the hidden stories behind the Museum’s world-famous dioramas and exhibitions. Watch early moving-image footage from historic Central Asiatic Expeditions to Mongolia, in which a team led by Roy Chapman Andrews discovers the first dinosaur eggs, or browse the original landscape studies painted in the field during Carl Akeley’s perilous expeditions to Africa. The Library staff will explain how these one-of-a kind objects are cared for and give hands- on demonstrations of the new Digital Special Collections, an online endeavor to make the Library’s extensive image collection available for research and reference. This event is part of the New York Archives Week, which runs October 6–12, 2014, an annual celebration aimed at informing the general public about the diverse array of archival materials available in the metropolitan New York region. Free for Members or with Museum admission
Share the beauty and wonder of folding paper! This month, highly skilled teachers from OrigamiUSA will lead a “Special Folding Fun Session” at the Museum— up to 10 classes throughout the day with offerings for all folding levels, including a family class.
The Center for Humans and Nature, the Hastings Center, and the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation invite you to a fascinating evening of dialogue tackling big questions that challenge us today and could change our future. This year, distinguished scholars and guests will explore two fundamental questions: “How far should we go to bring back lost species?” and “Mind and morality: where do they meet?” The closing discussion will be moderated by Krista Tippett, host of the enlightening radio show “On Being.”
Join astronaut, author, and YouTube sensation Chris Hadfield for a virtual orbit of the Earth as experienced from aboard the International Space Station and as documented in his latest book, You Are Here: Around the World in 92 Minutes. This planetary photo tour—punctuated with fascinating commentary on life in zero gravity—opens a singular window on our planet using remarkable photographs to illuminate the history and consequences of human settlement and the power of the natural forces shaping our world. Hadfield will tell the story behind the photos, sharing his in-depth knowledge of geology, geography, and meteorology to explain why our planet looks the way it does and why we live where we do. $15 ($13.50 seniors, students) $12 for Members