Looking for something to do this week? Here are three free events to attend online.
When: Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: The When We Gather website
Inspired by Vice President Kamala Harris’ history-making inauguration, “When We Gather” is a three-minute art film that utilizes circular choreography to motion audiences to join in on “reflection, dance and song.” The project was envisioned by María Magdalena Campos-Pons, who brought together a cast of artists, including Okwui Okpokwasili, LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Dell Marie Hamilton, Jana Harper, Lisa E. Harris and Samita Sinh to create the work. Narrated by Alfre Woodard, the film moves under a poem by Diggs.
To mark the premiere of the film, an accompanying 35-minute piece titled “When We Gather: Together” contextualizes the cross-generational project through interviews and behind-the-scenes footage. During its premiere, there will be a live chat with artists, gallerists, presenters and producers from the project on the When We Gather website. The special will be available to view through Feb. 15.
“Art needs to be an integral part of the strategy around engendering dialogue and inspiring transformative action,” said Justine Ludwig, executive director of Creative Time, the film’s presenter. “When We Gather arrives at an inflection point — it is both an invitation to contemplation and a galvanizing call to envision and enact a better tomorrow. In this moment of isolation, digital and broadcast space is public space — serving as our town square where we can explore new horizons and come together.”
Assistant curator Sandy Guttman will speak with the feminist activist collective the Guerrilla Girls about their book “Guerrilla Girls: The Art of Behaving Badly.” The book charts the history of the anonymous group from its founding in 1985 to the present, documenting three decades of work through nearly 200 pages of photographs and text. The talk will discuss the group’s push for social justice and equal representation within the art world.
You can check out our interview with Guerrilla Girls founding member Frida Kahlo (a pseudonym taken on in the tradition of the group, which assumes the names of dead women artists for anonymity) here.
How much free time do you have Thursday? If you have six hours, we suggest fully immersing yourself in artistic performances and philosophical debates curated by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.
The program is presented as the United States segment of the global 24-hour virtual La Nuit des idées event, coordinated under the theme “Closing the Distance.” The affair kicks off with Patti Smith, broadcasted from New York City, and continues with appearances from philosophers and cultural figures from across the country. Those who would enjoy an even more local iteration of the festivities can tune in to the Brooklyn Public Library’s marathon, with a complete schedule found here.
Top Image: "When We Gather," Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons. Photo: Tommy Oliver.