5 Free Events: Alexander Calder, MTA art and Dead Poets Live

5 Free Events: Alexander Calder, MTA art and Dead Poets Live
Publicity photograph of Calder during the installation of “Alexander Calder” (September 29, 1943–January 16, 1944). Photographic Archive, The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Looking for something to do this week? Here is a selection of free performances and presentations taking place in New York City and beyond. Find this week’s top picks below.

Wednesday

Public Art on Public Transit
When: March 24 at 2 p.m. Eastern
Where: Zoom; link sent with registration

The tunnels of the New York City subway double as a gallery in this discussion with Sandra Bloodworth, director of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Arts & Design program. Learn about the stories behind the artists and commissions that fill the MTA system from Bloodworth, who will join Peter Drake in a conversation hosted by the New York Academy of Art.


Thursday

Thee New York Night Train: Soul Clap and Dance-Off
When: March 25 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: The SummerStage website, YouTube, Instagram, Facebook and Twitch channels

Catch a performance of Jonathan Toubin’s Thee New York Night Train: Soul Clap and Dance-Off event from SummerStage. The concert features appearances from Irma Thomas (known as the “Soul Queen of New Orleans”), Archie Bell, Carl Carlton, Joe Bataan, Binky Griptite and the Brooklyn Rhythm Band.

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Virtual Views: Alexander Calder
When: March 25 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Where: The MoMA website and Youtube channel

Alexander Calder exhibited his first sculpture at MoMA in 1930, setting off what would become a long-lasting relationship with the institution. In conjunction with the museum’s current exhibition “Alexander Calder: Modern from the Start,” MoMA is presenting a virtual Q&A with associate curator Cara Manes and Alexander S. C. Rower, grandson of the artist and Calder Foundation president.

The exhibition is on view on MoMA’s third floor and in the Sculpture Garden through Aug. 7.


Friday

Arts for Living: Artists Feed the L.E.S.
When: March 26 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: Link sent with registration

Hosted by Penny Aracde, this virtual premiere of collaborative video commissions from New York City-based artists and filmmakers supports Abrons Arts Center’s Food Access Initiative, which has been distributing groceries to the Lower East Side over the past year.

The video works come from pairings of Lower East Side residents with artists and filmmakers based throughout the city.

Teams include Linda Diaz with A R; Tripp Jones with Alejandro Hidalgo; Elroy Gay with Alicia Mersy; Eugene Puglia with Alon Sicherman; Barbara King and Sandra E. Walker with Gogy Esparza; and Annie Tan with Andy K. Boyce.

“Marking one year since New York City went into lockdown due to COVID-19, each work is a deeply personal reflection on the Lower East Side here and now,” writes Abrons on its website.

The screening is free, but donations are encouraged and will go to relief efforts.


Whenever

Dead Poets Live: Stevie Smith
When: Through April 5
Where: Link sent with registration

Join Shakespeare’s Globe in honoring the 50th anniversary of poet Stevie Smith‘s death with a reading by acclaimed actress Juliet Stevenson, filmed at the candlelit Sam Wanamaker Playhouse. The capture includes poetry, letters, prose and illustrations from Smith, author of poems such as “Not Waving but Drowning,” “The Frog Prince,” “Away, Melancholy” and “God the Eater.”

The program clocks in at just over an hour and will be available to stream on-demand until 6 a.m. Eastern on April 5.

Top Image: Publicity photograph of Calder during the installation of “Alexander Calder” (September 29, 1943–January 16, 1944). Photographic Archive, The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York. © 2021 Calder Foundation, New York / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.