THU SEP 11: At Bluestockings, “a release party for The Sacrificial Circumcision of the Bronx, Arthur Nersesian’s deeply imaginative tale of metamorphosis and rage… Ben Greenman will also read and debut a handcrafted edition of Correspondences.” [Full disclosure, as always: Ben is one of my PR clients]” 7PM, FREE.
FRI SEP 12: Novelists Richard Todd and Andrew Sean Greer read at Clay, followed by an always lovely wine and cheese reception two doors down at Paragraph (Noted: Greer’s The Path of Minor Planets is one of my favorite novels ever, and I stopped buying new copies because I couldn’t stop giving them away. I last thrust it into the hands of Heather from Au Revoir Simone, who studies astrophysics when she’s not touring with Au Revoir Simone to the tune of lyrics like “You make me wanna measure stars in the backyard with a calculator and a ruler baby…”). Highly recommended. 8PM, FREE.
SAT SEP 13: “Miguel Abreu Gallery is pleased to present Raha Raissniaâ€™s second solo exhibition at the gallery. The show will feature recent paintings and drawings by the artist alongside a slide and film projection with sound work by Charles Curtis. In a seminal sequence from Dziga Vertovâ€™s Man With A Movie Camera, a horseâ€™s steady trot is halted to a standstill and seized upon as a frame within the strip of film destined for the editorâ€™s table. To fully understand how Raha Raissnia reanimates detritus, we must start at the cutting room floor and play these stages in reverse. Using transparent tape, Raissnia collages found 16 and 35 mm filmstrips with hand-processed, hand-painted and manipulated materials she then presses between glass slides, like specimens for inspection. The variegated components comprising any single slide may include segments of a still life photograph with paint and ink drawings reworked and scratched into acetate sheets. Pushing further the theme of â€˜still lifeâ€™, Raissnia incorporates selected sections from human x-rays into her mix of pictures. After the resulting palimpsest has undergone full treatment, she sets the final slide array into a sequence intensified by projection and injected with sound.” Through October 19.
SUN SEP 14: Whip out those tote bags for the literary equivalent of spending an afternoon “shopping” on Nerve, the Brooklyn Book Festival.