■ART CALENDAR MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE 36-01 35th Ave (718) 777-6800 “First Look Festival” On view Jan. 8 through Jan. 24 Now in its fifth year, First Look is a festival for eye-opening and mind-expanding international cinema. The emphasis is on innovative works that allow us to see the art form—and the world—in a new light. This year’s edition is a true cinephile’s feast, filled with works that reflect on the medium itself, that urge us to reconsider our intimate connection to the ways that we experience cinema. Jaap Vregegoor Music Box Films JAN MOMA PS1 22-25 Jackson Ave. I (718) 784-2084 “Mette Ingvartsen, 69 Positions” On view Jan. 15 through Jan. 17 This guided tour through an archive of sexual performances, serves as a filter for Mette Ingvartsen to explore unresolved issues about sexuality in contemporary practices today. “69 positions” leads visitors through a space with performances, books, films, texts and images brought alive through movement and speech in order to experience the connection between the intimate sphere and public space. MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE 36-01 35th Ave I (718) 777-6800 “Live Event: Lil BUB” On view Jan. 30 Lil BUB, the celebrity cat who captured the internet’s imagination with her big eyes, dangling tongue, and “perma-kitten” features, visits the Museum for one day only in conjunction with the exhibit How Cats Took Over the Internet. 52 JANUARY 2016 i LIC COURIER i www.qns.com The Sculpture Center 49-19 Purves St. I (718)361-1750 “The Eccentrics” On view Jan.24 through April 1 Evoking the figure of the “eccentric,” a term for Russian circus performers, Walter Benjamin alludes to clowns, magicians, and acrobats as the forerunners to the comic actors who later inhabited the newly created space of film in his influential 1936 text, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. The participating artists embed images and objects with performativity, each work comprising a single act within the show. THE FLUX FACTORY 39-31 29th Street | (347) 669-1406 “FRIENDSHIP” On view Jan. 23 through Jan.26 FRIENDSHIP features work by friends of Ariel Abrahams, as well as work by their friends. FRIENDSHIP will also host two sleepovers, one at the start of the show (January 22nd) and one at the closing (January 26th). These sleepovers will feature performances, games, television watching, cooking, and sleeping.
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