First off, this is your last chance to go see Telettrofono, the audio walking tour that sound artist Justin Bennett and poet Matthea Harvey created for Stillspotting NYC: Staten Island, a program by the Guggenheim Museum. The sound tour intermingles history and fantasy as it takes you along the waterfront, mixing ambient sounds from the borough with invented noises to pay homage to the unacknowledged inventor of the first telephone, Antonio Meucci, a Staten Island resident of Italian descent.
In another borough of New York City, more specifically Brooklyn, you can enjoy Target First Saturdays in the Brooklyn Museum. This Saturday is Caribbean Rhythms, starting at 5:00 p.m. While you are there, don’t forget to go up to the 4th floor of the museum to see the exhibition Playing House, set in the popular American period rooms. Since the rooms become a little less exciting after the first time you go, the museum decided to give a white card to four artists to create new life inside the space. Mary Lucier added videos, Betty Woodman and Anne Chu opted to add polka-dot ceramic shards and bouquets, and Ann Agee decided to transform an 1850 parlor into a sculpture workshop.
On Sunday, it looks like it is going to rain, so how about staying inside? So how about the inside of Guggenheim? Where you can enjoy the critically acclaimed Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective. The Dutch photographer knows how to manipulate and she makes it all look really natural, portraying images of teenagers with such reality that they transport you into their universe.
Don’t feel like seeing still images? How about a movie? Head to the Anthology Film Archives for a screening of Free Radicals: A History of Experimental Film, a documentary that explores avant-garde cinema, showing rare interviews and movie clips that can make you fall for the style. From filmmaker Pip Chodorov’s own description: “I wanted to share a few of the films I love and introduce you to some of the free, radical artists who made them.” Or you could stroll north to Lincoln Center to watch A Heart In Winter, by the French director Claude Sautet, a love and jealousy story between a violin maker, his business partner and a violinist.