Monday October 16, 2017
Screening of Arakawa’s 1969 Experimental Film Why Not: A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology
Written and directed by Arakawa
Girl: Mary Window, Music: Toshi Ichiyanagi, Narration: Madeline Gins
110 minutes, 1969
7:00pm | Screening of Why Not: A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology
9:00pm | Discussion & Q&A
Join Reversible Destiny Foundation and Dillon + Lee as they host a film screening of Arakawa's Why Not: A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology (1969) at Williamsburg's National Sawdust. Renowned for his paintings, drawings, and prints, as well as innovative architectural constructions, Arakawa was one of the earliest practitioners of the international Conceptual art movement of the 1960s. His wide range of experimentation extended into filmmaking. Why Not is a surrealistic exploration, by a young female protagonist, of both her psychological and physical realms, shot entirely within an enclosed space of an apartment (Arakawa’s studio). The screening is a rare opportunity to see it in full, in the backdrop of the innovative venue of National Sawdust. Followed by a discussion and Q&A with Reversible Destiny Foundation’s Executive Director Peter Katz and Artists Space Executive Director and Chief Curator Jay Sanders.
Tickets Available via National Sawdust
Jay Sanders is the Director & Chief Curator of Artists Space in New York City. From 2012–2017 he was the Engell Speyer Family Curator and Curator of Performance at the Whitney Museum of American Art. His recent exhibition Calder: Hypermobility is on view at the Whitney through October 23, 2017.
Peter Katz has led the Reversible Destiny Foundation as Executive Director since 2015. He was previously the Chief Operating Officer at MoMA PS1 from 2011 to 2014 and also worked at the Neue Galerie, MoMA, and the Guggenheim in their finance and administration departments.
Miwako Tezuka is Consulting Curator of the Reversible Destiny Foundation since 2015. Formerly, Dr. Tezuka was Japan Society Gallery Director (2012–15) and Curator of Contemporary Art at Asia Society in New York (2005–12). A specialist in contemporary Asian art, she has curated many exhibitions, including: Garden of Unearthly Delights: Works by Ikeda, Tenmyouya & teamLab (2014), Rebirth: Recent Work by Mariko Mori (2013), Yoshitomo Nara: Nobody’s Fool (2010), Yang Fudong: Seven Intellectuals in a Bamboo Forest (2009). She is also Co-Director of PoNJA-GenKon, an international network of scholars and curators in the field of post-1945 Japanese art.
Diana Seo Hyung Lee is a New York City based writer, translator, and partner of Dillon + Lee. Her writing and translations have appeared in Flash Art, The Brooklyn Rail, ArtSlant, Degree Critical Blog, ArtAsiaPacific, Seaweed Journal, and The Forgetory, an online publication she helped start, where she currently serves as a contributing editor.