Why Not (A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology)

Film Screening at National Sawdust, New York October 16, 2017

Join Reversible Destiny Foundation and Dillon + Lee in the film screening of Arakawa’s Why Not (A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology) (1969) at Williamsburg’s National Sawdust.

Renowned for his paintings, drawings, prints, and visionary architectural constructions, Arakawa was one of the earliest practitioners of the international Conceptual Art movement of the 1960’s. 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.  The program is introduced by Miwako Tezuka, Consulting Curator of the Reversible Destiny Foundation and Diana Lee, partner of Dillon + Lee, and followed by a post-screening discussion and Q&A with Peter Katz, the Foundation’s Executive Director and Jay Sanders, Artists Space Executive Director and Chief Curator. 

Monday October 16, 7:00pm

National Sawdust
80 N 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11249

For tickets visit: nationalsawdust.org

Film written and directed by Arakawa
Narration: Madeline Gins
Cast: Mary Window
Music: Toshi Ichiyanagi 

110 minutes, 1969

7:00pm | Screening of Why Not (A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology) 
9:00pm | Discussion & Q&A

Program Participants:

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. 

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.

Jay Sanders is 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.
Miwako Tezuka is Consulting Curator of the Reversible Destiny Foundation since 2015. Formerly, she was Japan Society Gallery Director (2012–15) and Curator of Contemporary Art at Asia Society in New York (2005–12).
Dr. Tezuka is also Co-Director of PoNJA-GenKon, an international network of scholars and curators in the field of post-1945 Japanese art.

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