Don’t call it a comeback: Experimental Film flies again in New York City

See this review published online for Metro New York Jan. 16, 2014

Stay Warm this January with Experimental Films in NYC Gallery District Chelsea

Movies are on the mind this winter season, so branch out from Oscar-buzz blockbusters to experimental films in Chelsea—this gallery clad Manhattan neighborhood will amp any winter Netflix repertoire.

Extended hours for Openings on Thursday nights transform posh galleries into clubs with everything on the house. PBR and Tecate on ice, solo cups of sparkling white wine, and eavesdropped en vogue jargon from hipster-chic New Yorkers, a day in Chelsea will amp your art cred without breaking the bank.

What to see: Jay Scheib: Platonov, or The Disinherited at The Kitchen, Stan Douglas: Luanda-Kinshasa at David Zwirner, and Allison Schulnik: Eager at ZieherSmith

Jay Scheib: Platonov, or The Disinherited at The Kitchen

Live theater Platonov and its simulcast film The Disinherited exploits vices to dizzying proportions. An adaptation of Chekhov’s first full-length play, Platonov is Shakespeare’s “Mid-Summer Night’s Dream” on steroids—boozing debauchery, incessant adultery, intoxication, nudity and reckless violence fuel rifts between a group of down-and-out Russian ex-socialites. Shocking and provocative, if you cannot make Platonov, see its simulcast movie The Disinherited at AMC Empire 25 on Wednesdays and Brooklyn Academy of Music on Thursdays.

Stan Douglas: Luanda-Kinshasa at David Zwirner

Still from Stan Douglas’ current solo exhibition, Luanda-Kinshasa, at David Zwirner, New York, 2014.

Still from Stan Douglas’ current solo exhibition, Luanda-Kinshasa, at David Zwirner, New York, 2014.

Luanda-Kinshasa is a rock-mockumentary of a 1970s jam band studio session set in a reconstruction of the legendary Midtown Columbia 30th Street Studio “The Church” where recording legends like Miles Davis and Bob Dylan made timeless records. In the video contemporary musicians play afrocentric rockstars playing an accouterment of instruments to lay down funkadelic tracks. Douglas’s video projection is 6 hours long, so prepare to rock out to this marathon viewing party.

Allison Schulnik: Eager at ZieherSmith  


Eager is a premier stop-motion claymation experience where haunting, abstract imagery and anthropomorphic forms transmogrify and shape-shift throughout the 8 minute film and music accompaniment by Aaron M. Olson. The experience is an orchestrated dance between image and sound and is an enjoyable journey into an imaginative abyss.

If you go:

Jay Scheib: Platonov, or The Disinherited through January 28, 2014

The Kitchen

512 West 19th Street

General Admission $25 for showtimes

Stan Douglas: Luanda-Kinshasa through February 22, 2014

David Zwirner

533 West 19th Street

Free Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.

Allison Schulnik: Eager through February 22, 2014


516 West 20th Street

Free Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m.–6 p.m.


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