11 Things to Do in New York’s Art World Before July 21


    Screening: Jay Chou “The Rooftop” at Asia Society
    Mandopop star Jay Chou debuts his self-directed film The Rooftop, at Asia Society. He told the Wall Street Journal it’s a “feel-good, musical action movie.” That’s something you could use in your life right now, right? Sold out but you never know. —Dan Duray
    Asia Society, 725 Park Avenue, New York, 6:30 p.m.

    Screening: The Conformist at Anthology
    As part of her screening series at Anthology, which runs through July 21, French designer Agnes B. offers up this Bertolucci classic. It’s also screening Thursday, July 19, at 9:15 p.m. and Saturday, July 21, at 8:45 p.m. —Andrew Russeth
    Anthology Film Archives, 32 Second Avenue, New York, 9 p.m., $10, $8 students and seniors, $6 members


    Opening: “And those who were seen dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not hear the music” at Friedman Benda
    If you can get past the name, this nightlife-centric show featuring the work of Nan Goldin, Dash Snow, Wolfgang Tillmans, Cecily Brown, Andy Warhol and others might not be a bad way to start the evening. At the opening, “key nightlight elements will be replicated in an unconventional gallery set up.” There will also be a DJ, disco ball and special, mystery performance. —Zoë Lescaze
    Friedman Benda, 55 West 26th Street, New York, 6-9 p.m., 18+

    Screening: The Dark Knight at MoMA
    Pretty great, right? It will also be screened on Saturday, Aug. 3, at 3 p.m., if you’re tied up this evening. It’s the movie Gotham deserves.  —A.R.
    The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53rd Street, New York, 8 p.m., $12, $10 seniors, $8 students, free for members

    Artist Talk: “Paul Schrader in person” at Monya Rowe Gallery
    This is part of a group show called “Being Paul Schrader,” the guy who wrote Taxi Driver and is making a movie called The Canyons with some pretty annoying half-famous people (Bret Easton Ellis, et. al.) whose careers have been on the wane for several years and really need something good to happen to them soon. Good luck! —Michael H. Miller
    Monya Rowe Gallery, 504 West 22nd Street, 2nd Floor, New York, 7 p.m.


    Poetry Reading: “The Active Voice” at Cheim & Read
    Poets including Charles Bernstein, Mary Jo Bang, Mónica de la Torre, Marjorie Welish and David Reed will get together in celebration of “The Active Voice: 12 Poems on Contemporary Art,” a selection chosen by Raphael Rubinstein in the current issue of Art in America. —Z.L.
    Cheim & Read, 547 West 25th Street, New York, 6-7:30 p.m.

    Talk: “Doomed to be Free” at Triple Canopy
    This sounds like it will be a wild night. To mark the publication of Alexander Dumbadze’s very precise monograph Bas Jan Ader: Death Is Elsewhere, which discusses of some of the Dutch artist’s lesser-known projects (like his commodities trading) as well as his famous unfinished final piece, In Search of the Miraculous, the art historian will join artists Matthew Day Jackson and Xaviera Simmons to share their work and talk about it in relation to Ader’s venturesome practice. —A.R.
    Triple Canopy, 155 Freeman, Brooklyn, 7 p.m., $5 suggested donation, free for TC members


    Artist Talk: Monika Grzymala “Volumen” at Morgan Library
    Monika Grzymala talks with the museum’s Isabelle Dervaux, Acquavella Curator of Modern and Contemporary Drawings. —D.D.
    Morgan Library and Museum, 225 Madison Avenue, New York, 7 p.m.

    Opening: Hearts of Palm at Acumen Project Space
    Matthew Craven, David Maddy, Michelle Matson, Matt James Stone and Trish Tillman comprise this group show. Sure it’s in Queens, but lots of things are these days. —D.D.
    Acumen Project Space, 37-18 Northern Blvd., Long Island City, Queens, 6–8 p.m.

    Performance: Dean Blunt at Artists Space
    Dean Blunt, one half of Hype Williams, will celebrate the release of his solo album, The Redeemer, with a performance at Artists Space. —M.H.M.
    Artists Space, 55 Walker Street, New York, 9 p.m. (doors open at 8 p.m.), $10, purchase tickets at deanbluntbrownpapertickets.com


    Party: New Museum Block Party in Sara D. Roosevelt Park
    Even if crafty workshops inspired by current exhibitions don’t appeal, the party is free, and if you go to the party, you get free admission to The New Museum. Swing by if you haven’t seen the shows. —Z.L.
    Sara D. Roosevelt Park (Chrystie Street between Broome and Delancey), New York, noon-5 p.m.