Monday October 16

Reversible Destiny Foundation & Dillon + Lee & National Sawdust

Screening of Arakawa’s 1969 Experimental Film Why Not: A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology

7pm Screening
9pm Discussion & Q&A

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. For ticketing details visit
National Sawdust> MAP
80 North 6th Street

Above: Artist/Director: Arakawa, Title: Film-still from: Why Not (A Serenade of Eschatological Ecology)
Date of Creation: 1969, Medium: black and white 16mm film transferred to DVD, Dimensions/Duration: 110 minutes
Photographer credit: n/k, Copyright credit: © 2017 Estate of Madeline Gins. Reproduced with permission of the Estate of Madeline Gins and Reversible Destiny Foundation.