For anyone who has recently indulged in the current run (through June 3) at the IFC Center of Matthew Barney’s entire mind-bending Cremaster cycle, a series of the five most bizarrely fascinating films ever made, then you might wonder: What’s next? Find out tonight when Barney gives a lecture on his new project in development, Ancient Evenings, a seven-act opera loosely based on Norman Mailer’s 1983 Egypt-set novel of the same title. He’ll share storyboards as well as video sequences from acts that have already been performed. Dealing with themes of reincarnation and rebirth, the work is a retelling of the central myth of Isis and Osiris, set in an industrial landscape and starring the 1967 Chrysler Imperial from Cremaster 3 as the human body. On Saturday at noon, he’ll do a sit-down discussion on the subject of death with Michael K. Bartalos, a physician and author of the book Speaking of Death, and his son, Gabe Bartalos, a special-effects make-up artist who has worked with Barney since 1991.
Fri., May 21, 7 p.m.; Sat., May 22, noon, 2010