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Screening: Beth B and Scott B’s The Trap Door and Shorts at Metrograph Who better to play a deranged therapist than the experimental filmmaker Jack Smith? He finally got to act that part in Beth B and Scott B’s 1980 film The Trap Door, in which a man (John Ahearn) is fired by his boss (Jenny Holzer) and then has a series of strange adventures. Richard Prince, Gary Indiana, and Bill Rice all make appearances at some point, playing characters who are determined to ruin this poor man’s life. In that sense, the film is like many others by Beth B and Scott B, who focused on violence and power systems in their films. Three other short films—all “quintessential, assaultive,” per a summary—will screen with The Trap Door at this showing.Metrograph, 7 Ludlow Street, 8:30 p.m. Tickets $15

Book Launch: René Ricard’s Notebook 2010–2012 at Mast Books Like any other critic or , René Ricard was a fantastic doodler. His notebooks are filled with scribbled ideas and half-sentences, many of which are barely even legible, but are still a fascinating insight into his process no less. Now Mörel Books has published a volume that collects his notebook written toward the end of Ricard’s life, from 2010 to 2012. (He died in 2014.) To celebrate the release of the book, Glenn O’Brien and Luc Sante will be doing readings at Mast Books.Mast Books, 66 Avenue A, 6–8 p.m.

Opening: “Danny Lyon: Message to the Future” at the Originally curated by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, this Danny Lyon retrospective—the first in 25 years—will debut at the Whitney Museum before opening in San Francisco. Comprised of 175 photographs, films, and related objects, this show dives deeply into the social and political focuses of one of the leading American street photographers in the 1960s. As a press release states, “With his ability to find beauty in the starkest reality, Lyon has through his work provided a charged alternative to the bland vision of American life often depicted in the mass media.”Whitney Museum, 99 Gansevoort Street, 10:30 a.m.–10 p.m.

Opening: “Vito Acconci: Where Are We Now (Who Are We Anyway?), 1976” at MoMA PS1 This show is named for Where Are We Now (Who Are We Anyway?), a sculpture in which a long wood plank extends through a window, acting a diving board from which viewers can jump into traffic. Arranged around its sides are a set of stools—do you sit, jump, or stand there? How do you act? Acconci’s work is concerned with how bodies move through space, and this show surveys his early experiments with that subject. Featuring films, photographs, and other documentary materials, the show looks performances Acconci did during the late ’60s and ’70s—notable among them Seedbed (1972), in which the artist lay under the floor of Sonnabend Gallery and masturbated while fantasizing about gallery visitors. —Alex GreenbergerMoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens, 12–6 p.m.

This exhibition celebrates the life and work of fashion illustrator Antonio Lopez, who was born in Utuado, Puerto Rico, in 1943 and died of AIDS complications in 1987. After his family arrived in New York City, his mother, a seamstress, would insist that Lopez draw the flowers for her embroidery work to help keep him off of the streets. Lopez also assisted his father, a maker of mannequins, with the application of makeup to his creations. After graduating high school, Lopez attended the Fashion Institute of Technology, and later began to create illustrations for