Friday, March 27
Currently showing at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology is "Yves Saint Laurent + Halston: Fashioning the 70s" an exhibition celebrating the two designers who defined the sexy and glamorous fashions of the 1970s. This show juxtaposes their work and analyzes the way they dealt with similar themes and aesthetics during the height of their careers. Seventh Avenue at 27th Street, Midtown. Tuesday to Friday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free.
"Spaces & Places: Art Along the Brooklyn Waterfront Conference" is a half-day discussion on the evolution of the way art has been made, shown, and sold along the Brooklyn waterfront. Opening with a keynote address by New York Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, the conference will also offer a historical overview of art in the borough over the centuries. Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center, CUNY-City Tech, Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., Downtown Brooklyn. 8:30 a.m to 1 p.m., Free.
Saturday, March 28
In 1991, Newsweek hailed the preschools and infant-toddler centers of the municipality of Reggio Emilia in Italy as among the best in the world. International acclaim and interest followed, and “The Hundred Languages of Children” exhibition was created to inform the world about the work of the children and teachers of Reggio Emilia. The exhibit has traveled to thirty-one countries, including forty cities in the United States, and is currently back in New York City for the first time since 1992. Open over the weekend from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., Williamsburg Northside School, 299 N. 7th St., Williamsburg. Free.
Described by Johnathan Romney of Film Comment as “A kind of Left Bank literary Larry David” "The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq" is a film based on a strange episode in 2011, in which Michel Houellebecq, possibly the most widely-read living French writer, disappeared during a book tour while promoting his novel "The Map and the Territory." Saturday evening’s screening at 7:10 p.m. includes an introduction by Tom Roberge, Deputy Director of French bookstore Albertine. Film Forum, 209 West Houston St., West Village. $13.
Sunday, March 29
Flex is a form of street dance that has evolved from Jamaican dance halls and reggae clubs in Brooklyn and is characterized by pausing, snapping, gliding, bone breaking, hat tricks, animation, and contortion. A series of performances, called FLEXN, are being staged by director Peter Sellars and flex pioneer Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray in collaboration with a crew of 21 flex dancers. Performance begins 8 p.m., though audience members are invited to arrive as early as 7 p.m. for a discussion about the most pressing issues explored in FLEXN, which include neighborhood safety, solitary confinement, “broken windows” policies, and reforming the juvenile justice system. Park Avenue Armory, 643 Park Ave., Upper East Side. Tickets start at $25.
Opening Sunday at MoMA is “Latin America in Construction: Architecture 1955–1980," a new exhibition celebrating the 60th anniversary of “Latin American Architecture since 1945” a landmark survey of modern architecture in Latin America shown by MoMA in 1955. This new show brings together architectural drawings, models, vintage photographs, and film clips rarely exhibited, even in their home countries. 11 W. 53rd St., Midtown. 10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. $25.