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The show will include the artist’s large-scale, site-specific photographic tapestries
John Messinger, whose aggregations of Polaroid images were shown by Karen Boltax, above, at the Miami Project last week, will be showing work at the Watermill Center on Saturday. Jennifer Landes

    John Messinger, an East Hampton artist who teaches photography at the Ross School, is now in residence at the Watermill Center and will show his work there on Saturday from 3 to 6 p.m.
    The work will be on view in the studios and is from the series “#nofilter,” which examines the “evolving nature of photography amidst the ubiquity and proliferation of the digital image.” The show will include the artist’s large-scale, site-specific photographic tapestries that he began last year. The pieces consist of hundreds of smaller instant photographs taken using a Polaroid camera.
    Mr. Messinger is also a freelance photographer for The Wall Street Journal. He will publish a monograph with Harper’s Books next year called “The Estate of Joseph A. Porter.”
    On Sunday, Robert Wilson and Rufus Wainwright’s “Shakespeare’s Sonnets” will be screened at 4 p.m. The opera, which was directed by Mr. Wilson and composed by Mr. Wainwright, was filmed in Berlin in 2009. The opera was based on 24 of the Bard’s 154 sonnets, which were originally published in 1609. Reservations can be made through the Watermill Center’s Web site.
    On Tuesday at 6 p.m., Nova Jiang’s “Ideogenetic Machine” will demonstrate her interactive software and installation, which is designed to transform her audience into characters in unique comic books. The artist, who is in residence at the center, will also show props she made there to be used in devising a narrative for the piece. A reception and discussion with the artist will follow the demonstration. Reservations can be made at novajiangwmc. eventbrite.com.