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QUINCY

“An ‘ego’ is usually just an over-dressed insecurity. I think you have to dream so big that you can’t get an ego, [or else] you’ll never fulfill those dreams.” — Quincy Jones After witnessing the straitjacketed removal of his mother from his childhood home, Jones grew up fast on the streets of Chicago’s South Side, […]

A GRAMMAR BUILT WITH ROCKS

A GRAMMAR BUILT WITH ROCKS—a two-part group exhibition at Human Resources and ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries, curated by Shoghig Halajian and Suzy Halajian—“presents artistic practices that trace the racialized and gendered relationship between bodies and land, and question narratives of socioecological crisis that contribute to the displacement and erasure of people and collective formations. […]

ALEX PRAGER’S GRANDE SORTIE

Commissioned by Benjamin Millepied when he was the head of the Paris Opéra Ballet, LA GRANDE SORTIE is Alex Prager’s short film about the audience-performance dichotomy, the psychology of the crowd, and spontaneous, unresolved connections never to be repeated. Join Prager and LACMA director Michael Govan for a post-screening discussion in the museum’s Art Catalogues […]

BARRY JENKINS AND DARRYL PINCKNEY IN CONVERSATION

Join Barry Jenkins and Darryl Pinckney (author of the brilliant 2016 novel Black Deutschland ) at Lincoln Center this week for a discussion of the Moonlight director’s new film If Beale Street Could Talk, screening at the 56th New York Film Festival.   AN AFTERNOON WITH BARRY JENKINS Monday, October 8, at noon. Alice Tully […]

CHRIS MARKER — LE FOND DE L’AIR EST ROUGE

“Political or critical or academic subcultures and avant-gardes—with their armatures of highly localized and professionalized expertise, their demand that we laboriously teach ourselves to gaze askance—are pretty often choked up with panics about self-justification, the fear that curiosity and the free play of the imagination will somehow lure us haplessly away from our supposed higher […]

KEN JACOBS

“[Ken Jacobs], cinema’s master inter- and reinventionist, [has] found yet another way to make the medium new, employing a logarithim to rework a thirty-second fragment of a 1897 Lumière actualité into a seventy-three minute 3D movie wherein space regularly inverts itself. Kinda has to be seen to be believed.” — J. Hoberman on THE GUESTS, Artforum Experimental filmmaker Ken Jacobs […]

FREDERICK WISEMAN IN CONVERSATION

“I like to think I know what works for me… I’ve learned to be quite hard on the material… Editing is always a manic-depressive special—moments when you overestimate what you have and moments when you underestimate, but neither is usually true.” — Frederick Wiseman* Wiseman—one of our greatest documentarians—will talk about his new film MONROVIA, […]