Category Archives: WEB/TELEVISION/RADIO

LIFT EVERY VOICE LAUNCH

Join Nikky Finney, Sonia Sanchez, Jericho Brown, Tyehimba Jess, Elizabeth Alexander, Mahershala Ali, and Kamasi Washington for the launch of LIFT EVERY VOICE, “a year-long nationwide public humanities initiative exploring African American poetic traditions.”*

Presented by the Library of America and the Schomburg Center, the event also celebrates celebrates the publication of the new LOA anthology African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, edited by Kevin Young.

See link below for details.

LIFT EVERY VOICE LAUNCH

A NATIONWIDE CELEBRATION OF 250 YEARS OF AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY*

Thursday, September 17.

3:30 pm–6 pm on the West Coast; 6:30 pm–9 pm East Coast.

From top: Nikky Finney, photograph courtesy and © the author and the University of South Carolina; Sonia Sanchez, photograph courtesy and © the author and Mezzocamin; Jericho Brown, photograph courtesy of the author; Tyehimba Jess, Olio, cover image courtesy and © the author and Wave Books; Jess, photograph courtesy and © the author; Elizabeth Alexander, photograph courtesy and © the author; Kevin Young, editor, African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle & Song, cover image courtesy and © the Library of America.

CHARLIE KAUFMAN IN CONVERSATION

The American Cinematheque celebrates I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGSCharlie Kaufman’s wonderfully destabilizing meditation on memory and aging—with a director’s virtual Q & A, moderated by Tony Gilroy.

The film—now screening on Netflix—stars Jessie Buckley, Jesse Plemons, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis.

See link below to register for details.

CHARLIE KAUFMAN Q & A

American Cinematheque

Saturday, September 12.

5 pm on the West Coast; 8 pm East Coast.

I’M THINKING OF ENDING THINGS

Now streaming on Netflix.

Charlie Kaufman, I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020), from top: Jessie Buckley (left) and Jesse Plemons; Plemons (left), Buckley, Toni Collette, and David Thewlis; I’m Thinking of Ending Things poster; Plemons and Buckley; Buckley (left). Images courtesy and © Netflix.

ON MARISA MERZ

In conjunction with its current show of the artist’s work, the Philadelphia Museum of Art presents THE PRODUCTION OF THE SELF—CONVERSATIONS ABOUT MARISA MERZ, a weekly series of virtual conversations.

This month, participants include Connie Butler—curator of the exhibition Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great SpaceLara Conte, Teresa Kittler, and MAXXI curator Luigia Lonardelli. See links below for details.

TIME, PROCESS, AND LIFE IN THE WORK OF MARISA MERZ

CONNIE BUTLER, moderated by CARLOS BASUALDO

Wednesday, September 9.

9 am on the West Coast; noon East Coast.

MARISA MERZ—SCULPTURAL AND FILM EXPERIMENTS IN THE KITCHEN

LARA CONTE

Wednesday, September 16.

9 am on the West Coast; noon East Coast.

MARISA MERZ—ACTIONS, INTERACTIONS, AND PERFORMATIVE SCULPTURE

TERESA KITTLER

Wednesday, September 23.

9 am on the West Coast; noon East Coast.

MARISA MERZ AS AN ANTI-PENELOPE

LUIGIA LONARDELLI

Wednesday, September 30.

9 am on the West Coast; noon East Coast.

From top: Marisa Merz, Untitled, undated, unfired clay, paraffin, copper; Marisa Merz, Untitled, circa 1985; Connie Butler, Marisa Merz: The Sky Is a Great Space (2017), cover image courtesy and © Prestel; Marisa (right) with Mario Merz and their daughter Beatrice in 1976 at the 37th Biennale di Venezia; Merz’s Turin studio, photograph by Renato Ghiazza; Merz, undated photograph by Gianfranco Gorgoni, courtesy and © the photographer. Images courtesy and © Fondazione Merz, Gladstone Gallery, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

LINDA SHI ON GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE

Linda Shi—urban environment planner and assistant professor at Cornell—will give a virtual talk exploring “explores whether it is possible to achieve both social justice and environmental sustainability in efforts to mitigate urban flood risk.”

The event is presented by the Harvard University Graduate School of Design. See link below to register.

LINDA SHI—GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE BEYOND FLOOD RISK REDUCTION

Thursday, September 10.

4:30 pm on the West Coast: 7:30 pm East Coast.

Top: Linda Shi, image courtesy and © Shi. Below: Pond at Chantilly Ecological Sanctuary from the remaining portion of the Doral Apartment complex in Charlotte, North Carlina, photograph by Hannah Wilson, image courtesy and © the photographer.

THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT

Robert Silvers was a brilliant, demanding, funny, painstaking, and inspiring editor, a walking chronicle of postwar literary-political history, an intimidating sweetheart, and very dear to me. At the end of an editorial session, once he had identified all your piece’s weaknesses, evasions, and missed opportunities, he would close with a brusque, even peremptory, but always, somehow, hopeful, “See what can be done.” In the world according to Silvers, there was always something to be done. — Michael Chabon

The New York Review of Books was founded in 1963 by Barbara Epstein, Jason Epstein, and their West 67th Street neighbors Elizabeth Hardwick and Robert Lowell during an extended newspaper strike in New York City. They asked their friend Robert Silvers to edit the broadsheet—and he agreed, if Barbara would join him as co-editor.

The Review was an immediate success, and during first decades published Mary McCarthy on Vietnam, James Baldwin (“An Open Letter to My Sister, Miss Angela Davis”), Isaiah Berlin, Hannah Arendt, Gore Vidal, Norman Mailer, Joan Didion, Richard Hofstadter, Edmund Wilson, Susan Sontag, Noam Chomsky, I. F. Stone, W. H. Auden, and many more. Today, Zadie Smith, Yasmine El Rashidi, Zoë Heller, Janet Malcolm, Hilton Als, Darryl Pinckney, James Fenton, Colm Tóibín, and Daniel Mendelsohn continue the intellectual tradition.

Before Silvers died in 2017, Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi filmed the editor in his domain. The resulting film—THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT, narrated by Michael Stahlbarg—documents the history of the paper with in-person interviews and a rich selection of clips. The film is available through HBO Max and is streaming free in September, courtesy of the Review.

See link below.

THE 50 YEAR ARGUMENT

Directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi.

Now streaming.

From top: Barbara Epstein and Robert Silvers in 1963 in their first office in the Fisk Building, New York City, photograph by Gert Berliner, courtesy and © the photographer and The New York Review of Books; David Moore, Mary McCarthy, New York, 1956, courtesy and © the photographer and the National Portrait Gallery, Australia; The New York Review of Books, May 25, 2017; Gore Vidal (center) with John F. Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy; Nina Simone and James Baldwin, early 1960s, photograph by Bernard Gotfryd, courtesy and © the photographer’s estate and the Library of Congress Collection; Isaiah Berlin (left) and Silvers, photograph by Dominique Nabokov, courtesy and © the photographer; Darryl Pinckney in London, 1991, photograph by Nabokov; Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi, The 50 Year Argument (2014), image courtesy and © HBO Documentary Films; W. H. Auden; Joan Didion, photograph by Jill Krementz, courtesy and © the photographer; Francine du Plessix Gray and Silvers, photograph by Nabokov, courtesy and © the photographer.