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JULIANA SPAHR AND CLAUDIA RANKINE

“DU BOIS’S TELEGRAM is a brilliant inquiry into the institutions—from the CIA to the foundations and literary magazines it funded—that inform and shape literary production. The promoted, the funded and heralded—from Richard Wright to Gertrude Stein to James Baldwin—do the work of the nation state under the umbrella of culture. Our complicit freedoms are brought […]

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LEE CHANG-DONG’S BURNING

Lee Chang-dong was in town last month for celebratory, sold-out screenings of BURNING, his trenchant epic of dislocation and revenge—and the writer-director’s first film in eight years. Greatly expanding on his original source material—Haruki Murakami’s ambiguous short story “Barn Burning”—Lee told an enthusiastic American Cinematheque crowd that “no matter what your age, race, class, or gender, […]

JILL JOHNSTON DANCING

In 1963 and 1964, Andy Warhol captured dancer-choreographers Lucinda Childs, Yvonne Rainer, and Freddy Herko, and Village Voice dance critic Jill Johnston with his Bolex—performing in lofts, on rooftops, and at Judson. These cinematic time capsules will be screened this weekend and next at the Whitney, and in early December at MOMA. The films include Jill […]

SIMONE FORTI IN CONVERSATION

To celebrate the publication of THE BEAR IN THE MIRROR—her collection of stories, prose-poems, drawings, photos, letters, notes, and memories—Simone Forti will join Luke Johnson in conversation this weekend at Artbook.   SIMONE FORTI THE BEAR IN THE MIRROR book launch Saturday, November 17, at 2 pm. Artbook, Hauser & Wirth, 917 East 3rd Street, downtown […]

OLIVIER MEYROU’S CÉLÉBRATION

Documentarian Olivier Meyrou was imbedded within the house of Yves Saint Laurent from 1998 to 2001, the designer’s last years at the maison he founded with Pierre Bergé. Unsurprisingly, neither of the principals was in top form during these years of final decline, and—displeased with the results—Bergé suppressed the commercial release of the footage. Since his death […]