Archive for July, 2011

How the Deficit Got This Big

July 25, 2011

Things rarely get political over here but this short piece (and the accompanying graphs) goes a long way to explaining how we got into our current financial situation.

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MoMA – New Photography 2011

July 24, 2011

Moyra Davey, 32 Photographs from Paris (detail), 2009

This year, MoMA’s annual New Photography series expands to feature the work of six artists, with the aim of capturing the diversity and international scope of contemporary photographic work.

New Photography 2011: Zhang Dali, Moyra Davey, George Georgiou, Deana Lawson, Doug Rickard, Viviane Sassen includes the work of Dali (China), who uses original source materials, including Chinese archives, books, and periodicals, to trace the lineage of propaganda made during Mao Tse Tung’s Great Leap Forward and Cultural Revolution; Davey (Canada), whose mailed-photograph grids feature the stamps, postmarks, and return addresses that have accreted on each photograph—analog elements that are particularly unique in these digital times; Georgiou (England), who looks at modern-day Turkey as it seeks to hold on to its traditions and landscape amid the oncoming wave of Westernization and development; Lawson (U.S.), whose work showcases the African American experience, with a particular emphasis on the human figure and form, in powerfully intimate portraits of people from all walks of life; Rickard (U.S.), whose photographs document the blurred faces of people and crumbling American cities as captured by the Google Streetview lens, and explore issues of poverty, race, and privacy; and Sassen (The Netherlands), who incorporates images of the people and places of the African continent in an attempt to recapture her surreal dreams and memories of growing up in Kenya.

The artists in New Photography 2011 approach image-making from very different perspectives, making for a truly dynamic combination.

New Photography 2011 will be on view at MoMA from September 28, 2011 – January 16, 2012

Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle

July 24, 2011

Four Adventures of Reinette and Mirabelle, Eric Rohmer’s spirited film about friendship from 1987 is playing at BAM for a few more days.

Caught a screening of it on Friday night at BAM and it’s really worth seeing.

Pitch perfect, the film will definitely put a smile on your face.

Yann Gross – Kitintale

July 12, 2011

Yann Gross, from Kitintale

You have probably seen Kitintale, the inspiring project and self-published newspaper created by Yann Gross, but if you haven’t now is your chance to take a look.

Gross is currently in the process of raising funds through Emphas.is which will allow him to continue the project and help rebuild a collapsed half-pipe skateboarding ramp.

For more information and to help fund this project, go to his Emphas.is webpage.