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50 Years with Akira Kurosawa: An Evening with Teruyo Nogami

50 Years with Akira Kurosawa: An Evening with Teruyo Nogami

For half a century, from Rashomon (1950) to Madadayo (1993), Teruyo Nogami stood by Akira Kurosawa as a script supervisor and principal assistant. She is the author of Waiting on the Weather: Making Movies with Akira Kurosawa (2006). In this candid discussion, she recalls Kurosawa’s creative power on and off the set, and how she [...]

Posted: Jun 25th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Breaking Ground with Bill T. Jones: Harlem, Cultural Capital: Naming The Future

Breaking Ground with Bill T. Jones: Harlem, Cultural Capital: Naming The Future

What is the future of Harlem as a cultural capital? Bill T. Jones moderates the third in Breaking Ground, a series of Harlem community dialogues. Bill T. Jones is the co-founder and artistic director of the Arnie Zane Dance Company. Participants include Omar Freilla, Green Workers Cooperative founder; Bakari Kitwana, author; Voza Rivers, executive producter [...]

Posted: Jun 18th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Opposites Attract:  Ed Fella & Post Typography

Opposites Attract: Ed Fella & Post Typography

Ed Fella worked as a commercial graphic designer for thirty years in Detroit, and is famed for his contribution to contemporary typography. Post Typography, consisting of Nolen Strals and Bruce Willen, was founded in 2001 as “an avant garde anti-design movement” specializing in “graphic design, conceptual typography, and custom lettering/illustration with additional forays into art, [...]

Posted: Jun 12th, 2008 | Comments: 1
Orientalism: The Roots of Modernism

Orientalism: The Roots of Modernism

The 19th century had a love affair with the Arabic Middle East. For some it was all about an exoticism which we today might think of as romantic, ornamental, even “superficial,” much like the craze for chinoiserie in the 1700s. But “Orientalism” in architecture, when processed by creative Western designers, also served as a root [...]

Posted: May 8th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Hao Jiang Tian: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met

Hao Jiang Tian: My Wild Ride from Mao to the Met

Operatic bass Hao Jiang Tian reminisces about and performs the songs that highlight his tumultuous journey from the Cultural Revolution to the Metropolitan Opera. Tian is the first Chinese-born opera singer to achieve fame and a lasting success on world stages, but audiences know nothing about his childhood in a revolutionary household and his seven [...]

Posted: May 4th, 2008 | Comments: 1
Satyagraha Forum: The Poetry of Peace and Politics

Satyagraha Forum: The Poetry of Peace and Politics

Is poetry inevitably political? Can language provoke peace? Spearheaded by Anne Waldman, a founder and current Director of the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa Institute, and hosted by Bob Holman, Club founder and proprietor, the Bowery Poetry Club presents an exploration of poetry as satyagraha or “truth force,” punctuated by poems from [...]

Posted: May 2nd, 2008 | Comments: 0
Filmmaker Talks: Harmony Korine

Filmmaker Talks: Harmony Korine

Screenwriter, director and producer Harmony Korine (Gummo, Julien Donkey-Boy), was originally spotted for his writing of Kids. Join him as he discusses Mister Lonely, his third feature film, with Scott Macaulay, editor of Filmmaker magazine. Mister Lonely debuted at Cannes, and was released by IFC Films on May 2, 2008. This event was held at [...]

Posted: May 1st, 2008 | Comments: 2
Filmmaker Talks: Isabella Rossellini

Filmmaker Talks: Isabella Rossellini

Successful model and actress Isabella Rossellini (Blue Velvet, Big Night, Fearless) wrote My Dad Is 100 Years Old and makes her directorial debut in the experimental Green Porno, a series of short films she also conceived, wrote, and appears in. She produced Green Porno in association with the Sundance Channel. Comical but insightful studies of [...]

Posted: Apr 29th, 2008 | Comments: 0
Looking Back Now: Performance over Three Decades, 1960s—1980s

Looking Back Now: Performance over Three Decades, 1960s—1980s

What is the relationship between gesture and time, mediality and performativity, and appropriation and activism? How has the role of performance art in society changed over the last three decades? Art historians discuss their research on performance from the 1960s to the 1980s and the place of performance art in the contemporary cultural landscape. The [...]

Posted: Apr 24th, 2008 | Comments: 1
Art and Money

Art and Money

In a period of radical expansion of public interest and market forces, what is the state of contemporary art’s production, presentation, and acquisition? What roles do narcissism and trophy-gathering play? Is the current boom another chapter in an older, modernist history, or is it truly unprecedented? How did contemporary art, of seemingly endless supply, become [...]

Posted: Apr 18th, 2008 | Comments: 2
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