Arts and Culture

Omar Baig

The Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden concluded their recent exhibit, Brand New: Art and Commodity in the 1980s (Feb 14–May 13, 2018), with a gala in honor of Jeff Koons.

Paula Halperin

In the opening scene of Juliana Rojas and Marco Dutra’s As boas maneiras (Good Manners), the ominous score punctuates Clara’s face (Isabél Zuaa) as she rings a bell in a São Paulo luxury apartment building. A curt male voice interrogates her on her purpose. Once she specifies her destination, the doorman proceeds to rudely ask her to take the service elevator. Clara’s face frowns in displeasure. She then enters Ana’s sumptuous apartment, and into a world of fantasy and dread.

Aria Chiodo

The 2018 PEN World Voices Festival boasted a theme of Resist and Reimagine, with events, panels, and readings exploring various modes of resistance (to intolerance, fascism, racism, sexism, to name a few), as well as different modes of communication and creativity. The festival (now in its 14th year) has a continual devotion to international and multicultural voices coming together, letting new writers be heard, and bringing established writers and activists together in conversation.

Aria Chiodo

The PEN World Voices Festival included a variety of staged readings of plays, presented at the Martin E. Segal Theatre, part of the CUNY Graduate Center. Keeping with PEN’s purpose of international dialogue and diverse perspectives, this program boasted 10 plays by respected dramatists, each from a different region of the world. Two of these works dealt directly with war and the effect of war on communities and individuals.

Kaitlyn Heniges

Marie Lamensch

Dewaine Farria

In discussions of the steroid-fueled action star pantheon of the 1980s, the heroes of the two movies I grew up revering most—Action Jackson and The Last Dragon—tend to get left out. Neither wore capes, but for me—an 11-year Marvel Comics aficionado more interested in nailing kick-flips than three-pointers—both Detective Sergeant Jericho “Action” Jackson and “Bruce” Leroy Green were superheroes.

Cristina Nualart

Editor's Note: This piece has been translated from the Spanish by the author. It was originally published in DIDDCC for Centro de Arte 2 de Mayo. 

 

Ben Gazur

Is a song still a song if no one hears it? I’m not talking about the thousands of tracks on Spotify which have never been listened to, but about those songs which have offended someone with the power to ban them. Censorship is always about weakness – silencing someone tells the world that you are terrified of what they have to say. Moddi, a Norwegian folk singer, is doing his part in getting these powerful, silenced, songs back out to the world by re-recording them.

Aria Chiodo

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