notes from a Rwandan film premiere
Last night I was lucky to get a ticket to Grey Matter (Matière Grise) at the Tribeca Film Festival (thanks Roya!). Grey Matter is the first feature film by young Rwandan filmmaker Kivu Ruhorahoza. In fact, TFF bills it as "the very first feature-length narrative film directed by a Rwandan filmmaker living in his homeland." I am ashamed to say that given that description, I went to Clearview Chelsea expecting something promising and pretty good, maybe a little Nollywood, maybe a little MFA-in-film. Full of raw promise but needing some refinement. How good could the very first feature film from an entire country be, anyway?
A Fluxus Epiphany
If you have ever seen me in the winter months, you know that my face is more often than not perpetually swaddled, mummy-style, in a thick, black woolen scarf with white cursive writing covering it. But this scarf, pilfered from my mother who bought it in Paris years ago, is more than just a warm and aesthetically-pleasing defense against the cold. What I never realized, until an incredibly astute former colleague and Fluxus connoisseur pointed it out to me only a few weeks ago, is that this scarf is in fact a work of art by French Fluxus artist Ben Vautier (b. 1935).
Emerging Artists of Color
In celebration of the museum's fifth anniversary, this stunning exhibition of works from the Nasher's permanent collection features a variety of contemporary artists of African descent.
Building the Contemporary Collection: Five Years of Acquistions will be on view through August 14, 2011 at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.
Civil Rights-Era Photographs from Edmund Carpenter and Adelaide de Menil
This striking collection of photographs features images captured during the height of the radical changes brought on by the 1960s Civil Rights movement.
The Whole World Was Watching: Civil Rights-Era Photographs will be on view through September 25, 2011 at The Menil Collection in Houston, Texas.
Elizabeth Catlett's Forever Love
At the request of the artist, Ellen Sragow curated this wonderful exhibition, which brings together Catlett's iconic Sharecropper images, as well as other, rarely seen works.
Digame: Elizabeth Catlett's Forever Love will be on view through May 25 at the Neil L. and Angelica Zander Rudenstine Gallery, W.E.B. DuBois Institute for African-American Research, Harvard University.
Meet Me at the Center of the Earth
Organized by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco this exhibition highlights Nick Cave's elaborate use of color, texture, movement and sound.
The Winter/Spring 2010-11 issue of Studio Magazine has arrived. Dubbed “The Conversation Issue”, this latest volume features a plethora of interviews with artists, curators and writers – Mark Bradford, Stephen Burks and Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims to name a few – in addition to Naomi Jackson’s book picks, a fiction piece by Dr. Amina Gautier, excerpts from recent publications, studio visits with contemporary artists and more! Pick up your copy at the Studio Museum today.
Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial at the Indianopolis Museum of Art
Organzied by Joanne Cubbs, the museum’s Adjunct Curator of American Art, this long overdue retrospective brings together many of Dial's assemblages, paintings, and drawings, and celebrates his extensive career.