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As geopsychically wondrous as New Orleans is, it’s not exactly the most cutting edge of places; in fact, even in these days of instantaneous communication it sometimes takes ideas and trends a little longer to make their way down here than they do elsewhere. But although we might not be au courant, we do do things down here with a certain kind of panache.
So before you roll your eyes and say to yourself “Planking? That’s so 2008″ (or 1994 or 1997 or 2003, depending), let me point out that this isn’t just another silly planking video: it’s entirely shot in the scenic and historic French Quarter, for one, and the cinematography and editing practically raise it to the level of video art. (To say nothing about the fact that the guy in it spends most of the time face down on the sidewalk in Jackson Square and Bourbon Street. Surely you have to give him some kind of credit for that.)
Walt Disney built his media empire animating fairy tales; he did not start making films set in a Nazi-occupied Europe by choice.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye features a riveting performance from Jessica Chastain, but proves less interesting than the documentary it’s based on.
In The Contest of the Fruits, the art collective Slavs and Tatars investigates language, politics, religion, humor, resilience, and resistance in a pluralistic world.
Rafał Milach sharply documents three international border walls and how they impact our sense of identity and memory.
Protesters splashed paint on the entryway of the Museum of Modern Art in Midtown, Manhattan.
Seven artists and curators, including Dona Nelson, the featured artist for this year’s Tim Hamill Visiting Artist Lecture, are giving public talks at BU School of Visual Arts.