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Visual artist Rashid Johnson’s first foray into feature film, an adaptation of Richard Wright’s famous 1940 novel Native Son, was acquired by HBO ahead of its January 24 premiere at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
The film, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Park, originally entered the festival with intent for theatrical distribution by independent entertainment company A24, but will instead debut on HBO later in 2019. A24 is the company responsible for Moonlight — the Academy Award-winning Barry Jenkins film that boosted 23-year-old Native Son star Ashton Sanders into the spotlight.
Rashid Johnson appears the perfect fit to adapt Wright’s tale of Bigger Thomas, a Chicago youth whose sordid life of crime serves as a wrenching tale of systemic oppression and its disturbing manifestations. Johnson is traditionally a multidisciplinary fine artist working in sculpture, painting, and installation, incorporating poignant symbolism of Black culture and personal identities. He is often identified as a “post-Black” artist — a term coined by Thelma Golden and Glenn Ligon in the late 1990s to describe artists who are, according to Golden, “adamant about not being labeled ‘Black’ artists, though their work was steeped, in fact deeply interested, in redefining complex notions of Blackness.”
New works by one of Bangladesh’s most prominent photojournalists, writers, and activists are on view at the Chicago art space through November 27.
Council often uses humor as a political tool to expose systems of power and inequality in a society in which even death carries a high price tag.
An exhibition at the San Francisco Opera House pairs the work of incarcerated artists with Beethoven’s story of unjust imprisonment.
Many works take disruption and repetition as their themes, and many artists resurface in different sections, creating multiple affinities.
Hear from Holly Jean Buck, Carolina Caycedo and David de Rozas, Simon Denny, Elizabeth Hoover, Renee Kemp-Rotan, Joseph Kunkel, and more at this free public event.
In Cooking with Paris, Hilton capitalizes on her portrayal of being a competent woman, while highlighting its anachronism through her absurd performance. Rosler manipulates the camera in the same way.
EFA Open Studios offers a portal into the creative habitats of over 65 artists working in Manhattan’s longest-running studio program, including Dannielle Tegeder, Wafaa Bilal, Cui Fei, and Anina Major.
A man says Blue Bayou took details of his life without his permission. Several women who appear in the documentary Sabaya say they did not consent to be filmed. How can filmmakers avoid these ethical pitfalls?
Ursula Biemann, Nicolas Bourriaud, and others said they will no longer participate in the event.
There is an official ban against the public mourning of Tiananmen Square victims in Hong Kong and mainland China.