“Midnight in Paris” was the theme for the 2012 prom at Flint Northern High School. Filmmakers James Blagden and Roni Moore followed some of the students that year as they prepared for the event, also interviewing their family members, as well as sundry school staff. Prom as a cultural institution is one of the most prominent dramatic devices in stories about teenagers, and yet it’s not often that we see the prom experiences of Black students featured in film and TV.
This was a few years before Flint, Michigan would become known nationwide for its (still ongoing) water crisis. The kids wryly comment on how their town is only talked about in terms of crime and poverty. Midnight in Paris defies this convention, instead finding both the large and small joys in everyday life for the teens and their families. Moore and Blagden have an impeccable sense for where to place their cameras to observe the proceedings with gentle curiosity. This is a supremely winning, often very funny movie that will surely evoke many fond memories of one’s own youth.
Midnight in Paris is screening online October 23 through 29 via Metrograph.
This week, artist studios in Harlem, Tennessee, Philadelphia, and Brooklyn.
The museum enlisted the help of Linda Bove, the first Deaf actor to be part of Sesame Street’s recurring cast, to help bring artworks from the collection to a Deaf audience.
This exhibition marks 20 years of Arrechea’s solo career with watercolors, sculptures, and multimedia installations created specifically for ArtYard in Frenchtown, New Jersey.
The student screening of Till emphasized an important aim of the film: to educate young people about the fierce love and activism of Mamie Till-Mobley, which played no small part in igniting the Civil Rights Movement.
A painting now exhibited at the Nasjonalmuseet captures Judith and her maidservant in the moment after slaying Holofernes and before their escape, as though veritably peering out of frame.
The New York-based, globally linked, and practice-focused curatorial program for professionals at the School of Visual Arts offers the opportunity to create three funded exhibitions.
The statue was found in a town square in Philippi and adorned a building that may have been a public fountain in the Byzantine period.
In an age dominated by narcissism and material excess, Acheson’s anti-heroic position as an admirer of other artists should be something that we reflect upon.
Featuring over 70 installations and performances at the George Washington University’s historic Flagg Building, the Corcoran’s end-of-year showcase is now available for virtual viewing.
Inspired by Charles Babbage’s idea of air as “atmospheric memory,” In the Air considers air as a common space that belongs to and affects the whole of humanity.
The episode focused on Western museums’ hesitant repatriation efforts and auction houses’ questionable consignment practices.
The committee’s main responsibilities will be to shape policy goals, stimulate arts philanthropy, and advocate for the expansion of federal backing of the cultural sector.