Support Hyperallergic’s independent arts journalism.
The title of 76 Days refers to the length of time that Wuhan, China was under lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic, from late January to early April 2020. With a population of 11 million, the city’s shutdown marked the largest documented quarantine in history. In this documentary, People’s Republic of Desire director Hao Wu, Chinese journalist Weixi Chen, and a third anonymous co-director capture the efforts of ordinary hospital workers in Wuhan during this time.
Though it lacks the instant name recognition of Ai Weiwei’s similar film CoroNation, which was surprise-released earlier this year, 76 Days is the superior effort. Where Ai’s film is sprawling, this one is focused, finding many more intensely humane moments amongst the doctors and their patients. One subplot follows a woman with COVID who gives birth, and how both she and her baby are closely monitored afterward. A tender recurring motif sees the health workers write encouraging messages on their and others’ PPE suits with markers. From numerous small moments, it draws together an inspiring picture of collective effort to fight a disaster.
76 Days opens in virtual cinemas December 4.
Poussin and the Dance is a valiant attempt to break into Poussin’s staunchly academic oeuvre and provide a relatable point of entry, highlighting the exciting elements of revelry and movement despite impenetrable and unemotional rendering.
Anarchist illustrator N.O. Bonzo produces decentralized media in a highly bureaucratic cultural landscape. Their illustrations, murals, and literature emerge in unexpected places, from the streets of Portland, Oregon, to the far ends of Reddit and Twitter, addressing relations of labor and identity in the workplace and on the streets. Growth and care are central themes…
This exhibition explores how images of the human body were used to provoke profound physical and emotional responses in viewers from the 15th through 18th centuries.
With scavenged materials, Amanda Maciel Antunes constructs a motherland.
Where are the directors taking the stage to acknowledge workers’ demands today?
The collaborative handmade paper- and printmaking center at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts publishes new works by Liz Collins and Sarah McEneaney.
There is a debate whether the memory of Little Syria should be seized upon to tell truthful and positive stories about Arabs in the US, or whether any conflation between its history and contemporary politics is inappropriate.
The profile includes works by Egon Schiele, Amedeo Modigliani, Peter Paul Rubens, and a prehistoric Venus of Willendorf figurine.
These horrifying dolls definitely won’t murder you in your sleep.