Why do so many people believe in absurd conspiracy theories like QAnon, which asserts that someone in the Trump administration was sending secret messages about a cabal of cannibalistic pedophile Satanists who secretly run the world? The ongoing HBO docuseries Q: Into the Storm accidentally stumbles upon a pretty good explanation early on, when one interviewee points out how much has come to light about the US government lying to its people. What reason does anyone have to trust any official narrative anymore? But the show completely breezes past this suggestion, instead choosing to gawk at easy targets and fixate on lurid details.
Into the Storm loses itself in its own running time, playing out over six whole episodes when half as many (or even fewer) would have worked fine. It alternates between leaving elements of QAnon frustratingly unexplained and overexplaining things that should be obvious. (For instance, how imageboard users are called “anons” because … they’re anonymous. Yeah, no shit.) Its hyper-stylized portrayal of the movement seems just as likely to unwittingly attract people to QAnon as it is to repel them. Most frustratingly, it spends a lot of time hyping up the central story thread, around director Cullen Hoback’s investigation into the true identity of the enigmatic “Q,” just to come to the same conclusion which most other journalists have. Only none of those others took six hours to get there.
New episodes of Q: Into the Storm are currently being released every Sunday on HBO Max.
MTV’s The Exhibit Is Back With an Inflatable Dolphin
Episode four, in which artists tackled themes of justice and injustice, was the most lifeless of the reality TV show so far.
Florida Principal Ousted Over “Pornographic” Michelangelo Sculpture
Parents complained that the famous sculpture was shown to their sixth graders.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Presents The Feminine in Abstract Painting
Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag, this group exhibition in NYC explores the feminine through aesthetics, as opposed to identity or gender.
Tickets to Sold-Out Vermeer Show Are Going for Hundreds
The online resale market for the Rijksmuseum’s smash exhibition is booming, with tickets selling on eBay for over $2K.
NYU Steinhardt Opens 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Taking place at 80WSE Gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village, Part I is on view from late March through April while Part II opens in May.
Miniature Worlds: Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Yayoi Kusama
Through small-scale works, this exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York examines Cornell’s prominent role in the lives and careers of Johnson and Kusama.
Three Looted Antiquities at the Met Repatriated to Turkey
Nine other repatriated works were seized from Met Trustee Shelby White, whose collection was subject to a criminal investigation.
This week, the world’s lightest paint, Pakistan’s feminist movement, World Puppy Day, and were some of Vermeer’s paintings created by his daughter?
The Wider World and Scrimshaw
On March 28, join the New Bedford Whaling Museum online and in-person for a symposium on global carving traditions from across the Pacific Rim.
Who Will Decide on the Future of a Miami Native Burial Ground?
Native activists say sacred remains and objects dug up from a Brickell construction site should remain there, but mega-developer Jorge Pérez is pushing back.
How Can a Curator Approach South Asian Futurisms?
How do I acknowledge my shortcomings while reckoning with obscured histories and the exclusion of subaltern narratives in the fine art landscape? A working checklist for curators.
MCA Chicago Presents On Stage: Frictions
Will Rawls, Shamel Pitts | TRIBE, and Barak adé Soleil explore Blackness, queerness, movement, and dance in performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The Complicated Legacy of Camilo Egas
The Ecuadorian painter, a leading figure of Latin America’s Indigenismo art movement, has been both praised and scorned for his representation of Indigenous peoples.
Tom Jones Zeroes in on Ho-Chunk Visibility
“I think about the young kids, the teenagers, and I think being able to see yourself represented in art is so powerful,” says the artist.