OVID has one of the best-curated selections of any streaming site, and offers the perfect fare if you’re looking for something off the mainstream beat, or even the kind of films that other arthouse distributors might not have available. The platform also helpfully highlights all the titles which only it has available to stream among subscription sites. Here are some highlights from that collection.
The Cordillera of Dreams (2019)
With this film, Patricio Guzmán, Chile’s foremost documentary filmmaker, closes out a trilogy relating the country’s political history to its notable natural features (the desert in 2011’s Nostalgia for the Light, the ocean in 2015’s The Pearl Button, the mountains here). He interviews a variety of artists and activists to consider the lasting legacy of the 1973 military coup and subsequent Allende regime.
The Early Works of Cheryl Dunye (1994)
In the ’90s, Cheryl Dunye broke ground for queer Black women filmmakers, particularly with The Watermelon Woman (1996). This collection brings together Dunye’s early short films, which showcase all the qualities which would come to define her work: an easy blending of documentary and fiction, strong collaborations with other women, and an acute attention to how historical contexts inform personal experience.
The Owl’s Legacy (1989)
This 13-episode look at the history of Greece and its influence on the rest of the West is anything but a traditional educational television doc. Influential film essayist Chris Marker blends expert testimony, symposiums he himself arranges, and copious archival materials to look at how different Greek concepts have resonated throughout history. Inaccessible for nearly 30 years after its initial airing, the series was restored in 2018.
From Remedios Varo to Francisco de Goya, artists have long turned to witchcraft as subject matter.
The auction house partnered with Highsnobiety to sell “Art Handler” shirts for up to $125, drawing ire from workers in the field who say they’re overworked and underpaid.
Funded fellowships support on-site graduate and postdoctoral research spanning a variety of disciplines on cultural works in the center’s collections.
Black-crowned night herons have not returned after abandoning their nests during a building project at the Chicago History Museum.
What is a feminist picture? A MoMA exhibition is the latest to attempt to answer this question.
Students work in a collaborative studio environment with a faculty of practicing artists and premier facilities in the heart of Boston.
With exhibitions like Sing Our Rivers Red, Danielle SeeWalker, JayCee Beyale, and others make visible the number of missing people for whom they are demanding proper attention and justice.
In this assemblage of multinational artworks, a cohesive postcolonial canvas fails to fully emerge, owing to Dream City’s lack of bold vision.
Students in this two-year graduate program in New York enjoy access to the Hessel Museum of Art, the CCS Bard Library and Archives, and opportunities to curate in practice.
The British monarch and Donald Trump have both tried to impose neoclassical architecture on their countries — and one of them actually succeeded.
Willem de Kooning’s “Woman-Ochre” was sliced out of its frame at the University of Arizona Museum of Art in a notoriously brazen theft.
The advent of AI generators has led to an avalanche of rip-off artworks that have used Grzegorz Rutkowski’s name as a prompt.