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Ever wonder what a 50-minute public service announcement about aging in the United States might look like if it was commissioned by the Lutheran Society and directed by George Romero? In The Amusement Park, the recently rediscovered and restored 1973 film by the father of the zombie movie, ageism and classism run wild in an allegory on the plight of the elderly. Though not exactly a horror film, it’s decidedly horrific, following various older characters as they suffer abuse within a claustrophobic theme park.
One man can’t drive a go-cart because he fails an eye exam. An unreasonable, extensive list of criteria prevents most of the seniors from riding the roller coasters — “Must not fear the unknown,” “Must have income over $3,500,” “Must not SUFFER from dizziness, high blood pressure, diabetes.” The one “ride” that does welcome them masquerades as a fun house, but inside, a cluttered nursing home awaits. The film is a portrait of how the US has long been a punishingly difficult place to live for those at the margins of its winner-take-all, work-till-you-drop capitalist infrastructure. Once you don’t meet the rigid able-bodied, financially sound requirements, you’ll get conveniently dropped.
The Amusement Park is now available to stream on Shudder.
Every utopia is a social experiment, the artist suggests in this commission for the Performa performance art biennial, and we’re ultimately the guinea pigs.
“You can’t live in a house that’s built upon your back.” This is one of the more memorable phrases spoken by the scripted lovers of Tschabalala Self’s Sounding Board, what Performa describes in its promotional materials as an “experimental play.” That phrase, uttered by one romantic partner to the other, operates as guidance, warning, dictate,…
The show, which honors the 50th anniversary of an exhibition history once ignored, continues a series of projects documenting Wilmington’s contemporary art scene.
A commitment to trans subjects, and their queer communities, is manifested as a holding environment made approachable by our concern, grounded in intimacy and legacy, enfolding any viewer who will stop, listen, and receive love.
Todd Chandler’s documentary Bulletproof looks at the many people monetizing the societal rot of school shootings.
Two K-12 art teachers will each receive a $1,000 cash gift and an additional $500 to put toward classroom art supplies. Nominations are due October 31.
The artists released the risograph-printed booklet series Organizing Power to assist in the arduous process of assembling a bargaining unit and negotiating.
From 1963 through 1968, Warhol produced nearly 650 films, including hundreds of Screen Tests and dozens of full-length movies.
Melvin Edwards, Maren Hassinger, and Alison Saar are among the artists kicking off the Destination Crenshaw initiative.