Artist Julie Mehretu and writer Jonathan Safran Foer sit down to discuss the films that inspire their work at the Morgan Library.
Jonathan Safran Foer
Vanished Art Recalled and Reinterpreted
In this exhibition contemporary artworks are paired with works that have been destroyed or lost to the annals of art history.
How Jonathan Safran Foer Taught Me About Roofies
LONDON — I thought I was going to see Jonathan Safran Foer live and in person Monday night. Sure, it seemed odd that he would randomly be in London with no very recently published book to tour, but who am I to know the details of an acclaimed author’s personal schedule? Literary fun plus art means I’m in.
9/11 in Miniature
Scott Blake’s rectangular, black two-inch wide and one-inch tall flipbook looks pretty harmless. It’s small enough to fit in a pocket and has two normal, plastic covers bound by staples. The shock comes on the first flip through the book: it presents a moving image of the airplane hitting the second of the Twin Towers on 9/11, followed by the beginnings of the building’s explosion and collapse. This might sound like a project aiming for shock value, provoking audiences by trivializing a serious, historically significant event that has come to define the beginning of a new century. Yet the flipbook itself doesn’t feel sarcastic.