Hitting History Hard

Written by Melissa Stern on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Frohawk Two Feathers brings revolution to art and politics Frohawk Two Feathers is re-writing American history.  In his current exhibition at Morgan Lehman Gallery, “Heartbreaking and Shit, But That’s the Globe. The Battle of Manhattan,” he has re-imagined the conquest of North America from a very different point of view than what you were taught [&hellip
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DeTocqueville Goes West

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Del Toro and Desplechin play post-colonial brotherhood in Jimmy P Benecio Del Toro’s Jimmy Picard, a Blackfoot tribesman undergoing medical tests at the Menninger Clinic in 1940s Topeka, Kansas, speaks in measured phrases sending his thoughts and feelings through the medium of the white man’s dominant English. But this extraordinary characterization also illustrates the physical [&hellip
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P.C. Ping Pong

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Philomena sentimentalizes motherhood and chips away at religion Philomena reveals its cynicism when BBC political journalist Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) initially refuses to take on an assignment: “Human interest stories are for weak-minded, vulgar, ignorant people” says the supercilious Brit professional (a Coogan specialty but worn out after 24 Hour Party People). He invites a [&hellip
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Eye on Auctions

Written by Caroline Birenbaum on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Quiet and quality on the rise for aficionados The next few weeks are relatively quiet in the NY auction world. Much of the activity takes place at Swann Galleries as indicated below, and the previews merit a visit. Refer to the websites for schedules, illustrated catalogues–and sometimes videos, blogs, and press releases about highlights.    [&hellip
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Jubilation in the Jungle

Written by July Gelman Myers on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Javier Dzul’s Mayan rituals rewrite life out of chaos Mexico Maya, the latest work from choreographer Javier Dzul, would be unfathomable without knowing that Dzul grew up in the jungle.  The title of the work refers to the Mayan tribal community in Mexico where Dzul was raised and learned Mayan ritual dance. Conceived in three [&hellip
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A Piece of Resistance

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

The Lego Movie tour de force restores satire to animation A $60 million animated film that looks as cheap as The Lego Movie must be some kind of avant-garde prank. Styled to resemble the textured, interlocking plastic chips kids play with to build crude, child-proof versions of…everything, the trademark bright primary colors are muted and [&hellip
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Obliviots, or Deeper Into Solipsism

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

Spike Jonze dehumanizes women and love in Her Until Her, Spike Jonze was a favorite of the American Eccentrics. His brazen artiness was usually redeemed by youthful goofiness and the goofiness had a certain conceptual finesse–best demonstrated in his 2000 Weapon of Choice music video for Fatboy Slim where Christopher Walken’s song-and-dance pantomime jeteed into [&hellip
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Awkward and Uncertain

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts Our Town, Arts Our Town Downtown, Arts West Side Spirit

That Awkward Moment’s frat comedy lacks the Lubitsch Touch The three best friends of That Awkward Moment, graphic artists Jason and Daniel (Zac Efron, Miles Teller) and medical intern Mike (Michael B. Jordan), are cynical about increasing their sexual activity, enjoying their young middle-class professional prerogative on the loose in New York City. Encouraging each [&hellip
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