Monday, February 27, 2017

Tears or laughter? For this play’s poster, it’s your call

Behind the Poster
By Erik Piepenburg
A poster for “Baby Screams Miracle,” a play at the Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington. Credit Woolly Mammoth Theater
Meilan Mizell had a baby about two weeks before she was asked to be the model for artwork promoting “Baby Screams Miracle,” Clare Barron’s dark drama about a family praying its way through a cataclysmic storm, now at the Woolly Mammoth Theater in Washington. In the image, shot by the photographer Cade Martin in collaboration with Jamin Hoyle, a freelance art director, Ms. Mizell portrays a water-drenched and windblown woman screaming (or is she laughing?) as she gazes at a lit candle in her hands. On the day of the shoot, Gwydion Suilebhan, the theater’s director of brand and marketing, asked Ms. Mizell to imagine losing her baby, echoing a theme of loss and fragility in the play itself. A messy photo shoot turned into an emotionally raw experience.[link]

Nude Christ by Michelangelo, Long forgotten, will be shown in London

By Elisabetta Povoleldo
A “Risen Christ” by Michelangelo that fell into oblivion until 1997, when scholars attributed it to the Renaissance master. Credit Alessandro Vasari, via The National Gallery
ITALY---It might seem odd that a nearly seven-foot-tall statue of Christ by Michelangelo — and a nude one at that — would go unnoticed for centuries. But that’s what happened to “Risen Christ,” a monumental figure that was transferred to a country church about 35 miles from Rome in the 17th century and that fell into oblivion until 1997, when scholars attributed it to the Renaissance master. Father Tuderti says he is convinced that the unknown provenance of the work ensured its salvation through the ages. Both versions of the statue will be exhibited at the National Gallery (the Minerva one in a plaster cast), so that they can be studied side-by-side for the first time.[link]

Sunday, February 19, 2017


By Ernest & Gregory Disney-Britton
His Jesus drawings were made ever more interesting by the handwritten phrases beside them such as: "No pool of Alpine fountain at its source was purer."
Goodmorning from Key West! In New York City today, New Museum visitors will explore Raymond Pettibon's graphic images of rising seas, cathedrals, surfers, and even Jesus too,  but in Key West, as we head out to church, we'll be looking out over true blue waters. Admittedly, Pettibon is an atypical guide to religion. He is a legendary social critic, whose work, The New York Times described as "deeply creepy, beyond dystopian." There is nothing reverential about his work, but it does prompt both practical and spiritual questions. On this morning, Raymond Pettibon's drawing raises one question: how do you know when your source is pure?

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Movie Review: An anti-Semite learns of his Jewish roots in ‘Keep Quiet

By Glenn Kenny
Movie poster for "Keep Quiet"
HOLLYWOOD---“You’ve got to be taught to hate and fear,” says an old song about bigotry. But to hear the former far-right Hungarian politician Csanad Szegedi tell it, he was essentially a self-taught anti-Semite. In “Keep Quiet,” a documentary directed by Sam Blair and Joseph Martin, Mr. Szegedi recalls the pride he felt as a student reading far-right newspapers pushing a nationalist narrative. For his part, Mr. Szegedi disdains what he calls “cosmopolitan” Jews who insist “all Hungary gave the world was peach schnapps and baggy pants.” Then Mr. Szegedi learns an inconvenient truth: He is of Jewish lineage. His grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor. His colleagues initially suggest that this could be a good thing, inoculating the party from accusations of race hate. That strategy seems to last about half a minute, and Mr. Szegedi is expelled. He begins to embrace his Jewish identity, perhaps out of necessity. [link]