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This Week: Must-See Arts in the City

Nostalgic portraits of cowboys, Brazilian street art, a Bertolucci festival with new prints. Here's WNYC's guide to interesting arts happenings going down in the coming week.

The Urban Wilderness, Joseph A. Holmes, at Jen Bekman Gallery in SoHo. Holmes, a long-time photographic chronicler of New York, turns his lens on some of the city’s wide-open spaces. The result: snow-covered landscapes that are downright pastoral. Plan on seeing big bad New York in a whole new light. Opens Friday, in Manhattan.

Bernardo Bertolucci, a film retrospective, at the Museum of Modern Art. The legendary Italian director gets his own retrospective—complete with brand, spankin’ new prints—at MoMA starting next week. Plan on seeing everything from Last Tango in Paris to La commare secca to Little Buddha (okay, maybe that last one wasn’t exactly his finest work, but give a film legend a break). The festival kicks off with a screening of that Fascist period gem, Il Conformista—introduced by il direttore himself. Begins next Wednesday, December 15, in Manhattan.

Day Job, at the Drawing Center, in SoHo. The day job: Payer of bills. Source of angst. Drainer of energy that could allegedly be spent pursuing creative endeavors. This group show at the Drawing Center examines the connection between the day job and the private creative lives of various artists—including a pilot and a soap opera actor. Opens Thursday at 6 P.M., in Manhattan.

Law of the Jungle, at Lehmann Maupin in Chelsea. Brazilian artist Tiago Carneiro da Cunha has gathered together a diverse group of international artists—from Brazilian street artists Os Gemeos to the coldly geometric Brit Liam Gillick—to explore the idea of survival. Expect painting, installation and a pair of sculpted hands with eyeballs in them. Should be interesting. Opens Thursday at 6 P.M., in Manhattan.

William Albert Allard: Five Decades, at Steven Kasher Gallery, in Chelsea. The National Geographic photographer gets a retrospective devoted to 50 years of his output. Allard's nostalgia-steeped images of cowboys are probably his most recognizable works, but I happen to dig his shots from Peru. Go figure. Opens Thursday, in Manhattan.

In Unrelated News: Yesterday, I posted an opinionated bit about the Smithsonian pulling a work of art from a gay-themed show at the National Portrait Gallery after coming under political fire. Now Modern Art Notes has posted an excellent Q&A with the exhibit's curators. Also a must-read: the Washington City Paper helpfully outlines how the outrage over David Wojnarowicz's video was manufactured.

Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider in a still from Bernardo Bertolucci's 1972 lust and obsession flick 'Last Tango in Paris,' soon to screen at MoMA. It doesn't get butter than this.
Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider in a still from Bernardo Bertolucci's 1972 lust and obsession flick 'Last Tango in Paris,' soon to screen at MoMA. It doesn't get butter than this. ( The Museum of Modern Art )
A still from 'The Dreamers,' another Bertolucci pic to go on view as part of MoMA's festival. An interesting coincidence: I too bathe with a pair of hot guys to save water.
A still from 'The Dreamers,' another Bertolucci pic to go on view as part of MoMA's festival. An interesting coincidence: I too bathe with a pair of hot guys to save water. ( Courtesy of Fiction Srl )
With its moody lighting, Fascist architecture and fatal tales of betrayal, Bertolucci's 'Il conformista' is a cinema classic.
With its moody lighting, Fascist architecture and fatal tales of betrayal, Bertolucci's 'Il conformista' is a cinema classic. ( The Museum of Modern Art )
At SoHo's Drawing Center, a show that explores the idea of the day job. Above, Raul J. Mendez's 'Vexingly Placeless,' a mixed media work from 2007.
At SoHo's Drawing Center, a show that explores the idea of the day job. Above, Raul J. Mendez's 'Vexingly Placeless,' a mixed media work from 2007. ( Courtesy of the artist. )
Because every wild sight is made instantly better with a mall. Mary Lydecker's collage, 'Westgate Shopping Center (Asheville, NC)/Glacier National Park (MT),' also at the Drawing Center.
Because every wild sight is made instantly better with a mall. Mary Lydecker's collage, 'Westgate Shopping Center (Asheville, NC)/Glacier National Park (MT),' also at the Drawing Center. ( Courtesy of the artist. )
Survival is the topic for a group show at Lehmann Maupin in Chelsea. Above, a detail of Adriana Varejao's 'Paisagem Canibal (Cannibal Landscape).'
Survival is the topic for a group show at Lehmann Maupin in Chelsea. Above, a detail of Adriana Varejao's 'Paisagem Canibal (Cannibal Landscape).' ( Courtesy of the Artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York )
A tricked-out wicker bike is Jarbas Lopes's contribution to 'Law of the Jungle' at Lehmann Maupin.
A tricked-out wicker bike is Jarbas Lopes's contribution to 'Law of the Jungle' at Lehmann Maupin. ( Courtesy of the Artist and Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York )
'Cloud 9 Bar, Elko, Nevada.' An image by NatGeo shooter William Albert Allard at the Steven Kasher Gallery, in Chelsea.
'Cloud 9 Bar, Elko, Nevada.' An image by NatGeo shooter William Albert Allard at the Steven Kasher Gallery, in Chelsea. ( Courtesy William Albert Allard and Steven Kasher Gallery )
Allard's show at Kasher is a five decade retrospective of his work. Above, 'Henry Gray, rancher, Arizona, 1970.'
Allard's show at Kasher is a five decade retrospective of his work. Above, 'Henry Gray, rancher, Arizona, 1970.' ( Courtesy William Albert Allard and Steven Kasher Gallery )
Making New York's public spaces seem downright idyllic: Joseph O. Holmes at the Jen Bekman Gallery, in SoHo.
Making New York's public spaces seem downright idyllic: Joseph O. Holmes at the Jen Bekman Gallery, in SoHo. ( Courtesy Joseph O. Holmes and the Jen Bekman Gallery )
'Nethermead, 2010,' - another shot by Holmes. Brooklyn was never so pacific.
'Nethermead, 2010,' - another shot by Holmes. Brooklyn was never so pacific. ( Courtesy Joseph O. Holmes and the Jen Bekman Gallery )
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