The Shape of Art to Come

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Juliette Binoche talks about her role in Abbas Kiarostamis’s latest film, “Certified Copy.” Art critics Ken Johnson, Irving Sandler and Amei Wallach discuss the current Armory Show and what it says about the art world today. Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev talk about their documentary on lost Russian art, “The Desert of Forbidden Art.” Plus, this week's Please Explain is all about tsunamis and earthquakes—in light of the tsunami that just hit Japan.

Juliette Binoche on "Certified Copy"

French actress Juliette Binoche recently became the first actress ever to win the European "triple crown"--Best Actress awards at the Venice, Berlin, and Cannes film festivals. She'll talk about her latest award-winning role in Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's film, "Certified Copy." She plays an antiques dealer who meets a scholar who may or may not be her husband.

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Art in New York City

Art critics Ken Johnson, Irving Sandler, and Amei Wallach discuss the current state of visual art in New York City. They'll talk about this year's Armory Show and what it says for the future of New York's status as one of the art capitals of the world.

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The Desert of Forbidden Art

Filmmakers Amanda Pope and Tchavdar Georgiev discuss their latest film, "The Desert of Forbidden Art", which tells the incredible story of how a treasure trove of banned Soviet art worth millions of dollars came to be stashed in a far-off desert in Uzbekistan. Today, the work of Igor Savisky and his colleagues is described as one of the most remarkable collections of 20th century Russian art, yet it remains endangered—a lucrative target for Islamic fundamentalists, corrupt bureaucrats, and art profiteers.

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Please Explain: Tsunamis

This morning, an 8.9 magnitude earthquake occured 230 miles northeast of Tokyo, Japan, causing a large tsunami. The full extent of the impact of the tsunami is not yet known, and there are tsunami alerts for Russia, Hawaii, and the West Coast of the United States. On today's Please Explain, we'll try to answer all of your questions about tsunamis with Humboldt University Professor of Geology Lori Dengler who is currently at the National Weather Service monitoring the situation, and Geoff Abers, a seismologist at the Lamont Doherty Center at Columbia University. 

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An Update on Libya

We get an update on the situation in Libya from Charles Levinson of the Wall Street Journal. He'll give us a picture of what's going on in the ground, what France's recognition of the rebels means for the conflict, and what Hillary Clinton's next steps should be.


Five Things You May Not Know About Tsunamis

On today's Please Explain, Leonard spoke to geologist Lori Dengler and seismologist Geoff Abers about the tsunami in Japan. In addition to finding out that earthquakes can cause whirlpools, we found out a lot more about how tsunamis are closer to us than we think.

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