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Don Cheadle

Monday, July 25, 2011

Actor Don Cheadle discusses his career, and his latest role, in “The Guard,” a comedic, fish-out-of-water tale of murder, blackmail, drug trafficking and rural police corruption, and the two cops who must join forces to take on an international drug-smuggling gang, an unorthodox Irish policeman and a straitlaced FBI agent. "The Guard" opens July 29 at AMC Empire 25, Angelika Film Center, and Lincoln Plaza Cinema.

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Cory Arcangel: Protools

Friday, July 22, 2011

Artist Cory Arcangel, best known for his Internet interventions and modified video games, discusses the exhibition “Cory Arcangel: Protools,” at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibition revolves around the concept of “product demonstrations.” Works featured—ranging from video games, single channel video, kinetic sculpture, prints, and pen plotter drawings—have been created with technological tools, often mixing and matching professional and amateur technologies.

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Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Curator Andrew Bolton discusses the exhibition “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Organized by The Costume Institute, it celebrates the late Alexander McQueen’s contributions to fashion—he challenged and expanded the understanding of fashion beyond utility to a conceptual expression of culture, politics, and identity. The show features approximately 100 ensembles and 70 accessories from McQueen’s 19-year career. “Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty” is on view through August 7.

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Rembrandt and His School

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Colin Bailey, Associate Director and Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at the Frick, discusses the exhibition “Rembrandt and His School: Masterworks from the Frick and Lugt Collections on view at the Frick Collection. It features familiar paintings—including a self-portrait recently cleaned and restored—along with Frick prints rarely shown, and a gallery of Rembrandt drawings brought from Europe. The exhibition is on view through May 15, and the drawing and prints on loan from the Lugt Collection will be on view through the May 22. 

The Frick is hosting a free "Rembrandt Night" on May 13, 6-9 pm.

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Picasso and Marie-Thérèse

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Diana Widmaier Picasso, art historian and granddaughter of Pablo Picasso and Marie-Thérèse, and Picasso biographer John Richardson, discuss organizing the Gagosian Gallery’s new exhibition, Picasso and Marie-Thérèse: L’amour fou. It brings together the paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints inspired by one of Picasso’s most ideal models and enduring passions. She became the catalyst for some of his most exceptional work, from groundbreaking paintings to an inspired return to sculpture in the 1930s, yet her true identity remained a secret from even Picasso’s closest friends.

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Kevin Kline

Friday, April 01, 2011

Academy Award-winner Kevin Kline discusses his career and his latest films: “Queen to Play” and “The Conspirator.” In “Queen to Play,” he plays his first French-speaking role as a reclusive American who tutors a chambermaid with a chess obsession. It opens April 1 at Lincoln Plaza Cinema and Angelika Film Center. “The Conspirator,” directed by Robert Redford, is about a conspiracy surrounding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln. It opens April 15.

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Picasso's Guitars

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Anne Umland, curator at the Museum of Modern Art, discusses the exhibition “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914.” It brings together two guitars Picasso created—one out of cardboard, paper, string, and wire, the other out of sheet metal—and some 70 collages, constructions, drawings, mixed-media paintings, and photographs.

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"Barney's Version"

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Director Richard J. Lewis and actress Rosamund Pike discuss the new film “Barney’s Version.” The film tells the story of Barney Panofsky, who leads a politically incorrect life and who meets the love of his life at his wedding—but she's not the bride. The film spans three decades and two continents, taking us through Barney's unusual history and his three marriages. “Barney’s Version” opens in New York January 14 at Union Square and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas.

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The Life and Work of Alice Neel

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Phoebe Hoban discusses the artist Alice Neel, who was unconventional both in her life and her work. The biography Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty tells the story of Neel’s life and the portraits she painted, which portray a universe of powerful personalities and document an age—she painted through the Depression, McCarthyism, the Civil Rights Movement, the sexual revolution, feminism, and the 1980s.

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Kiki Smith and Deborah Gans

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Artist Kiki Smith and architect Deborah Gans talk about their stained glass window in the Museum at Eldridge Street. Their new design is the culminating piece of the 20-plus-year restoration of this national historic landmark, an 1887 synagogue. Smith and Gans’s design features a celestial motif – illuminated stars in a swirling pattern that evokes the Big Bang.

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Edwidge Danticat on Art and Exile

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Edwidge Danticat reflects on art and exile, and discusses what it means to be an immigrant artist from a country in crisis. Her book Create Dangerously: The Immigrant Artist at Work combines memoir and essay to tell the stories of artists, including herself, who create, despite—or because of—the suffering, violence, poverty, and oppression that drove them from their homelands, and continues to haunt them.

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