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Exclusive Clip From “Buzzard”: Take This Job and Shove It

It’s rare that a single movie can conjure associations with “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Office Space,” and Knut Hamsun’s 1890 novel “Hunger,” but I had all of those things floating around in my head while watching “Buzzard,” the thoroughly excellent new film from Joel Potrykus, out today in limited release. The exclusive clip below gives you an inkling of the movie’s uniquely strange flavor (Hot Pockets-related pun very much intended). Plot is a loose, baggy thing in “Buzzard,” but the film essentially follows the travails of Marty Jackitansky (Joshua Burge), a listless temp employee who focuses most of his mental energy on figuring out ways to get ahead illicitly. (If Marty had a personal motto, it might be borrowed from Superchunk’s classic “Slack Motherf**ker“: I’m working… but I’m not working for you.) (more…)

Arsham, Bordo, and More Contribute to Tribeca Film Festival

Don’t let the name fool you — the Tribeca Film Festival (TFF) isn’t just about moving pictures. Or, well, not entirely anyway: Thanks to the festival’s ongoing Artists Awards Program, winners in each of its eight categories don’t just get a trophy, they get to take home a contemporary artwork. And now, we know which artists will be providing the 2015 awards: Longtime contributors Stephen Hannock and Clifford Ross return, joined by newcomers Daniel Arsham, Robert Bordo, Elizabeth Colomba, Prune Nourry, Jean Pagliuso, and Piers Secunda. See below for more images of the works — Arsham’s “Ash Eroded Film Reel” (below) feels especially topical — and/or see for yourself in person at the free public exhibition, held from April 13 to 22 and 24 to 25, 9 am to 5 pm, at the TFF’s 50 Varick Street headquarters.


Stanya Kahn’s Favorite Moving Pictures Experiences of 2014

When we asked the artist Stanya Kahn about her favorite films for this end-of-the-year feature, she went above and beyond, providing us with a complete list spanning everything from Youtube videos to works of journalism. Below is here complete response. Enjoy.

Some favorite moving pictures experiences in 2014 (That I can remember. In the face of increasing internet-consumption overload, I probably forgot half of what I saw. You probably did too):

“Dumb and Dumber To,” dir. by Peter and Bob Farrelly (2014)- shockingly as good as the first one.

Yvonne Rainer: Dances and Films at the Getty (2014)- included all of Rainer’s films as well as video documentation of numerous dance performances. An amazing archive brought together by curator Glenn Phillips


The Musée d’Orsay Commissions an Orgy in Honor of “Sade”

This week, the Musée d’Orsay faced a difficult quandary: How to publicize an exhibition dedicated to one so infamously deviant as the Marquis de Sade? You could plaster the entire outside of the museum with graphic bloodsport pornography; you could erect a statue of the man out of nipple clamps and riding crops; you could hire dozens of models to writhe around naked in a faux-orgy that spells out “SADE.” Note that one of these examples is not a joke and actually, definitely happened.


Sneak Peek: ART21’s Season 7 Episode With Tania Bruguera

As PBS stalwart ART21 gears up for its seventh season, we’ve partnered with the series to premiere exclusive clips from some of their upcoming episodes. Our fourth preview clip catches up with Cuban installation and performance artist Tania Bruguera. The episode documents one of her ongoing long-term works, the “Immigrant Project International,” which her website terms an “artist initiated socio-political movement,” headquartered at a community center in Corona, Queens. Conceived in 2006, the project officially began operation in 2010 and is slated to run through 2015.


Sneak Peek: ART21’s Season 7 Episode With Thomas Hirschhorn

As PBS stalwart ART21 gears up for its seventh season, we’ve partnered with the series to premiere exclusive clips from some of their upcoming episodes. Our third preview clip finds Swiss Contemporary artist Thomas Hirschhorn constructing a “temporary monument” to Marxist theorist Antonio Gramsci out of wood and tape in the South Bronx.


Watch an Exclusive Clip of “Art and Craft,” the Forgery Doc You Have to See to Believe

His counterfeits may not have brought down the Knoedler gallery, but Mark Landis, subject of the forthcoming documentary “Art and Craft,” certainly got around in his 30-year high-profile art forging spree. Sometimes using little more than a pack of colored pencils, Landis graced a reported “46 museums in 20 states with more than 100 pieces.” These particular stats are delivered to us by Matthew C. Leininger, the other half of this merry tale, a former art registrar who has become obsessed with Landis and proceeds throughout the film’s runtime to chase him in the truest Tom and Jerry fashion.


Columbia Student Protests Sexual Assault With Performance Art

The issue of sexual assault on college campuses — and specifically, the often vexingly ineffectual policy in place to address it — has been gaining some serious traction in the news these past months, and one of the faces at the forefront of the movement is Columbia College senior Emma Sulkowicz. In addition to talking to the press and even the federal government with her message, as a Visual Arts major, Sulkowicz has also chosen to channel her protest into her senior thesis. “Carry That Weight,” which she terms an “endurance performance art piece,” consists of carrying her dorm mattress with her all day, every day, as she continues to attend classes on campus.


Here’s 500 Years of Lady Portraits in 3 Minutes

An online art seller called artFido has created an art historical time-lapse video that condenses 500 years of portraits of women into 3 minutes. The video basically begins with Renaissance works (no Venus of Willendorf?) and ends with four different Picasso paintings. The 90-piece selection isn’t an especially inspired group of paintings and primarily foregrounds the work of Genius Male Artists like da Vinci, Ingres, and Renoir. It would have been nice to include the work of some women artists like Artemisia Gentileschi, Frida Kahlo, and Judith Leyster who were known for self-portraiture. For those interested in a less conventional survey of lady portraiture, the Mary Sue pointed out this more diverse version.


Miranda July Launches App That Sends Messages Through Strangers

Miranda July is at it again with her projects-about-lonely-people antics. This time, the filmmaker-actress-performance artist has created a messaging app called Somebody that provokes interaction between strangers (what else?).  “When you send your friend a message through Somebody, it goes — not to your friend — but to the Somebody user nearest your friend,” the press release explains. “This person (likely a stranger) delivers the message verbally, acting as your stand-in.”