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To paraphrase The Communist Manifesto , a specter is haunting Hollywood. Actually, two of them: zombies and vampires. The undead.
What vampire and zombie movies can tell us about the future of capitalism
| May 21, 2010
Review: The Box
First-semester social-science students would wince at the overreaching metaphors in Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly’s latest Rorschach test.
David Kelly boxes himself in
| November 13, 2009
At the 2003 Venice Biennale, Damián Ortega presented what has become his signature sculpture, Cosmic Thing . He dissected a 1989 Volkswagen Beetle and suspended the individual parts in mid air so that they resemble a 3-D assembly diagram.
Damián Ortega rides into the ICA
| September 25, 2009
Depending on our mood, most of us seek out albums that coddle our hopes, fears, and concerns; failing that, we want escapism, foreign environments that either take us where we want to be or startle us with the thrill of the new.
Highlights from a banner year in wordless music
CHRISTOPHER GRAY + ANDREW FREDERICK
| May 15, 2009
The end times do indeed commence on December 21, 2012. On that date, this fragile blue orb of ours will suddenly cease to be a very fun place to live.
The end is nigh! Or not.
| March 25, 2009
Nude vs. prude
Sally Mann doesn’t take photographs, she does Rorschach tests.
Some Things at Trinity
| February 27, 2008
His last year at Marienbad
Alain Resnais, perhaps as a dig at his screenwriter Alain Robbe-Grillet, sometimes tells a joke about their notorious 1961 movie.
Alain Robbe-Grillet: 1922–2008
| February 26, 2008
Dan Deacon and Jimmy Joe Roche: Ultimate Reality
Kind of like one long Rorschach test, Ultimate Reality is a collaboration between experimental music producer Dan Deacon and visual artist Jimmy Joe Roche.
| December 31, 2007
Road to ruin
In contemporary art, Three Gorges Dam on China’s Yangtze River is a 1.3-mile-wide symbol for humanity’s hubris.
Exploring “Urban Landscapes” at Brown
| May 01, 2007
Creation’s silent roar
Nicole Duennebier’s painting reaches into a primordial deep-sea darkness to pull out luminescent patterns dotting undulating shapes.
Nicole Duennebier astounds at Aucocisco
| March 07, 2007
Origin of species
When in 1976 Jennifer Bartlett premiered her epic painting Rhapsody, John Russell, the chief art critic of the New York Times, proclaimed it “the most ambitious single work of art that has come my way since I started to live in New York." “Jennifer Bar
Jennifer Bartlett’s breakthrough masterpiece and photographers of the future
| October 18, 2006
What a pity that Samuel Beckett’s plays aren’t more widely appreciated.
2nd Story’s Godot is free of pretentiousness
| May 30, 2006
Some say the movie impulse comes from voyeurism, but I think a case could be made for sado-masochism, especially after watching some of the selections in this year’s Boston Underground Film Festival.
The Boston Underground Film Festival
| March 17, 2006
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