Posts Tagged ‘goethe-institut’

Don’t Be Bored: Grounded Airlines, Hot and Cold Reading

Once upon a time, the airline map was divided up just like a political map: Germans had their Lufthansa, Brazilians their Varig, and every emerging postcolonial nation-state its own Cameroon Airlines or Biman Bangladesh to fly the new flag around the world. Only Americans, with our cacophony of private carriers, stood out. But today, the [...]

Reviewed: “Gute Aussichten” at Goethe-Institut

This year’s installment of "Gute Aussichten"—an annual selection of new German photography—features seven artists. The theme is “editing,” though it’s not always clear how each artist hews to it. Sara-Lena Maierhofer creates a psychodocumentary of a compelling subject—Clark Rockefeller, the German-born impostor and accused murderer—but the series provides insufficient context for nonexperts to fully understand [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Yeesh

Is there anything worth recommending tonight? Well, yes. But pickins are slim. Goethe-Institut has Egomania – Island Without Hope, a 1986 German melodrama in which a romance threatens to unravel a Baltic island's carefully cultivated bleakness. No seriously. $6:30 p.m. $4-$7.
And, I dunno, maybe you're feeling devious or weak-willed. Riot Act Comedy Theater has a [...]

The Best Photographic Images of 2011

Sometimes an exhibit is great in its entirety; sometimes one particular piece rises well above the rest of the exhibit. The images below fall into the latter category. Together, they constitute the 10 best photographic images of 2011, at least in this reviewer's opinion.
1. Harry Callahan, “Telephone Wires,” National Gallery of Art. The National Gallery [...]

Reviewed: “On the Lakeshore … and Other Stories” at Goethe-Institut

The three photographers showing jointly at the Goethe-Institut—Iris Janke of Germany and Kaitlin Jencso and Sara J. Winston of the United States—intend their works to be a “dialogue on a common topic: self-identity.” Each does indeed present a deeply personal vision, but in combination, their offerings are uneven. Winston provides depressing visions of disorder—matted hair [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Excessive Rocking

The last time America was in an economic depression, a vibrant chunk of the era’s popular culture involved folk music about heroic left-wing martyrs. Alas, it’s not quite the same this time. If it was, Lady Gaga might be celebrating the legacy of Joe Hill, the Industrial Workers of the World organizer executed by a [...]

Reviewed: “Left Behind” at Goethe-Institut

In her photography, Friederike Brandenburg seeks out “isolated traces of civilization in places otherwise presumed to represent a pristine, untouched state of nature.” It’s hardly a new theme, meandering over more than a century from Carleton Watkins to Edward Burtynsky, and that presents a high bar for Brandenburg—one she meets only sporadically.
It’s not all that [...]

24 Hours Berlin: Watch the Whole Film, Or Not

Even the most diehard cinephiles might squirm at the thought of a day-long film. But 24 Hours Berlin—A Day in the Life is not the type of epic that demands viewers  sit through it beginning to end.
Which is why the Goethe-Institut, screening the film in full this weekend, provides an 11-page guide breaking down the [...]

Reviewed: “Gute Aussichten: New German Photography” at Goethe-Institut

The organizers of “Gute Aussichten: New German Photography” have covered all (or at least most of) the bases with this year’s iteration of the juried exhibition, now on display at Goethe-Institut. Conceptual art? Check: Katrin Kamrau’s interactive meditation on the empty spaces where photography is practiced. Still life? Samuel Henne offers portraits of Rube Goldbergish [...]

Reviewed: “kin*” at Goethe-Institut

Adam Golfer, a 26-year-old photographer based in Brooklyn, is the Jewish grandson of Holocaust survivors. His exhibit at Goethe-Institut, "kin*," is, in his words, a “personal documentary that examines the connection between the German and Jewish people more than 60 years after the fall of the Third Reich.” Appropriately for someone working several generations removed [...]