Posts Tagged ‘goethe-institut’

Reviewed: “Cardboard City” at Goethe-Institut

Cardboard doesn’t seem like the most auspicious of art materials, but three far-flung artists—Artemis Herber of Germany, Steve Keene of the United States, and Valery Koshlyakov of Russia—separately gravitated to it, and they now find themselves drawn together in the exhibit “Cardboard City.”
Each of the artists embraces their shared material’s creases and curls. Herber offers [...]

Reviewed: New German Photography at Goethe-Institut

The annual exhibit "Gute Aussichten" may have a narrow focus—new German photography—but that's belied by its range.
In the most recent edition on view at the Goethe-Institut, Fabian Rook offers a spark of inspiration—he culls images from Google Street View and prints them as if they were landscape photographs from his own travels in Mexico, Japan, [...]

ToDo ToDay: North Korea! Tacos!

You need only glance at reproductions of North Korean propaganda art, and you'll have an idea of what painter Song Byeok's work is all about. The painter, who defected after a devastating famine struck the Hermit Kingdom during the 1990s, once painted the ubiquitous socialist-realist images of heroic North Korean workers that are mandatory in [...]

ToDo ToDay: Gentrification on Columbia Pike

If you don’t get out of the District much, you might not have visited Columbia Pike, a Virginia state highway known especially for its commercial heart in South Arlington. That strip has long been a multicultural hotbed, but recently, it’s begun to transform into something like Clarendon Part Deux. So for about the last five years, [...]

Don’t Be Bored: Doomtree and Euro Cinema

The problem with collectives is there’s always a weak link. For every RZA and Ghostface Killah there’s a U-God and Masta Killa. But the hip-hop group Doomtree avoids this conundrum: While P.O.S. is the group’s star, nobody dives for the fast-forward when Dessa, Sims, Cecil Otter, or Mike Mictlan steps to the mic. Doomtree’s punk-infused [...]

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 [...]