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What Not to Miss at the 2020 New York Film Festival

Eager to get outside and away from kids and roommates, many have turned to running these days. For An
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Eager to get outside and away from kids and roommates, many have turned to running these days. For Antonio Tizapa, whose son Jorge remains among the 43 Mexican students abducted in 2014, the activity has become something more cathartic, leading him to found the NYC group Running for Ayotzinapa 43. Photographs and artwork related to its efforts to raise awareness about the missing students — all young teachers-in-training — are now on view at the Bronx art space AAA3A. You can read more about their critical work (and some upcoming actions) here.
I’d also recommend checking out this year’s New York Film Festival, now in full swing via virtual screenings and a few drive-ins around the city. Ela Bittencourt shares a compelling list of films not to miss, and Monica Castillo rounds up some her favorite New York-themed shorts.
Further downtown, at Hauser & Wirth, our staff writer Valentina Di Liscia spent some time with the profound works of the late painter Luchita Hurtado, who only began to be widely recognized in her 90s. Likewise, the landscape painter Richard Mayhew, also in his 90s and still painting daily, is currently the subject of a long overdue solo show at ACA galleries. As Julie Schneider writes of the catalogue, “to crack open the squarish volume of Transcendence is to open a portal into a realm of vivid swirling hues, where natural forms pulse with freedom.”
– Dessane Lopez Cassell, Editor, Reviews

What Not to Miss at the 2020 NYFF
From Lovers Rock (2020), dir. Steve McQueen (image courtesy Amazon Studios)
From Lovers Rock (2020), dir. Steve McQueen (image courtesy Amazon Studios)
This year the New York Film Festival presents a mix of in-person and virtual screenings. We compiled our top picks, including highlights like Steve McQueen’s Small Axe films, ruminative queer romances, and incisive documentaries about US politics and Helen Keller’s activism.
Also…
Among the shorts playing the NYFF, those in the New York Stories block “embody the spirit of a city erroneously declared dead,” writes Monica Castillo.
We also put together a list of our favorite experimental films from the recent Toronto International Film Festival. Two highlights — Ephraim Asili’s striking debut feature The Inheritance and Nicolás Pereda’s Fauna, an inventive story within a story — are also streaming via NYFF through tomorrow.
What Else is Happening?
The front of the Brooklyn Museum during the 2015 Brooklyn Real Estate Summit (photo by Benjamin Sutton for Hyperallergic)
The front of the Brooklyn Museum during the 2015 Brooklyn Real Estate Summit (photo by Benjamin Sutton for Hyperallergic)
Former and current workers at the Brooklyn Museum have stepped forward to decry the behavior of executive leadership, denouncing “the harm and daily mistreatment” of workers of color.
The Guggenheim Museum laid off 24 workers, and an additional eight employees who accepted voluntary separation packages will leave at the end of the month.
The Brooklyn Public Library has teamed up with advocacy group Writers Rebel NYC to launch Climate Reads, an online book club and discussion series open to readers anywhere in the world.
An open letter authored by three artists included in the now-canceled Collective Actions exhibition urges the Whitney Museum to seriously examine its practices and policies to better represent historically excluded communities.
Governor Andrew Cuomo will appoint a commission to select an artist and choose a location for a new statue of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Brooklyn.
Maurizio Cattelan’s controversial banana sculpture “Comedian” has been anonymously donated to the Guggenheim.
Over 100 artists, including Rashid Johnson and Jenny Holzer, have donated work for a sale that will benefit arts nonprofits based in New York City.
Art Around Town
At 96 Years Old, Richard Mayhew Is Still Painting Transportive “Mindscapes”
The Profound and Alluring Mystique of Luchita Hurtado
Robert Mangold's Emotional Optics
Photographs Document a Father’s Journey for Justice, One Run at a Time
A Painter for a Heated World
Meet the NYC Art Community
Arcmanoro Niles Is Reveling in Uncertainty
On View
Robert Kobayashi: Moe’s Meat Market at Susan Inglett, through November 7
“Kobayashi subverted the stereotype of cheap production by elevating a painted object fashioned of recycled tin into the realm of art.” – John Yau
“Tuttle lets the installation stand as the answer to its own questions, even if it can feel that much is left unsaid.” – Louis Bury
“As budgets continue to remain tight for many across the city, Hope Wanted offers a crucial free opportunity to ruminate on not just on art, but also local history in the making.” – Dessane Lopez Cassell
“An extremely sociable, very private man who had a complicated love life, he knew many of the leading artistic and literary figures in Paris during his long lifetime.” – David Carrier
Judd at MoMA, through January 9
“In 1984, I met Donald Judd but did not know it. I thought I was talking with John Chamberlain.” – John Yau
From the Store
Louise Bourgeois Memory Card Game
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