This week’s art stories, in short.
- Movies for 15 cents? Wipe your eyes, it’s true. As part of a bid to lure in audiences, AMC Theatres announced it will reopen more than 100 cinemas in the U.S. on Aug. 20 with “retro ticket prices” for the day. The programming kicks off with a slate of fan-favorite films, including “Ghostbusters,” “Black Panther,” “Back to the Future” and “Grease.” These movies will be available for $5 after the Aug. 20 15-cent stunt. If you’re in New York, we’re sorry to report that theaters are still not allowed to open just yet. [AP News]
- Also in movie news, the New York Film Festival announced the Main Slate for its 58th iteration, set to run Sept. 17–Oct. 11. The reimagined festival will feature drive-in screenings and a streamlined offering of films in five categories: Main Slate, Currents, Spotlight, Revivals and Talks. This year’s opening night film is Steve McQueen’s “Lovers Rock,” with Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland” as the Centerpiece selection and Azazel Jacobs’s “French Exit” as the closer. “To put it simply, the Main Slate is our collective response to one central question: which films matter to us right now?” Dennis Lim, the festival’s director of programming said in the announcement. [Film at Lincoln Center]
- Across the country, cars line up in orderly sections to take in music from independent venues, but are socially-distanced concerts enough to save an industry facing economic collapse? [NPR]
- Meant as a redemptive gesture, the Women’s Prize for Fiction’s “Reclaim Her Name” initiative has sparked controversy. The project republished 25 books written in the 19th and 20th centuries by women authors under male pen names, replacing the noms-de-plume with the women’s real names. The issue, critics cite, is that the effort ignores the authors’ decisions about how to present their works and reduces their original choice to publish under a different name to a matter of gender identity. [Lit Hub]
To celebrate our 25th anniversary, we teamed up with @BaileysOfficial on something very special.
Introducing the #ReclaimHerName collection, 25 books previously published under male pen names, with the real, female authors' names finally printed on them: https://t.co/cdQ4wA1p4D pic.twitter.com/rW4L3ZafFJ
— Women's Prize (@WomensPrize) August 12, 2020
- The New-York Historical Society opened the outdoor exhibition “Hope Wanted: New York City Under Quarantine” this week. Comprising 50 photographs by Kay Hickman and 14 audio interviews by Kevin Powell, the installation depicts the city during the height of the COVID-19 health crisis and marks the first phase in the museum’s plans to reopen. [ALL ARTS]
- The musical “Diana,” originally slated to open March 25, 2020, will be recorded to stream on Netflix early next year before it debuts on Broadway in 2021. [ALL ARTS]
- The annual Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, organized by the nonprofit Art+Feminism, updated 85 articles featuring women artists of color, including Carrie Mae Weems, Amy Sherald, Simone Leigh, Deborah Willis and more. With a team of 67 volunteers, the group added upwards of 17,000 words and 180 references on the Wikipedia site. [Artnet News
- In the wake of last week’s explosion, artists and nonprofits have created initiatives with the aim of raising money for Beirut. The fundraisers, which have secured thousands of dollars in total already, include live performances on Twitch, GoFundMe accounts started by arts organizations, print sales and more. [Hyperallergic]
- A new report from the think tank Brookings Institution stated the creative economy — which spans film, advertising, performing arts and more — stands to lose an approximated 2.7 million jobs and $150bn in sales as a result of the COVID-19 health crisis. The study determined that fine and performing arts industries would bear the brunt of the losses, with 1.4 million jobs and $42.5bn in revenues estimated. [The Art Newspaper]
- Union members at the New Museum filed charges against the Manhattan art institution after layoffs and furloughs the group described as a “discriminatory and retaliatory act.” The New Museum Union announced the move on Twitter Monday, stating that the museum took aim at “vocal union supporters” and its bargaining committee. “We’re gonna continue pushing for accountability from the [New Museum] for their anti-union hostility,” organizers posted. The charges were filed with the National Labor Relations Board. [Artnet News]
WE FILED CHARGES AGAINST THE NEW MUSEUM WITH THE NLRB. pic.twitter.com/T0jg0umAcr
— New Museum Union (@newmuseum_union) August 10, 2020
- Artist Tania Bruguera organized a “virtual chorus” composed of supporters online to read the names of 102 political prisoners following the death of Cuban activist Yosvany Arostegui while in police custody. The artist plans to collaborate with writer Lien Carrazana, filmmaker Alain Rafael Dueñas Estevez and musician Luis Alberto Mariño Fernández at a future date to transform the submissions into a “collective audiovisual artwork.” Bruguera’s call-to-action adds to voices from 14 organizations that signed a letter last month condemning “numerous arbitrary arrests, restrictions and Internet service cuts” targetted at journalists, artists and activists in Cuba. [Hyperallergic]
- The literary staple Bluestockings will be moving from its space on Allen Street to another location in the Lower East Side after a rent hike forced the feminist book store to shutter in July. [Bowery Boogie]
- A viral video of 11-year-old Anthony Madu dancing in the rain in Lagos, Nigeria, landed the young performer a scholarship to train at American Ballet Theatre (ABT). Actresses Viola Davis and Cynthia Erivo both shared the video, with Erivo making the connection between Madu and ABT. [NBC New York]
Reminds me of the beauty of my people. We create, soar, can imagine, have unleashed passion, and love….despite the brutal obstacles that have been put in front of us! Our people can fly!!! ❤ pic.twitter.com/LNyWD2ZoU0
— Viola Davis (@violadavis) June 24, 2020
Top Image: AMC Theatre lobby. Photo: Katherine Bowman.