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A Coming Storm by Sanford Robinson Gifford

The Smithsonian’s show on the Civil War and American Art expresses a deep unease about the relationship between between art and history.

Impression III by Vasily Kandinsky

MoMA’s monumental exhibition recalls the time when abstraction affected people like love or revolution.

Jude Law, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Side Effects

Steven Soderbergh’s Side Effects; Lynne Sach’s Your Day Is My Night

robert bresson's still from, the devil, probably

Robert Bresson’s The Devil, Probably; Maurice Pilat’s Police; Leo McCary’s My Son John.

Portrait of  Victor Shklovsky

A Russian novelist’s fight, in life and art, to see the world afresh in all its cruelty and splendor.

Photo of Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger

Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger’s Jews and Words.

Zero Dark Thirty

The film’s torture scenes do not excuse or glorify torture; they do something worse: draw the audience into accommodating it.

Yuri Shevchuk

The well-known musician talks about the adoption ban, Pussy Riot and the future of the opposition movement.

Every musical note has life in it. For six decades the composer Elliott Carter imagined that life precisely.

Blogs

Robert Hatch’s conflicted review of Stanley Kubrick’s great satire, released fifty years ago this week.

January 25, 2014

The Israeli musician shares his thoughts on the American Jewish community and collaborating with Palestinian artists.

January 16, 2014

NPR does a segment on Following the Ninth, a new film co-produced by Greg Mitchell.

January 14, 2014

A new play by George Brant brings home the human costs of America’s remote killing machine.

January 14, 2014

JT’s backup dancers have made history by winning a union contract for touring artists.

December 13, 2013

The danger to orcas—and humans.

December 11, 2013

The classic 1970s song that brought attention to South African apartheid.

December 6, 2013

The Coen Brothers reanimate the Greenwich Village of the sixties.

December 5, 2013