Book of Judges: Larry David and the War on the War on Comedy

The war of all against all against nothing

Sweet Talk: A Conversation with Thuraya Al-Basqsami and Monira Al Qadiri

I feel like there’s a forest inside me, full of vegetation. Like a bowl of tabbouleh.

Louvre Me Tender

Soft power plays

Bidoun Mix 3: Ghazal

Mix Suedi

The Video People

1990s VHS Tehran Cinephiliacs

Bidoun Mix 2: Deena Abdelwahed

FutureArab/ClubSounds

Soft Dramaturgy: A Conversation with Lukas Duwenhögger, Part II

Precluding the indifferent, eradicating void and uninspiring vastness of, for instance, sunsets.

Soft Dramaturgy: A Conversation with Lukas Duwenhögger, Part I

I hope these words make you cry.

Mary Boone is Egyptian

“I find the whole notion of celebrity embarrassing.”

Ghariba

Love and romance, dating and friendship, loneliness and community, all set against the terror of aging.

Bidoun Mix 1

Post-(((Persian))) Happy Softcore

The Pasha Resurrects: What ‘Isa Ibn Hisham Told Us

Sometime in the late 1890s, a struggling writer named ‘Isa took a walk in the City of the Dead.

The Delicacy of Radicalism

Squander.

In all cases, it was a beautiful film to make

Amr Ezzat has always had vivid dreams.

Youssef Rakha

The writer Youssef Rakha is the only child of a former Marxist lawyer and a translator.

Salima Ikram

I mean, if all else fails, I’ll always have butchery. Or I guess I could work in a funeral home.

Laila Soueif

For decades, Laila Soueif has been a familiar sight at protests across Cairo.

William Wells

Down at the end of Nabrawy and Hussein El Me’mar Pasha streets, just minutes from Tahrir Square, lies one of those improbable Cairo junctions that seem to suggest an entire world.

News

Reza Abdoh: Radical Visions

Reza Abdoh: Radical Visions
Screening series at The Museum of Modern Art
July 14–23, 2018

A polymath and self-described member of “a TV generation,” pioneering Iranian-American theater artist Reza Abdoh voraciously incorporated varied references to music videos, variety shows, film, dance, classical texts, BDSM, and more into his work, with equal parts poetry and rigor. Moving images played an essential role in the artist’s large-scale, interdisciplinary productions beginning in the mid-1980s. In his final working years he also turned to the cinematic form; his second feature remained unfinished at the time of his 1995 death from AIDS-related complications. In conjunction with the retrospective Reza Abdoh, currently on view at MoMA PS1, this series offers insight into the artist’s profound creative energy—films he directed and videos created collaboratively for productions—along with a recent documentary.

Across disciplines, Abdoh confronted themes of transgression, violence, and abjection to speak to social and political upheaval and marginalization in America and around the world—with a demanding yet transcendent effect on cast members, audiences, and future scholars and followers of his work. While his media output was largely envisioned in the context of theatrical mise en scène, experiencing Abdoh onscreen is vital to the rediscovery of this essential creator, whose urgent anger, clarity of vision, and unique voice resonate two decades on.

Organized by Sophie Cavoulacos, Assistant Curator, Department of Film; with Negar Azimi, Tiffany Malakooti, and Babak Radboy, Bidoun; and Klaus Biesenbach, Director, MoMA PS1, and Chief Curator at Large, The Museum of Modern Art

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Saturday, July 14, 6:00
The Blind Owl
Introduced by Tony Torn
Repeats Thursday, July 19

Sunday, July 15, 1:30
Reza Abdoh-Theatre Visionary
Introduced by Adam Soch and Sandy Cleary

Sunday, July 15, 4:00
https://www.moma.org/calendar/events/4584
Introduced by Adam Soch
Repeats Sunday, July 22

Wednesday, July 18, 7:30
Peep Show Videos
Reading by Tom Fitzpatrick
Repeats Saturday, July 21

Identity Bazaar

Four takedowns of opportunism, art world hustle, and shameless dilettantism.

Mehrnaz Afzali’s The Red Card: A Portrait of a Somehow Endearing Criminal

This soap operatic affair, which has captured the attention of millions, began more than three years ago…

Natasha Sadr-Haghigian’s Solo Show: Production notes

Most of Natascha’s past works could be packed up and thrown into a bag.

Iman Issa: Radical subtraction

A long glass display case holds a meticulous arrangement of an older man’s effects, including cufflinks, a pocket watch, a letter opener, and two albums of black-and-white photographs.

Yael Bartana’s Summer Camp

Yael Bartana has described herself as an amateur anthropologist.