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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Hype: Academy Museum Not As Jewish As People Wanted & Upcoming Exhibitions

Rolling Stone has an article on the brand new Academy Museum and how it forgot about the Jews who formed Hollywood and the movie industry. You can read the controversy here 
I'm still amazed there's no controversy of it not having it's own parking lot or that the building itself looks rather terrible inside. Woah, exposed concrete, how AMAZING! Yeesh.
If still down for the Academy Museum, they do have some great screenings coming up.

  • The Godfather Trilogy: In honor of the 50th anniversary of The Godfather (USA, 1972), the Academy Museum will be screening Francis Ford Coppola’s complete trilogy, concluding with the director’s 2020 recut of the third chapter, in new 4K restorations. The March 21 screening is for Academy Museum Members and includes a pre-screening Q&A with Director Francis Ford Coppola. (March 21–24)
  • Guillermo del Toro presents Pan’s Labyrinth: A special screening of Pan’s Labyrinth followed by a conversation with writer-director Guillermo del Toro. The film earned six Academy Award nominations including Foreign Language Film, and won for its stunning Art Direction, Cinematography, and Makeup. (Feb 9)
  • Everyday Life: The Films of Isao Takahata: Presented in conjunction with the landmark exhibition Hayao Miyazaki, this retrospective includes all of Takahata’s Studio Ghibli features, beginning with the stunning World War II tragedy Grave of the Fireflies (Japan, 1988), as well as a selection of the theatrical films he made earlier in his career. Many of these earlier works also feature collaboration from a young Miyazaki, whom Takahata met when both were working at the famous Toei Animation studio. (Feb 3–16)
  • Carnal Knowledge: The Films of Pier Paolo Pasolini: The Academy Museum honors the centennial of poet, philoso­pher, and filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini with a complete retrospective of his narrative films interspersed with some unique short and documentary works from his prolific career, all screening on preserved 35mm prints or new DCPs. (Feb 17–Mar 12)
  • Special Screening, Scarecrow in a Garden of Cucumbers: Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a new print of this 1972 musical satire from the Academy Film Archive. Directed by Robert J. Kaplan, this nearly lost film stars Andy Warhol Factory superstar and Lou Reed muse Holly Woodlawn, as a small-town girl trying to make it in the Big Apple. (Feb 14)
 If down for other exhibits you might want to check out 
Hammer Projects: Ho Tzu Nyen Jan 23–May 8, 2022
It looks like you can check out a very strange looking anime on Korea if you go.
The 49th Hexagram (2020) is a two-channel video and sound installation that explores the construction of cultural memory and political narrative surrounding the history of the Korean peninsula. Employing the services of an animation studio in Pyongyang, North Korea, Ho Tzu Nyen’s (b. 1976, Singapore) recent work reinterprets scenes of political uprising and mass demonstration as depicted in South Korean narrative film and television. The project aims to form a direct relationship between South Korea’s political history and the tensions that still define the country’s relationship with its northern counterpart. The result is, in the artist’s words, a “game of exquisite corpse across geopolitical barriers.” The video installation is complemented by an experimental soundtrack developed in collaboration with Korean artists and musicians Bek Hyunjin, Park Minhee, and Ryu Hankil. Offering two vocal renditions of texts from the forty-ninth hexagram of the I-Ching, an ancient Chinese divination manual, the installation’s soundtrack composites historical interpretation with translation to speak of revolution and renewal. 

And then is some stranger news The Autry was raising $80 million over the last 6 years-who knew- and will build a "
Resources Center—a 100,000 square foot, state-of-the art research and collections-care center—will be home to the combined collections of the Autry and the historic Southwest Museum of the American Indian, numbering more than 600,000 objects, artworks, and cultural materials." But, in Burbank?