Thursday, February 22, 2024

Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru by Harmony Holiday

Revelatory songs of abandonment and abandon by the late Ethiopian composer and nun. Souvenirs, by Emahoy Tsege Mariam Gebru, Mississippi Records •   •   &bu…

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The Freaks Came Out to Write by Jennifer Krasinski

Seven decades of rabble-rousing voices from the Village Voice, chronicled in a new book by Tricia Romano. The Freaks Came Out to Write: The Definitive History of the Village Voice, the Radi…

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Lumumba: Death of a Prophet by Blair McClendon

In a 1991 essay film about the assassinated Congolese independence leader, Raoul Peck explores the slipperiness of history and the archive. Patrice Lumumba in Lumumba: Death of a Proph…

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Thomas Hirschhorn by Alex Kitnick

Our contemporary morass, constructed out of cardboard, tape, and foil. Thomas Hirschhorn: Fake it, Fake it – till you Fake it., installation view. Courtesy the artist and Gladsto…

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Thursday, February 15, 2024

The Taste of Things by Melissa Anderson

Liberté, égalité, gastronomie: Juliette Binoche and Benoît Magimel star in Trân Anh Hùng’s latest film. Juliette Binoche as Eugénie and …

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Tiril Hasselknippe by Johanna Fateman

The artist’s new installation welcomes a submersion into spatial experience. Tiril Hasselknippe: Hyperstate, installation view. Courtesy Magenta Plains. Photo: John Muggenborg. ©…

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Mika Tajima by Ania Szremski

Soft numbness gives way to surprising politics in an exhibition at Pace Gallery. Mika Tajima: Energetics, installation view. Courtesy Pace Gallery. Mika Tajima: Energetics, Pace Gallery, …

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Thursday, February 8, 2024

Sonic Youth by Sasha Frere-Jones

Walls Have Ears, the band’s trailblazing 1985 album, gets its first official release. Walls Have Ears, by Sonic Youth, Goofin’ Records •   •   • Some memories are just …

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Buñuel in Mexico by Beatrice Loayza

Machismo and melodrama, strange passions and criminal lives—in his adopted home country, the filmmaker was resurrected. Fernando Soler as Quintín Guzmán (far left) in The Daughter of De…

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Cauleen Smith by Aruna D’souza

Beauty, ugliness, an equalizing gaze: the artist channels the work of poet Wanda Coleman to share her vision of Los Angeles. Cauleen Smith: The Wanda Coleman Songbook, installation view. Co…

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I Heard Her Call My Name by Megan Milks

In her new memoir, Lucy Sante finds gender euphoria. I Heard Her Call My Name: A Memoir of Transition, by Lucy Sante, Penguin Press, 226 pages, $27 •   •   • Over the past d…

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Thursday, February 1, 2024

Wrong Norma by Brian Dillon

Is Anne Carson nice or happy? Right or wrong question? Wrong Norma, by Anne Carson, New Directions, 191 pages, $17.95 •   •   • In May 2017, the New Yorker published a prose…

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Public Obscenities by David Cote

All in the family: a PhD student visits India to film a documentary about queer life in Shayok Misha Chowdhury’s vibrant and charming debut play. Abrar Haque as Choton, Debashis Roy Chowd…

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Bushman by Melissa Anderson

For those who come to San Francisco . . . David Schickele’s docufiction portrayal of a young Nigerian, a city, and an epoch. Paul Eyam Nzie Okpokam as Gabriel and Elaine Featherstone as A…

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Women In Revolt! by Orit Gat

Embodiment, ephemera, and radical causes: works from 1970 to 1990 by over one hundred UK women artists, on display at Tate Britain. Women In Revolt! Art and Activism in the UK 1970–1990, …

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Thursday, January 25, 2024

Phill Niblock by Geeta Dayal

The sound that time forgot: remembering the experimental musician and filmmaker. Phill Niblock. Photo: Daniel Efram. 1933–2024 •   •   • Twenty-three years ago, I bought…

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Amar Kanwar by Aruna D’souza

Five poetic stories in image and text reveal the ever-present power of nature, greed, friendship, and philosophical inquiry. Amar Kanwar: The Peacock’s Graveyard, installation view. Court…

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Stéphane Mandelbaum by Johanna Fateman

In the Belgian artist and third-generation Holocaust survivor’s transgressive use of Jewish identity, the power is in the puzzlement. Stéphane Mandelbaum, installation view. Courtesy the…

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Not a Pretty Picture by Erika Balsom

Before there was Valley Girl, Martha Coolidge’s 1975 debut film presented a very different portrayal of high school teens. Michele Manenti and Martha Coolidge in Not a Pretty Picture. Cou…

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Thursday, January 18, 2024

The Rebel’s Clinic by Sasha Frere-Jones

On violence, liberation, and the collective: a new biography of Frantz Fanon by Adam Shatz. The Rebel’s Clinic: The Revolutionary Lives of Frantz Fanon, by Adam Shatz, Farrar, Straus and…

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Delcy Morelos by Dorota Biczel

As above, so below—two installations by the Colombian artist journey between the heavens and the earth. Delcy Morelos, Cielo terrenal (Earthly Heaven), 2023. Courtesy Dia Art Foundation. …

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Tótem by Melissa Anderson

Of family and fauna: a young protagonist at the center of Lila Avilés’s latest film navigates a day of domestic chaos and festivities. Naíma Sentíes as Sol in Tótem. Courtesy Film For…

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Saul Leiter by Albert Mobilio

A centennial showcase of the mid-twentieth-century street photographer’s distinctive eye for the intimate, abstract, and impressionistic. Centennial: Saul Leiter, installation view. Court…

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Thursday, January 11, 2024

Mary Halvorson by Andy Beta

Cloudward and onward: the musician finds a newfound steadiness in her latest album. Cloudward, by Mary Halvorson, Nonesuch Records •   •   • Mary Halvorson’s Class of 2019…

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Toute une nuit by Melissa Anderson

In Chantal Akerman’s newly restored 1982 film, lovers unite and separate over the course of one summer night in a series of mysterious vignettes. Still from Toute une nuit. Courtesy Colle…

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The Dolphin House by Brian Dillon

Audrey Schulman’s new novel tells a profound tale of mind control, misogyny, language learning, and interspecies connections at a 1960s marine research facility. The Dolphin House, by Aud…

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Woven Histories by Sasha Archibald

From Modernist grid to subversive textiles, over one hundred works relay an intertwined narrative of painting and pattern, community and identity. Woven Histories: Textiles and Modern Abstr…

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Thursday, December 28, 2023

Our Top 10 Most-Read Reviews of 2023 by 4 Columns

4Columns is on holiday break and will be back with a new issue on January 12, 2024! Till then, we look back at our most-read essays of the past year. Father Time (4Columns assistant senior …

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Thursday, December 21, 2023

Nicki Minaj by Harmony Holiday

The rapper’s latest album, Pink Friday 2, demonstrates the jagged wound of moving on. Pink Friday 2, by Nicki Minaj, Young Money Entertainment and Republic Records •   •   …

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An-My Lê by Aruna D’souza

In the photographer’s current MoMA exhibition, a reminder that war is never over. An-My Lê: Between Two Rivers / Giữa hai giòng sông / Entre deux rivières, installation view. Court…

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Ferrari by Leo Goldsmith

In a biopic of Enzo Ferrari, Michael Mann focuses on deals, details, and destruction on the racetrack. Adam Driver as Enzo Ferrari in Ferrari. Courtesy Neon. Photo: Lorenzo Sisti. Ferrari,…

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All that Chat

May 30, 2023: Grey House - Lyceum Theatre
Jun 26, 2023: Just For Us - Hudson Theatre
Jul 24, 2023: The Cottage - Hayes Theater
Nov 16, 2023: Spamalot - St. James Theatre
Dec 18, 2023: Appropriate - Hayes Theater
Mar 07, 2024: Doubt - Todd Haimes Theatre
Apr 14, 2024: Lempicka - Longacre Theatre
Apr 17, 2024: The Wiz - Marquis Theatre
Apr 18, 2024: Suffs - Music Box Theatre
Apr 25, 2024: Mother Play - Hayes Theater
Jun 10, 2024: The Drama Desk Awards