Events: July 18, 2018

Edward Bawden

With Bawden’s formal brilliance goes a tender, amused feeling for the value of all life—from the seaside tourists of the 1920s to the war-time soldiers, from the creepy-crawlies of Snails for All, drawn for his children in 1945, to the snarling Tyger! Tyger! of 1974. After seeing all these, who can say that Edward Bawden, this serious if unclassifiable artist, is merely a purveyor of charm?

Outliers and American Vanguard Art

An outsider artist might as easily be someone whose daily experience—as, say, a black person in the South—has kept that person from having any real contact with the larger culture beyond his or her immediate community. “Outliers and American Vanguard Art” gives us not only a new label—“outliers” instead of “outsiders”—but, more ambitiously, a look at how trained, and progressive, artists have responded to outsider art.

‘Michael Jackson: On the Wall’

“Michael Jackson: On The Wall” gathers together the work of forty-eight disparate artists exploring the legacy of perhaps the most frequently depicted cultural figure in history. The recurring theme throughout is of Michael Jackson as a godlike figure, existent among us though infused with the divine, visible yet unreachable, with the music the cord that connected him to us.

Summer Movies: A Mad Western, a Cinerama Classic, an Ultimate Underground Film, and a Week of Radical Godard

July and August bring us restored prints of Jean-Luc Godard's "The Rise and Fall of a Small Film Company," Stanley Kubrick's "2001: A Space Odyssey," and Dennis Hopper's "The Last Movie," as well as a week of Godard's radical 1970s agitprop and a fourth-of-July marathon screening of Ken Jacobs's epic "Star-Spangled to Death."

‘Sorry to Bother You’

Lit by California’s neon sun and neon signs, flecked with bright colors that bespeak black aesthetics of the 1980s and 1990s—think the hip-hop groups TLC and Salt-N-Peppa, or the Friday movies—Sorry to Bother You has been described as indebted to music videos. But it feels more like a brilliant cartoon to me: dubbed voices, slapstick violence, dumb jokes, over-the-top gestures.