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18 December 2013 7:06 AM, PST
Robert C. Morgan's The Swimming Lessons, 1981 (Translating Duchamp's Green Box), and Related Works Rooster Gallery, NYC
Upon entering the Rooster Gallery in the Lower East Side of New York one is struck by its pristine interior installed with the delectable Robert C. Morgan exhibition The Swimming Lessons, 1981 (Translating Duchamp’s Green Box) that ran from October 30th to December 1, 2013. Apparently, this show was first conceived as a performance that he videotaped in 1981 of two women reading and transcribing random text from Duchamp’s Green Box notes. In the ground level gallery, we heart the recorded sound of two women struggling with the translation of Duchamp's notes from French to English. Although the Betamax imagery decomposed in storage over time, Morgan used the surviving sound recording to superimpose over his film stills used in a series of notational drawings mounted on the gallery’s two walls.
Duchamp's statement to Pierre Cabanne »
- Thalia Vrachopoulos
17 December 2013 10:32 AM, PST
Saving Mr. Banks (Disney)
How many of you remember Walt Disney and Tinkerbell's opening every Sunday night on his primetime television show? That director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side) recreates that magical moment is just one of the many small charms in this wonderful movie. Award-winning actors taking on American's greatest children's entertainment advocate seems a delicious proposition. And it is. This is the story of Walt's (Tom Hanks) -- he preferred that everyone refer to each other by their first names on his studio lot -- relentless pursuit (20 years!) of Mrs. P.L. Travers's (Emma Thompson) much-beloved literary classic Mary Poppins.
Director Hancock seamlessly threads two plots together: the trials and tribulations of the backstage Hollywood drama of creating the film version of Mary Poppins, and the Australian-based melodrama of Mrs. Travers's childhood with her loving but tragically alcoholic father "Ginty" Goth, portrayed by the charismatic Colin Farrell. »
- Dusty Wright