New publications: Diller Scofidio + Renfro: Architecture after Images (University Of Chicago Press, 2013) by Edward Dimendberg; Red doc (Knopf, 2013) by Anne Carson; New York Arbor (Steidl, 2013) by Mitch Epstein; The Faithful Executioner: Life and Death, Honor and Shame in the Turbulent Sixteenth Century (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013) by Joel Harrington; Hand-Drying in America: And Other Stories (Pantheon, 2013) by Ben Katchor; April 5 brings the world premiere of composer Dan Visconti's commissioned Glitchscape (2013), a multimedia work created in collaboration with experimental video artist Simon Tarr, at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall; and composer Annie Gosfield's A Luminous Reflection of Metallic Direction will see its US premiere by Frances-Marie Uitti for cello and tape, also on April 5 in New York followed by a series of performances across the US.
"Untitled (Structures)," a new film installation by Leslie Hewitt in collaboration with cinematographer Bradford Young is on show at The Menil Collection, Houston, January 25 through May 5; Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity (Random House), is among the finalists for the National Book Critics Circle book awards for 2012; publications: Six Months in 1945: FDR, Stalin, Churchill, and Truman--from World War to Cold War(Knopf) by Michael Dobbs, an account of the pivotal period spanning the end of World War II and the beginning of the Cold War; and the German translation of Jews, Germans, and Allies: Close Encounters in Occupied Germany by Atina Grossmann is published by Wallstein Verlag - a Germany book tour is scheduled for March.
Kenneth Gross shares (with Jonathan Kalb of Hunter College) the 2012 George Jean Nathan Award for Dramatic Criticism for his book Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life; photographer Camilo Jose Vergara launches a comprehensive new website of his life's work (camilojosevergara.com), and his MLK exhibition opens January 17 at the New York Historical Society; Benjamin Barber delivers the inaugural lecture at the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at CUNY on January 29; Elizabeth Povinelli delivers a keynote address entitled "Geontologies: A Requiem to Late Liberalism" at the opening of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt's Anthropocene Project on Janauary 11 at 7pm, and, on the same day, Michael Taussig delivers a lecture performance called "The Berlin Sun Theater." David Mayers releases his new book, FDR's Ambassadors and the Diplomacy of Crisis, with Cambridge University Press; and Peter Wortsman prepares for the release of his 400-page compendium of translated German fables, Tales of the German Imagination from the Brothers Grimm to Ingeborg Bachmann (Penguin Classics).
Project Z: The Final Global Event, a documentary film by James Der Derian and Philip Gara premiered at DOK Leipzig on November 1, 2012; new release: the latest recording Almost Truths and Open Deceptions (Tzadik) by composer Annie Gosfield; Henri Cole was awarded the sixth Annual Jackson Poetry Prize by Poets and Writers, Inc.; Calvin Trillin was awarded the 2012 Thurber Prize for American Humor for his book Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin: Forty Years of Funny Stuff (Random House); Anne Applebaum and Katherine Boo are 2012 National Book Awards finalists in the nonfiction category. Publications: Iron Curtain: The Crushing of Eastern Europe, 1944-1956 (Doubleday, October 2012 / Penguin Books, November 2012) by Anne Applebaum; Stefan Wolpe and the Avant-Garde Diaspora (Cambridge University Press, October 2012) by Brigid Cohen; and an interview with Jeffrey Eugenides on his recent work and a selection of his recommended books in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.
The Gothic Screen: Space, Sculpture, and Community in the Cathedrals of France and Germany, ca. 1200-1400 (Cambridge University Press, October 2012) by Jacqueline E. Jung; and In Time: Poets, Poems, and the Rest (University of Chicago Press, October 2012) by C.K. Williams; an op-Ed by Adam Haslett in the Financial Times on the US presidential race (requires registration); an exhibition at the Essl Museum in Austria honoring the 85th birthday of Alex Katz, September 15 through January 6, 2013; and a stellar review of composer Andrew Norman's most recent concert in the Washington Post.
Annie Gosfield will deliver a portrait concert featuring the premiere of "Phantom Shakedown" from the new Tzadik CD at the Moving Sounds Festival in New York on September 14 with Roger Kleier, Ches Smith, and The Pearls Before Swine Experience; World premiere and new recording herald the 2012-13 season for composer Michael Hersch - next concert on September 7 at Spectrum Records in New York; Ha Jin will read from his new novell Nanking Requiem and from A Good Fall on September 7 and September 8 in Berlin. New publications: Realism after Modernism: The Rehumanization of Art and Literature (MIT Press, September 2012) by Devin Fore; Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street (It Books, August 2012) by Todd Gitlin; Thirty Poems (New Directions, June 2012) by Christopher Middleton (translator) Robert Walser (author); And Bid Him Sing: A Biography of Countée Cullen (University of Chicago Press, September 2012) by Charles Molesworth; and The Life of Objects (Alfred A. Knopf, September 2012) by Susanna Moore.
David Abraham is a guest professor at the Freie Universität Berlin's law faculty May through July; David Sabean was a Visiting Scholar at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science this May. Read new articles by alumni George Packer and Laura Secor in The New Yorker; On show: Reynold Reynolds "Made in Germany Zwei" at the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, May 16 through August 19; Jenny Holzer "Endgame" at Sprüth Magers Berlin, April 27 through June 16.
New publications: Farther Away (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), a collection of essays and lectures by Jonathan Franzen; As Consciousness Is Harnessed to Flesh, Journals and Notebooks from 1964-1980 (Farrar, Straus and Giroux), by Susan Sontag, edited by David Rieff; Jeffrey Herf on the Günther Grass controversy in the New Republic; Kirk W. Johnson's documentary about the List Project premiered at the TriBeCa Film Festival; on show: Reynold Reynolds "Made in Germany Zwei" at the Sprengel Museum in Hannover, May 16 through August 19; Jenny Holzer "Endgame" at Sprüth Magers Berlin, April 27 through June 16; Aaron Curry "Buzz Kill" at Michael Werner in New York, May 1 through June 23; Derek Chollet joins Steve Simon on the NSC's Syria policy team; the Academy congratulates alumni Peter Maass and John Wray for winning a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as Andrew Norman and Tod Machover for being finalists for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize in Music.
New Publications: Astrid M. Eckert's project while at the Academy was turned into the book The Struggle for the Files - The Western Allies and the Return of German Archives after the Second World War (Cambridge University Press); Jonathan Safran Foer's New American Haggadah (Little, Brown and Company), with a new translation of the traditional text by Nathan Englander and commentaries by Jewish writers and thinkers; Nicolas Eberstadt's work on demographic implosion in the Arab world discussed by David Brooks; Kenneth Gross's Puppet: An Essay on Uncanny Life (University Of Chicago Press) reviewed by John Rockwell; read new features in the New Yorker by Donald Antrim, Francisco Goldman, and Rivka Galchen; Dan Visconti is featured on Many-Sided Music by Aeolus Quartet (Longhorn Music); Morton Subotnick’s Monodrama, from Jacob’s Room, traveled with American Mavericks from San Fransisco to Carnegie Hall, he also received the Qwartz Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award on March 29. on show: Jenny Holzer's "Endgame" at Skarstedt Gallery (NY) through April 7; and new photographs by Mitch Epstein at Sikkema Jenkins & Co (NY) through April 14.
Jonathan Safran Foer's book Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005) was turned into a movie that premiered in Germany mid-February; Camilo Jose Vergara visited Berlin to participate in the "Global Prayers" weekend event at Haus der Kulturen der Welt; Mitch Epstein's photography series "Trees in an Urban Jungle" was reviewed by Michael Kimmelman of the New York Times; and Alex Katz is on show at the Ostwall Museum in Dortmund until April 9.
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