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March Film and Media Related Events

Here are some events that might be of interest.  Feel free to add to the list.

March 1-27

Whitney Biennial

Sculpture, painting, installations, and photography—as well as dance, theater, music, and film—fill the galleries of the Whitney Museum of American Art in the latest edition of the Whitney Biennial. With a roster of artists at all points in their careers the Biennial provides a look at the current state of contemporary art in America. This is the seventy-sixth in the ongoing series of Biennials and Annuals presented by the Whitney since 1932, two years after the Museum was founded.

The 2012 Biennial takes over most of the Whitney from March 1 through May 27, with portions of the exhibition and some programs continuing through June 10. The 2012 Biennial is in constant flux, with artists, works, and experiences varying over the course of the exhibition.

March 14-16

The World is Watching: Syrian Documentary Series

In commemoration of the first anniversary of the Syrian revolution and continuing social and political struggles, Spectacle Theater presents a selection of films made by the legendary directors Omar Amiralay, Oussama Mohammad, and today’s generation of Syrian filmmakers. These films are made available by DOX BOX, an international documentary festival that has taken place annually in Syria since 2007.

March 20-21

Is the Cold War Over? Russia and US media from Perestroika to the 2012 Elections

Two-day conference on the current state of the media sector in Russia, its recent history, and its future prospects.

March 29th, 2012

Opening Night, CUNY’s Global Film Series
DCTV, 87 Lafayette Street, NYC

Many know little about los desaparecidos of Argentina. As many as 30,000 dissidents of the military dictatorship were kidnapped, tortured and killed during The Dirty War between 1976 and 1983. In Argentina today, there is a movement underway headed by a group called Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, or The Grandmothers of May Plaza.

These women are dedicated to finding their missing grandchildren, the babies who were taken from pregnant women during the Dirty War. The women were captured and murdered and their babies were given to supporters of the military regime. Now in their 20s and 30s, these “lost” grandchildren have no knowledge of their past or of their true identities. Las Abuelas is trying to change that. Through direct interviews with Las Abuelas, the found grandchildren, and other members of their families and communities, Las Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo and the Search for Identity seeks to tell the story as it is still unfolding, and bring the historical and cultural context that is needed to help people around the world understand the impact that such a crisis has for people of many different generations.

March 30-31

Optipus Laboratory

For the first evening of this weekend of live cinema and sound work, a group of audio-visual experimenters comes together for a lab is a lab is a lab, a structure for improvisation and collaboration that film artist Bradley Eros premiered at The Kitchen in 2007. Here, sound- and image-makers engage in interlocking solos and duos involving projections and music made with tape machines, film loops, contact mikes, glass slides, modified synthesizers, and stringed instruments. Players include Gill Arno, Jonas Asher, Lea Bertucci, MV Carbon, Eros,Victoria Keddie, and Lary Seven.

March 31st

Curator’s Choice: Emerging Artists in Photography
Hunter West Building, 6th Floor, Room HW615, Hunter College, East 68th Street and Lexington Avenue
Saturday, March 31, 12:00pm

Two major exhibitions in New York City during the run of The AIPAD Photography Show New York are of note—the Whitney Biennial 2012 at the Whitney Museum and Perspectives 2012 at the International Center for Photography. This panel will feature top curators discussing trends in photography and video. Panelists will include: Sarah Meister, curator, Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art; Christopher Phillips, curator, International Center for Photography, New York; and Joshua Chuang, assistant curator, photography, Yale University Art Gallery. The moderator will be Lindsay Pollock, editor in chief, Art in America.

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