When you get big in Brazil no one will call you sir or madam, senhor or senhora; anyone who’s anyone has a nickname.
Plus: Africa’s leading photography biennial, and exhibitions in Amsterdam, Boston, Copenhagen, Miami, Milan, Paris, and Yokohama.
Film Picks for December
Gallerie degli Uffizi, Florence
Eisenstein and his colleagues edited differently, stringing together discordant shots for maximum emotional impact. Their discovery of montage was a cinematic revolution — and another kind of revolution was going on just outside the studio.
Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich
As for the women, they rarely smile, but whether they appear in gritty monochrome or supersaturated color, in a low-lit love hotel or on a concrete-choked Tokyo street, they are never victims.
Pacific Standard Time
All over Southern California
Whatever the future of the Mexican-American border, southern California’s latinidad is already a fact. The most promising components of this year’s PST examine Latin America as a region in constant motion, whose meanings and statuses don’t easily correspond to lines on maps or languages spoken
MALBA, Buenos Aires
One of the smartest artists of postwar Argentina wrote page after page in inscrutable scripts: sometimes a stuttering cursive, sometimes fat squiggles, concatenated arrowheads, or nearly Koranic calligraphy. But she wasn’t writing nonsense: the upstrokes and hashes, were semantic in their own way, words in a language more musical than Spanish or Sundanese.