En Español El cerebro detrás de la transformación urbana de Medellín es matemático, profesor, ex-alcalde, y, actualmente, candidato a la presidencia de Colombia. Con Mazzanti, arquitecto, esboza la metodología de la esperanza.
Téllez casts and collaborates with the mentally disabled to “cure the sane of their lucidity.” Reyes and Téllez muse over the philosophical underpinnings of theater and film—from Aristotle to Godard.
The Colombian-born cumbia has become a blank canvas for a new international genre. Musicologist and leader of the band Frente Cumbiero, Mario Galeano Toro, explains cumbia’s sonic boom. LISTEN to one of his mixes.
The novelist’s latest, The Informers, tells untold tales. One is the story of Colombia’s German and Jewish émigrés on the eve of and aftermath of World War II. Paternostro and Vásquez hash out this and other dark chapters in Colombia’s history.
A conversation with Cruz-Diez is excerpted from Brodsky’s extensive oral histories with the seminal artist. His new work is at Maxwell Davidson Gallery through June 28.
Torres, one of Venezuela’s most respected authors and essayists, began her professional life as a psychoanalyst. With fellow novelist Boullosa, she discusses the roles of memory and listening, tools of both trades, in her writing.
Dulce Gómez makes assemblages and installations that synthesize calculation and chance. Castillo Zapata queries the artist on systems, psychoanalysis, and Benjamin’s essay on Baudelaire.
The mastermind behind Medellín’s urban transformation is Sergio Fajardo, a mathematician, professor-turned-mayor, and a Colombian presidential hopeful.
En Español El autor colombiano de Los ejércitos asevera que “esa locura, ese filo de la navaja donde transcurre la realidad y la irrealidad, están aquí, respiran a cada vuelta de esquina, y son los que impulsan mi escritura.”
Evelio Rosero, the Colombian author of The Armies, says of his art: “This madness, this knife’s edge where reality and unreality take place, are here; they breathe around every street corner, and they are what propel my writing.”
Caro believes his most important work to be Homage to Manuel Quintín Lame, a performance in which he retrieves the indigenous hero from oblivion. Caro and Rodríguez delve into Warhol, astronomy, and national politicking to find out why.
The iconic dancer and choreographer is collaborating with musician Lukas Ligeti on Itutu, blending African pop with Western symbolism. They dissect African polyrhythms and Armitage’s movement language of sinuous curves.
Shapiro, known for his tilting, anthropomorphic sculptures and dense floor pieces, has new work at Craig F. Starr Gallery through March 23.
The peripatetic conceptualist (Where’s Al?) talks with artist Cheryl Donegan about Ginsberg’s Howl, the reanimated past, and the overlooked poetry of authorless signage.
Jefferson describes Bradshaw’s plays as treacherous territories peopled with high-achieving suburbanites and professors gripped by sexual and racial manias. Their most dangerous quality: they act on pure id.
Dabis wrote her film Amreeka, in theaters now, in response to her family’s Arab-American experience. An immigrant’s tale, the search for a better future in the Promised Land is full of seismic changes.
Filmmaker Taylor delves into Solnit’s book, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, where the preconceptions of human nature are exposed and the triumphs of civil society are extolled.
Photographers Dawoud Bey and Weems—who was just named a MacArthur Fellow—bear witness to race, class, and migration.
Guy Maddin, consummate Winnipegian experimentalist, and Isabella Rossellini, his Scanditalian muse, on what else but their dream-life, mothers and fathers, classical drama, and, yes, melodrama!
D’Ambrosio wrote of Nam Le’s prize-winning story collection, The Boat, “This book journeys across time and space, history and continents.” The authors roam across the literary terrain of Hemingway, Greene, and an asymptotic ocean.
In The Loop, his most recent novel in English, Roubaud probes the precision of his memories with mathematical zeal. He generously reminisces here—on his involvement with Oulipo, and much more.
Young Jean Lee interviews Kelly Copper and Pavol Liška, founders and directors of the Nature Theater of Oklahoma. Their production of Romeo & Juliet runs through 1/17 at The Kitchen.
Dodge and Kahn’s comedy takes the form of high art in lowbrow drag with mythic accoutrements, fringe weirdos, and activist slants. They talked (off- camera) with fellow performer Michael Smith about charged fragility and being abducted by the moment.
Novelist Raymond taps into Callahan’s passion for boxing, DC hardcore and the Meat Puppets. Callahan’s gorgeous new album Dream River is out Sept. 17.
Artists Dike Blair and Joe Bradley set the record straight on irony and sincerity, kitsch and the sublime, anarchy and aestheticism. Bradley curated a Group Shoe at Gavin Brown, on view through July 30.
Oliveros is a perpetual pioneer of electronic music, the use of technology, telematics, and sonic awareness—or, as she terms it—Deep Listening.
Kraft’s new novel, Flying, tells the hilarious and digressive story of Peter Leroy, “birdboy of Babbington,” who as a teenager assembled an aerocycle in his garage. The authors on the Peter Leroy cycle. Alfred Jarry, and Twain’s Hucklberry Finn.
With the publication of Don’t Cry, Gaitskill’s new book of short stories, she has become a ubiquitous interviewee—on which she remarks, “I dance around, make faces, and wildly pantomime in hopes of getting my meaning across.” Here she does.