The First Grader: A Simple Quest for Literacy Hits a Wall of Politics

By A. O. SCOTT Published: May 12, 2011 "The First Grader, directed by Justin Chadwick and written by Ann Peacock, tells the remarkable true story of Kimani Ng’ang’a Maruge, an illiterate member of the Kikuyu tribe in Kenya who enrolled in a rural primary school in 2003, when he was 84.  The Kenyan government had … Continue reading The First Grader: A Simple Quest for Literacy Hits a Wall of Politics

NYT Q. & A.: Filmmaker’s Path From Rwanda to Tribeca

“Grey Matter,” a feature film from the writer and director Kivu Ruhorahoza, represents the Tribeca Film Festival’s first movie from Rwanda by a Rwandan filmmaker. The film, which has its world premiere on April 21, blends fantasy and reality in its portrayal of the aftermath of the genocide in Rwanda as seen through the eyes … Continue reading NYT Q. & A.: Filmmaker’s Path From Rwanda to Tribeca

Bill T. Jones Co. Merges With NYC’s Dance Theater Workshop

"In an unusual move that may alter the contemporary dance landscape in New York, the boards of Dance Theater Workshop and the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company voted unanimously Wednesday to merge their organizations, forming a combination producing and presenting entity to be called New York Live Arts." New York Times 12/02/10 Click here … Continue reading Bill T. Jones Co. Merges With NYC’s Dance Theater Workshop

Museum For African Art Takes Up Residence On Manhattan’s Museum Mile

"On Fifth Avenue between 109th and 110th Streets, the museum will occupy the lower floors of a 19-story condominium designed by Robert A. M. Stern and will extend New York's Museum Mile uptown into Harlem. The limestone-colored building, with window mullions that lyrically evoke the weave of African baskets, will become a high-profile showplace for … Continue reading Museum For African Art Takes Up Residence On Manhattan’s Museum Mile

Indianapolis Museum of Art: 100 Acres to Roam, No Restrictions

The Fairbanks Art & Nature Park, opening next weekend, "is one of the largest in the United States and rare in its focus on temporary, site-specific commission. 'We're resisting this tendency in the last few decades to collect giant sculptures and then try to keep them forever outside,' [the park's curator] said. 'These things have … Continue reading Indianapolis Museum of Art: 100 Acres to Roam, No Restrictions