New Leadership and Directors Elected to FIT Foundation
its October 10, 2019, meeting, the Fashion Institute of Technology
Board of Trustees officially installed two new trustees—Gabrielle
Fialkoff and Mona Aboelnaga Kanaan—to its 16-member
board. Fialkoff and Kanaan, appointees of the Panel for
Educational Policy of the New York City Department of
Education, FIT’s local sponsor, have commenced terms that end on
June 30, 2023, and June 30, 2024, respectively. They
are replacing former trustees Jay H. Baker, who served for 16
years, and Amsale Aberra, who served 10 years.
the FIT Foundation, the primary fundraising arm for the
college, recently elected new board leadership as well as new
directors, who will each serve a three-year term. Gary Sheinbaum,
chief executive officer of Tommy Hilfiger Americas, was elected chair
of the FIT Foundation and Eric Fisch, Carmen Nestares,
and Ivan Bart were all elected as new directors.
am so honored to be the new chair of the FIT Foundation,”
Gary Sheinbaum said. “FIT is such an iconic institution
bringing together design, fashion, and technology. To be able to
support the foundation’s efforts to promote creativity, innovation,
equality, and inclusivity in the fashion and creative industries is a
privilege, and I look forward to being a part of all the incredible
work they do.”
am so pleased to have this distinguished group of individuals joining
FIT’s boards,” FIT Board of Trustees Chair Elizabeth T.
Peek said. “I am confident that with their talent,
experience, and enthusiasm for FIT, they will have much to contribute
to our efforts—and I look forward to working with them.”
will benefit from the experience and expertise of each of these
accomplished individuals,” FIT President Joyce F. Brown
said, “all of whom broaden our outreach to relevant sectors
of the creative economy. I am delighted to welcome them to the
college and to the foundation.”
FIALKOFF, FOUNDER, GKF GROUP: Gabrielle Fialkoff’s extensive
experience working with the nonprofit, philanthropic, government, and
business communities provides a unique perspective into the inner
workings of other sectors. She is the founder of GKF Group, an
advisory firm offering dynamic strategies on social impact,
partnerships, and public affairs. Fialkoff has more than 13 years of
political experience, previously serving as director of the Office of
Strategic Partnerships for the Mayor’s Office, where she brought
together the business, nonprofit, and philanthropic communities to
create high-impact partnerships across an array of issue areas,
including initiatives like the Center for Youth Employment and
Computer Science for All, which put private funds toward combatting
income inequality. She oversaw the city’s many city-affiliated
nonprofits and served as a principal liaison to the business
community for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration.
Fialkoff also has extensive experience in the business sector as the
former owner, president, and chief operating officer of Haskell
Jewels LLC—a leading designer, marketer, and distributor of costume
jewelry and watches—and as a former director of Investor Relations
at Perry Capital. She is active on the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New
York City Board of Advisors, which is comprised of prominent
individuals in the business communities of New York who advise and
assist the board of directors in identifying projects and programs
that the fund might undertake to facilitate high-impact
public-private partnerships throughout the city.
ABOELNAGA KANAAN, MANAGING PARTNER, K6 INVESTMENTS LLC: Mona
Aboelnaga Kanaan is an experienced CEO, serial entrepreneur,
investor, and corporate director with more than 25 years of
experience in global finance and investment. She is currently
managing partner at K6 Investments LLC, a private investment firm she
founded to invest in a wide array of industries, including financial
services, technology, consumer products, and entertainment.
Previously, Aboelnaga Kanaan was president and chief executive
officer of Proctor Investment Managers, a firm she co-founded in 2002
to make private equity investments in the traditional and alternative
asset management industry. She sold Proctor Investment Managers to
National Bank of Canada in 2006 and continued as Proctor’s president
and CEO until 2013. She worked as senior vice president at
Communications Equity Associates, where she expanded the firm’s
principal investment activities in the U.S. and Middle East. Prior to
joining CEA, she was a vice president and portfolio manager at
Siguler Guff & Company. Earlier, she held various positions at
PaineWebber Investment Banking in the Leveraged Transactions and
Financial Institutions Groups. A qualified financial expert,
Aboelnaga Kanaan serves as a member of the boards of directors of
Sterling Bancorp, Siguler Guff Small Business Credit Opportunities
Fund, Inc., as a trustee for International House, and as an
investment advisor and member of the board of pioneers of the Arab
Fashion Council. She is also a member of the board of advisors of
Ibancar, a fintech specializing in collateralized auto lending in
Spain. A recognized expert in private equity, asset management,
entrepreneurship, and the Middle East, Aboelnaga Kanaan is a frequent
speaker and commentator in forums and publications such as the annual
meetings of the IMF and World Bank, Pensions & Investments, The
Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, New York, HFM, FundFire, and the
Private Equity Analyst.
New York State law, FIT is governed by its own Board of
Trustees. It is comprised of eight trustees appointed by FIT’s local
sponsor, the New York City Department of Education, through
the Panel for Educational Policy; seven are appointed by the
Governor of the State of New York; and there is one student
board members are Elizabeth T. Peek, chair; Robin
Burns-McNeill, vice chair; Richard A. Anderman; Judith
I. Byrd; Yaz Hernández; Joan B. Hornig; Jaqui
Lividini;Beverly S. Mack; Deirdre Quinn; Robert
Savage; Sally Singer; and Sallie Haas, student
Independent documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert has been asking defining questions about workers’ rights, gender roles, taboos, and social change in America since the early 1970s. The pioneering Emmy Award–winner and three-time Academy Award–nominee comes to the Walker Arts Center for a retrospective of her distinguished body of work, Julia Reichert: 50 Years in Film, Feb 1–29, 2020 (at the Walker’s Bentson Mediatheque). Reichert will be on-site February 28 and 29, 2020 to discuss her career and her two recent, widely celebrated documentaries, American Factory and 9 to 5: The Story of a Movement.
Up Female Directed
by Julia Reichert and Jim Klein
February 20, 7 pm Free
wish every high school kid in America could see this film.”
—Susan Sontag on Growing
Growing Up Female is the very first feature-length film of the modern women’s movement. Considered controversial and exhilarating on its release, the film examines female socialization through a personal look into the lives of six women, ages four to 35, and the forces that shape them—teachers, counselors, advertisements, music, and the institution of marriage. A time capsule of a generation’s feminist issues, sometimes intersecting with race and class, the film illuminates a complex system of institutions upholding internal and external oppression. Selected to the National Film Registry in 2011. 1971, DCP, 52 min.
by Julia Reichert, Jim Klein, and Miles Mogulescu
Reichert interviews three “Union Maids” on their experiences as organizing women of the Labor movement. Fighting for humanitarian rights, these radical workers reflect on their lives filled with purpose and struggle. Frustrated by the privileged class’ participation in the women’s movement and caught up in race and gender discrimination within class warfare, their voices echo and contextualize many social justice issues today. 1976, DCP, 48 min.
Red: Stories of American Communists,
Directed by Julia Reichert and Jim Klein
7 pm; $10 ($8 Walker members, students, and seniors)
Reichert brings to light the forgotten history of Americans who joined the Communist Party and the high price many of them paid for their beliefs. Boldly countering traditional myths, the film presents engaging interviews and personal accounts that take on a new resonance in today’s charged political climate. 1983, DCP, 100 min.
New Fellows Welcomed for the 2019–2020 Academic Year
New-York Historical Society is now accepting applications for
its prestigious fellowship program for the 2020–2021 academic
year. Leveraging its rich collections that detail American
history through the lens of New York City, New-York Historical’s
fellowships are open to scholars at various times during their
academic careers and provides them with the resources and community
to develop new research and publications that illuminate complex
issues of the past. The available fellowships include:
W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Awards in Women’s History
two recipients of the Andrew
W. Mellon Foundation Predoctoral Awards in Women’s History should
have a strong interest in women’s and public history and the
applications of these fields outside the academy. Functioning as
research associates and providing programmatic support for New-York
Historical’s Center for Women’s History, pre-doctoral awardees
will assist in the development of content for the Women’s History
exhibitions, associated educational curriculum, and on-site
experiences for students, scholars, and visitors. They must be
currently enrolled students in good standing in a relevant Ph.D.
program in the humanities. The Predoctoral Awardees, whose work at
New-York Historical may not directly correspond with their
dissertation research, will be in residence part time at New-York
Historical for one academic year, between
September 9, 2020,
and will receive a stipend of $20,000 per year. This position is not
full time and will not receive full benefits.
and Robert Appel Fellowship in History and Technology
fellowship will be awarded to a candidate who has earned a Ph.D. no
later than 2019. Research projects should be based on New-York
Historical’s collections and explore the impact of technology on
history. The fellowship will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus
benefits. It begins September
and lasts through
June 30, 2021.
Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship
fellowship for the length of an academic year is supported by the
National Endowment for the Humanities for the sake of research at
New-York Historical. The fellowship is available to individuals who
have completed their formal professional training and have received
their final degree or certificate by 2019. They should have a strong
record of accomplishment within their field. There is no restriction
relating to age or academic status of applicants. Foreign nationals
are eligible to apply if they meet visa requirements for working in
the U.S. The 10-month residency will carry a stipend of $42,000, plus
benefits. This fellowship will begin September
9, 2020 and
will end June
David Lion Gardiner Foundation—Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
fellowship will be awarded to a candidate who has earned a Ph.D. no
later than 2019. Research projects should expand public understanding
of New York State and City history and include research based on the
collections and resources of New-York Historical. This 10-month
residency will carry a stipend of $60,000, plus benefits. It begins
and lasts through June
short term fellowships will be awarded to scholars at any academic
level working in the Library collections of New-York
Research is to be conducted for two to four weeks for a stipend of
between $2,000. The fellowship period will begin
July 1, 2020
and end June
at the New-York Historical Society are made possible through the
generous endowments of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Robert
David Lion Gardiner Foundation, and Helen and Robert Appel.
Major support for fellowships is provided by Bernard L. Schwartz
and the Lehrman Institute. All fellows receive research
stipends while in residency. Short term fellowships are made possible
by support from Helen Appel, Richard Brown and Mary Jo
Otsea, Causeries du Lundi, Patricia Klingenstein, Sid Lapidus,
Peck Stacpoole Foundation, Pine Tree Foundation of New York, Pam and
Scott Schafler, Society of Colonial Wars, and Society of
Daughters of Holland Dames.
instructions and application checklists for each fellowship. The
application deadline for all fellowships is
January 3, 2020.
Fellows at the New-York Historical Society
Historical is also pleased to announce fellows now in residence
during the 2019–2020 academic year. This year’s fellows are:
Nagaraja comes to New-York Historical from the Charles Warren
Center for American History at Harvard University. He is
working on a major book project, Soldiers of the American Dream:
War Work, Jim Crow and Freedom Movements in the Shadow of U. S.
Power. With a Ph.D. from NYU, Nagaraja will continue to work on
his project during his tenure at New-York Historical. Based on deep
archival research, oral histories, and interviews, Nagaraja’s
project documents the racism and discrimination that veterans and
others in the war industry faced after WW II. This is Nagaraja’s
“greatest generation,” disillusioned and angry black veterans who
turned their mounting discontent into the beginnings of the Civil
Rights movement of the 1950s. New York is the central node in
Nagaraja’s story, a hub of activists and activism, and while he is
here he will be using Library materials from the era to finish up his
Manevitz holds a Ph.D. from NYU, where he began work on
the project that brings him to New-York Historical: The Rise and
Fall of Seneca Village: Remaking Race and Space in 19th-Century New
York City. In the centuries old story of the manifold ways in
which New York City builds, demolishes, and rebuilds, Seneca Village
occupies a unique place. The compelling strength of Manevitz’s
project derives from its ability to recast the rise and fall of
Seneca Village in terms of gentrification projects today, projects
which have the effect of erasing neighborhoods and memories of those
neighborhoods. According to Manevitz, Seneca Village was a unique
experiment in which African Americans sought to build an experimental
community in the face of racism and class tensions. Looking at that
community provides a window onto African American attempts to create
their own brand of capitalism and urban planning.
Endowment for the Humanities Fellow
a Ph.D. from CUNY, Dr. Lauren Santangelo is an accomplished
scholar in the field of women’s studies. Her first book, Suffrage
and the City: New York Women Battle for the Ballot (Oxford), has
been recently published, and some of the research for that book was
done at New-York Historical, where Dr. Santangelo was a Schwartz
Fellow in 2013-14. Her current project, which will draw on
several recently acquired collections, focuses on Ladies Mile
and the gendered consumer culture it spawned. Ladies Mile flourished
during the Gilded Age, a time of retail innovation, electrification,
the introduction of elevators, etc.—all of which inflected the
experience of women as an important, new consumer class.
and Robert Appel Fellow in History and Technology Fellow
Kennedy comes out of the Harvard History of Science program,
where he worked with Professor Peter Galison. Kennedy’s area
of particular interest is the impact of technology on the operations
of Wall Street in the 1960s and ’70s. He sees Wall Street as a site
of continuous technological innovation and proposes to tell the story
of the machines, computer programs, cables, and satellites that
rewired Wall Street during that period. In particular, he will be
examining the partnership of the NYSE with the American
Stock Exchange to rewire lower Manhattan and the development by
the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD) of an
automated quotation and dealer communication system called NASDAQ. He
will be making extensive use of New-York Historical’s important
oral history project, Remembering Wall Street, 1950-1980.
David Lion Gardiner Foundation—Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellow
her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, Sarah
Miller-Davenport is a Permanent Lecturer in 20th century U. S.
history at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Her project
seeks to address a crucial conundrum in the history of New York City:
with city teetering on the brink of financial and social collapse in
the 1970s how and why did New York embark on an ambitious globalist
agenda symbolized by the building of the Twin Towers in 1973.
Moreover, why was it so successful in this most unlikely of
undertakings? Professor Miller-Davenport does not see
globalization as an inevitable force with its own dynamic. Rather,
the pursuit of global capital by the city was the result of conscious
decisions made by politicians, business men, bureaucrats, and
analysts. Her work will focus on the actors, their motives, their
successes, and failures. Finally she will look at the impact of
globalization on the fabric of the city, its diverse peoples, and its
W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Women’s History and Public History
K. Danziger Halperin completed her doctorate in history at
Columbia University in 2018, focusing on comparative social
policy, gender, and childhood. She has previously taught at Columbia
University and St. Joseph’s College, Brooklyn. Her
dissertation, “Education or Welfare? American and British
Child Care Policy, 1965-2004,” analyzed child care policies
in the turn to neoliberalism in both the U.S. and Britain. As the
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow, she will be in residence full-time
at New-York Historical through 2021, assisting in the programs of the
Center for Women’s History.
W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellows in Women’s History and Public History
Walker is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at
Rutgers University. She specializes in African American
History and Women and Gender History. She received a B.A. in
History and Journalism from the University of Tennessee at
Knoxville and an M.A. in History from the University of
New Orleans. Pamela’s dissertation, “‘Everyone Must
Think We Really Need Freedom’: Black and White Mothers, The
Mississippi Box Project, and the Civil Rights Movement,”
examines the relationship between motherhood, the black freedom
struggle, white benevolence, and political consciousness during the
Wiesner is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History
at Rutgers University, specializing in the history of women,
gender, and sexuality in the 20th century United States. She earned
her Bachelor of the Arts with Distinguished Honors in
History and Women’s & Gender Studies from the College of
New Jersey in 2015. Her forthcoming dissertation, “Controlling
Rape: Black Women, the Feminist Movement Against Sexual Violence, and
the State, 1974-1994,” explores how black women’s anti-rape
activity in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and Chicago evolved in
response to the state’s growing interest in punishing rape during
the War on Crime. In addition to the Mellon Fellowship at
New-York Historical, her research has been supported by the
Graduate School of New Brunswick, the Rutgers Center for
Historical Analysis, Rutgers Oral History Archives, Smith College
Libraries, and the P.E.O. International.
New-York Historical Society, one of America’s preeminent
cultural institutions, is dedicated to fostering research and
presenting history and art exhibitions and public programs that
reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of
today. Founded in 1804, New-York Historical has a mission to explore
the richly layered history of New York City and State and the
country, and to serve as a national forum for the discussion of
issues surrounding the making and meaning of history. Among the more
than 1.6 million works that comprise the museum’s art collections
are all 435 preparatory watercolors for John James Audubon’s Birds
of America; a preeminent collection of Hudson River School
landscapes; and an exceptional collection of decorative and fine arts
spanning four centuries.
Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical
Society is home to over 350,000 books, nearly 20,000 linear
feet of manuscripts and archives, and distinctive collections of
maps, photographs, and prints, as well as ephemera and family papers
documenting the history of the United States from a distinctly New
York perspective. The Library’s collections are particularly rich
in material pertaining to the American Revolution and the
early Republic, the Civil War, and the Gilded Age.
Significant holdings relate to Robert Livingston and the
Livingston family, Rufus King, Horatio Gates, Albert Gallatin,
Cadwallader Colden, Robert Fulton, Richard Varick, and many other
notable individuals. Also well documented within the Library’s
collections are major social movements in American history,
especially abolitionism, temperance, and social welfare. The
Library’s visual archives include some of the earliest photographs
of New York; a significant collection of Civil War images; and the
archives of major architectural firms of the later 19th century.
Campaign Supports Military Scholarships Through The Veterans Of Foreign Wars of The United States
Getting a haircut now through Veterans Day will support service member and veteran scholarships as a part of Sport Clips Haircuts annual “Help A Hero” campaign that kicks off in stores today. The Help A Hero Scholarshipprogram is designed to reduce the burden of college, graduate and technical school tuition often needed to pursue post-military careers and is administered by the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW). The goal this year is to raise $1.5 million toward scholarships in the more than 1,800 Sport Clips Haircuts stores across the country.
just six years, 1,450 military and student veterans have been awarded
Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarships with the nearly $6.5
million donated to date by Sport Clips Haircuts, its clients
and product partners. These scholarships provide up to $5,000 of
assistance per semester to help cover the cost of tuition and fees
for service members and veterans in the rank of E-5 and below.
used my G.I. Bill benefits to obtain my B.A. and even the first three
semesters of my M.A. before exhausting my benefits,” says
Christopher Mynatt, a U.S. Navy veteran. “The VFW and Sport
Clips are the reason I will never have to pay for school out of
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at a Sport Clips location. On Veterans Day, November 11, the
company donates an additional dollar for every haircare service to
the scholarship program, which added more than $100,000 to the total
last year and will be even higher in 2019.
scholarships are making a difference in the lives of so many who have
served our country in the military. Right now, there are 165 student
veterans attending colleges and certification programs here in the
U.S. with the aid of Help A Hero Scholarships,” says Gordon
Logan, Sport Clips founder, CEO, Air Force veteran and VFW Life
member. “Whether it’s graduate school or beauty school, it’s
an honor for us to be able to thank those who serve by helping them
toward the degrees and certifications to pursue civilian careers.”
Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. is the nation’s largest
and oldest major war veterans organization. Founded in 1899, the
congressionally-chartered VFW is comprised entirely of eligible
veterans and military service members from the active, Guard and
Reserve forces. With more than 1.6 million VFW and Auxiliary members
located in 6,200 Posts worldwide, the nonprofit veterans service
organization is proud to proclaim “NO ONE DOES MORE FOR
VETERANS” than the VFW, which is dedicated to veterans’
service, legislative advocacy, and military and community service
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student veterans can face a lot of adversity while pursuing higher
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pleased to have the opportunity to ensure the financial burden is
alleviated during an already stressful time in these veterans’
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Festival to open with “Just Mercy,” close with World Premiere of “Verticals”
The ninth annualNapa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) has announced its film line-up, including Opening and Closing Night screenings. NVFF returns this fall with its five-day festival showcasing the year’s best new independent films, November 13-17. Organizers will showcase Napa Valley’s finest food and wine at all special events, including the Festival Gala, VIP receptions and Vintner Circle dinners, and will feature a lively series of filmmaker-chef collaborative demonstrations at the Monogram Appliances Demonstration Kitchen at the Oxbow Commons in downtown Napa. The seven screening venues located throughout the Valley include the Archer Hotel Napa, the historic Cameo Cinema, the CIA at Copia, Charles Krug Winery, Lincoln Theater, Native Sons, and the Uptown Theatre.
are excited to release another eclectic selection of highly-curated
comedies and dramas from established and emerging filmmakers,”
said Napa Valley Film Festival CEO Tom Tardio. “These films
consist of inspiring and compelling stories that will thoroughly
engage and entertain our festival-goers. At the intersections of
film, food, and wine, the festival continues to deliver tremendously
unique and exclusive experiences that only a world-class destination
such as Napa Valley can provide and only that NVFF can deliver.”
Preview Night, Opening Night and Closing Night
will kick off with their Sneak Preview Night on Tuesday,
November 12 with a special presentation of 20th Century Fox’s
Ford v Ferrari. The film is inspired by the remarkable
true story of visionary American car designer Carroll Shelby and the
fearless British driver Ken Miles. Directed by James Mangold, the
film stars Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Caitriona Balfe,
Tracy Letts, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe, Remo Girone and Ray McKinnon.
festival’s official Opening Night film on Wednesday,
November 13 is Warner Bros.’ Just Mercy, a powerful and
thought-provoking true story following young lawyer Bryan Stevenson
and his history-making battle for justice. The film is directed by
Destin Daniel Cretton and stars Michael B. Jordan, Brie Larson and
the festival on Sunday, November 17 is SOMMTV’s world
premiere of Verticals, a series that showcases Napa
Valley winemakers and the human condition through a bottle of wine.
This premiere is also the launch of SOMMTV, the first food and wine
dedicated streaming platform. The series is directed by Jason Wise.
(Neon) – Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a
toll on prison warden, Bernadine Williams. The emotional wedge in
her marriage grows and memories of a recently botched execution
plague her daily. As she prepares to end the life of another inmate,
Bernadine must confront the psychological and emotional demons her
job creates, ultimately connecting her to the man she is sanctioned
to execute. Directed by Chinonye Chukwu and starring Alfre Woodard,
Aldis Hodge, Wendell Price, Richard Schiff and Danielle Brooks.
of a Lady on Fire (Neon) – In 1760 France, Marianne is
commissioned to paint the wedding portrait of Héloïse, a young
woman who has just left the convent. Marianne arrives under the
guise of companionship with the reluctant bride-to-be, observing
Héloïse by day and secretly painting her by firelight at night. As
the two women orbit one another, intimacy and attraction grow as
they share Héloïse’s first moments of freedom. Héloïse’s
portrait soon becomes a collaborative act of and testament to their
love. Directed by Céline Sciamma and starring Noémie Merlant and
The Stars (Samuel Goldwyn Films) – Iris, a bespectacled
and reclusive teen living in a god-fearing Oklahoma town in the
1960s, endures the booze-induced antics of her mother and daily
doses of bullying from her classmates. She finds solace in Maggie,
the charismatic and enigmatic new girl at school, who hones in on
Iris’s untapped potential and coaxes her out of her shell. When
Maggie’s mysterious past can no longer be suppressed, the small
community is thrown into a state of panic, leaving Maggie to take
potentially drastic measures and inciting Iris to stand up for her
friend and herself. Directed by Martha Stephens and starring Kara
Hayward, Liana Liberato, Malin Akerman, Tony Hale, Shea Whigham and
Zero (Amazon Studios) – In a tiny Georgia town in 1977, a
motherless girl named Christmas Flint dreams of life beyond the
confines of her trailer-park home and hopes to make contact with
outer space. When Christmas learns that the winners of the annual
Birdie Scout Jamboree talent contest will be included on a recording
to be sent into space for posterity, she tries to join the local
Scouts troop. When she is rejected by the snobbish group of girls
and their uptight leader Miss Massey, Christmas rallies a group of
elementary-school outliers to start their own chapter. Troop Zero is
an endearing and magical tale of friendship and individuality.
Directed by Bert & Bertie and starring Viola Davis, Mckenna
Grace, Jim Gaffigan, Mike Epps, Charles Shotwell and Allison Janney.
& Response – 2018 was the worst year on record for
natural disasters. Code & Response takes us into the heart of
the aftermath of some of those disasters as we meet the first
responders who are supported by innovative technology. Follow four
coders from around the world (Japan, Puerto Rico, California, and
Mexico) to learn about why they are getting involved, as well as how
they are building technologies to help first responders save lives.
Directed by Austin Peck.
– Bruno is still mourning his wife’s passing when his
in-laws evict him from the home he and wife built together.
Unwilling to let his beloved home fall into disrepair, Bruno sneaks
back to the house and meets the new owner of the home, Marie.
Determined to be the only person to make any changes to the house he
built, Bruno poses as a local handyman and Marie hires him for
renovations. As the two begin work on the house, Bruno is forced to
face the reality that his wife is gone, and he learns to move on
from his grief. Directed by Hernán Jiménez and starring Aden
Young, Parker Posey, Ken Jeong, Beau Bridges and Jacki Weaver. World
the Vine – Mark, a downtrodden CEO, is experiencing an
ethical crisis at work. In an attempt to re-calibrate his moral
compass, he travels back to his hometown in rural Italy. He finds
newfound purpose by reviving his grandfather’s old vineyard,
offering the small town of Acerenza a sustainable future and
reconnecting with his family in the process. Combining magical
realism and Italian neorealism, and set against the backdrop of
Italian wine country, From the Vine is about returning to your roots
and redefining your life when you’re at the bottom of the barrel.
Directed by Sean Cisterna and starring Joe Pantoliano, Wendy
Crewson, Marco Leonardi, Paula Brancati and Tony Cisterna.
Chorus Deep South – In response to a wave of
discriminatory anti-LGBTQ laws in Southern states, the San Francisco
Gay Men’s Chorus embarks on a tour of the American Deep South. The
tour brings a message of music, love, and acceptance to communities
and individuals confronting intolerance. What emerges is a less
divided America, where the lines that separate us in faith,
politics, and sexual identity are erased through the soaring power
of music, humanity, and a little drag. Directed by David Charles
Want My MTV – A nostalgic and thrilling ride, I Want My
MTV takes its audience back to the beginning, when the idea of a
television channel devoted to only videos seemed destined for
failure. The chronicling of this unique journey provides a peek into
how a team of young executives were tasked with growing this seed of
an idea, which would quickly flourish into a beloved and often
controversial cultural juggernaut. Features commentary from Sting,
Billy Idol, The Eurythmics, Jerry Cantrell, Pat Benatar, and more.
Directed by Patrick Waldrop and Tyler Measom, and starring Sting,
Billy Idol, Pat Benatar, Dee Snider, Norman Lear, The Eurythmics ,
Darryl McDaniel and Jerry Cantrell.
All Begins with a Song: The Story of the Nashville Songwriter
– It All Begins with a Song: The Story of the Nashville
Songwriter is a celebration of one of music’s most important
yet underrated forces: the songwriter. These songwriters have penned
melodies and lyrics for some of the biggest stars in the music
industry, yet few know their names. Pull back the curtain to reveal
the process of creating a successful song and learn more about the
origins of some of the world’s most iconic hits. Directed by
Anthony ‘Chusy’ Haney-Jardine.
Land of High Mountains – The Land of High Mountains is the
inspiring true story of the only pediatric hospital in Haiti. In a
country where one third of the population is under fourteen years of
age and foreign NGOs consistently come and go, Saint Damien
Pediatric Hospital has been providing life-saving healthcare to the
most vulnerable families for over thirty years. This is a powerful
account of the incredible people, both Haitian and foreign who,
despite encountering every conceivable obstacle, are working
together to create a brighter future for their patients and for
Haiti. Directed by Will Agee and starring Liferne Forestal, Phadoul
Amisial, Fr. Rick Frechette, Dr. Renee Alce, Dr. Jacqueline Gautier,
Fr. Enzo Del Brocco, Veline , Gaelle , Lourdy , Pierre Nadine,
Sainfleur Jean Israel, Marie Yolene, Vilaire Meralin and Christiana
Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound – Since the invention of
sound in films, sound designers have been influencing the landscape
of cinema. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound shines a
spotlight on the unsung heroes of sound design throughout cinematic
history. Through interviews with legendary directors and some of the
industry’s most-respected sound designers, we revisit film
classics that helped shape the way we listen to and experience films
today. Making Waves: The Art of Cinematic Sound reveals the hidden
impact of sound in cinema and how the auditory intake of a film
holds so much power over an individual’s experience of
storytelling. Directed by Midge Costin.
A Picture Story – In the 1970s, Martha Cooper was one of a
handful of photographers documenting the first vivid images of
graffiti appearing on New York City’s subway carriages. 20 years
later, she discovers that her book Subway Art has become one of the
most stolen books of all time – inspiring the spread of graffiti
around the globe and making Martha an unexpected icon of the street
art world. Now, at age 75, Martha must navigate her way through the
vastly changed culture of the modern world. Directed by Selina
Beautiful Stutter – After lifetimes of bullying,
isolation, and failed fluency training, witness the incredible
transformation of five kids who stutter when they enter a
groundbreaking program through SAY, The Stuttering Association. Over
the course of a year of events and workshops, these young people of
wildly different backgrounds experience SAY’s revolutionary
mantra: it’s okay to stutter. Directed by Ryan Gielen and starring
– Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Words – How does a person
with three strikes against her rise to the highest court in the
land, the U.S. Supreme Court? RUTH – Justice Ginsburg in Her Own
Words tells the improbable story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg became
an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. It also reveals both the
public and private sides of a resilient, resourceful woman who has
survived the hostility of the profoundly male universe of government
and law to become a revered Justice and icon for gender equality and
women’s rights. Directed by Freida Lee Mock and starring Justice
Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Justice Goodwin Liu, Dean Erwin Chemerinsky,
Irin Carmon, Shana Knizhnik, Delegate Jennifer Carroll Foy, M.E.
Freeman, Lilly Ledbetter and Kathleen Peratis.
Three Drinkers Do Scotch Whisky – Packed full of humour,
personality, and flavour, The Three Drinkers do Scotch Whisky is a
drinks-focussed travelogue, where three friends embark on a road
trip through Scotland. From Dufftown and Islay to Elgin and Jura,
they journey through breath-taking landscapes, visiting iconic
distilleries and touching on Scottish culture, tourism and
traditional dishes you can’t even pronounce. This is whisky for a
new, global audience, from twenty-one to ninety-one. Directed by
David Agrawal. World Premiere
Competitions (previously announced)
Me an Avocado, Directed by Maria Mealla and starring
Bernardo Peña, Sarah Burkhalter, Molly Ratermann, Candace Roberts.
Awhile, Directed by Tim True and starring Anna Camp, Steven
Strait, and Joe Lo Truglio. World Premiere
Directed by Stephanie Turner and starring Glynn Turman, Darby
Stanchfield, Josh Stamberg, Daisy Prescott, and Stephanie Turner.
Grandma, Directed by Sasie Sealy and starring Tsai Chin,
Corey Ha, Michael Tow, Woody Fu, Yan Xi, Wai Ching Ho, and Clem
Nomads, Directed by Brandon Eric Kamin and starring Tika
Sumpter and Tate Donovan.
This Town, Directed by Ricky Tollman and starring Ben Platt,
Mena Massoud, Nina Dobrev, Damian Lewis, Jennifer Ehle, and Scott
Up, Falling Down, Directed by Matt Ratner and starring Billy
Crystal, Ben Schwartz, Eloise Mumford, Grace Gummer, Caitlin McGee,
David Castaneda, Debra Monk, and Jill Hennessy.
School, Directed by Li Dong and starring Celine Tsai,
Jonathan Keltz, Michelle Monteith, Mpho Koaho, Darrin Baker,
Jonathan Malen, Matthew Edison, and Vas Saranga. World Premiere
Am Human, Directed by Taryn Southern and Elena Gaby.
Day Jew, Directed by Aliza Rosen.
Directed by Liz Canning.
Pollinators, Directed by Peter Nelson.
Remix: Hip Hop X Fashion, Directed by Lisa Cortes and Farah
Story of Plastic, Directed by Deia Schlosberg.
Is My Home, Directed by Karl Nickoley.
Groomed, Directed by Rebecca Stern.
As You Are, Directed by Richard Wong.
Grass, Directed by Dawn Luebbe and Jocelyn DeBoer.
Directed by Ryan Daniel Dobson. World Premiere
Call, Directed by Gavin Michael Booth.
Directed by Takashi Doscher.
of Life, Directed by Liz Manashil.
Trouble, Directed by Dan Erickson.
Way You Look Tonight, Directed by John Cerrito.
Bread, Directed by Beth Elise Hawk.
Directed by Gab Taraboulsy.
to Tail, Directed by Jesse Zigelstein.
Fancy: Diana Kennedy, Directed by Elizabeth Carroll.
The Culinary Internship, Directed by Abby Ainsworth.
Taste of Sky, Directed by Michael Lei.
festival will also feature Short Film Programs with:
Napa Valley Film Festival (NVFF) is a five-day celebration
that blends the art of film, food, and wine together. Discover the
best new independent films of the year, savor exquisite cuisine
paired with legendary wines, and create lasting memories found only
in the Napa Valley. The Napa Valley Film Festival is presented by
Cinema Napa Valley, a registered 501c3 non-profit organization
headquartered in Napa, California. Cinema Napa Valley’s mission is
to celebrate the cinematic arts and enrich the community by
presenting an annual world-class festival and year-round education
and outreach programs. The Napa Valley Film Festival takes place
November 13-17, 2019. Visit napavalleyfilmfest.org for more
information on passes and festival events.
Highlights include screenings of “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” Documentary Throughtout the Boroughs of New York City on October 11-13
On October 11 from 4 – 8 pm in New York City, “Black Girl Takeover Weekend” will kick off with a screening of “PUSHOUT: The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools” at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (You can view the trailer to this powerful documentary here.) The screening is a part of a summit for girls and their advocates and a special program for girls and educators on the occasion of the International Day of the Girl, to be celebrated on October 11th. The Met is located at 1000 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10028.
“Black and Brown girls continue to disproportionately experience harsh and exclusionary school discipline for incidents and behaviors that do not pose a critical threat to the safety of the learning environment. Many of these behaviors are fueled by experiences with trauma, much of which is under-reported for girls of color,” said Dr. Monique W. Morris, executive producer and co-writer for the PUSHOUT documentary. “This weekend in NYC is to acknowledge the critical role of arts education in response to trauma and to amplify the tremendous work that has been done to advocate for learning conditions that girls want and deserve.“
the Summit, in addition to the screening of the film, there will be
discussions and breakout sessions. These sessions will consist of
high school-aged youth reflecting on the film through art making and
writing. The summit was created by The Met in collaboration
with Dr. Morris and Denise Pines, one of the executive
producers of PUSHOUT and co-owner of Women in the Room
the conditions for young people to share their critical thoughts
about their experiences through art is absolutely vital and essential
to how we support youth voices at The Met. We are so excited to
partner with Dr. Morris, Girls for Gender Equity, the NYC Department
of Education, Brotherhood-Sister Sol, Everyblackgirl, and
S.O.U.L.Sisters on Liberation: A Summit for Girls and their
Advocates,” said Sandra Jackson-Dumont, the Museum’s
Frederick P. and Sandra P. Rose Chairman of Education.
feature-length documentary based upon Dr. Morris’s books, PUSHOUT:
The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools (The New Press,
2018) and Sing a Rhythm, Dance a Blues (The New Press, 2019)
exposes a new and alarming trend: African American girls are the
fastest-growing population in the juvenile justice system and the
only group of girls disproportionately experiencing harsh discipline
at every educational level. The film also explores critical
interventions that interrupt criminalization in schools.
exposes the educational and judicial disparities African-American
girls face in the United States. The film included heart-wrenching
stories from girls (from ages 7 to 19), across the country (Miami,
FL; Portland, OR; Oakland, CA; Sacramento, CA; Columbus, OH) as they
narrated the challenges they have encountered in their learning
environments and beyond. PUSHOUT also features insight from
experts across the country who have worked in social justice, gender
equality and educational equity.
is a film by Jacoba Atlas and Monique W. Morris and
produced by Women in the Room Productions, owned by executive
producer Denise Pines and director Jacoba Atlas.
Funding is provided by NoVo Foundation, Meadow Fund, Ford
Foundation, Ms. Foundation, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Stuart
Foundation and Films for Purpose.
is the Black Girl Takeover Weekend schedule:
October 11, 2019 (MANHATTAN)
Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028
4:00 PM-8:00 PM (Note: This is a private event.)
October 11, 2019 (BRONX)
Side House, Mitchel Community Center, 210 Alexander Ave. Bronx, NY
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM
October 12, 2019 (HARLEM)
for Black Girls Citywide Conference
Signing/Lecture w/ Dr. Monique Morris
Corinthian Baptist Church, 1912 Adam Clayton Powell Jr Blvd
York, NY 10026
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
October 12, 2019 (STATEN ISLAND)
Central Avenue, Staten Island, NY 10301
10:30 AM -1:00 PM
October 12, 2019
PUSHOUT: Black Girl Takeover BK!
Dance Center, 1368 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11216
6:30 PM -9:00 PM
Sunday, October 13, 2019
of Kingston & Ulster Country, 507 Broadway, Kingston, NY 12401
3:00 PM -6:00 PM
next official screenings are in Miami, FL, Tacoma, WA, Santa Ana
Pueblo, NM, Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC. More than 14 official
screenings are planned for this Fall, in addition to more than 100
hosted by community leaders across the country. For additional
information, visit www.pushoutfilm.com.
The Whitney Museum of American Art announced today that its 2021 Biennial, the 80th edition, will be co-organized by two brilliant members of the Museum’s curatorial department, David Breslin and Adrienne Edwards. The 2021 Whitney Biennial exhibition will open in the spring of 2021 and is presented by Tiffany & Co., which has been the lead sponsor of the Biennial since the Museum’s move downtown.
Pratt Brown Director Adam D. Weinberg noted: “The central
aim of the Biennial is to be a barometer of contemporary American
art. Each Biennial is a reflection of the cultural and social moment
as it intersects with the passions, perspectives, and tastes of the
curators. David and Adrienne will be a great team. They are
inquisitive, curious, and are acutely attuned to the art of the
current moment. No doubt they will bring fresh outlooks to this
historic exhibition and reinvent it for these complex and challenging
a long history of exhibiting the most promising and influential
artists and provoking debate, the Whitney Biennial is the Museum’s
signature survey of the state of contemporary art in the United
States. The Biennial, an invitational show of work produced in the
preceding two years, was introduced by Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in
1932, and it is the longest continuous series of exhibitions in the
country to survey recent developments in American art.
Initiated by founder Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney in 1932, the Whitney Biennial is the longest-running survey of American art. More than 3,600 artists have participated, including Edward Hopper, Georgia O’Keeffe, Jacob Lawrence, Alexander Calder, Louise Bourgeois, Joan Mitchell, Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein, Agnes Martin, Cy Twombly, Andy Warhol, Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra, Lynda Benglis, Frank Bowling, Joan Jonas, Barbara Kruger, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Jenny Holzer, David Wojnarowicz, Glenn Ligon, Yvonne Rainer, Zoe Leonard, Kara Walker, Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Mike Kelley, Lorna Simpson, Renée Green, Wade Guyton, Julie Mehretu, Cecilia Vicuña, Mark Bradford, Daniel Joseph Martinez, Ellen Gallagher, Rachel Harrison, Wu Tsang, Nick Mauss, Sarah Michelson, Laura Owens, Postcommodity, Pope.L, Jeffrey Gibson, and Tiona Nekkia McClodden.
The biennials were originally organized by medium, with painting alternating with sculpture and works on paper. Starting in 1937, the Museum shifted to yearly exhibitions called Annuals. The current format—a survey show of work in all media occurring every two years—has been in place since 1973. The 2019 Biennial (still on partial view on the Museum’s sixth floor until October 27) was organized by two Whitney curators, Jane Panetta and Rujeko Hockley. It featured seventy-five artists and collectives working in painting, sculpture, installation, film and video, photography, performance, and sound.
Breslin was recently named the DeMartini Family Curator and
Director of Curatorial Initiatives, a role he will assume this
month. Since joining the Museum in 2016 as DeMartini Family Curator
and Director of the Collection, Breslin has spearheaded the Museum’s
collection-related activities, curating a series of major collection
exhibitions and overseeing acquisitions. Working closely with his
curatorial colleagues, he has organized or co-organized four timely
and thematized collection displays, including Where We Are:
Selections from the Whitney’s Collection, 1900–1960, An
Incomplete History of Protest: Selections from the Whitney’s
Collection, 1940–2017, Spilling Over: Painting Color
in the 1960s, and The Whitney’s Collection:
Selections from 1900 to 1965, which is currently on view on
the Museum’s seventh floor. In 2018, he co-curated (with David
Kiehl) the landmark retrospective David Wojnarowicz:
History Keeps Me Awake at Night.
came to the Whitney from the Menil Drawing Institute, where he
created an ambitious program of exhibitions and public and scholarly
events and helped to shape the design of the Institute’s new
facility. He also oversaw work on the catalogue raisonné of the
drawings of Jasper Johns and grew the collection. Prior to the
Menil, Breslin served as the associate director of the research and
academic program and associate curator of contemporary projects at
the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA; he also oversaw
the Clark’s residential fellowship program and taught in the
Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
Breslin co-edited Art History and Emergency: Crises in the Visual
Arts and Humanities (Yale University Press, 2016), a volume that
grew from a Clark Conference he organized with art historian Darby
2018, Adrienne Edwards was named Engell Speyer Family
Curator and Curator of Performance at the Whitney. Previously,
she served as curator of Performa since 2010 and as Curator at
Large for the Walker Art Center since 2016.
the Whitney, Edwards curated Jason Moran, the artist’s first
museum show, now on view on the Museum’s eighth floor. She
originated the exhibition at the Walker in 2018; it previously
traveled to the ICA Boston and the Wexner Center for the
Arts. The exhibition features a series of performances, Jazz on a
High Floor in the Afternoon, curated by Edwards and Moran. She
organized the event commencing the construction of David
Hammons’s Day’s End, featuring a commission by composer
Henry Threadgill and a “water” tango on the Hudson
River by the Fire Department of the City of New York’s
Marine Company 9. Earlier this year, Edwards organized Moved
by the Motion: Sudden Rise, a series of performances based on
a text co-written by Wu Tsang, boychild, and Fred Moten,
which presented a collage of words, film, movements, and sounds.
Performa, Edwards realized new boundary-defying commissions,
as well as pathfinding conferences and film programs with a wide
range of over forty international artists. While at the Walker, she
co-led the institution-wide Mellon Foundation Interdisciplinary
Initiative, an effort to expand ways of commissioning, studying,
collecting, documenting, and conserving cross-disciplinary works.
Edwards’s curatorial projects have included the critically
acclaimed exhibition and catalogue Blackness in Abstraction,
hosted by Pace Gallery in 2016. She also organized Frieze’s
Artist Awardand Live program in New York in 2018. Edwards
taught art history and visual studies at New York University
and The New School, and she is a contributor to the National
Gallery of Art’s Center for the Advanced Study in Visual Art’s
forthcoming publication Black Modernisms.
Rothkopf, the Whitney’s Senior Deputy Director and Nancy and Steve
Crown Family Chief Curator, said, “David and Adrienne truly
represent the best spirit and ideals of the Whitney. Not only are
they devoted to—and beloved by—living artists, but they bring to
the art of our time a deep historical and scholarly awareness. The
most recent editions of the Biennial have reaffirmed its vitality and
relevance, and I look forward to discovering how another pair of
Whitney curators will lend their voices to our signature exhibition.”