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Expo 1 Will Screen Leslie Thornton’s ‘Peggy and Fred in Hell’ in ‘Jungle of Technological Waste’

Still from 'Peggy and Fred in Hell: The Fold,' 1985–2013. (Courtesy the artist and MoMA PS1)

Though Expo 1, the multifarious exhibition organized by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist, is gradually winding down throughout the summer—its VW Dome 2 ended its run in the Rockaways last month and Random International’s Rain Room closes at MoMA on July 28—there are still quite a few events to come before its conclusion on Sept. 2. Read More

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Everybody Must Get Stoned: The Rolling Stones’ ‘Cocksucker Blues’ Comes to MoMA

Mick Jagger and Robert Frank.

The staid walls of a major metropolitan museum are hardly the proper setting for the destruction of property, chronic use of a class A controlled substance, or semi-consensual sex aboard a mid-sized private jet (at least if the board of trustees has its say), but in recent years that’s the main environment in which Robert Frank’s cinema vérité documentary about the Rolling Stones’ 1972 tour of America, Cocksucker Blues, has been available to the public. When Mick Jagger had a look at what Mr. Frank had pieced together from all the access the band had given him, the film was almost completely suppressed. A 1977 court ruling favored Mr. Frank slightly; the film could be screened no more than four times a year, only in the presence of the director or an associate in an “archival setting,” hence the museums. Read More

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There’s No Place Like Home (And That’s Probably for the Best): Olaf Breuning’s ‘Home 3’ Takes on New York

Kertsetter in 'Home 3.' (Courtesy the artist and the Metamatic Research Initiative)

A tall, gangly redhead wearing ice-blue contact lenses is at an Occupy Wall Street rally. “I’m here demonstrating for the people,” he says jubilantly, holding aloft a banana peel. Then, suddenly, his mood shifts, and he looks shaken. “The problem is, I don’t know if I’m the 1 percent or the 99 percent. I was never any good at math.” He snaps out of it and begins dancing with a nearby group of protestors. Seconds later, he points excitedly at a Fidel Castro impersonator whom he mistakes for the genuine article, and dashes up to him. “Habla Español?”

The Occupy rally is but one stop on the madcap romp through some 50 New York City locations—the Apple Store, Nathan’s hot dog eating contest, a Chelsea gallery opening, Balthazar—that constitutes Swiss-born artist Olaf Breuning’s new film, Home 3: Homage to New York, set to premiere at the Swiss Institute on September 4. Like its predecessors in the series, Home 1 and Home 2, which were set in far-flung locales like Machu Picchu, Paris, Ghana and Tokyo, this one stars the artist’s good friend Brian Kerstetter as a loony tourist. But the new film brings Mr. Breuning closer to the place that, for the past 10 years, he’s actually called home. Read More

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Gregory Crewdson’s Tableaux Started With Dirt, as Per New Documentary

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We first wrote about Gregory Crewdson: Brief Encounters, the documentary about the artist by filmmaker Ben Shapiro, in March when it premiered at SXSW. Today, more footage of the film has surfaced on Nowness, which shows some scenes from the early life of the photographer and the evolution of the tableaux for which he became known. They arose during a period of crisis during which time, Mr. Crewdson says on film, he returned to the cabin he used to visit as a child in Western Massachusetts and started making dirt piles. Read More

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‘Dirty Looks’ Film Series Will Mount Festival in Queer Clubs, Theaters Throughout July

A still from William E. Jones's 1962/2007  "Tearoom." (Courtesy the artist)

The “Dirty Looks” queer film series, which has been screening adventurous fare roughly once a month for about the past year, is planning to go big this summer, staging a festival call “Dirty Looks: On Location” that will span all of July. Over its 31 days, more than 30 artists’ works will be screened at a variety of locales around town, including many bars, clubs and theaters that have been vital centers for New York’s gay communities over the years. Read More

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‘Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry’ Producers Promote Film With Middle-Finger Campaign

Ai Weiwei. From his "Study in Perspective" series taken between 1995 and 2003 (Courtesy Ai Weiwei)

Producers of the film Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, which documents the life and plight of Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei, have launched a campaign across social-networking platforms with the hashtag #RaiseYourFinger to create buzz in anticipation of the film’s release—it opens in New York on July 27. The producers are inviting fans of Mr. Ai to submit photographs of themselves raising their middle-finger “to symbols of injustice.” Read More

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Dalí in 3-D: Alan Cumming to Star in ‘The Surrealist’

The artist in 1951. (Photo by Ron Gerelli/Express/Getty Images)

“If you’re going to make a film in 3-D, Surrealism is what to make it about,” filmmaker Philippe Mora told The Observer by phone. And so that is pretty much exactly what Mr. Mora is doing. He is working on a movie right now called The Surrealist, about painter Salvador Dalí and his tempestuous wife, Gala. Alan Cumming and Judy Davis are taking the lead roles.

“It’s about an imaginary love affair that he had with the Mona Lisa,” Mr. Mora explained. “Gala gets jealous, even though it’s an imaginary lover. That’s quite a woman to compete with!” Read More