What to See Now

February 19, 2018

LitFilm: A BPL Film Festival About Writers (Brooklyn, NY)


“LitFilm” is a film festival put on by the Brooklyn Public Library that features films exploring the lives and works of influential writers such as James Baldwin, Gabriel García Márquez, Joan Didion, and Yukio Mishima, to name a few. The event spans six days, during which actors, filmmakers, and writers will make appearances and documentaries and films will be screened for free with reservations.


Tigers in East Asian Art: Korea, Japan, China (Seoul, South Korea)


In light of the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, the National Museum of Korea is collaborating with the Tokyo National Museum of Japan and the National Museum of China to present an exhibition based on the tradition of the image of the tiger in East Asian art. The exhibition features forty works from Korea, thirty works from Japan, and thirty-five works from China.


American Landscape: An Exploration of Art and Humanity, by Nabil Mousa (Dearborn, Michigan)


The Arab American National Museum currently has an exhibition displaying the mixed-media work of Atlanta-based artist Nabil Mousa. Born in Syria and raised in a conservative Christian home in the United States, Mousa draws on his experiences, exploring oppression based on gender identity and sexual identity in both of these countries, while always retaining a sense of hopefulness for the future.


Journeys with “The Waste Land” (Margate, UK)


This exhibition at Turner Contemporary is both an ode to and exploration of T. S. Eliot’s “The Waste Land.” The product of a three-year project, the exhibition features over 60 artists and almost 100 objects intended to inspire reflection upon the impact of poetry and the role that art plays in that process.


Helen Johnson: Warm Ties (London, UK)


The Institute of Contemporary Arts is hosting a solo exhibition of Australian artist Helen Johnson in collaboration with Artspace, Sydney. Johnson’s work tackles the colonial history between Britain and Australia, bringing the national relationships down to the level of the individual body. The work seeks to restructure understandings of the colonization of Australia and push back against legitimizing narratives.


Tammam Azzam 

SYRIA.ART is featuring Syrian artist Tammam Azzam in an online exhibition. His work incorporates a variety of mediums that allow him to explore the political upheavals in Syria in a unique manner. He frequently contrasts Western imagery with the stark reality of the violence in Syria.

Reid Bartholomew is an assistant language teacher on the JET Programme teaching English in Japan’s Aomori Prefecture. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma, he studies contemporary Japanese literature.